Frozen Bog Walk
With 2013 as its inaugural year, the Frozen Bog Walk is quickly becoming an annual event. This chilly gathering is held on a weekend day in late January or early February, on Campton's serene Bog Pond. The CCC is fortunate to be joined by members of the Newfound Tracking Team, to lead visitors for a guided snowshoe and/or ski on the pond. Trackers provide participants the opportunity to locate, identify and very often follow various animal tracks across the frozen surface as well as along its shores. Tracks of minks, coyote, deer, moose, shrew, ermine, snowshoe hare, fox, and more have been identified in years past! The exploration in concluded with a group discussion and a chance to consult tracking cards. Coffee, hot chocolate and homemade goods are served courtesy of the CCC.
Participants in the Frozen Bog Walk are encouraged to plan accordingly for a typical New Hampshire winter day and physical activity. Although the walk tends to move at a family friendly pace, explorers should dress warm and in layers. Snowshoes and or nordic skis are encouraged, however snow boots will work when following the group's tracks! The event is open to the public, date and time is posted on our website and advertised locally. RSVP is kindly requested.
An article about the Frozen Bog Walk can be found here.
Spring & Fall roadside cleanup
The CCC proudly participates in the NH Department of Transportation's Sponsor-A-Highway program. Due to safety concerns of the DOT, as a volunteer group we are eligible to adopt a secondary highway. The section of secondary highway is located along the Blair Road and Route 175. The route begins at the intersection of Blair Rd. and Bog Rd., running the entire length of the Blair Rd. until its intersection with Rte. 175. The adopted section then continues south on route 175 for roughly 1.3 miles, stopping at the intersection with Pulsifer Rd.
Roadside clean-ups typically occur in the spring and fall, with both members of the CCC and local residents participating. Due to safety regulations of the DOT, participants are restricted to individuals over the age of 11, with strict adherence to strict safety guidelines. Individuals interested in participating alongside the CCC in our roadside clean are encouraged to contact the Commission directly.
For more information about Adpot-A-Highway, check out the DOT's wesbsite.
During the summer months, the CCC teams with a Rey Center naturalist, and local supporters to provide a weekly exploration of our conservation property, Blair Woodland Natural Area. The program is typically held on a weekday evening, starting at 6pm and running 1-1.5 hours in length. Each week a different theme is presented and over the course of the summer, participants will explore nearly every inch of the property while learning about the flora and fauna that inhabit this conserved woodland. In years past topics have included: vernal pool exploration, tree identification, aquatic invertebrate study, shelter building and habitat discovery.
Hiking and exploration is at a family-friendly pace, with frequent stops along the way to learn about the theme of the night. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as there is no shelter except beneath the trees. Individuals are also encouraged to bring water and bug spray or protective clothing. There are no restroom facilities on the property so participants are encouraged to plan ahead. All ages are welcome and an adult must accompany children.
The Nature Nights program is sponsored not only by the CCC, but through generous donations from local supporters. Supporters for 2015-2016 include Meredith Village Savings Bank and The Little Red Schoolhouse.