Harold Parker State Forest is ready for a new season with a host of free events. Here’s what’s coming up at the property on Jenkins Road in Andover starting next week:
TUESDAY, SEPT. 3
Senior Stroll, 10 to 11 a.m.: Enjoy a slow-paced stroll on paved surfaces with the park interpreter, while taking in the scenery around Frye Pond.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4
We Walk the Woods, 10 a.m. to noon: Join the park interpreter for a slow-paced, weekly walk through the forest while enjoying nature at its finest. Each week, the group we hike to a different part of the forest for a series of 12 hikes. Binoculars and cameras are recommended; appropriate for children over age 6.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
Soapstone Quarry Ramble, 3 to 5 p.m.: Join the park interpreter for a walk back in time as the group tours the site of the old Jenkins blue soapstone quarry, The Skug River mill site and a glacial erratic. Cameras are recommended; appropriate for all ages.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
26th Annual Fishing Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sudden Pond (follow signs): The festival promises fun for all ages; licenses are not required and all equipment and bait is provided. The event is co-sponsored by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and Massachusetts Wildlife Angler Education program. Instructors will be on hand to assist. The event goes off rain or shine.
All programs are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they start from the campground nature center.
Bring water, wear sunscreen and bug spray, dress in layers and wear good footwear.
An adult must accompany children. Most activities will be canceled in the event of rain.
For more information on programs, call 978-475-7972 or visit www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/harp.html.