All programs are free and open to the public. Bring water, wear sunscreen/bug spray, dress in layers, and wear good footwear. An adult must accompany children. Rain cancels. For more information call 978-475-7972. Harold Parker State Forest campground is located at 133 Jenkins Rd., Andover, MA.
We Walk the Woods
Wednesday, October 3, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet at Park Headquarters-Join the Park Interpreter and the Friends of Harold Parker 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. Park Headquarters located at 305 Middleton Road N. Andover. Appropriate for children 6 and up.
Friday, October 5, 2:30pm –3:30pm
Meet at Frye Pond Beach in the campground.- Fish, frogs, snakes, and salamanders, let’s discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds! Nets and buckets are provided. This activity can be wet and muddy.Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Appropriate for all ages.
Saturday, October 6, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Great family fun for everyone interested in learning the basics of pond fishing in New England. Learn the different species of fish that live here and gain a new skill! Rods and bait are provided, or bring your own
All ages are welcome and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, October 6, 4:30pm –5:30pm
Meet at Campground Nature Center- Learn about what makes owls unique in the bird world. Activity Includes a short demonstration of owl adaptations and owl pellet dissection. Appropriate ages 6 and up.
Birding For Beginners
Sunday, October 7, 9:30-10:30am
Meet at Campground Nature Center- Learn about the local bird population from our park interpreter while enjoying some amateur bird watching. Bring binoculars if you have them.. Appropriate for children 6 and up.
Soapstone Quarry Hike
Sunday, October 7, 2:00-4:00pm
Meet at Campground Nature Center- Did you know there’s a blue soapstone quarry at Harold Parker? This is a moderate guided hike to the remnants of Jenkins family blue soapstone quarry. A great way to learn about the park’s history and resources while getting some exercise. For ages 6 and up.
End of Season Celebration
Monday, October 8, 11:00-2:00pm
Meet at the Campground Nature Center. For all ages. Join us as we say goodbye to the camping season with our most popular activities. Fishing, marshmallow roasting, local wildlife exhibits and more!