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Prescott Farm: Three Miles of Nature Trails in Laconia, NH

By Elisha Neubauer

Currently listed as an official New Hampshire Wildlife Viewing Area, Prescott Farm encompasses more than three miles of wooded land, ponds, and trails in Laconia, New Hampshire. With a three-story historic barn, beautiful gardens, and an authentic, old-fashioned maple sugar operation running throughout the month of March, Prescott Farm is a unique opportunity for all ages to learn about the natural world around them.

Prescott Farm offers over three and a half miles of nature trails to explore. A visitor center provides maps and nature-themed backpacks for visitors to borrow during their time on the trails, and even hosts several exhibits for guests to peruse before heading out on the footpaths. "Every month Prescott Farm offers programs that encourage people of all ages to get outdoors and connect with nature," stated Kimberly Drouin, Marketing Director at Prescott Farm.

Some of Prescott Farm's most popular programs for children include its WildQuest day camps, the Maple Sugar Madness, and Polliwogs- a Pre-K program offered in the spring and fall. Beginning in the fall of 2015, a nature-based preschool, adorably entitled Fledglings, will be offered on the premises as well. Elementary and Middle Schools field trips are available and can be completely customized to fit any lesson plan, giving a unique spin to classroom activities.

"We feel that all children should have the opportunity to experience Prescott Farm. It has helped my shy boys come out of their shell and experience things that they would never have experienced," recounts one WildQuest Summer Camp parent. All camps are licensed by the State of New Hampshire and are directed by experienced educators with a focus on environmental education. The goal of the camp is to foster an appreciation and understanding of the natural world surrounding the student.

"We believe that a camp experience with us will enhance your child's ecological awareness and provide fun learning opportunities in a community-minded and non-competitive atmosphere," says Drouin. Kids enjoy nature activities, animal and plant identification, arts and crafts, quests, and games- almost all of it outdoors. The community is exceptionally supportive of the programs offered at Prescott Farm. They show their support through business and individual memberships, volunteering, and participating in programs and events.

A scholarship offered by the camp is supplemented by donations from the community. "Word of mouth is huge for us," says Drouin, "and many in the community that have come to Prescott Farm for a program or event have shared their experience with others and encouraged others to see what we are all about."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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