Harold Parker State Forest in Andover has plenty of activities in store for the rest of May and into June, from nature walks and quarry hikes to animal tracking and fishing.
All programs are free and open to the public.
We Walk the Woods: Wednesdays, May 29 and June 5, 12, 19, 26, 10 a.m.-12 noon. Meet at Park Headquarters. Join the Park Interpreter and the Friends of Harold Parker for a slow-paced walk through the forest while enjoying nature at its finest. Each week we hike to a different part of the forest for a series of 12 hikes. Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Park Headquarters located at 305 Middleton Road, No. Andover. Appropriate for children 6 and up.
Creature Catch: Friday, May 24, 31 and June 7, 14, 21 and 28; 2:30–3:30 p.m. Meet at Frye Pond Beach in the campground. Fish, frogs, snakes, and salamanders. Discover what lives in our tranquil New England ponds. Nets and buckets are provided. This activity can be wet and muddy. Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera. Appropriate for all ages.
Gone Fishin’: Saturdays, June 1, 15, 22, 29; 2-3:30 p.m., Meet at Frye Pond Beach - Great family fun for everyone interested in learning the basics of pond fishing in New England. Learn the different species of fish that live here and gain a new skill! Rods and bait are provided, or bring your own. All ages are welcome and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Birding For Beginners: Sundays, May 26 and June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 9:30-10:30 a.m., meet at Campground Nature Center. Learn about the local bird population from our park interpreter while enjoying some amateur bird watching. Bring binoculars if you have them.. Appropriate for children 6 and up.
Soapstone Quarry Hike: Sundays, May 26 and June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 1-3 p.m., meet at Campground Nature Center. For ages 6 and up. A moderate guided hike to the remnants of the Jenkins family blue soapstone quarry. A great way to learn about the park’s history and resources while getting some exercise.