The Conservancy's biggest annual event is 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. Free and open to all.
A Portrait of Land and People: 28th Annual Celebration
Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Walpole, N.H.
Novelist Ernest Hebert -- Keene State College alum, former Keene Sentinel reporter, professor of creative writing at Dartmouth College, and author of "The Dogs of March" -- will share stories from his imagined town of Darby as he explores the idea that we all have a stake in the land.
A welcome reception and registration kicks off the day at 9 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m. Plus, choose one of three optional guided field trips: Ballam Farm, Distant Hill Nature Trail, or Glover's Ledge, each heading out following the program.
Register now: click here to register online by September 8 to assure a seat (and choose your field trip).
Questions? Email Melissa Whittemore or call 603-357-0600, ext. 101.
Ernest Hebert is a native of Keene who now lives in Westmoreland. He is the author of eleven published novels including the much praised and prize-winning books "The Dogs of March," "Spoonwood," and "The Old American." His latest novel is "Howard Elman's Farewell," the seventh book of Darby Chronicles. Currently, he is working on a website, A Guide to the Darby Chronicles.
Field trip options
Ballam Farm tour, Walpole, N.H.
Join farm owners Holly and Christian Gowdy for a late summer tour of Ballam Farm, a beautiful and highly developable property that the Monadnock Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, and Town of Walpole protected in 2008. You will learn more about the conservation effort and the Gowdys’ farm operation, while exploring the scenic shoreline along the Connecticut River. Difficulty: Easy. Distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: 60 feet. Hike time: 1.5 hours.
Distant Hill Nature Trail walk, Walpole/Alstead town line, N.H.
Join landowner and steward Michael Nerrie for a tour of the new mile-long accessible gravel trail located on the 21-acre Alstead portion of the soon-to-conserved 58-acre property that makes up Distant Hill Gardens. The trail winds its way through a hemlock/beech forest and gives easy access to four vernal pools, a black ash forest seep, and a floating cranberry bog/fen. Difficulty: Easy. Elevation gain: 100 feet. Distance: 1 mile. Hike time: 1.5 hours.
Glover’s Ledge hike, Langdon, N.H.
Come explore a 76-acre conservation easement located on the western slopes of Glover’s Ledge. An extensive trail network gives us access to an impressive group of white pines, some wildlife openings, and views of Vermont from a hilltop gazebo. Peter Palmiotto, program director for the environmental studies master’s program at Antioch, will share about how this conservation property is being used as an outdoor classroom. Difficulty: Moderately strenuous. Distance: 1.25 miles. Elevation gain: 230 feet. Hike time: 2 hours.