eNews : August 2018
New Experiences, With a Serving of Veggies
Photo of kids in the mud by Katrina Farmer
Farm program gets kids outside

"I can't get my kid to go outside except for this program," says the mom of an 8-year-old boy.  Twice a week this summer, kids from Keene and Peterborough have been coming to Tracie's Community Farm, a conserved property in Fitzwilliam, N.H. Though the mom's comment was made in passing, she sums up .... 

"Must we always teach our children with books? ... let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth."  - David Polis
Fronds of Green
Photo of hay-scented ferns by Emily Hague
Identifying a common fern
 
Do you know what type of fern is frequently found along roadsides or meadow edges? The lighter green fronds, about 16 inches in length, can fill entire understories. This common fern is the Eastern hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula). Its name comes from the grassy smell that's emitted when the fronds are crushed.

Picturesque Ponds & Laughing Loons
Photo of common loons by John Rockwood
Save the date for the 29th Annual Celebration

You're invited Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 9 to 11 a.m. Come enjoy nature photographer John Rockwood's presentation on common loons of New Hampshire lakes and ponds, featuring video clips of seldom-seen loon behaviors. An optional field trip to a Peterborough pond follows the program. Event sponsored by The Frank Massin Agency

Photo of Ryan Owens by Alyssa Salerno
At the end of last month, Orchard Hill Breadworks's pizza night brought out families with picnic blankets, coolers filled with drinks, and a collective excitement about a special place.  It was magical. 

That's exactly what we hope to inspire in people as we work to conserve special places all around the Monadnock region. (It's also nice when it also translates into generous support -- pizza night raised $2,225 thanks to everyone and, especially, baker-owner Noah Elbers and his team.) 

With gratitude,
Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens
executive director
603-357-0600, ext. 103
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Photos by Ryan Owens, Katrina Farmer, Emily Hague, John Rockwood, and Alyssa Salerno.
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