50th Anniversary Fund

Looking to the Future

The natural world and our relationship to it is dramatically changing. The 50th Anniversary Fund was created in 2019 to help ensure that the Harris Center’s exceptional work continues for 50 more years. Funded by hundreds of Harris Center supporters who have become a significant part of our future, this unrestricted board-advised fund enables us to innovate, grow, and meet the needs and challenges of our changing world as we embark on our next half-century. (Learn about the first four projects launched with support from the 50th Fund.)


Harris Center naturalist Jaime Hutchinson leads a group of preschoolers on a search for worms. (photo © Ben Conant)Environmental Education For All

Educating future generations about our natural world is at the heart of the Harris Center’s work. Our teacher-naturalists go into 30 Monadnock Region schools each year, teaching science skills indoors and out to more than 3,000 children. We also offer over 150 community programs every year for learners of all ages. When people connect to nature, they are inspired to protect it, making our world a healthier place.


Trailblazing into the Future

The Harris Center has protected more than 24,000 acres of land for all to enjoy, including many miles of spectacular trails. Caring for the land and trails in our SuperSanctuary — including planning for improved accessibility, as well as new trails yet to be blazed — is vital to making sure you can enjoy them well into the future. Careful stewardship will ensure that our forests and trails endure through extreme weather events, and help to cover the associated costs of insurance and taxes for protected lands.


Growing Conservation ResearchJeremy Wilson trains a team of Keene State College interns on how to sample and preserve tree cores for a dendrochronology study of Norway Pond. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

The Salamander Crossing Brigades, Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory, and other popular community science projects engage hundreds of people across the Monadnock Region every year, awakening many to the wonders of nature. These projects raise awareness of important conservation issues, while adding to a growing body of scientific research.


Contact Us

For more information on the Harris Center’s 50th Anniversary Fund, please contact Lisa Murray at (603) 525-3394 or by email.