THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire's state flag features the state seal with the frigate Raleigh surrounded by laurel leaves and nine stars against a field of blue. New Hampshire did not officially adopt a state flag until 1909.
New Hampshire designated the purple lilac as the official state flower in 1919. The purple lilac was chosen because it symbolizes the hardy character of the men and women of the Granite State.
In summer, Purple Finches are primarily birds of moist, cool evergreen forests. You’ll also find them in mixed forests, along wooded streams, and in tree-lined suburbs. In winter they’re more widespread, using forests, shrubby areas, weedy fields, hedgerows, and backyards. Purple Finches eat mainly seeds of coniferous trees and elms, tulip poplars, maples, and others.
New Hampshire designated white birch as the official state tree in 1947. White birch is also known as canoe birch or paper birch (native Americans used white birch bark to make canoes and it was also used for writing paper).
Native to New Hampshire, white birch trees are found on the wooded slopes bordering lakes and streams in the state. White birch is a dramatic part of New Hampshire scenery - the birch's white trunk is a beautiful contrast against the green / brown / grays of other trees.
THINGS TO DO
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has exciting programs for all ages. From our Super Stellar Friday workshop series to Aerospacefest - our annual aerospace festival - to a workshop called Little Explorers for 3-4 year olds, there is something for everyone. The Discovery Center offers summer camps, overnight adventures, homeschool, Scout and teacher workshops, outreach programs and more!
The Mount Washington Cog Railway is the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway. The railway is still in operation, climbing Mount Washington in New Hampshire, USA.
Passengers will experience a sense of adventure and history on the Mount Washington Cog Railway's 3-hour guided train tour to the highest peak in the Northeast. With approximately one hour to spend at the 6,288 foot summit, visitors can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.
Experience a thrilling canopy tour, the highest wind speed ever recorded on Earth, the oldest mica mine in the country,or an historic walking tour... there's more happening around the White Mountains than you can believe-you've just got to know where to look.