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June 2018

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, June 21,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 21, 2018

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Susie Spikol Faber and some young friends find an earthworm.

Join naturalist Susie Spikol Faber for gentle morning hikes around the Harris Center grounds and trails with your babies and toddlers. As we walk, we’ll look for signs of the season and share ideas for getting outside with young children all year long.

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Summer Solstice Concert with Steve Schuch

Thursday, June 21,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Steve Schuch, musician

Join us for a free concert in celebration of the summer solstice! Performer Steve Schuch fuses Celtic/Folk roots with a storyteller’s heart and humor. Haunting violin and loon calls, tales of mud season and black flies in all their glory, irrepressible singing and audience harmonies are all part of his wide-ranging repertoire.

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Where Do All the Wood Chips Go?

Friday, June 22,
9:00 am
to 5:00 pm

You’re probably familiar with the 18-wheeler trucks that haul wood chips down our highways and byways every winter, but you may not know that many of them make a journey to Schiller Station in Portsmouth, NH, where they're transformed into electricity. Join us for a field trip to Schiller, where we’ll take a walking tour through the operation.

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Railroads and Rail Trails of Hancock and Harrisville

Friday, June 22,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
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One event on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 1:00pm

A 19th-century photo of a locomotive. (photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Cheshire County)

This three-week Environmental Studies Institute course explores our local railroad history. On June 8, Alan Rumrill will give an illustrated talk on the railroad's influential role in the Monadnock Region. On June 15 and 22, we’ll carpool to various sites to see the remnants of this history firsthand and to explore the new ways these old byways are now being enjoyed.

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Landscaping at the Water’s Edge

Saturday, June 23,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
the cover of the "Landscaping at the Water's Edge" handbook

Join Cathy Neal and Jason Aube for an introduction to landscaping on shorefront properties. You’ll learn best practices for enhancing your yard while also protecting water quality in our lakes, streams, and rivers.

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The Life and Times of Fishers

Saturday, June 23,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Olivia Rodham Memorial Library
A fisher pauses in the midst of a meal. (photo © Two Wild)

To learn more about New Hampshire’s most misunderstood mustelid, join Harris Center naturalist and fisher aficionado Susie Spikol Faber for this lively talk.

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Nocturnal Nature: Moths by Moonlight

Saturday, June 30,
8:00 pm
to 11:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
One-Eyed Sphinx Moth (photo © The Caterpillar Lab)

Join us for this very special glimpse into the world of New England’s nocturnal insects, led by knowledgeable naturalists from The Caterpillar Lab.

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July 2018

Easygoing Hike up Rose Mountain

Friday, July 6,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
Rose Mountain

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for a moderately strenuous, 3-mile hike up Rose Mountain in Lyndeborough. We’ll enjoy a panoramic lunch at the summit and feast on wild blueberries for dessert.

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Bicycling the SuperSanctuary in Hancock and Harrisville

Saturday, July 7,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A bicycle rests at the gate to the Harris Center's Cadot Trail. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Russ Cobb for a challenging, but easy-paced 22-mile bike ride around Hancock and Harrisville. The route includes dirt, gravel, and Class VI roads, so a gravel, mountain, or fat tire bike is recommended.

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Babies in Backpacks and Families in Tow

Tuesday, July 10,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
Susie Spikol Faber and some young friends find an earthworm.

Join teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol Faber for a pint-sized hike and exploration of summer’s beauty, specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Tick Talk

Wednesday, July 11,
2:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A drawing of a black-legged tick. (illustration © insightpest.com)

Join us for an afternoon talk on ticks and the impact of tick-borne diseases in New Hampshire, including best practices for preventing tick bites and transmission of tick-borne diseases. Come get informed!

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State of the Loon

Wednesday, July 11,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A fuzzy loon chick nestles up to its parent. (photo © Kittie Wilson)

Have you ever wondered what loons are saying with those eerie calls in the night, or why loon chicks ride on their parents’ backs? Join biologist Harry Vogel for an illustrated lecture on the natural history of loons in New Hampshire.

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Our World Up Close

Saturday, July 14,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harrisville Public Library
Two elementary school students peer through hand lenses. (photo © Margaret Baker)

Using a variety of lenses – from hand magnifiers to jeweler’s loupes to microscopes and stereoscopes – we’ll get an up-close look at some of nature’s treasures in this hands-on hour with Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol Faber.

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Fire & Ice: Connecticut River Geology Cruise

Saturday, July 14,
11:30 am
to 4:00 pm
A riverboat cruises down the Connecticut River. (photo © Beth Pelton)

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Connecticut River, filled with tales of drifting continents, earthquakes, dinosaurs, glaciers, Lake Hitchcock, and the strange origin of deep riverbed holes – all part of the creation of the Connecticut River Valley.

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Hiking Beech Hill and Robin Hood Park

Sunday, July 15,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm

Join Denny Wheeler and Brian Bishoff for a moderately easy, 4-mile hike through Robin Hood Park in Keene, including visits to the famed Table Rock, Sunset Rock, and Blarney Stone.

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Nocturnal Nature: Full Moon Hike

Thursday, July 26,
9:00 pm
to 10:30 pm
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join us as we slip outside under July’s Buck Moon and quietly ramble to Juggernaut Pond. Along the way, we’ll listen for owls, ponder porcupines, and see the moonlight glisten on this beautiful, undisturbed pond.

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Bird Banding Demonstration

Saturday, July 28,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A biologist holds a Black & White Warbler. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Dig into the science of songbirds during this bird banding demonstration. You’ll learn how biologists use delicate nets and lightweight metal bands to monitor migratory bird populations, and enjoy up-close looks at some of the songbirds that nest in our neck of the woods.

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August 2018

Easygoing Hike to Historic Greystone Lodge

Friday, August 3,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for a moderately strenuous, 4-mile hike through Monadnock Paper Mills land to Nabor Hill, where historic Greystone Lodge once stood.

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Blueberries and Fire: A Winning Combination

Saturday, August 4,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Pitcher Mountain
A close-up of wild blueberries. (photo © WP Lynn)

Join Andy Fast, Field Specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension, for a field trip to Hubbard Hill, where a prescribed burn occurred in 1998. Andy will explain why fire is an integral part of managing for blueberries, and detail the operation and challenges of conducting a prescribed burn.

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Babies in Backpacks and Families in Tow

Tuesday, August 7,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Susie Spikol Faber and some young friends find an earthworm.

Join teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol Faber for a pint-sized hike and exploration of summer’s beauty, specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Nocturnal Nature: Perseids Meteor Shower and Greek Star Tales

Thursday, August 9,
10:00 pm
to 11:59 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
An engraving by Camille Flammarion depicting the night sky, ca. 1888.

Join naturalist, writer, and classics scholar Henry Walters for a late-night stargazing adventure at the Harris Center. We’ll look at summer constellations, hear some of the mythology surrounding these stellar characters, and scan the night sky for shooting stars...

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Celebrating Our Trip Leaders and Trail Stewards

Saturday, August 18
Lupines bloom above Island Pond in Stoddard. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Calling all volunteer trip leaders and trail stewards! Join Harris Center staff for a scenic lunch at a cabin above Island Pond, as a thank you for your incredible and much-appreciated work.

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Raptor Volunteer Educator Training

Thursday, August 23,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
People peer through binoculars at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Calling all hawk fans – we’re in need of volunteer educators to help out at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory this fall! In this volunteer training, we'll teach you the tricks of the trade, so you’ll be well prepared for sharing your love of hawks with kids who are hawkwatching for the first time.

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September 2018

Easygoing Hike to White Ledges in Temple

Friday, September 7,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm

Join Lee Baker and Rich Taylor for a moderately strenuous, 4-mile hike to White Ledges, with views toward Nashua and Manchester.

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Pollinate New England

Saturday, September 8,
6:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A bee gathers pollen at a colorful flower. (photo © Tianne Strombeck)

Pollinators need plants, and plants need pollinators. Without both, our entire food system is at risk. Join us for a talk on the plight of pollinators and how you can help – including recommendations for garden plants that best support local pollinators.

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Tracking Ospreys from New Hampshire to South America

Monday, September 10,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
An osprey peers out from its nest. (photo © Bill Crouse)

Join Iain MacLeod for an introduction to Project OspreyTrack, a multi-year project that uses GPS trackers to follow Ospreys from their nests in New Hampshire to their wintering grounds in South America and back.

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Bat Conservation in New Hampshire

Thursday, September 20,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Hancock Town Library
A little brown bat hangs in a cave. (photo © USFWS)

Join Sandra Houghton (NHFG) and Jesse Mohr (Native Geographic) to learn about the ecology of New Hampshire bats, bat-friendly forestry, and what you can do to help local bats.

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