Annual Celebration

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.


A Portrait of Land and People: 28th Annual Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, September 16! 

A special thanks to event sponsor Savings Bank of Walpole and to all of our wonderful volunteers. Your support is invaluable!


Featured speaker

Photo of Ernie Hebert by Medora HebertNovelist Ernest "Ernie" Hebert gave a memorable talk on the quest for common ground in our New England communities, as seen through the eyes of his characters who live in the fictional town of Darby. You can read his keynote address by downloading a PDF version from the link below.

Ernie 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.

Download the full text of his talk now »


Field trips

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.