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January 2020

Film Showing: “The Lost Forests of New England”

Thursday, January 30,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Putnam Theater at Keene State College
An old-growth hemlock stand. (photo © Ray Asselin / New England Forests)

This homegrown documentary tells the story of central New England’s old-growth forests through drone and wildlife camera footage, as well as field interviews with Tom Wessels, David Foster, and other renowned ecologists.

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February 2020

Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Thursday, February 6,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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One event on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Susie Spikol and Marilyn Wyzga for a peaceful, moonlit ramble. Taking our cue from the Japanese Shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) practice, we’ll open our senses through gentle yoga poses, deep breathing, “coyote walking,” and quiet reflection.

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Easygoing Hike Along the Jaquith Rail Trail

Friday, February 7,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Jaquith Rail Trail
Meade Cadot leads a winter hike on the Harris Center's Jaquith Rail Trail. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Rich Taylor for a moderately easy, 3-mile roundtrip hike along the old Keene to Concord railroad line.

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Hiking Through the Decades: The Briggs Preserve

Saturday, February 8,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group examines animal tracks on a winter hike at the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land. (photo © Ben Conant)

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we're offering Hiking Through the Decades, a four-hike series that will trace the history of the Harris Center's land protection efforts. Join Meade Cadot and Ben Haubrich for the inaugural hike -- an easy outing through the Briggs Preserve, one of the Harris Center’s earliest land protection projects.

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Cross-Country Ski on Old Troy Road

Saturday, February 8,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Old Troy Road

Join Tom Warren for a 2-mile cross-country skiing excursion on scenic Old Troy Road and the Brook Trail.

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Nature on Tap: Love, Sex, and Wow in the Animal World

Wednesday, February 12,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Hancock Inn
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

Join Harris Center naturalists Brett Amy Thelen, Jenna Spear, and Susie Spikol for a special Valentine’s Day discussion on some of the unusual ways wild animals court and mate. Drinks on you, conversation on us!

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, February 13,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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One event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a gentle winter hike around the Harris Center’s grounds, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish at Robb Reservoir

Sunday, February 16,
9:30 am
to 1:30 pm
Robb Reservoir
Robb Reservoir with snowy banks. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Stan Smith and Vic Starzynski for a 4-mile roundtrip hike around one of John Kulish's favorite haunts -- the shoreline of Robb Reservoir.

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New England’s Long Ago Elephants: Woolly Mammoths and Mastodons

Thursday, February 20,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
A wooly mammoth diorama. (photo © FireHawk Hulin via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Discover the long-lost lives of the woolly mammoths and mastodons that once roamed New England with Harris Center naturalist and woolly mammoth lover Susie Spikol!

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Bobcats Before Breakfast: John Kulish, His Book, and His Legacy

Saturday, February 22,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Toadstool Bookshop

Join Susie Spikol and Meade Cadot to learn about the Harris Center’s first naturalist, John Kulish. Dig deeper into the life of this charismatic trapper-turned conservationist and, if conditions allow, do one of the things he loved the most – winter tracking!

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Snowshoe Hike to Osgood Hill through Partridge Woods

Saturday, February 22,
12:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Partridge Woods

Join Kathy Schillemat for a 4-mile roundtrip hike along the new Partridge Woods trail network to the top of Osgood Hill, the second-highest peak in Cheshire County.

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Winter Adventures Camp

Monday, February 24,
9:00 am
to Wednesday, February 26,
3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A trio of happy campers at the Harris Center's Winter Adventures Camp. (photo © Jaime Hutchinson)

Join us for Winter Adventures, a three-day winter vacation camp filled with snowshoeing, fort building, animal tracking, nature crafts, games, songs, and more!

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Winter Survival Skills for Middle Schoolers

Monday, February 24,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A girl sits on a rock and whittles.

Join Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin for a day of of outdoor adventure and survival skills practice, including hiking, fire making, shelter building, orienteering, and more.

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3rd Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, February 29,
8:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Norway Pond Commission chair Tom Shevenell sets a canoe anchor during a morning of water quality sampling on Norway Pond. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join us for a day of talks highlighting recent research, and plans for future study, on the ecology of Norway Pond in Hancock.

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March 2020

Easygoing Hike Along the Aldworth Manor Trail

Friday, March 6,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Aldworth Manor Trail

Join Rich and Linda Taylor for a moderately strenuous, 3-mile roundtrip hike along the Aldworth Manor Trail in Harrisville.

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Sheldrick Forest Preserve Hike

Saturday, March 7,
9:30 am
to 12:00 pm
Sheldrick Forest Preserve
Impressively large pine trees at the Sheldrick Forest Preserve in Wilton. (photo © Eric Aldrich / TNC)

Join Swift Corwin and Richard Pendleton for a 2-mile roundtrip hike on easy trails, where we’ll see impressively large trees, interesting geological formations, and magnificent laurels.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, March 12,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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One event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a gentle winter hike around the Harris Center’s grounds, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

Learn more »

Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Thursday, March 12,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Susie Spikol and Marilyn Wyzga for a peaceful, moonlit ramble. Taking our cue from the Japanese Shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) practice, we’ll open our senses through gentle yoga poses, deep breathing, “coyote walking,” and quiet reflection.

Learn more »

Harris Center Classic: “Owl Moon” Owl Prowl

Friday, March 13,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A portrait of a Barred Owl. (photo © Philip Brown via unsplash)

Come hoot it up on this full moon adventure for families and children of all ages!

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Snowshoe Hike in the Mount Thumb Bowl

Saturday, March 14,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Dave Butler for a snowshoe hike through the hollow formed by the southern and western slopes of Mounts Thumb and Skatutakee -- once completely cleared for farming, and today a boulder-strewn hardwood forest.

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Bluebird House Workday (and Birding!)

Saturday, March 21,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A pair of bluebirds on a nesting box. (photo © Meade Cadot)

In preparation for spring nesting, join Eric Masterson to clean and repair the 30 bluebird houses that grace the Brown Easement in Hancock.

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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Hancock

Sunday, March 22,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this fun volunteer training.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Dynamics

Wednesday, March 25,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A diagram depicting tree growth over time, adapted from Oliver 1978.

Join Harris Center Director and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson to explore the dramatic and complex changes our forests experience over time.

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Environmental Studies Institute: 50 Years Since Earth Day

Thursday, March 26,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 16, 2020

RiverMead Auditorium

April 22 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. How is our planet is doing since that landmark 1970 protest? Join a series of experts to explore a different ecosystem each week, including what’s changed in the last five decades, as well as thoughts on the future.

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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Keene

Friday, March 27,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this fun volunteer training.

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36th Annual Waterfowl Safari Along the Connecticut River

Sunday, March 29,
8:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Connecticut River
Snow geese migrating across a moonlit sky. (photo © Dagmar Collins)

The spring bird migration begins in March as waterfowl move north through along the Connecticut River. We’ll carpool to the best birding spots, with a little easy walking as needed, in hopes of seeing the spectacle.

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April 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Dynamics

Wednesday, April 1,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A diagram depicting tree growth over time, adapted from Oliver 1978.

Join Harris Center Director and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson to explore the dramatic and complex changes our forests experience over time.

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: 50 Years Since Earth Day

Thursday, April 2,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 16, 2020

RiverMead Auditorium

April 22 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. How is our planet is doing since that landmark 1970 protest? Join a series of experts to explore a different ecosystem each week, including what’s changed in the last five decades, as well as thoughts on the future.

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Dynamics

Wednesday, April 8,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A diagram depicting tree growth over time, adapted from Oliver 1978.

Join Harris Center Director and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson to explore the dramatic and complex changes our forests experience over time.

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: 50 Years Since Earth Day

Thursday, April 9,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 16, 2020

RiverMead Auditorium

April 22 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. How is our planet is doing since that landmark 1970 protest? Join a series of experts to explore a different ecosystem each week, including what’s changed in the last five decades, as well as thoughts on the future.

Learn more »
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