Annual Meeting 2021 Field Trips
Field Trip Choices for the 2021 Annual Meeting
Saturday, September 25
Explore Tuckaway Farm and Powder Major's Forest, Durham/Madbury/Lee (9 AM to 11 AM)
The new 36-acre conservation easement protects prime agricultural land, excellent wildlife habitat, and 4,000 feet of frontage along the Oyster River, which is a significant source of drinking water for the Town of Durham and the University of New Hampshire. The property also contains the stone abutments of historic “Dishwater Mill,” and the cemetery of the Revolutionary War Captain Smith Emerson.
Trip Leaders: Brian Hotz, Vice President for Land Conservation and Matt Scaccia, Recreation and Community Relations Manager
Champlin Forest Reservation, Rochester: Walk the proposed addition to Champlin Forest (9 AM to 11 AM)
Join us for a roughly 2-mile walk among the woodlands and wetlands of the Forest Society’s 185-acre William H. Champlin, Jr. Forest and Champlin Forest Addition, a 122-acre parcel that the Forest Society is now working to purchase and protect. Located between the busy communities of Rochester and Somersworth, this property offers walking trails, wet meadows and restored wetlands, well-managed forests, frontage along Clark Brook, remnants of small-scale granite quarries. Bring binoculars!
* No dogs are allowed on field trips.
Trip Leaders: Wendy Weisiger, Managing Forester and Leah Hart, Land Protection Specialist
Perspectives on Creek Farm (9 AM to Noon)
Creek Farm has undergone a metamorphosis in recent years. This trip will split into two groups and both will explore the outdoor places and indoor spaces of Creek Farm. This includes the recently renovated Carey Cottage and Carriage House and talk about the next chapter for this historic property, and also take a stroll on Creek Farm trails with Carolyn Finney for a walk-and-talk about different perspectives we all bring to our outdoor experiences.
The two segments of the field trip are:
Creek Farm walking tour with Special Guest, Carolyn Finney
Join Dave Anderson and Annual Meeting keynote speaker Dr. Carolyn Finney, author of Black Faces, White Spaces for unique perspectives and shared conversation on the role of conservation landscapes relative to racial equity and inclusion. The easy walking tour along the Little Harbor Loop Trail will also take in scenic views, waterfront, and historic specimen trees.
Tour Historic Carey Cottage and Forest Society Education Center at Creek Farm
Creek Farm is now serving as an exciting incubator for nonprofit organizations as well as new generations of conservationists. In addition to touring the renovated historic Carey Cottage, now the headquarters of the Seacoast nonprofit GoodWork, we will visit the Forest Society’s new Education Center at Creek Farm, located in the former carriage house, to learn about expanding education programs, partnerships and future plans.
Trip Leaders: Dave Anderson, Senior Director of Education and Sarah Kern, Creek Farm Education Coordinator
The following trip is full -- we're lo longer accepting registrations.
Set Sail on the Gundalow PISCATAQUA! (9 AM to 11:00 AM)
Enjoy a relaxing morning on the gundalow Piscataqua cruising through Portsmouth’s historic harbor and sailing past forts, lighthouses, the Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME and New Castle, NH. You’ll be invited to join the crew in raising the sail and steering the ship. Onboard educators will share their historical knowledge of gundalows, the cultural and natural history of the Piscataqua maritime region, and the impact of humans on the watershed over the past 400 years. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with the Captain, educators, and volunteers along the way, or just relax and take in the sights. This trip departs from the Gundalow dock at Prescott Park at 9:00 - boarding at 8:45am.
Trip leader: Carrie Deegan, Director of Reservation Stewardship and Engagement
Directions and parking information: https://www.gundalow.org/