Get connected to the woods and the watershed! Registration is open for July 10th-21st programs.

July 10th-21st Programs

Registration Now Open!

We hope that you had a blast over the 4th of July weekend despite the weather. The programs committee has arranged lots of  free activities for July and August from  naturalist led walks in the woods, heritage paddles, and a swim/ paddle challenge. We are also hosting a Virtual History of Lake Wentworth talk.

This weekend, we are hosting a Stamp Act Island Tour and a Map and Compass Workshop. Both led by Peter Goodwin. Registration is limited to 15 guests per event. We hope you will join us. Only register if you are planning on attending to ensure that our members can make the most out of these offerings. 

Swim/ Paddle Challenge

All Summer!

Get outside and get some exercise. Time, GPS your route or just report your swim or paddle. How many islands have you circumnavigated? Which ones? From which shore to shore have you swam/ paddled?  Who has swam/ paddled around all of the islands this year? Post your swims/ paddles on the Wentworth Watershed Association Facebook page. Get on the water, get some exercise, meet other active friends in the watershed on our Facebook page. We would love to start swim or paddle meet ups. Take the challenge!

Stamp Act Island Walk

July 10th, 10am

Meet at North Beach on Stamp Act Island

Hosted by Peter Goodwin

Stamp Act Island in Lake Wentworth is rich in history and wild virtues. The island was once owned by Governor John Wentworth, the last colonial governor of New Hampshire, who was influential in repealing Britain’s Stamp Act. Today, all 11,000 feet of the island’s shoreline remains undeveloped. Loons and other waterfowl patrol the surrounding waters while the island’s interior supports a rare black gum swamp with trees visible from boats along the shoreline.
Join Peter Goodwin, a member of the Stamp Act Island Management Committee, for an insider’s look at Lake Wentworth’s largest island. We’ll meet on North Beach on Stamp Act Island a little before 10:00 am for about a two hour walk. From there, we’ll hike to the interior of the island, exploring its history and ecology along the way (including some very large trees that are 300-400 years old!)
We will be walking through the woods so walking shoes are needed and bug repellent is strongly recommended. 
Registration is required. In order to provide attendees with the best possible experience, this trip is limited 15 participants. Due to the limited availability of spots, please allow members who have never been a chance to see this beautiful island.
July 11th, 10am
Meet at the Brewster Heath Preserve Parking Lot off McManus Road
Hosted by Peter Goodwin

This workshop will help you to learn how to use a map and compass or increase your skills in using them. It will be held on a detailed map of the Brewster Heath Preserve. We will meet at the parking lot off McManus Road at 10:00 am. The map is a detailed contour map that has the trails and streams on it and also boulders and stone walls as well as other features. This makes it easier to keep track of where you are as you travel on the trails or through the woods. If you have a compass, you should bring it, but some loaner compasses will be available.

The workshop will introduce you how to read contours, how to use the compass to walk along a route (whether it be a path or through the woods). No experience is needed but those with some experience may learn something too. It will last about 2 hours. Dress for the woods, bring a water bottle. Insect repellent is recommended. If you want more information, contact Peter Goodwin at or 603-998-3582.


Tree and Shrub Identification

July 17th, 9am

Meet at the Brewster Heath Preserve Parking Lot off McManus Road

Hosted by Tom Foster

Want to learn how to identify trees in our forests? Come explore with Tom Foster, dendrology expert/ retired professor of forestry, during a naturalist guided walk on Saturday morning. Join other curious Association members and guests at the Brewster Heath Preserve located off McManus Rd in Wolfeboro. Tom will teach you how to identify native and invasive woody plants that you see. He will share what the wood from each tree has been used for and will point out invasives.


Lake Wentworth History: The Character, Culture, and Charm of Lake Wentworth

Wednesday July 21st 5:30 pm

Zoom- Hosted by Maggie Stier

What makes Lake Wentworth special? Join Maggie Stier, historian and 4th generation Wolfeboro resident, as she chronicles the stories of the lake that made Wolfeboro the oldest summer resort in America.. How was the lakeshore settled and developed?  What role did summer camps, the railroad, and the Lake Wentworth Association play in developing its identity and culture?   How do its place names reflect local traditions and what trends and patterns characterize land ownership?  What milestones mark its history, and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead?  Through illustrations, photographs, and maps, you will learn more about how the lake and its character and culture developed, and gain a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities posed by development, use, and protection efforts of Lake Wentworth today..
The more the merrier! So save the link and join Maggie for this evening of Wentworth History.




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