Photos by Kate Wilcox and Emily Lord of a previous Moonlight Walk at Leary Field & Forest and of other MOOSE-ies for Families events.

On Saturday, September 22, MMRG will offer a Family Moonlight Walk led by local naturalist and educator Sally Cornwell. Intended to engage children with the natural world and encourage a new generation of conservationists, this activity is part of our new nature program for kids and their families called ‘MOOSE-ies for Families. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Leary Field & Forest in Farmington, which MMRG is working with landowners Bob and Debbie Leary to conserve.

Sally Cornwell of Wolfeboro has been a beloved trip leader for MMRG for many years and has led some of the organization’s most popular outings. On this occasion, she will lead families on well-kept forest and field trails, pointing out some of the wonders of nature along the way. The destination at the top of Leary’s high hay field will provide a fine view of the nearly full moon rising behind the mountains. At this scenic location, Sally will teach owl calls and songs and tell stories from the Native American tradition. Participation is encouraged!

Children of all ages are welcome with their families. Families are asked to bring a snack, something to sit on, and a flashlight. The outing is free for MMRG member households (see below) but pre-registration is required. For more information, directions, and to pre-register, call MMRG Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email

‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ stands for Members Only Outdoor and Social Events for Families; the program of six ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ activities per year is a benefit for MMRG members. The final 2018 event will be a Family Bonfire Storytime at McKenzie’s Farm in Milton in October, with more activities planned for 2019. If MMRG’s $25 per household per year membership fee is a financial burden, families may inquire of Executive Director Patti Connaughton-Burns about available scholarships by calling (603) 473-2020. Click here to read more about MOOSE-ies for Families.

MMRG, a non-profit land trust, works to conserve and connect important water resources, farm and forest lands, wildlife habitats, and recreational land in Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Wakefield, and Wolfeboro. Throughout the year, MMRG offers many educational opportunities to inform all ages about the benefits of our region’s natural resources. Click here to become our newest member! 

MMRG would like to thank MRP Manufacturing, LLC in Pittsfield, NH for sponsoring the Family Moonlight Walk.