The Trees of Bretzfelder Park

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests will host local naturalist David Govatski for a presentation titled “The Trees of Bretzfelder Park.” The free program is open to the public and is part of the annual summer Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series. It will begin at 7 p.m.

Learn howto identify the trees of Bretzfelder Park on this short walk at the park. You will learn the simple techniques to tell the difference between a red and sugar maple or a spruce and balsam fir. We will discuss why trees grow where they do and how to keep them healthy. We will look at the tools a forester uses for measuring the age and diameter of trees.

You will hear the story of the large white pine that is central to the Park where Charles Bretzfelder used to relax and listen to the brook and see the Tree Identification Trail which is open for use year round.

Govatski of Jefferson, NH, retired from the US Forest Service after a 33-year career as a Fire and Aviation Management Officer, Forester and Silviculturist. He worked in Colorado,Vermont, Michigan, Oregon, Maine and New Hampshire and has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Unity College in Maine. He has a  Certificate of Advanced Studies in Silviculture from the US Forest Service and has a strong interest in forest management and co-authored “Forests for the People: The Story of the Eastern National Forests.” His articles on forest history have appeared in several magazines and he is a frequent guest speaker and trip leader. He has worked as a ship naturalist in Alaska and Iceland and will be returning to Alaska in 2019 as a naturalist on the Inside Passage route.

Owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (,Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The park,bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, houses a classroom, educational trails, a pond, and several picnic sites.

Two series of educational programs are held there each year, in winter and summer. The Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series will continue on February 20 of 2019.

For more information and a calendar of events please visit,email us at [email protected], or call 603-444-6228.


International Migratory Bird Day at Weeks State Park

This morning guided bird hike with the Weeks State Park Association begins at 7 am at the parking area along the auto road to the summit of Mount Prospect at Weeks State Park in Lancaster, NH. We will walk up the auto road slowly looking for a variety of recent arrivals of warblers, flycatchers and vireos. We will walk approximately three miles on the park auto road. At 11 am we will regroup and drive over to the boat launch on Martin Meadow Pond to look for loons, eagles and osprey.

For more detailed information contact David Govatski at [email protected]

AMC Presents: Wildlife of the White Mountains

Naturalist Dave Govatski will lead this program that will look at several charismatic mammals of the White Mountain region, including American marten, fisher, snowshoe hare, beaver, black bear and moose. We will discuss what these animals eat, how they survive our long winters and places where you might see them. We will also look at several bird species found in the mountains, including spruce grouse, gray jays, boreal chickadees, and black-backed woodpeckers.

Highland Happenings Featured Evening Programs are FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information, please call (603) 278-4453.