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Trails & Tales from the Wilderness

July 13, 2013

Mark your Google calendars for the Rey Center’s Friday Night Lecture Series, “Trails and Tales from the Wilderness.” 

The theme of this season’s series is close to our North Country hearts and covers topics ranging from environmental impacts on our beloved trails system to sharing experiences out on the trail.

The “Trails and Tales From the Wilderness” lecture series is generously sponsored by Wayne and Barbara Thornbrough. Thank you Wayne and Barbara!

Lecture Schedule

Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
Director of Research for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Ken Kimball, presents “Can Northeastern Alpine Ecosystems Survive Today’s Climate Challenges?”  Dr. Kimball was the principal investigator of a 3-year NOAA funded research project to better understand the impacts of climate change and air pollution on northeastern alpine ecosystems. Ken will be discussing recent results from AMC’s research on Mt. Washington that included research co-partners the Mount Washington Observatory and Plymouth State University.

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Dr. Ken Kimball

Friday, August 2 at 8 p.m.
Plymouth State University’s, Dr. Brian Eisenhauer, presents “Exploring Wilderness by Mind and by Foot.”   Dr. Eisenhauer will present a brief overview of the concept of wilderness, its evolution, and share pictures and stories of his wilderness explorations across the country in an effort to inspire others to explore the idea of wilderness in their own minds and experience the back country and its benefits.

Dr. Brian Eisenhauer

Dr. Brian Eisenhauer

Friday, August 30 at 8 p.m.
Founder of the Cohos Trail, Kim Nilsen, presents “Lost in the Great North Woods.”  Mr. Nilsen will give a humorous talk featuring reasons not to build a long distance hiking trail in the middle of nowhere, how not to get stepped on by a moose in the middle of the night, how to do battle with Giardia lamblia, and why it is not terribly wise to try to carry two tons of materials up a mountain on one’s back in two days. Additional support for this program provided by Waterville Valley’s Town Square Condos.

Kim Nilsen

Kim Nilsen

Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m.
Dolores Kong, Acadia Hiking Guide author, presents “Acadia National Park: Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.”  Ms. Kong will give her perspective on the trails and special nature of the first national park east of the Mississippi, as it nears its 100th anniversary. Learn about the best easy walks for children and beginning hikers, the little-known low-tide jaunts and cliff scrambles, and the long history of private-public partnerships to blaze and preserve Acadia’s trails. Dolores will share photos and stories collected as part of researching and writing “Hiking Acadia National Park,” and “Best Easy Day Hikes, Acadia National Park,” with her husband and co-author, Dan Ring. Dolores will be selling and signing her books following the lecture with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Rey Center.

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m.
Waterville Valley’s Brenda and Preston Conklin present “Journey Along the AT.”  Brenda Conklin hiked the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail during parts of 2010, 2011, and 2012. She camped out about 30% of the time, and her husband, Preston, provided drop-off and pick-up service and supplies for the remainder. This enabled them both to enjoy local meals and lodging. Join us as they share their experiences and pictures include flowers, animals, scenic vistas, and oddities both on and off the trail from Maine to Georgia.

Brenda & Preston Conklin

Brenda & Preston Conklin

All lectures are held in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center Art Gallery on the second floor in Town Square. Lectures are free for Rey Center members and only $5 for non-members. For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member visit or email at

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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