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Squam Lake Science Center/Castle in the Clouds Hike

June 29th. Leaving the New Durham School at 8:30am Getting back 3:30-4pm. Pack a lunch, snacks & Water. Sunscreen before you leave.

Yorks Wild Kingdom

August 17th. we will leave the New Durham School at 9am and get back around 4:30-5pm. Please bring lunch, snacks, water bottle.

Swimming Lesson

Session A is July 6th to 16th everyday M-F

Session B is July 19th to 30th everyday M-F

Level times range from 8am to 12 pm.

2021 Swim lessons


Learn-to-Swim Level 1 is designed to orient participants to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills. In addition, participants start learning about how to be safe around water. 

Learn-to-Swim Level 2 builds on the basic aquatic skills and water safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1. Participants begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. 

Learn-to-Swim Level 3 builds on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2. Participants learn to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels, and are introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks. Participants learn the survival float and increase the time duration for treading water. Participants also learn the rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside (if the water is 9 feet deep or deeper). On successful completion of Level 3, participants have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment. 

Learn-to-Swim Level 4 seeks to improve participants’ proficiency in performing the swimming strokes that were introduced in Level 3. Participants perform these strokes with increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. In addition, participants learn the arm actions that accompany the scissors kick and breaststroke kick in order to begin performing the sidestroke and breaststroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. Participants also learn the back crawl and butterfly at rudimentary proficiency levels, in addition to the basics of performing a simple open turn at a wall. 

Learn-to-Swim Level 5 focuses on helping participants refine their performance of all six swimming strokes )front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke). Participants perform these strokes with increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. Participants also learn to perform flip turns on the front and back. 

Learn-to-Swim Level 6 focuses on refining strokes and turns and building endurance. Three options (Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving and Fitness Swimmer) provide participants with the opportunity to learn information and skills for specific aquatic activities. 

Go Take a Hike

Our Community Rec “Go Take A Hike”

Our community rec is made up of 6 towns. Each town has picked 3 hikes for you to do.

If you do 1 hike from each town you earn, our community “Go Take a Hike” Sticker.

If you do all 18 hikes you get put in a raffle to earn a prize.


1-You must take a picture with the date on it, at the top or somewhere representing each hike you do.

2-You must email all your pictures to

3-You must submit all picture by June 30th, 2021

Get out to enjoy the fresh air while getting exercise. Explore new areas and see new exciting places. Most important is have fun!

Happy Trails!

Our Community Recreation Group


Hikes & Towns # of Miles of Hike Rated as: Location    
"Go take a Hike"          
Moose Mnt loop 4.4 Moderate left on Newportsmounth Rd. turn left .6mi  
Province Mt 1.8 Moderate 500ft on Butler Field Road    
Tumbledown Dick Trail 1.9 Easy 5ft on Camp Road on Left    
Blue Job Mountain 1.1 or 3.3 Moderate 5.5 mi on Crown Point Road    
Pickering Ponds 1.7 Easy Pickering Pond Road    
Gonic Trails 1.4 or 4. Easy .7 mi on Rochester Neck Road on Right  
Pine Mountain, 1.9 Easy .2 mi on Avery Hill Road    
Knight’s Pond,  2.8   .3 mi on Knights Pond Road turn left.2 mi  
Mount Major 2.8 Moderate 4.1 miles on Mt Major Hwy    
New Durham          
Devils Den   3.7 Moderate just before 425 Merrymeeting Road  
Mount Molly 1.8 Moderate 5.2 mi off of Merrymeeting Road on left  
Birch Ridge Community Forest loop 2.6 Easy all the way to the end of the dirt road on birch Hill Road
Abenaki Tower 0.3 Easy NH-109    
Mount Shaw Trailhead 2.5   499 Mountail Road    
Sewall Woods Trail 3 Easy 600 ft on Clow Road    
Sentinel Mountain Trail 2 Moderate Bents Road 1.7 mi turn right for .5mi  
High Watch Trail 2.6 Moderate High Watch Road 1.3 mi turn right    
Green Mountain Climb 3.4 Moderate .5 mi on Libby Road    

Merrymeeting Marina

Merrymeeting Marina is taking donations for the 3 fire work shows they will be putting on this year. Thank you!

Bike Safety Day

Come get sized for a FREE Helmet. Decorate your Bike to parade down Main St. 10am to 12pm

Flow to Yin

You will pay on the day of the class. This is just to register for the classes.

Kids Pick-up Basket Ball

Starting on June 22 @ the New Durham Fields. 5:30-6:30pm. Show up to have some fun!

Pick up Basketball

Will be at the town fields on Tuesday night at 6:30 Starting May 4th. Anyone 16 and older can come to play.

Running Club

We meet every Wednesday night at 5:30 at the New Durham Town Hall. Just show up if you want to join us. We usually  run 2 to 4 miles. Join the New Durham running/walking group on Facebook.


Tuesday @ 1pm in the Community room behind the fire station.

Free program for adults. Small donation for light snacks and coffee being provided.

Thank you for your donation

Thank you for your donation

Photo Gallery

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New Durham Parks & Recreation Department

The Parks & Recreation Department develops and manages a system of public recreation for all citizens of The Town of New Durham. Duties include managing and maintaining public facilities including the ballfields and town beach, organizing and supervising athletic programs and planning community activities. Additionally, Parks & Recreation works alongside other town departments, boards, organizations and individuals to provide community events and fundraising endeavors to support and improve the quality of life of New Durham residents. The Department strives to provide meaningful and impactful programming for participants young to senior, focusing on areas of local interest and need. 

Celeste Chasse

Celeste Chasse

Parks and Rec director

Phone: 603-859-2091