Imagine the very first time you climbed a mountain, wandered into a forest, or sat by the shores of a pristine lake. Maybe the experience was adventurous, peaceful or awe inspiring. Many New Hampshire residents may have to reach far back to recall these memories, however many visitors to New Hampshire’s State Parks are doing these things for the very first time.
That is where the New Hampshire Conservation Corps steps forward: for the third year the NHCC has teamed up with New Hampshire State Parks and Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) to provide the 2009 Discover the Power of Parks Program.
From June to October five Interpreter Corps Members are working in six New Hampshire State Parks and providing information, educational programs and other services to visitors of the most popular New Hampshire State Parks. Interpreters can be found at Monadnock State Park, Greenfield State Park, Pawtuckaway State Park, Bear Brook State Park, White Lake State Park and Franconia Notch State Park.
Interpretation serves to connect people -- trail greenhorns and expert adventurers alike -- to the special places they have come to visit. One way the Interpreters have been doing this is by sharing their knowledge through formal programs that are offered free of charge to the public. Visitors attending Discover the Power of Parks programs can explore the park using their senses, learn backcountry survival skills, meet the animals that share the parks, and discover the mysteries that dwell beneath the surface of a pond.
Visitors to Greenfield and Monadnock State Parks enjoyed learning about Bears. White Lake visitors explored it’s active beaver lodge by boat. Children at Pawtuckaway and Bear Brook took on the roles of their favorite animals to learn how they live in the wild.
Interpreters are also serving visitors in other ways, by providing information about park trails and attractions, staffing visitor centers, and providing assistance for lost and injured hikers. Interpreters have also taken an active role in educating visitors in Hike Safe and Leave No Trace principles, assuring the visitors can have a good time visiting the parks, and that they will continue to be preserved for future enjoyment.