Upcoming Events

Distant Hill Wildlife Habitat
Workshop Series

Workshop #3: Restoring Fish Habitat in Streams


When: Friday, August 12th, 3:00PM-6:00PM:

Where: Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Road

Walpole, NH 03608


Cost: Free, Suggested Donation $10/Adult

All donations go toward making Distant Hill Nature Trail more accessible to everyone!

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Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about habitat management at Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole, NH!

This five part workshop series will be hosted monthly through October 2022 and is presented by Distant Hill Gardens, CCCD, and NRCS! This series is free and open to the public, with registration required. 

Restoring instream wood is a centerpiece of wild brook trout restoration in New Hampshire and elsewhere because it restores natural stream dynamics and habitat. Large wood creates diverse flow patterns, helps retain sediment, creates pools, and provides habitat for steam insects and cover for fish. Properly anchored in place, large woody material provides habitat for fish, insects, amphibians and small mammals.


Join John Magee, Fish Habitat Biologist with N.H. Fish and Game, and Joel DeStasio, New England Restoration Field Manager and Culvert Coordinator with Trout Unlimited, to learn about the benefits of strategically adding wood to streams.

We will meet at Distant Hill Gardens at 507 March Hill Road, Walpole NH, for a short presentation and overview of how and why to use Strategic Wood Additions (SWA) to improve instream aquatic organism habitat.

After the presentation, we'll be visiting a half-mile long section of Great Brook, a first-order stream on Distant Hill land, scheduled for restoration in 2023.

This section of Great Brook is part of a larger 'Aquatic Organism Restoration Project' planned for a 2-mile section of Great Brook in 2023 We hope to fund the project with an USDA - NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant.

Note: There will be a quarter-mile hike over moderately steep and rocky terrain to get to Great Brook. Appropriate footwear is recommended.


The workshop will be held outdoors at Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail in Walpole and Alstead and include an off-trail walk over moderate terrain.


More details will be made available soon for the following workshops dates:

  • Workshop #4, Friday, September 9, 2022, 3 - 6pm: Forest Management for Wildlife

  • Workshop #5, Friday, October 14, 2022, 3 - 6pm: Wildlife Habitat Research: Your Land as a Living Lab



info@cheshireconservation.org or 603-756-2988 x3011

CCCD's 77th

September 28th, 5:30-8:00PM

Keene Country Club

755 W Hill Rd, Keene, NH 03431


Cost: $35.00

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Join us for an exciting evening of food, music, and reconnecting with community!


What to Expect:

  • Enjoy live music from local band The Grateful Dads!

  • Participate in our auction of locally donated items!

  • Hear about CCCD's programs!

  • Celebrate our 2022 awardees!

  • Re-connect with community!



info@cheshireconservation.org or 603-756-2988 x3011

Conservation Commission

September 14th

  • 5:30PM Drop off Dishes and Social Hour

  • 6:00-8:00PM Program and Roundtable Discussion

Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd. Keene, NH


Cost: Free, Registration Required

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You’re invited to Cheshire County’s Annual Conservation Commission Potluck! Join us for an evening of connection and roundtable discussion! 


Conservation Commission members and the general public are invited to join the Cheshire County Conservation District and the NH Association of Conservation Commissions for an exciting evening at Stonewall Farm! This event is a collaboration between the NH Association of Conservation Commissions, the Cheshire County Conservation District, and Stonewall Farm.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share for the evening's potluck if they can. NHACC and CCCD will also provide some locally sourced snacks.

The program will be developed to reflect attendee interests and needs based on responses. We encourage attendees to send us suggestions on topics to discuss at the meeting.

Kindly let us know what challenges you have faced in the past few years and what questions you would like to ask other towns. We hope to find answers and foster connections during this roundtable discussion.

Submit your questions and topics for discussion to Barbara Richter at Barbara@NHACC.org no later than Wednesday, September 7.

We look forward to hearing from you and learning what is going on in your town. We are interested in hearing about how you have overcome obstacles, how you have been successful and what questions you have for other towns. To get the program started, we would like each town to share a 3-5 minute update on what you have accomplished, challenges you have faced, and what you are most excited about regarding any future plans!



info@cheshireconservation.org or 603-756-2988 x3011

Source to Sea River Clean Up!

September 24th-26th, 2022

Multiple Locations: Keene, Swanzey, Winchester

Cost: Free, Registration Required


Join thousands of volunteers over the course of the weekend to clean up the Connecticut River and its tributaries on September 24th-26th, 2022, as part of the 26th annual Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source to Sea Cleanup, a four state community event to clean our rivers.

Volunteers are needed! Please register ahead of time! Online registration is preferred.

Cleanup crews will work on Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th from 9:00am-1:00pm at multiple sites in Keene, on Saturday, September 25th from 9:00am-1:00pm in Swanzey, and on Sunday, September 25th from 9:00am-1:00pm in Winchester.


Sites include on-foot and boating locations in the three towns. Volunteers should only be using small boats such as kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats, due to limited space.


Volunteers do not require a boat, but are encouraged to bring life jackets if available. Trash bags and gloves will be provided to all volunteers, and a limited amount of t-shirts for volunteers will be available! 

More information about specific site locations can be found here!

Board Meetings

The fourth Thursday of every month, the board of the Cheshire County Conservation District meets to discuss the District’s strategic plan and annual plan of work.  Minutes are available by appointment; please call 603.756.2988 ext.4 or email info@cheshireconservation.org with a request.  To attend in person please call 603.756.2988 x3011 or email info@cheshireconservation.org with any questions or to request additional information!**

Birding on the Farm
Workshop Series

October 1st @ 9:00AM: Picadilly Farm, Winchester, NH


Cost: Free

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Join us for an exciting opportunity to bird on farms throughout our region! Learn new skills, and learn about wildlife conservation on the farm! Open to birders and enthusiasts of all skill levels!


Presented by Cheshire CCD, NRCS, Windham NRCD, Antioch Bird Club, and Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society


More dates and details will be made available soon!



info@cheshireconservation.org or 603-756-2988 x3011