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Beaver Brook Nature Center. Courtesy photo.




50th Birthday Celebration 

Where: 117 Ridge Road, Hollis
When: Saturday, May 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person, advance registration required; call or go online to purchase tickets
Contact: 465-7787
Visit: beaverbrook.org/celebrating-50-years

 





Beaver Brook birthday bash
Get your tickets now for nature center’s 50th

05/22/14



 Hidden between southern New Hampshire’s cities are hundreds of acres of green land and 35 miles of wooded trails that are tended to by the Beaver Brook Nature Center, which, on Saturday, May 31, will celebrate its 50th birthday.

“The concept of the celebration is promoting the acquisition of [easements for] 22 hundred acres of land in a fast-growing region. In a suburban area, that’s a good amount of land,” said Celeste Barr, director of education and community relations at Beaver Brook Nature Center. “It was this oasis of green space that was the vision of the founders in the ’60s ... and it’s nice to see that after 50 years we’ve stayed on track and really upheld our mission.”
Last year, the center acquired the conservation easements on its land, which means that no one will be allowed to develop it, even if something happens to the center. 
Barr said the greatest thing about the center is that you don’t need to be a member to enjoy it. 
The paths, which are taken care of by volunteers, are open all year from dusk until dawn, for walking, running, horseback riding, biking and, in the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Hidden in the paths are beaver lodges and dams, cabins, wildlife and an ash bark wigwam. The center also has 12 themed gardens for people to picnic in. 
Beaver Brook offers educational programs year-round for area schools as well as adults. The center teaches about maple sugaring, animals, water and even space. In the summer the nature center offers 16 weeks of week-long summer camps with different conservation and nature themes. 
“I feel like our mission is more important than ever now. What’s happening with our society, the increase in obesity and other health issues —anxiety and depression — it’s been documented that nature remediates those issues,” Barr said. “So there’s a lot of human benefit to nature.” 
The birthday party will feature a barbecue lunch from Greenhouse Catering and live music from T’Acadie. People will get to enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, old fashioned games and guided hikes. The event will also feature birthday cake and an award ceremony for longtime staff and volunteers. Everyone is welcome, but tickets much be purchased in advance.
“This is a very community-oriented [organization]. We don’t get government funding; we are supported by general donors and members and those participating in our programs,” Barr said. “It’s through the community that we have accomplished so much and the work we do here.”
 
As seen in the May 22, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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