Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:38AM
ANTRIMFamily-friendly forest walk

“Oohs,” “aahs,” and maybe even a few “ewwws” are sure to be heard on April 19 at the McCabe Forest in Antrim, during a free, naturalist-led hike from 4 to 6 p.m. to find vernal pools in the forest -- and all the crawling and hopping creatures that visit them each spring.

The hike is the last in the Five Easy Hikes in Five Weeks winter/spring seriesMcCabe Forest is a 189-acre Forest Society reservation located off Route 202 in Antrim. 

“These hikes are our cure for cabin fever. We want to introduce people to conserved properties near them,” said Dave Anderson, the Forest Society’s education director and hike leader. “We invite people to bring the whole family to get to know the McCabe Forest and learn more about New Hampshire's wildlife, habitats and other natural resources.”

Two miles of hiking trails wind through upland pine-oak-hemlock forests, fields, old orchards, and silver maple floodplain forest along the Contoocook River. The hike will be a moderate walk on the McCabe Forest trails with many stops along the way at vernal pools – the temporary, small pools that form in forests early each spring –to look for frogs and salamanders and the egg masses they deposit there.

After the hike, participants will be invited to go out for pizza for an informal get-together. 

To find out more about the “Five Hikes in Five Weeks” events and to register for the vernal pool walk, visit forestsociety.org/events or call 224-9945.