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Saturday, 02/13/2016

Deering Wildlife Sanctuary Harvest Tour
Saturday, 02/13/2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join Phil Brown (Director of Land Management at NH Audubon), Matt Tarr (Wildlife Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension), Jeremy Turner (Forester, Meadowsend Timberlands), and Wendy Ward (Soil Conservationist, NRCS) for an informative walking tour of an active timber harvest. A timber harvest is being conducted on the Deering Wildlife Sanctuary to diversify wildlife habitat, especially early successional habitats, and to provide foraging resources for wood ducks, beaver, snowshoe hare, and moose, in additional to other species of wildlife.

 

NH Audubon’s land manager will discuss how different types of management can benefit a diverse assortment of wildlife, including many of our familiar bird and mammal species. Foresters will show you how and why some of these changes are taking shape on the landscape and will discuss the future of the sanctuary’s forests.

 

Meet at the Deering Wildlife Sanctuary’s upper parking area along Clement Hill Road to carpool to the harvest site along North Road at 9 am. Bring a snack, beverage, snowshoes (if conditions permit), and dress for the weather. Back by noon.

 

TO REGISTER:

Contact Phil Brown at 224-9909 x 334 or pbrown@nhaudubon.org.

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Location

  • Deering Wildlife Santuary, Clement Hill Road, Deering, NH,

Tuesday, 02/16/2016

Cheshire County Advisory Council Meeting
Tuesday, 02/16/2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Program Presentation: Food and Agriculture

Location

  • Cheshire County Old Courthouse, 12 Court St., keene, NH, 03431

Monday, 02/22/2016

Maple Sugaring in New England
Monday, 02/22/2016 (07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

The production of maple sugar is steeped in history and for 150 years was an annual event for almost every farm in New England.  Those farmers today would hardily recognize today’s process of creating maple syrup yet the idea is still the same. Join Steven Roberge, UNH Cooperative Extension Forester and Maple Specialist for an evening discussing the history, process and innovations of maple syrup production.

Location

  • Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Saturday, 02/27/2016

2016 Bunny Blitz
Saturday, 02/27/2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Citizen science volunteers needed. Did you know that winter is the best time to survey for cottontail rabbits? They leave telltale signs (pellets) in the snow, making it possible to locate and sample for different species. This winter, wildlife biologists need help from citizen science volunteers to conduct surveys for Eastern cottontail rabbits in southern New Hampshire.  On February 27, 2016, 9:00am-Noon, UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Fish and Game will train volunteers to collect pellets from Eastern cottontail rabbits on public land in Hudson, NH. Eastern cottontails are a known threat to the state-endangered New England cottontail. At this event, which combines training and a 1/2-day pellet collection "Blitz," wildlife biologists with UNH Cooperative Extension will introduce the project, describe rabbit habitat, and explain sampling and data collection techniques. Volunteers will work in teams to survey nearby rabbit habitat. Then, we’ll meet back up to submit samples, share findings, and drink hot chocolate! Participants will also receive their own supplies and instructions to collect samples on their own following the training, if interested. 

More about Cottontails:  Eastern cottontails were introduced into New England as a game species in the early 1900s and have since become the dominant rabbit in New Hampshire. Unlike the native, state-endangered New England cottontail, Eastern cottontails are better able to survive in fragmented, human dominated landscapes. NH Fish & Game needs your help to better understand where Eastern cottontails occur in New Hampshire, how abundant they are, and the potential threat to New England cottontails. 

What to Bring: Volunteers should come dressed for the weather, and prepared to spend the morning outdoors. Waterproof boots or snowshoes are recommended, depending on snow depth.

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Location

  • Benson Park, 19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson, NH, 03051

4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Clinic
Saturday, 02/27/2016 (10:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Any interested youth or 4-H volunteer who would like to learn more about dairy cattle selection are invited to participate in this clinic. 

 

This clinic will be an excellent opportunity to get younger members started in the basics of dairy judging and will also serve to help older, more experienced judges sharpen their judging skills.

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Location

  • Billings Farm, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT, 05091

Sunday, 02/28/2016

Winter Tree & Shrub Identification Workshop
Sunday, 02/28/2016 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)

Are you interested in learning how to identify some of the common trees and shrubs of the Monadnock region in winter? Then this workshop is just what you are looking for. It is easier than you may think and a great way to learn more about the plants that make up our forests, fields, and wetlands.

 

The workshop will be led by Steve Roberge, Forest Resource Specialist with Cheshire County Extension. Steve will teach you the key criteria to look for when attempting to identify woody plants without their leaves - such as overall form, bark, twig features, leaf scars and fruit remnants.

 

This workshop is for all knowledge and skill levels. Bring a hand lens if you have one, dress for the weather, and bring snow shoes. There will be a limited number of snowshoes available to borrow.

Location

  • Distant Hill Gardens, 507 March Hill Road, Walpole, NH, 03608

Tuesday, 03/01/2016

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
Tuesday, 03/01/2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Come learn about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the effects this invasive insect will have on the forest and landscapes of Franklin and surrounding towns. The EAB is the most destructive non-native insect in North America. Over the past few years, it has been found infesting and killing ash trees in forests and landscapes throughout central and southern New Hampshire. Experiences in other states tell us we can't eradicate EAB from New Hampshire, but we can protect high-value trees and slow the spread of the ash mortality. Come learn the facts and get your questions answered. Free and open to all.

 

Presenters:

  • Tim Fleury, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Amy Papineau, UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Scott Rolfe, NH Division of Forests and Lands
  • Bill Davidson, NH Division of Forests and Lands

Held at the TRIP Senior Center in the back of the Bessie Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive, Franklin, NH.

 

Co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Division of Forests and Lands, NH Department of Agriculture Markets & Food, and the Franklin Conservation Commission.

 

To register, contact Mary West at UNH Cooperative Extension - 603-796-2151 or mary.west@unh.edu.  Directions are on the attached flyer.

 

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Location

  • Bessie Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive #1, Franklin, NH, 03235

Friday, 03/04/2016

GIS 101: Learning to Map in the Digital Age
Friday, 03/04/2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Topics Covered: basic GIS concepts, free GIS and mapping software, types of GIS data

Learn GIS basics and explore a variety of free GIS and mapping programs (for PC's and Macs)! You will be introduced to the basic concepts of GIS, explore the variety of GIS and mapping software available for free, learn GIS jargon and understand both the applications and the limitations of GIS. This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience and new GIS users.

Participants will learn to: "talk the talk" of GIS by learning basic terminology describe the applications and limitations of GIS, understand the pros and cons of free GIS and mapping software options, download free GIS data.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Mobile Mapping Made Easy
Friday, 03/04/2016 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Learn to use your mobile device (smartphone, tablet) to collect data in the field and make a map on your computer! Whether you want to use your smartphone to make maps for fun or for work, this workshop is for you. This class starts with a review of the most capable mapping apps available for iOS and Android.

Participants will learn to collect GPS data with a mobile device, make an online map with collected data, move map layers from their computer to their mobile device.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Saturday, 03/05/2016

Cheshire County 4-H Day Communications Event
Saturday, 03/05/2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

4-H Day is a chance for Cheshire county 4-H members to showcase their communication skills.  It also serves as the selection process for members 12 and older to go onto State Activities Day and for sr. horse members to compete for a spot on the State Horse Communications Team.

 

4-H Day entries, photographs and posters are due in the office by February 5th.

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Location

  • Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole, NH, 03608

Sunday, 03/06/2016

Model Horse Show
Sunday, 03/06/2016 (All day)

This event is open to model horse enthusiasts of any age. It is designed to be an introduction to the world of model horse showing. If you have never shown before, come along and join the fun, we are glad to coach you through the process.


Generally, models are judged on cleanliness, condition, presentation and best fit for the class in which they are placed.

 

The Monadnock Equestrian Team will be hold a bake sale during the show.

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Location

  • Surry Town, 1 Village Road, Surry, NH, 03431

Apple Pruning Demonstration at Hackleboro Orchards
Sunday, 03/06/2016 (10:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

Harry Weiser of Hackleboro Orchards in Canterbury, will be using over 30 years of pruning expertise to demonstrate pruning of standard, semi-dwarf and dwarf apple trees. This event is outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Free hot coffee, fresh cider donuts and apples will be available. Questions can be directed to Harry at hackleboro@hotmail.com. GPS address: 61 Orchard Road, Canterbury. The raindate will be March 13th.

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Location

  • Hackleboro Orchard, 61 Orchard Road, Canterbury, NH, 03224

Tuesday, 03/08/2016

Data, Maps, Action! What's New in the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan (Keene)
Tuesday, 03/08/2016 (06:00 PM - 07:30 PM)

The NH Wildlife Action Plan has just been updated for the first time in 10 years and there is a wealth of new data and information! Not to speak of some really great new Wildlife Habitat maps (last updated in 2010) - they have changed!

Join us to learn what's new and how you can use this information to take your wildlife and conservation efforts to the next level. This workshop will provide an overview of the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan, a review of the revised wildlife maps, data and information in in the updated plan, and most importantly, provide actions you can take to help NH's wildlife and habitats.

To Register: Follow This Link

Additional Regional Workshop Dates and Locations

Wednesday April 13, 2016 - Lebanon, NH
Snowdate: Tuesday April 19, 2016
Kilton Public Library, 80 Main Street, West Lebanon, NH


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Location

  • Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Thursday, 03/10/2016

ArcGIS Drivers Permit 10.2
Thursday, 03/10/2016 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

 Learn GIS basics and how to use ArcGIS 10 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience or GIS useres looking for basic ArcGIS 10 experience.  Activities focus on using ArcGIS 10 to get information from GIS data layers, answer basic questions and manipulate attribute data. 


Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

2016 Annie's Project Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women Flyer
Thursday, 03/10/2016 (09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Annie's Project is a Farm Business Management Workshop Series for Women in Agriculture and is dedicated to strengthening women's roles in modern farm enterprises.

 

The mission of Annie's Project is to empower farm women to be better business managers through networks, organizations, and management of important information.

 

This 3-day workshop series will be held on march 10th, 17th and 24th 2016

Register

Location

  • Best Western Hotel, 401 Winchester Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Thursday, 03/17/2016

Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills for Community Collaboration
Thursday, 03/17/2016 (08:30 AM - 04:00 PM)

Training topics to include creating collaborative relationships, designing processes to meet the needs of specific groups, developing intentional facilitation practices and use mapping to design meetings and identifying behaviors that impact group process.

 

Presented by: Sue Cagle, Field Specialist, Belknap County UNH Cooperative Extension and Sharon Cowen, Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension.

 

 

Location

  • Society for the Protection of NH Forests, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH, 03301

2016 Annie's Project Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women Flyer
Thursday, 03/17/2016 (09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Annie's Project is a Farm Business Management Workshop Series for Women in Agriculture and is dedicated to strengthening women's roles in modern farm enterprises.

 

The mission of Annie's Project is to empower farm women to be better business managers through networks, organizations, and management of important information.

 

This 3-day workshop series will be held on march 10th, 17th and 24th 2016

Register

Location

  • Best Western Hotel, 401 Winchester Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Friday, 03/18/2016

Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills for Community Collaboration
Friday, 03/18/2016 (08:30 AM - 04:00 PM)

Training topics to include creating collaborative relationships, designing processes to meet the needs of specific groups, developing intentional facilitation practices and use mapping to design meetings and identifying behaviors that impact group process.

 

Presented by: Sue Cagle, Field Specialist, Belknap County UNH Cooperative Extension and Sharon Cowen, Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension.

 

 

Location

  • Society for the Protection of NH Forests, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH, 03301

Thursday, 03/24/2016

2016 Annie's Project Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women Flyer
Thursday, 03/24/2016 (09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Annie's Project is a Farm Business Management Workshop Series for Women in Agriculture and is dedicated to strengthening women's roles in modern farm enterprises.

 

The mission of Annie's Project is to empower farm women to be better business managers through networks, organizations, and management of important information.

 

This 3-day workshop series will be held on march 10th, 17th and 24th 2016

Register

Location

  • Best Western Hotel, 401 Winchester Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Monday, 03/28/2016

ServSafe Food Managers Certification Course and Exam
Monday, 03/28/2016 (08:30 AM - 05:00 PM)

 

This one-day course follows the flow of food throughout an establishment.  Participants will learn what conditions enhance the growth of bacteria that causes food borne illnesses along with the safest way to receive, store, prepare, cook and serve food for their customers.  Practical information on training staff is included.  At the end of the course, the national ServSafe exam will be administered.  Some studying on your own time will be necessary.

 

Registration is required at least 2 weeks prior to the start of class to allow time to receive and study the ServSafe book.

Register on-line

 

Location

  • Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Tuesday, 03/29/2016

Getting to Know ArcGIS Online
Tuesday, 03/29/2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Basic online mapping, adding new data to online maps, sharing online maps with others.

This workshop will provide hands-on practice using ArcGIS Online to create custom online maps.  For users of ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online provides a way to share maps previously only possible through advanced server software (Such as ArcGIS Server).

Learn to make basic maps with ArcGIS Online (AGO), add online date layers to an AGO map, create new layers in AGO, import .shp and .csv apps using AGO templates, differentiate between public and subscription accounts for AGO.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Wednesday, 03/30/2016

Making Geodatabases Work for You
Wednesday, 03/30/2016 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Geodatabases are an excellent file format for managing and maintaining GIS data using ArcGIS.  This workshop will cover fundamentals, tools, and techniques for creating and working with data contained in Geodatabases.  The workshop is focused on intermediate to advanced users of ArcView, however, ArcEditor users will also benefit.

Location

  • NH Fish & Game - Concord office, Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, 03301

Friday, 04/01/2016

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
Friday, 04/01/2016 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

 

S.A.F.E. reviews critical food safety and sanitation concepts such as personal hygiene, preventing cross contamination, and controlling time and temperature. S.A.F.E. workshops provide food safety training for new employees and refresher information for more experienced staff. The 2 hour workshop uses practical discussion and hands-on demonstrations to help participants apply safe food handling practices in the workplace. SAFE participants receive fact sheets and a certificate of attendance.

 

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Location

  • The Community Kitchen, 37 Mechanic Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Wednesday, 04/06/2016

Ornamental Pruning Demonstration
Wednesday, 04/06/2016 (05:30 PM - 07:00 PM)

UNH Cooperative Extension will be presenting an ornamental pruning workshop to teach home gardeners how to prune ornamental trees and shrubs commonly found in home landscapes, such as crabapples, forsythia, spirea, junipers, rhododendrons and more. If you have pruning equipment (sharp pruners, loppers and pruning saws) and leather gloves, bring them with you.

 

More information to be coming soon. For now,  mark your calendars or contact amy.papineau@unh.edu or 603-796-2151.

Location

  • , 184 College Road, Wolfeboro, NH, 03894

Saturday, 04/09/2016

State Dairy Quiz Bowl
Saturday, 04/09/2016 (09:30 AM - 03:00 PM)

Open to Juniors and Seniors -

This event will determine which seniors will be on the New Hampshire State Dairy Quiz Bowl Team which will participate in the Quiz Bowls at Eastern States Exposition and the National Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky in the fall.

Website

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Location

  • Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole, NH, 03608


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