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Monadnock is home to wildlife refuge, nature center, and more science fun

Harris Center for Conservation Education

King's Highway Hancock, NH Phone: 603-532-2400

Nature center offering nature programs kayaking, hikes,and walks. Open year-round.
Shieling State Forest

Old Street Road Peterborough, NH Phone: 603-431-6774

This small forest (45 acres) has been dedicated to the advancement of nature and conservation education. There are self-guided nature trails, a learning center, and a demonstration of woodlot management. Events are scheduled there throughout the year.
Wapack National Wildlife Refuge

Route 101 Peterborough, NH Phone:

This preserve offers ample opportunity for wildlife observation, particularly of migrating hawks. Hiking trails lead past forested land, a bog, a swamp and a rock cliff. These trails are available in the winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well. Camping and open fires are not permitted.
Cathedral of the Pines - Rindge, NH
Cathedral of the Pines

10 Hale Hill Road Rindge, NH, 03461 Phone: 603-899-3300

Sibyl and Douglas Sloane III founded the Cathedral of the Pines in 1945 as a memorial to men and women, including their son, who sacrificed their lives in World War II. Situated on a hilltop with a panoramic view of the Grand Monadnock, the Cathedral of the Pines is a breathtaking open-air cathedral and meeting space on 236 acres. Historic monuments honor the service of American men and women — both military and civilian. Visitors from all over the world participate in events here and explore the extraordinary sanctuary grounds and meditate in outdoor chapels and gardens. A warm jacket is often necessary. Guided tours are available; groups are required to make reservations. Fee charged for group tours.