Green with Envy at Greenfield State Park

By: Jonathan Rager. Greenfield/Monadnock State Park Interpretive Ranger

Firstly, allow me to just say for clarity, that Greenfield State Park and Monadnock State Park are two totally different, but special places for me.  Each park in essence, provide the coals of life, to heat my interest in the wild and wonderful world that New Hampshire has to offer. As I entered interpretive season I was about to enter adventures galore and they began at Greenfield State Park.

For the first couple of weeks in July, Greenfield State Park has certainly been hot and steamy. What better time to take advantage of the cool and refreshing waters of Campers Beach, Middle Beach, or Picnic Beach. I think this out loud and sometimes in passing conversations with visitors. “Boy, oh boy, would I love to jump in right now,” as I shift gears on my bike.  On my bike, I start zipping around the campground and through the conquest of confusion, I actually know where I am going now! The sweat I wipe from my brow however is a certain satisfaction of observing something wonderful.  Folks are getting out into their parks and having a great time!

Through conversations I learn a little bit more about folks who have been coming to Greenfield ranging from new campers/visitors to campers who have engaged in the Greenfield legacy since they were children. It truly says something about Greenfield’s welcoming atmosphere. The staff at Greenfield is also very kind, receptive, and willing to give input on programming, so I heavily encourage chatting it up with these awesome folks! As I laid gently to rest the first night at Greenfield State Park, I found out my sleeping pad had a hole in it, but oddly enough the ground was pretty gentle and I fell asleep in no time! These are one of the many things I like about Greenfield, just a warm and accommodating atmosphere. Just a reminder, we do have solid programming on Saturdays and Sundays, with a lovely evening program on Fridays as well, and we always look forward to welcoming guests of any ages.

Jonathan’s Gems: I will be blogging about once a month, but in that time allotment I will provide some “gems,” or items of interest.

Blueberries: Greenfield State Park is loaded with blueberries and they are quite delicious! I encourage you to try some of these wonderful treats but remember to save some for our animal friends!

Our winged friend takes time to enjoy some Blueberries in Greenfield State Park

Wildlife: There are many different creatures in Greenfield State Park and if we are quiet and still we may be able to catch a glimpse of something truly amazing, while respecting their space.

Oh Snap! Can you guess what this creature is?

Hogback Pond: Be sure to go for a hike! Hogback Pond is a great little area to get off the beaten path. There was originally an interpretive trail in the 1960’s here! See what you can interpret as you walk around this beautiful site.

Hogback Pond: A lovely jaunt around Greenfield State Park. Please partake.

Interpretive Circle: An area right behind the Campground Office where many programs take place. Not a lot of people know about this location, so be sure to check the programming schedule and come  check out some programs!

The Interpretive Circle. Right behind the ranger station where many programs occur.

Pond-emonium!: This program seems to be the “cat’s pajamas!” This is the program with the most attendance and positive reception. Happening at 2pm on Saturdays and 10am on Sundays, all July!

Each “Pond-emonium” experience is different! Greenfield State Parks MVP. Most Popular Program. Please check scheduling online and join us as we explore the depths of Beaver Pond!

Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps and made possible by generous financial support from Eversource. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required.

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