Main content

Latest News

a flyer for the Monadnock Conservancy's 2024 events. The image shows a painting of a farm with the event dates listed below. Dates themselves are in the accompanying post.

Be our guest! Events in 2024

Posted 1/19/24

We have some great community events lined up for 2024, here is a partial list, more information to come!

A waterfall at the Calhoun Family Forest

Walking through history at the Calhoun Family Forest

Posted 10/20/23

The Monadnock Conservancy’s Calhoun Family Forest is a nature-lover’s paradise. Located in Gilsum just north of Bear's Den Natural Area, it has hills and streams, woods and trails, wildlife and…

a farmer's field in the Monadnock region affected by recent flooding.

Our climate is telling us to do better. Will we listen?

By Ryan Owens

Posted 8/3/23

Over the past month, severe rainstorms have made life difficult for the Monadnock region’s farmers and residents, with flooded fields and washed-out roads. At the same time, smoke from Canadian…

Looking out over Sip Pond on the Chamberlin Conservation Area

The I in Team: Janine Marr Visits Sip Pond

By Janine Marr

Posted 7/21/23

Janine Marr, the Monadnock Conservancy's Land and Recreation Manager, shares her experience visiting the Chamberlain Conservation Area.

A picture of Lydia Goodrich and her dog, superimposed on a line drawing of a new england forest.

Bringing the joys of hiking to all members of the Monadnock region's community

Posted 7/6/23

The Monadnock Conservancy is sponsoring a series of hikes in July and August for young families, young adults, and female identifying persons. These hikes will be led by experienced hiker Lydia…

Ryan Owens and Peter Kenyon standing in front of the capitol building in Washington DC

Mr. Owens Goes to Washington

By Ryan Owens

Posted 5/8/23

Having worked for a land trust for the past 17 years, I am no stranger to climbing hills in springtime. This April, I had the opportunity to climb the Hill in Washington, D.C. to meet with New…

A frog sits on a lily pad

Test Your Knowledge of New Hampshire's Spring Sounds!

Posted 4/12/23

Test your knowledge of the sounds that make up the symphony of spring here in the Monadnock region!

The Cheshire Walkers walking group poses for a group photo

Cheshire Walkers Announces 2023 Schedule!

Posted 2/28/23

Cheshire Walkers - a walking and hiking group for people of most abilities - returns for the 2023 season!

A paper heart hangs over the Gramwick Trail in Jaffrey

Heart Hike 2023: For the Adventurous Valentine!

Posted 2/7/23

Join the Heart Hike 2023 all through the month of February on the Gramwick Trail in Jaffrey!

Aerial view of Cunningham Pond

Welcome to the Monadnock Region!

Posted 1/17/23

Are you new to this area? Welcome! Here are some tips to help you take advantage of everything the Monadnock region has to offer.

Rick Brackett of the Monadnock Conservancy

Rick Brackett Charts a New Path for Land Conservation

Posted 1/11/23

We are a little sad, and a lot proud, that our own Land Manager and GIS Specialist, Rick Brackett, is leaving the Monadnock Conservancy for the Army Corps of Engineers. Here's just a few of the things…

Field of Christmas trees

A Tree-t for the Environment

Posted 12/5/22

Christmas trees are synonymous with the holiday season. Is there a way to make this yearly tradition more environmentally friendly? Our experts weigh in.

Amanda Littleton receiving a 2022 Conservation Award

Congratulations to our 2022 Conservation Award Winners!

Posted 11/15/22

Congratulations to Amanda Littleton and Norman Hassel, winners of the 2022 Conservation Awards.

Deer in the forest

Hunting, Hiking, and Safety

Posted 11/9/22

November 9th is the first day of deer hunting season with regular firearms. Here are some helpful tips for both hunters and hikers on how to enjoy this season safely and responsibly.

Hewes Hill in Swanzey

Leaf Peepers unite for Conservation!

Posted 10/17/22

Every year, millions of people come to New Hampshire to enjoy the fall explosion of color. Your donation to Monadnock Conservancy ensures beautiful scenery, natural habitats, and economic stability…

When a Family Values the Land

Posted 5/11/22

A deep attachment to place and a desire to save habitat for animals drive decision to conserve Alstead property.

Patch of green barberry in woods

Get a Head Start on Invasive Plant ID

Posted 4/13/22

Here are some tips on what to look for when out in the woods or surveying your backyard to identify invasive plants.

Beaver gnawing on tree

5 Tips for Using Your Wildlife Camera

Posted 3/9/22

Want to capture better videos and photos with your wildlife or game camera? Read this short article to improve your chances of getting stunning images.

Footbridge in snowy woods

Bridging Toward a More Inclusive Future

Posted 2/9/22

Learn about what what we're doing about addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Four people standing on snow-covered frozen lake

Celebrating 2021

Posted 12/8/21

A video message from the executive director highlighting the successes of the past year: Thank you for making it all possible!

Boy facing sideways holding stick and leaves

New Nature Park Opens

Posted 11/10/21

Come visit this park, designed to engage people with nature and encourage unstructured play.

Man's hands cradling framed photo of Mount Monadnock

2021 Conservation Awards

Posted 10/13/21

Two local conservationists were honored recently for their decades of dedicated work at our 32nd Annual Celebration in mid-September.

Hale Brook

Beyond the Lake

Posted 10/13/21

Clean drinking water, intact wildlife habitat, healthy forests ... these are only a few of the goals of watershed conservation.

Orange field vest and various items

What's in the Orange Vest?

Posted 9/8/21

Conservancy staff spend a lot of time in the outdoors. Here's some of the essential gear they carry for safe and successful field visits.

New Boardwalk Underway

Posted 8/11/21

Learn more about this project at the Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Plans for a Nature Park Take Root

Posted 7/14/21

Construction is now underway for a project years in the making. Learn more about the details.

Trail Links to Conservation Area

Posted 6/9/21

A newly purchased parcel of land includes woodlands, waterfront, and a well-known trail.

Stearns Hill Anchors City's Rural Character

Posted 5/12/21

These fields and woods contain vestiges of the old Craig Farm, now a 138-acre conservation property owned by the City of Keene.

Taking Action for Local Food

Posted 4/14/21

Two farm projects currently underway get a boost thanks to grant funding.

Pawprints for Science

Posted 3/10/21

What happens when two experts go on a winter hike looking for mammal tracks? Read this story to find out.

5 Best Trails To Take Your Date

Posted 2/10/21

Here are some great ideas for hikes that are perfect for couples, as well as for families.

Trails Open on Future Conservation Land

Posted 1/13/21

Get a sneak peek at a project underway when you visit the trails open for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Conservation and Christmas Trees

Posted 12/9/20

Two Conservancy-protected properties include Christmas tree plantations as part of their land management and conservation priorities.

Hike Local This Holiday Season

Posted 11/24/20

Trails are the perfect antidote to life’s current challenges. Choose one of these four for the next time you want to get out.

Aerial view of Sip Pond peninsula and Mount Monadnock on the horizon

A Scenic Spot for the Public

Posted 11/11/20

The Chamberlain Conservation Area features water access for fishing, extensive wetlands, and many other recreational opportunities.

Peter Beblowski

Congratulations Conservation Award Winners

Posted 10/14/20

This year's awards recognize two amazing local conservation leaders.

Conservation area welcome sign

Cunningham Pond Conservation Area Welcomes You

Posted 7/9/20

Trails now open at this Peterborough property, which offers woods, water, and views.

Boy reading a book by the pond

Top Picks for Summer Reading

Posted 7/9/20

Summer is in full swing, and how better to enjoy it then with a good book. Our staff shares their favorites.

Wetland

Rich in Natural Resources

Posted 6/18/20

A family's 183 acres in Jaffrey and Rindge are now conserved, and this property seems to have it all.

News: A Letter from the Executive Director

Posted 6/4/20

A statement to our community that acknowledges recent national events surrounding race and ideas on how to be part of the solution.