Annual Celebration

Each year, on the fourth Saturday in August, is the Conservancy's annual event. It's a wonderful chance for you to connect with friends new and old and celebrate what your support has accomplished in the past year. In addition to special announcements and awards, recent projects are highlighted and there's a preview to the coming year. Optional field trips to conserved lands follow the program.


Sustained by land and water: stories about foraging, hunting and fishing

26th Annual Celebration

Thank you! For coming to our annual event on Saturday, August 22, 2015. And, in case you missed it, here is an album of photos from the day and video clips of the featured speakers.


Photo of postcard by Jeanne Thieme

Or, click here for the online album. Photos by Steve Hooper. Scroll down for video of featured speakers as well as a slideshow of photos from the field trips.



Mike Morrison

Rick Brackett

Jen Knight


About the featured speakers

Jen-Knight-Bio-Pic-larger-croppedJen Knight is an herbalist, Usui Reiki master teacher and shaman with over 18 years of experience in alternative healing. She has studied with herbalists, alternative healing arts practitioners and Shamanic healers from New England to California to Costa Rica. Her background also includes a bachelor’s degree in ecology and several years of biological field research and conservation. Jen enjoys being with the forest, kayaking, backpacking and practicing yoga. She lives in Keene.

Photo of Rick Brackett by Katrina FarmerAs the Conservancy’s land manager and GIS specialist, Rick Brackett oversees the monitoring, management planning, habitat improvements and public access for the lands owned by the Conservancy. He holds a bachelor's degree in geography from Keene State College and a master's degree in resource management and conservation from Antioch University New England. Rick enjoys hiking and fishing, and volunteering his time as a member of his town’s planning board and conservation commission. He and his fiancée live in Fitzwilliam.

Photo of Mike Morrison by Pat Payne
Mike Morrison
was a longtime teacher at Monadnock Regional High School. He holds master’s degrees from Antioch New England in both environmental science and science education. He now works with New Hampshire Fish & Game as a fish and wildlife steward. Although retired from teaching, he continues to work with Monadnock Regional High School providing external learning opportunities for students. He also advises the school’s Fish & Game Club.


Field trips

Click on photos below to see the full online album for each field trip.

Howe Reservoir. Photo by Christine Hague.Cascade hike to Eliza Adams Gorge, Harrisville
This easy-going hike explores a small section of the nearly 100-year-old Monadnock–Sunapee Greenway Trail, a long-distance trail linking Mount Monadnock to Mount Sunapee. You’ll hike south from Brown Road in Harrisville and skirt a small hill before dropping down to the dam on Minnewawa Brook at the northern end of Howe Reservoir, offering stunning views of the gorge and reservoir. Difficulty: Easy. Elevation gain: 60 feet. Distance: 1 mile. Hike time: 1.5 hours. Leader: Emily Hague.

Photo of Four Winds Farm by Jess GerriorFour Winds Farm tour, Peterborough
Join farm managers Dan and Ruth Holmes for a late summer tour of Four Winds Farm, a recently revitalized historic Peterborough farm nestled in a block of conservation land nearly 300 acres in size. You will visit an apple orchard, newly reclaimed fields and sheep pastures, and hear about the long-term plans for caring for the farm and orchards. Difficulty: Easy. Elevation gain: 100 feet. Distance: 1.6 miles. Hike time: 1.5 hours. Leaders: Dan Holmes and Stacy Gambrel.

Group looking at yarrow leaf, photo by Anne McBrideMedicinal herb walk, Marlborough
Join herbalist Jen Knight to learn about some of the medicinal herbs that grow in the Monadnock region. She’ll teach you how to identify the plants, what common ailments they can be used for and basics in preparing them for use. At Maple Homestead Farm in Marlborough, you’ll loop along the edge of a large field to the shore of Spectacle Pond. Difficulty: Easy. Elevation gain: 80 feet. Distance: 1 mile. Hike time: 2 hours. Leaders: Jen Knight, Jennifer Zaso and Anne McBride.