Out of sensitivity to Covid concerns and limited staff availability, NH Audubon has canceled our beloved Enchanted Forest for 2022. We make this difficult decision out of a deep respect for not only the legacy of this treasured event, but also for those who come through the forest with us celebrating nature’s wonders. Our top priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our members, participants, and our staff.
Everyone here at NH Audubon hopes that you will save the date for Enchanted Forest 2023, already scheduled for Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21.
Thank you for your understanding, and be safe!
It is an educational and entertaining family-friendly event with a focus on how we encounter nature. It features a trail through the woods, lit by jack-o-lanterns. Along the trail guests encounter performance stations where a skit or story is shared. There are also crafts, refreshments and other activities which can be enjoyed before or after the outdoor tour. Participants must pre-register for a particular tour time and arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour starts.
The walk on the trail through the woods takes about an hour, following a jack-o-lantern trail and stopping at the performance stations for about 5 minutes each.
The program is ideal for ages 4-10 and adults. Children younger than 4 often do not have the attention span to focus on the 5-minute performances, teenagers are often looking for something scary, which this is not. Adults find the experience enjoyable, fun and educational, and bringing a child is not required!
No! It is designed not to be scary and is a wonderful alternative to haunted houses, etc. that some families find disturbing. On occasion, walking in the woods in the dark may be uncomfortable for some participants, but there are no intentionally fear-producing features.
All of the outdoor stations are covered with tarps so that participants will be protected from the weather. The trails however are not covered so please come prepared to be outside in the weather. It can also be chilly, so dress warmly.
Unfortunately, the trail through the woods is not easily navigated with either a wheelchair or strollers, especially during later tours when it is dark.
Costumes are highly encouraged as long as they don’t interfere with being able to see or have long flowing parts that could get caught on branches as you go through the woods. Also, sturdy footwear is recommended – you’ll be on a woodland trail.
Photo: Enchanted Forest path, by Dyanna Smith.