Moose Mountains Regional Greenways’ 14th annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival will take place on Saturday, August 13 from 10 am to 3 pm at Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road in Milton Mills, NH. This day-long celebration of the great outdoors is an opportunity for families to have fun and experience the delights of the natural world together. It’s also essential in helping MMRG achieve one of its underlying missions: conservation education for both kids and adults. Helping people understand and appreciate the natural world are fundamental steps in building a desire to preserve it.
For kids, the emphasis is on having fun and exploring the outdoors. Kids are fascinated by animals, and they get plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with a variety of living creatures at the Festival. They can peer through a Discovery Scope at the tiny things that inhabit pond water, feed and pet Ruth Scruton’s barnyard animals, or learn about the rescued wildlife displayed at the Squam Lakes Wildlife Workshop. There are fish to be caught in the farm pond, pelts to touch in the Mountain Man’s Hut, and a tunnel that gives kids a worm’s view of life in the soil. Other events feature bees, goats, draft horses and chickens for kids and adults to observe and learn about.
Some festival events and activities challenge kids’ observation skills, problem-solving abilities, and coordination. Even so, Nature’s Playground and the Amazing Corn Maze are so much fun that your kids may not want to leave! For puzzle lovers, the Kids Discover the Forests activity and the MMRG Conservation Quest provide a different type of adventure. How about learning to find geo caches with your GPS, or becoming a Watershed Warrior?
The Festival takes place rain or shine. No pets please. Rest rooms and most events are wheelchair accessible. The cost is $5/person or $10/family and free to ages 12 and under and to MMRG members; all events are included in the admission price. For more information, visit www.mmrg.info/festival.
Festival proceeds and business sponsorships support MMRG’s land conservation and educational outreach mission. MMRG is grateful to its festival underwriters, the Siemon Company and Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust, which is also the co-presenter. MMRG would like to thank the following major sponsors: Bruce and Jennifer Rich, Carl and Beth Siemon, Charlie Moreno Consulting Forester, the Gene Hays Family, and S&S Plumbing and Heating. Thanks are also due to many more business, organizational, and individual sponsors and supporters and to the dedicated volunteers who have already signed up to help out. More volunteers are needed; please call Kari Lygren at 603-978-7125. A few business sponsorships of festival events are still available; please contact Virginia Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moose Mountains Regional Greenway is a non-profit land trust serving Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro (see www.mmrg.info). Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust is a private operating foundation (see www.branchhillfarm.org).
Squam Lakes Science Center always brings rescued wild animals that fascinate the audience. Photo by David O’Connor.
Ruth Scruton’s petting zoo is a favorite of kids every year. Photo by David O’Connor.
Kids use nets to search for creatures that inhabit the river during a hayride stop. Photo by Kate Wilcox
Moose Mountains Regional Greenways
Box 191, Union, NH 03887
CONTACT: Virginia C. Long,
Phone: w: (603) 473-2020; h: (603)-652-9559
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Date: August 26, 2016