We Walk the Woods

We Walk the Woods

Every Wednesday, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Meet at headquarters (305 Middleton Rd.) Join the Park Interpreter and volunteer leaders for a slow paced walk through the forest while enjoying nature at its finest. Each week we hike to a different part of the forest for a series of 12 hikes. Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Rain or shine! Appropriate for children over 6 years old.

Getting To Know The Forest Hike: Sandplain Adventure

Getting To Know The Forest Hike: Sandplain Adventure

Join the Friends for a short, easy hike through the unique sandplain area in Andover. Come hear about the centuries-long history of farming in the area, as well as its use as a sandpit and mink farm. We’ll also enjoy early winter scenery at the farm dam and pond, and along the Skug River. Lastly, we’ll visit the only stand of Pitch Pine in Parker Forest and talk about the ecology of the sandplain.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Winter Solstice Celebration

What causes the winter solstice, and what does it mean for us? Come to Harold Parker State Forest and learn about this most important day of the year to ancient peoples and also to ourselves. Join us for a cup of hot chocolate! We will celebrate the solstice at sunset and usher out the shortest day of the year. Dress warmly and wear hiking footwear, bring water with you. We will be taking a short hike prior to the solstice sunset ritual. Feel free to bring snowshoes/skis.