For Children

Nature Explorer kitNature Explorer Activity Kits
Available year-round. (Snowshoes recommended for winter trail use.)

Explore the woods and gardens of The Fells with our Nature Explorer Activity Kit! Topics include; Finding Your Way and Safety, Mammals, Birds and Insects, Spiders and Webs, Animal Tracks, Trees, Habitats, and Nature Journaling. Twenty packs available, each containing binoculars, a magnifying glass, a NH animals track guide, an ecology-themed activity booklet (appropriate for grades K-4), a map, clipboard, and pen–all packed into a convenient backpack. Packs may be signed out at the Gatehouse weekdays, 9am-4pm. Free use with Fells admission (deposit of driver’s license or major credit card required, to be returned upon receipt of backpack and items). School groups click HERE.

The Fells Fairy Village

Visit the Fairy Village, tucked in a woodland niche behind the Old Garden–just off the Wildflower Loop–a special place where families connect with nature. For as long as stories have been told, fairies have captured the imagination of the young and young at heart. Many houses make a village, build yours with natural found objects and leave for all–including the woodland fairies–to enjoy.


Valley Quest uses treasure hunts to celebrate community, natural history, cultural sites, stories and special places. The Fells hosts a summer Valley Quest, one of over 200 in and around the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont. Each quest is a set of rhyming clues that leads guests by and to a special natural or cultural place. Solve the riddle to find a treasure box. You can find The Fells Quest (also known as the Hay Refuge Quest) in Valley Quest: 89 Treasure Hunts in the Upper Valley (2001) and in the upcoming Valley Quest III: The Best of Valley Quest (2008). Copies of the Fells Quest are also available at The Fells Gatehouse. For more information on Valley Quest, visit

Out and About

Lake Sunapee Protective Association and The Fells present Out and About in Nature

Get out and about in nature at The Fells and at LSPA in Sunapee Harbor. Come to one session or all – each month’s programs are organized around an ecological theme and each one is unique. All programs are filled with hands on learning through sensory experiences, guided exploration, creative play, art, and music. Come join the fun!! All programs are on Tuesdays and held from 10-11am. Free to all.

Here Comes Fall!
September 20: In the Harbor      
September 27: At The Fells
Cooler days, changing leaves and autumn seeds… we will explore the how the natural world is changing right before our eyes!

Pumpkins and Bats, Apples and Cats
October 4, 11, 18: In the Harbor
October 25: At The Fells
Programs highlight the fruits of the seasons – apples and   pumpkins – as well as interesting animal neighbors – bats and cats (the wild kind!)

The In Between Season
November 1, 8, 15: In the Harbor
November 29: At The Fells
November may seem drab, but it’s exciting to explore! Join us in learning about how plants and animals prepare for the winter ahead.

Winter Solstice Magic
December 6: In the Harbor
December 13: At The Fells
Discover what’s happening in the frosty world outside on the eve of winter.