COVID-19 UPDATE: The Harris Center is canceling or postponing all in-person programs and events through May 4. The Harris Center building will also be closed to visitors until May 4. Our trails and grounds remain open.

50th Anniversary Events

Join us for one...or all!

We’re planning dozens of special events — spanning an entire year — to celebrate our 50th Anniversary: art shows, musical performances, lectures, hikes, special guests, and so much more. Here’s what coming up soon!

Upcoming 50th Anniversary Events

Art in Wood: A Discussion and Demonstration

Friday, April 17,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A marquetry apple blossom by Craig Altobello

Join marquetry artist Craig Altobello and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an evening at the intersection of art and ecology.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish Along the North Branch

Sunday, May 3,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Stoddard
North Branch River in July. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Stan Smith and Vic Starzynski for a moderately strenuous hike along the North Branch River, following one of John Kulish’s favorite hunting routes.

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Caterpillars of New England: Uncovering the Whole Story

Saturday, May 30,
6:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A photo of a swallowtail caterpillar by Sam Jaffe

Join Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab for an artist’s reception and talk that explores backyard pollinators, plants, parasitoids, and the many caterpillars that are positioned at the center of it all.

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Harris Center Classic: Royalston Falls Hike

Sunday, June 14,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Royalston Falls
Wild rhododendron flowers. (photo © Brian Fuller via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Denny Wheeler and Brian Bishoff for a 3.5-mile roundtrip to scenic Royalston Falls, just south of the Massachusetts border. The trail winds through groves of rhododendron, which should be in bloom.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Uncommon Breeders of the SuperSanctuary

Thursday, June 18,
7:00 am
to 12:00 pm

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a search for the SuperSanctuary’s less common breeding birds.

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Hiking Through the Decades: Willard Pond

Saturday, June 27,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we’re offering Hiking Through the Decades, a four-hike series that traces the history of the Harris Center’s land protection efforts. In this edition, Eric Masterson and Phil Brown will discuss some of the 1990s land conservation work that protected the shoreline of Willard Pond.

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