Annual Celebration

Each year, on the fourth Saturday in August, we host our annual event. It's a wonderful chance to connect with friends new and old and celebrate what we’ve accomplished together. In addition to special announcements and awards, we highlight our recent accomplishments and look forward to the coming year during the morning's presentation. We lead optional field trips to conserved lands in the early afternoon.



Local land conservation: then, now and forever

Join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary on Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove St., Peterborough, N.H.

Free and open to the public.




Event overview

This year we celebrate the organization’s first 25 years and, more importantly, focus on all that is yet to come. Featured speaker Peter Forbes will put our milestone in perspective, describing this pivotal period in the national conservation movement and challenging us to embrace new words, new tools and new partnerships in the next 25, 50 and 100 years. Continental breakfast and registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Featured speaker and remarks by the Conservancy’s executive director between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Optional field trips that showcase some of the most important projects in the Conservancy’s history depart at noon (most trips last about two hours; see below for more information).


  • 2014 conservation awards
  • Photo exhibit from the Conservancy’s archives
  • Meet & greet with the organization’s former and current executive directors:
    Ben Mahnke, Dick Ober and Ryan Owens

Featured speaker

Pforbes-Images-1 cropped webPeter Forbes, conservationist, writer, photographer and co-founder of Center for Whole Communities, is a social justice and environmental leader, formerly with the Trust for Public Land. He writes, speaks and consults on how the health of the land is dependent on the health of the people, no matter the class, race, profession or ideology. He compiled “Our Land, Ourselves: Readings on People and Place” and wrote “The Great Remembering: Further Thoughts on Land, Soul and Society.”


Field trips

Storybook Walk, Peterborough
Walk along a short section of the Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail as it winds its way through meadow. Pages from the story “Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow,” written by Joyce Sinclair and illustrated by local artist Beth Krommes, will be laid out along the trail for you to read as you go. Self-guided tour. Difficulty: Easy. Distance: 0.5 miles. Elevation gain: Less than 20 feet. Hike time: 40 minutes.

Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail, Peterborough
Start from downtown Peterborough, along the streets and sidewalks, and hike to open fields, wetlands and the forested shore of Cranberry Meadow Pond on a trail designed to connect downtown Peterborough with Pack Monadnock. Guided and led by Rick Brackett and Swift Corwin. Difficulty: Moderate. Distance: Approx. 3 miles. Elevation gain: Approx. 340 feet. Hike time: 2 1/2 hours.

Stonewall Farm, Dublin
Explore the Conservancy's first easement, in a conservation block connecting Stanley Brook and Frost Pond along the Dublin–Jaffrey town line. We will loop through historic farmland and working forest, visiting a vernal pool and a black gum swamp. Guided and led by Emily Hague. Difficulty: Moderate. Distance: 1.5 miles. Elevation gain: 120 feet. Hike time: 2 hours.

Temple Mountain, Peterborough
The Conservancy led the effort to protect Temple Mountain, which is now a State Reservation. Join us for a moderately strenuous hike on the Wapack Trail to Temple Mountain’s summit. We’ll be joined by Dick Ober, former executive director, who spearheaded the effort on behalf of the Conservancy and will tell us about the history of this landmark project. guided and led by Dick Ober and Anne McBride. Difficulty: Moderate to challenging. Distance: Approx. 2.5 miles. Elevation gain: 360 feet. Hike time: 2 1/2 hours.