Mindfulness & meditation hike at the Calhoun Family Forest

Note: This hike has been postponed. We apologize for any disappointments, and hope to reschedule.

Start your weekend with some deep breaths and an easy meditation at Porcupine Falls at our Calhoun Family Forest in Gilsum. Local wellness experts will guide you through mindfulness techniques that work well in natural settings; you will also have the chance for some solo reflection along the trail.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Meet at the Porcupine Falls trailhead at the end of White Brook Road in Gilsum, N.H. 
Contact: Email Jennifer Zaso or call 603-357-0600, ext. 113.


Fall hike along Rand Brook

Sunday, September 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Join us for an easy to moderate guided hike around the beautiful Rand Brook conservation area. Explore fields and walk a beautiful woodland trail along the brook and over bridges. After the hike, enjoy apple crisp with whipped cream and cider to celebrate the beautiful fall season. Families welcome!

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Meet at the home of Monica and Michael Lehner, 259 East Road, Greenfield, N.H.
Contact: Email Katrina Farmer or call 603-357-0600, ext. 111.


27th Annual Celebration
Farmland Forever? The Future of New England Agriculture

Saturday, September 17, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Join Monadnock Conservancy supporters and friends to celebrate local land conservation at Peterborough’s historic stone barn, a local landmark. Enjoy an inspiring talk by new American Farmland Trust President John Piotti, connect with friends and neighbors, and end the morning with an optional Q&A session, barn tour or guided trail walk. All are welcome. Please register by September 9.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Historic Stone Barn, 63 Old Street Road, Peterborough, N.H. 
Contact: Email Pat Payne or call 603-357-0600, ext. 101.


“Moose: Life of a Twig Eater” film showing

Thursday, September 22, from 7 to 8:30p.m.

Moose populations are in dramatic decline throughout North America, in part because many newborn moose calves are not surviving their first year. This hour-long PBS Nature documentary, filmed over 13 months in the spectacular wilds of the Canadian Rockies, takes us deep inside the world of moose for an intimate look at a calf’s first year of life. Following the film, Mark Ellingwood, wildlife division chief with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, will be on hand for a brief discussion about the past, present and future of moose in New Hampshire.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, Harris Center for Conservation Education and Keene State College Film Society.
Location: Putnam Arts Lecture Hall theater, Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, Keene, N.H.
Contact: Email Jennifer Zaso or call 603-357-0600, ext. 113.


Sunset paddle at Mountain Brook Reservoir

Saturday, October 1, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Autumn is the best time to explore the beautiful Mountain Brook Reservoir as we are likely to see migrating waterfowl, hear owls calling and enjoy gorgeous fall foliage. Tom Warren, local birding expert, will lead the group pointing out birds and other wildlife along the way. Paddlers will also be treated to a stop at the Monadnock Conservancy's newest preserve on the south shore of the reservoir, generously gifted to us by the Gramm family.

Please arrive promptly at 4:30 p.m. at the boat landing, so that we can get on our way and have ample time to explore before sunset. The event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. If in doubt, check the Conservancy’s Facebook page.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy and Harris Center for Conservation Education.
What to bring: Please bring your own kayak or canoe, life vests, headlamps or flashlights, water and snacks. Binoculars are recommended.
Location: Meet at and depart from the reservoir boat landing, west side of River Street (Route 202) in Jaffrey, N.H.
Contact: Email Stacy Gambrel or call 603-357-0600, ext. 106.


Widow Gage Forest hike

Saturday, October 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join Dave Butler, Swift Corwin and Rick Brackett for a moderately easy 3-mile hike at the Widow Gage Town Forest in Fitzwilliam. In addition to the town forest trails, you will walk up the Old Troy Road, a Class VI town road, to an interesting cellar hole, which is a great place to stop for lunch (bring your own, as well as water, please). This trip will be on rolling terrain.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, Harris Center for Conservation Education and Fitzwilliam Conservation Commission.
Location: Meet at the trailhead kiosk, Rhododendron Road, 1 mile west of Rhododendron State Park, Fitzwilliam, N.H.
Contact: Email Dave Butler or call 603-472-5608.