Save the Date! Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival on August 10

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways

Box 191, Union, NH  03887

(603) 473-2020

info@mmrg.info

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: please publish last week of June, if possible

Date:  June 21, 2019

Save the Date! Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival on August 10                                                                                                                       

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG) and Branch Hill Farm will present the 17th annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival on Saturday, August 10 from 10 am to 3 pm at Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road, Milton Mills, NH. This popular celebration of New Hampshire’s natural world and rural life is an opportunity for families to get outside and have fun together.

The festival name, Woods, Water & Wildlife,  sums up the themes of many of the interactive events on offer. Volunteer instructors from NH Fish & Game provide poles and bait to kids for Let’s Go Fishing in the Branch Hill Farm Pond! Nature experts display and teach about rescued wild animals at Squam Lakes Wildlife Workshop. Junior Ecologist Hayrides stop at the scenic Salmon Falls River for a lesson about the importance of keeping our stream water clean for people and for animals. Nature’s Playground is a green gym for kids set among the ferns and tall trees. The Mountain Man’s Mansion has a stack of fur pelts to identify and feel. A MOOSE-ies for Families: Orienteering Walk provides a fun learning adventure in the woods of Branch Hill Farm. The Low Impact Horse Logging demonstration teaches about forestry principles and is fascinating to watch.

Agriculture, crafts and rural life in New Hampshire are additional themes. Sheehan Gardens’ Permaculture Garden grows numerous heirloom vegetables and herbs and shows how to do backyard composting. 4H Comes to the Festival! brings educational and motivational activities such as animal husbandry and leadership programs for kids ages 5 to 18. Funny Farm rescued animals are fun to pet and feed. Jared Kane of Jug Hill Orchards discusses grafting and cider-making in All About Apples! Kids get creative in the Tree Cookie Craft Corner or can try building their own bee house of natural materials.  Many more favorite events will be back this year and new ones are being planned.

Homemade salads, hot grilled food, ice cream, and blueberry smoothies will be on sale along with T-shirts and raffle baskets of local fresh produce and other items. 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; free for ages 12 and under and MMRG members; all events are included in the admission price. Proceeds and business sponsorships support MMRG’s land conservation and educational outreach mission.

MMRG is grateful to its festival underwriters, the Siemon Company, Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust, and D. F. Richard Energy and to its early major sponsors, Norman Vetter Inc. Poured Foundations, Carl and Beth Ann Siemon, the Wyatt Family, and Philip Zaeder and Sylvia Thayer. Thanks are due to many more business, organizational, and individual sponsors, co-sponsors and supporters and to the dedicated volunteers who have already signed up to help out. More volunteers as well as business sponsors are needed! For more information, call 603-978-7125, email info@mmrg.info or visit www.mmrg.info/festival.

Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills is the venue of the annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival, presented with Moose Mountains Regional Greenways.

Poles and bait are available for kids to try fishing in the Branch Hill Farm pond

Nature experts from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center fascinate adults and kids with rescued wild New England creatures and discussions of their habitat.

 

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