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

The first-ever Monadnock Region Natural History Conference featured 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 full-day conference offered an inspiring 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’re greatly looking forward to the next conference, which is being planned for November 2022. We hope you’ll join us!


The first Monadnock Region Natural History Conference took place on November 16, 2019, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Keene State College. The next conference is being planned for November 2022. Check back in Fall 2021 for the exact date!


The 2019 program featured 22 short talks, organized into six sessions: Mount Monadnock, wildlife, water, forest habitat management, ecological inventory, and humans & nature. A separate poster session included presentations on geology, invasive plants, water quality, citizen science, forest health, and more. Get more detailed information on all the presentations, including the exact schedule and room locations, here.

Keynote: At Home on Monadnock

In a region defined by a single mountain, Mount Monadnock holds the heart of many souls. Yet behind its peopled history is a natural history replete with crashing continents and island arcs, mountain ranges and roches moutonees, sabertooths and caribou, wolves and fire. In his keynote address, Dr. Rick Van de Poll described a few of the thousands of life forms that call Monadnock home, and relay the prospects for their survival in a changing world.


Registration for this full-day conference cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. (Students with valid ID: $5 in advance; $10 at the door.) The conference fee covered admission to all presentations and the keynote address, and includes coffee and pastries. Online registration closed on November 10.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The conference has filled to capacity, so same-day registration will only be possible in the event of cancellations. For more information or to be added to a waiting list, please contact Brett Amy Thelen by email.


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.