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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.
Mysteries in Rhododendron State Park

Mysteries in Rhododendron State Park

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I couldn’t resist a visit when I heard that Rhododendron State Park was going to reach its peak bloom last weekend. This National Landmark in Fitzwilliam shelters a rare stand of native giant rhododendrons, which are more commonly found in … Continue reading

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Photography by Jeff Newcomer

The Trail Less Traveled on Mt. Monadnock: Part 1

Posted on by Jackie Raiford, New Hampshire State Parks Intern

I’ll begin this week with another confession. I had a lot of difficulty writing this post. It almost didn’t make it here to the blog. Months ago when I first began planning some of the places and events I wanted … Continue reading

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The Trail Less Traveled on Mt. Monadnock: Part 2

The Trail Less Traveled on Mt. Monadnock: Part 2

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We began our walk on the Old Halfway House trail. It was a sunny and mild morning. We met a golden frog along the way. We paused at the former site of the Halfway House hotel to take in the … Continue reading

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Sugar Hill Lupines

The Lovely Lupines of Sugar Hill

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I have to confess that I find the Franconia Notch area to be one of the most beautiful in New Hampshire. When I vacationed last fall and saw how dramatically blue the sky could be against the fiery foliage I … Continue reading

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Ponemah Bog Water Lilies

Bugs and Blooms of the Bog

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A soggy bog might not be your first choice of places to spend a sunny morning in June, but I have a feeling a stroll along the Ponemah Bog boardwalk might change your mind. Who knew that these “peatlands” could … Continue reading

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Sunset Hike at Goose Pond in Keene

Sunset Hike at Goose Pond in Keene

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A walk at sunset is a beautiful way to close the day. I was still recovering from being ill last weekend, so I was looking for some light, restorative exercise. I decided to visit Goose Pond, one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lilacs through History and Art at Wentworth-Coolidge

Celebrating Lilacs through History and Art at Wentworth-Coolidge

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The New Hampshire outdoors was a great place to be this Memorial Day weekend, especially on the lawn of Portsmouth’s historic Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion during the annual Lilac Festival. The serenity of the Little Harbor seaside was enriched through the experience of… … Continue reading

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Jackie at Reid State Park, ME

I’m Not From Around Here

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I grew up in a well-manicured suburb just north of Washington D.C. And I probably would have grown up thinking, like many of my peers, that “nature” was something to be watched on the Discovery Channel if it wasn’t for … Continue reading

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