Visit the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve

Come visit the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve this summer and participate in educational programs and quests designed by ANE students, Antioch New England Institute (ANEI) staff, and Horatio Colony House Museum team members. The preserve – over 614 acres of rolling hills, wooded trails, and sunny vistas – stretches over Keene, New Hampshire’s West Hill and is part of the Horatio Colony Trust. It provides the community with three and one half miles of hiking trails, a historic cabin and foundations, place-based education initiatives, ongoing research activities conducted by Antioch University New England students and faculty, and a public program series.

This year’s free summer programs are coordinated by ES environmental education, ANEI practicum student Lauren Bentson. Current summer programs include:

August 1 (Saturday), 10 a.m. Survival Skills
Build your knowledge of outdoor survival skills to be prepared if you ever find yourself stranded. This program is best for older children and adults.

August 4 (Tuesday), 3:15 p.m. Discovering the Forest’s History
Join Keene Senior Center members and friends for a light hike at the preserve to look for landscape features that might tell us something about land-use history and forest community make up.

August 15, (Saturday), 10 a.m. Treasures of the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve
How did these massive rock outcroppings get here? Has the landscape always looked like this? Who placed all of these stones so strategically? Join us for a morning hike to discover some of the natural and cultural treasures of the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve. Participants will develop a sense of place through geologic history, tree identification and aging, and detecting disturbance history events.

August 22, (Saturday), 10 a.m. Educator’s Workshop: Tips on Teaching Outdoors.
This program is geared towards educators who might find themselves teaching in an outdoor setting. It will include activities and games that can be applied to student activities and lessons for a wide spectrum of ages.

All programs begin at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve parking area off of Daniels Hill Road in Keene. Remember to bring sturdy, walking footwear, water/snack, bug spray, hat, and binoculars.

For more information or to determine cancellations due to weather, please call Lauren Bentson at 617-840-2145 or via email at:

Learn more about ANE’s Antioch New England Institute work with the preserve here.