Ranger-led Interpretive tours & walks (described below) are offered during the park's open season May 31 - Oct 31.Check the Schedule of Events page for more details or to download a Programs at the Park brochure.
America's Best Idea
Join us on National Park Service Founder's Day (Sunday August 25, 2013). Tell us about your favorite park and why parks are important to you. Explore some of the "untold stories" from Ken Burns' series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
Appalachian Trails & Tales
Extending from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail is one of the greatest examples of citizen stewardship. Join a national park ranger on aTrail for a 3-hour hike to explore a section of the AT and the history that shaped this landscape. Meet at Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center. Moderate to difficult, 3 miles.
Become an I-Naturalist
Flowers, trees, amphibians, butterflies, oh my! Step outside and start recording the fascinating world around you, and share your observations with a growing network of "citizen scientists". Curiosity required, no experience necessary. Meets at Forest Center.
Causes & Consequences:The Civil War Home Front in Woodstock, Vermont
This 2-hour ranger-led tour is one of the park's most popular special programs. See what life was like on the home front during the Civil War in Woodstock. Included are places associated with the Underground Railroad, abolition meetings, the town's free African-American community and Woodstock's pivotal role in the Union war effort in Vermont. This tour offers deeper understanding of the far-reaching effects of the Civil War on the role of women, the meaning of citizenship, and the beginnings of land conservation.
From Native Americans to early European settlers, to land trusts, national parks, and wilderness areas, conservation thought and practice has taken many forms in North America over the past four centuries.Using words, images, and films of the past, explore the attitudes and actions that have shaped our relationship with the land we call the United States in this multimedia presentation.
*Available by advance reservation
Conservation Through the Artist's Eye
American landscape paintings have inspired conservationists for over 100 years. See paintings by Hudson River School artists on this 1 1/2 mansion tour and discover how landscape paintings profoundly influenced the development of a conservation ethic.
Fall Foliage Walk (Offered in October)
View vibrant autumn foliage in this 2-hour ranger-led walk along historic carriage roads while learning about the story of the Mount Tom forest. Meet at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center. Easy 2 1/2 miles.
Fallout: The Atomic Age & the Emergence of the Modern Environmental Movement
The Cold War spurred proliferation of technologies with the power of vast destructiveness, and in its shadow a new environmental consciousness emerged. Go back in time with dramatic historic news reels, and movie clips to explore this pivotal time. A highlight of the program is a tour of a fully-stocked 1960's-era fallout shelter.
Future of the Forest
Join us for a hike exploring the history and stewardship of the oldest professionally-managed forest in the United States. During this 2-hour hike, see some of the most unique parts of the park and visit stands with active forestry. Meet at Prosper parking lot. Moderate, 3 miles.
Gardens in Bloom
Explore the park's colorful gardens on this short 1-hour walk. More than beautiful scenery, this landscape reflects layers of careful design that are linked to the conservation movement in the 19th century.
Green Energy Showcase
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the park's "green" technologies on this 1-hour walking tour. Included on this easy walk are a high efficiency wood boiler, hybrid cars, solar panels, a composting site, and our Platinum LEED certified Forest Center. Learn high- and low-tech
solutions that you can use at home.
Hidden Spaces Unique Places
Discover the park's distinctive historic buildings with their unusual architectural styles and interesting histories. Learn about the variety of strategies and
techniques to preserve these landmark structures on this sneak-peak walking tour through seldom-seen building interiors and exteriors.
Visit a horse-logging site in action and learn about the 150-year legacy of forestry on Mount Tom. Explore the process from trees to boards -- how trees are marked and harvested and the various ways wood is used in our daily lives.
Junior Ranger Program
Each week throughout the summer, park rangers will guide 6- 12 year olds in an exciting, 1.5 hour hands-on exploration of a variety of topics, ranging from trees to art to outdoor safety. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger Badge and a stamped memory book. A self-guided Junior Ranger program is also available upon request.
Did You Know?
The NPS Conservation Study Institute, based at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, works with national parks and partners to advance leadership and innovation, and in collaborative conservation for the stewardship of our national system of parks and special places. More...