Field Trip 101: You CAN Lead a Guided Walk

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A step-by-step guide to hosting the perfect field walk

The purpose of this guide is for you to plan your own field tour or walk. Your audience may vary – community members, club members, neighbors, colleagues, or family members – but the process is the same. The terms tour and walk are used interchangeably.

There are several related topics not covered in this guide: designing self-guided demonstration trails, working with schools, or connect with the tourist crowd. These are all great ways to reach out about wildlife and habitats to the community at large, and I encourage you to try them, but they are beyond the scope of this guide.

The guide is in chronological order, with checklists of what you should do over time: 1-2 months in advance of your walk, then 1 month in advance, several weeks, and so on including after your walk is over.

Earlier versions of this guide were produced by UNH Cooperative Extension’s Karen Bennett (“Guide to the Perfect Tree Farm Tour”) and by Gigi Laberge and Sarah Smith (“Guide to the Perfect Sawmill Tour. The current version was adapted by Malin Ely Clyde and Emma Carcagno of UNH Cooperative Extension for “Speaking for Wildlife,” a program that brings free, volunteer-led presentations and walks to New Hampshire communities.

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