The Forest Society is hosting “Bike into Nature” on August 17 at the Bethlehem Trailhead at the end of Elm Street, Bethlehem, NH 03574.

Join Shanna Maziarz, Bretzfelder Park board member and Forest Society staff member Nigel Manley to take a leisurely ride on some of the Bethlehem mountain bike trails. The ride will be more about what we are riding through than how fast we are going.

Mountain bikes can get you into the woods really quickly but have you ever taken the time to look around as you peddle on by? This is an introduction to some of the trails but with a difference. The ride will stop at various places on route to look at and discuss some of the naturally occurring things surrounding the riding path.

FREE! No advance registration necessary.

About the Presenters:

Nigel Manley, Senior Outreach Manager has worked for the Forest Society for 35 years and spends a lot of time in the woods leading tours and farming for the organization. He will mountain bike for the social aspect and to help stay fit but is intrigued by what he sees around the trails.

Shanna Maziarz is no stranger to the mountain bike community starting biking in 2019 to “get outside” with her husband and dog. She found that she liked the challenge and spent all of the pandemic on a bike culminating with a trip to Moab in 2021. She is on the board of directors’ for the Parker Mountain Trails in Littleton and a representative don two regional collaborative groups focused on mountain biking and multi-use trail system.

Owned by the Forest Society (, Bretzfelder Park is managed in cooperation with the town of Bethlehem. The Park, bequeathed to the Forest Society in 1984 by Helen Bretzfelder in memory of her father, Charles, houses a classroom, educational trails, a pond and several picnic sites.

Two series of educational programs are held at The Park each year, one in August and the other in February/March. The Bretzfelder Family Educational Series will continue on Wednesday August 24 with a presentation by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Ceter.