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“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.”

Posted on by Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

When you commit yourself to ten months of service, something with a definitive end, it is easy to get wrapped up in the world of countdowns. I can tell you that there’s only one weekend left of interpretive programming left at Bear Brook, Pawtuckaway, Umbagog, and Franconia Notch State Parks, but that’s not what we’re measuring at the close of a successful season. I’m going to take a liberty in speaking for the rest of my Interpretive Ranger friends in saying that this experience is best measured in the connections, the smiles, and “moments so dear” if you will. Okay, okay. We’ve also done some number crunching…Throughout this 2014 summer Anthony (Umbagog Lake), Luis (White Lake), Monica and Becki (Franconia Notch), Sam (Greenfield), Claire (Bear Brook), and I (Pawtuckaway) have seen 8,919 ready-to-explore faces, and have connected with well over 11,000 others!

Jumping for joy and feeling the love!

Jumping for joy and feeling the love!

The feedback we’ve gotten from the lovers of New Hampshire State Parks has been overwhelmingly positive, and believe you me, the experience has been just as awesome for us.
We’ve explored…

On top of Mount Monadnock

On top of Mount Monadnock

Hanging out at the Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch State Park

We’ve played…

Bear Brook style sword fight

Bear Brook style sword fight

We’ve collected souvenirs…

A gift from a happy camper!

A gift from a happy camper!

Although I enjoy reviewing the great memories, I want to take this opportunity to look to the future as well. The 2015 camping season is just around the corner (if you don’t think about it too hard) and with that will come a new set of amazing Interpretive Rangers, ready to share their love for the natural world with you and your families. If you didn’t get to see the 2014 crew, don’t fret, the SCA will be back next year in some of your favorite State Parks. On behalf of the 2014 crew, thank you!

Sunset over Pawtuckaway Lake

Sunset over Pawtuckaway Lake

By Lauren Bos, Interpretive Ranger at Pawtuckaway State Park



Trailing Autumn: A Monadnock Tradition

Trailing Autumn: A Monadnock Tradition

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The White Dot trail may be quickest and the most hiked route at Monadnock State Park; however my favorite hike, by far, is a combination of multiple trails which wind up the side of the mountain to the summit. Like … Continue reading

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Fall in Franconia Notch

Fall in Franconia Notch

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Back in May, before I had moved to Franconia Notch State Park to be an Interpretive Ranger with Monica Casey (my fellow interpreter), the two of us rented a movie from the local library about the park. We were excited … Continue reading

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I Took to the Woods

I Took to the Woods

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As I sit and type this blog, I am nearing the end of my wonderful experience as an interpretive ranger for Umbagog Lake State Park. I can remember those days back at Bear Brook, almost 7 months ago, when all … Continue reading

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Ponding Adventures

Ponding Adventures

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Earlier this spring, all of your Discover the Power of Parks interpreters were introduced (or re-introduced) to an activity that would become the ‘bread-and-butter’ program of some of our summers. We were handed nets that smelled vaguely of pond water, … Continue reading

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Hike Safe This Autumn

Hike Safe This Autumn

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Autumn is upon us! As we head into my favorite season, it is important to remember that wherever you are headed, you should be thinking about your safety. Working at Monadnock State Park, we see hundreds of people set out … Continue reading

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Here's to another 20 Years!

Here’s to another 20 Years!

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Every year is a great year to be an AmeriCorps member. However in 2014 we all get to celebrate a special occassion together as a nation. This year marks the 20th anniversary of ongoing service through AmeriCorps. Through AmeriCorps, thousands … Continue reading

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Tucked Away in Pawtuckaway

Tucked Away in Pawtuckaway

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While to the modern eye Pawtuckaway may be primarily a mecca of outdoor recreation, the land has seen many users, many eras, and many natural phenomena that have shaped it into such. The park has a long history, from prehuman … Continue reading

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Four Favorite NH Bike Rides

Four Favorite NH Bike Rides

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There are lots of great places to go biking in New Hampshire, in and out of the State Parks. Here are just a few of my favorites! The Northern Rail Trail near Lebanon, NH is a 48 mile long trail … Continue reading

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Into the Night & Out of Sight

Into the Night & Out of Sight

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Today marks a triumph! Exactly 3 months ago, I arrived at White Lake State Park eager to explore the environment and meet visitors. Since then, I have familiarized myself with the trails around the lake, and shared my programming with … Continue reading

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Tent Camping Basics

Tent Camping Basics

Posted on by Tom Howe

Tent camping is a great way to spend time outside with friends and family. New Hampshire’s State Parks have a lot of awesome campgrounds, so camping is really one of the best ways to explore the parks as well. Tent … Continue reading

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