Enriched cove forests (aka rich mesic forests) are sugar maple-dominated hardwood forests established on rich soils, with relatively high levels of moisture, and high-quality organic matter. Cove forests have fast growth rates and high canopies relative to other forest types, and the often contain twice as many species of herbs and shrubs. Many ephemeral spring flowers cover the ground and complete their life cycles in early spring before the trees have leafed out. Some rare species we will encounter are maidenhair fern, blue cohosh, ginseng grape-leaf fern, sweet cicely Dutchman’s britches, and squirrel corn. Bring study boots.

Tin Mountain Nature Programs are sponsored by L.L. Bean and the Evenor Armington Foundation and are open to the public. Nature course program fee per session is $10 for members, $15 for non-members Tin Mountain Conservation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit environmental education organization serving the greater Mount Washington Valley for over 30 years. For reservations 603-447-6991, or reply to email.