We have a great reading selection for our Tale Trails this year. Stories will come to life for kids as they walk the trails and read, or have read to them, pages from nature books.
Be a Tree by Maria Gianferrari
June 1-July 23
We can all imagine ourselves as trees: instead of trunks, we have spines; our skin is like bark; like a tree's heartwood, our hearts give us strength and support. And, like us, trees are social. They communicate and share resources! We selected this book to coordinate with the NH Public Library Summer Reading Program theme, “All Together Now.” The author cleverly compares us to the beauty and majesty of trees—and gently shares the ways in which trees can inspire us to be better people. Ages 4-12.
Summer’s Flight, Pollen’s Delight by Flora Caputo
July 24-August 20
Did you know that one third of what we eat and drink requires the presence of a pollinator? Bees and butterflies are the most well known "pollen movers." Find out who else does this important job. The pages of this poetic and colorful story start in our woods, but soon wind up a hill into our Certified Pollinator-Friendly meadow. You'll want to take it slow through this area and see how many pollinators you can observe along the way. Use our pollinator scavenger hunt (you can pick up at the Farm Stand) and see how many you can find! The story ends on the edge of our flower gardens that are all a-buzz with insect activity. You might even see hummingbirds here! Ages 4-10
Fly, Butterfly by Bonnie Bader
Aug. 21-Sep. 18
During the peak monarch migration period here in NH, this Tale Trail will allow you to follow the life of a monarch from an egg in summer to Mexico in winter! Filled with amazing photographs, this book is a realistic look at every stage of a monarch’s life. It concludes with views of the butterflies' overwintering sites in the Oyamel forest in central Mexico. Ideal for kids of all ages.
Poet-Tree Tale Trail, by various authors and maybe you!
Sep. 19-Oct 9
We'll usher in fall with some of our favorite poems about the season, posted on trees along our trails and throughout the gardens. You'll find them as you walk and explore the property. After your walk, you'll find some poetry prompts at our activity table--where you may be inspired to write your own poem! All ages.
ADMISSION is $7 per child; adults and infants are free. Online ticketing is not available. Pay when you arrive and put payment in the cash box on the Farm Stand Porch (you'll find instructions there). Please enter both the number of adults and kids on our Log Book clipboard. Canterbury & Belmont residents can reserve a free pass from your local Public Library. Please leave your pass in the cash box.
Hike at your own risk, and watch for slippery rocks! Sturdy shoes are recommended. The trails are not suitable for strollers; Please leave pets at home.
During your visit you may also enjoy our Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom open-play areas, walk our labyrinths, and explore any other marked trails on the property.
We occasionally schedule private parties here and the pavilion and play areas will not be available during these times. Please check our calendar before your visit to check availability of the pavilion. Thank you.