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About Jackie Raiford, New Hampshire State Parks Intern

I'm a graduate student working towards my Masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. My research interests include the conservation of urban green spaces for the physical and psychological health of communities. I lived for the first 24 years of my life in Rockville, Maryland just north of Washington D.C. I have traveled a little both domestically and abroad, and lived for six months in Australia. I also work as a dance and fitness instructor, and am certified by the American Council on Exercise.
Long Exposure at Wellington State Park

Goodbye and Thank You From Wellington State Park

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“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” -Elbert Hubbard It’s sunset at Wellington State Park, and I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Sunset Picnic at Wellington State Park

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Two weeks ago I asked YOU to suggest a park for me to visit. There were a lot of great ideas, which made for a hard decision, but in the end I decided to check out Wellington State Park. Thank … Continue reading

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Alex Kayaking in Pillsbury State Park

Kayaking at My New Favorite State Park

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…………….                    This park has already made an appearance here on the blog, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit what many have told me is their favorite spot in the Granite State. I was pleased to … Continue reading

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Star trails over mount monadnock

Star Trails Over Mt. Monadnock

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There’s something about an evening in late August that’s particularly enchanting. After a long, hot day the night is cool reminder that a change in the seasons is quickly approaching. And on a clear night when there are plenty of … Continue reading

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I thought these were the same mushroom species!

Foraging for Fungi on the Forest Floor

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you got stranded in the wilderness? Do you have the knowledge, skills, and courage to survive? Where would you sleep? What would you eat? I got a taste for what … Continue reading

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Corpse Pose on Paddleboards

Walking on Water: Part 2

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“The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water; but to walk on the earth.” – Chinese Proverb You may remember last week’s account of a very fun (but also very wet!) tour of … Continue reading

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Walking on Water: Part 1

Walking on Water: Part 1

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I’m at Hampton Beach State Park this week to show you something you might be surprised to find in New Hampshire. It’s one of the fastest growing and most popular water sports on the planet- stand up paddleboarding – and … Continue reading

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Harbor at Odiorne Stake Park

Summer Rain Hiking at Odiorne Point State Park

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It was my first real visit to the New Hampshire seacoast and I couldn’t wait to get out on the beach. I was ready with sunglasses and sunscreen. But mother nature had something else in mind. The forecast? Rain, rain, … Continue reading

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Not the best photograph of Mt. Monadnock

The View from Pack Monadnock: Part 2

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When we arrived at the summit of Pack Monadnock, the surrounding mountainscape was already tinged with the first hues of sunset. The wall of an impending storm was crossing distant peaks on its way towards us. At the end of … Continue reading

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Wapack Trail at Miller State Park

The View from Pack Monadnock: Part 1

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If there’s one thing I hope to have accomplished by the end of summer writing for this blog, it’s that I’ve connected to the natural world in a way I haven’t expected. Many of the most valuable experiences I’ve had … Continue reading

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