Bear Brook is home to one of the only Civilian Conservation Corps camps left standing in the US. Also known as the CCC, the Civilian Conservation Corps was created by President Franklin Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression’s effect on the American economy.
By Molly Ryan, SCA Interpretive Ranger for Bear Brook State Park, Wallis Sands State Park, and Odiorne Point State Park. Odiorne Point State Park is one of New Hampshire’s lesser known treasures. Most people who visit the park do so to see the sea creatures at the Seacoast Science Center, a non-profit located in the […]
By: Haley Lesmerises, Interpretive Ranger at Franconia Notch State Park “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.” — George Eliot Autumn is here! The leaves are losing their chlorophyll, animals are getting fat for winter, and children are […]
By: Rand Michaels, Interpretive Ranger at Pawtuckaway State Park In early July, while living and working at Pawtuckaway State Park, I received a letter addressed to “Chief Ranger” – making my job sound a bit more grandiose than I feel like it is. This handwritten letter was from Carl Johnson, who now lives in Barnegat […]
By: Renee Rosenbaum, SCA New Hampshire Corps, Americorps; Conservation Steward There is nothing quite like the experience of camping. The benefits of living in the outdoors – even if just for a couple days – does wonders for the mind, body, and soul. In some cases, it also provides a historical reference to past times […]
New Hampshire’s cultural history has been largely influenced by its natural history. Everything from ancient volcanoes and glaciers to modern day forest fires have helped to mold the mountains, rivers, and lakes that we know and love today. As a result, people have had to continuously adapt to the rough and rugged landscape. This has […]
Take a walk on the “Around the Lake” trail at White Lake State Park and try to find these fascinating things: Geology There is a way to gauge how fast an intrusive granite rock has cooled based on its crystal sizes. If the molted rock cools down very fast there isn’t much time for crystallization. […]
Before Pawtuckaway’s woods belonged to the state park, the lands were privately owned by families who hoped to make a prosperous life. Living in the mountains is not an easy feat, and many of the families struggled immensely. The soil of New England is very rocky and acidic which is not ideal for growing crops. Farmers […]