A view of Silver Lake in Harrisville, with Mount Monadnock in the distance. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Monadnock Region Natural History Conference

November 16, 2019 at Keene State College

Discover Conservation Research in the Monadnock Region

Announcing the first-ever Monadnock Region Natural History Conference! This full-day conference will feature presentations on a diversity of natural history topics, with a focus on conservation research, ecological restoration, and natural resource management in in the Monadnock Region. This is a chance to learn about local conservation research directly from scientists and land managers, and to think collaboratively about what’s next for the scientific and conservation community in southwest New Hampshire. We hope you’ll join us!

Save the Date

The Monadnock Region Natural History Conference will take place on November 16, 2019, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Keene State College. Save the date!


The exact program will be determined by the proposals we receive, but we anticipate sessions on wildlife, wetlands and stream ecology, forest ecology and management, Mount Monadnock, citizen science, climate change, and more. We’ll be updating this site with more information as we have it, so be sure to check back in mid-October for the full list of presentations.


Dr. Rick Van de Poll will provide an introductory address on what makes the natural history of the Monadnock Region so special, and why now is an important time to come together to share what we’re learning. Dr. Van de Poll has been studying biodiversity throughout New England for more than 30 years. He has performed natural resource inventories on over 350,000 acres of land across 82 towns, including comprehensive study of the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve (Keene) and Otter Brook Farm (Peterborough and Greenfield).


Registration for this full-day conference costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door. (Students with valid ID: $5 in advance; $10 at the door.) The conference fee covers admission to all oral and poster presentations and the keynote address, and includes coffee and pastries. Online registration closes on November 10. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.


Contact Us

For more information or to be added to the conference email list, contact Brett Amy Thelen at (603) 358-2065 or by email.