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.

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April 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Dynamics

Wednesday, April 15,
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 22, 2020

Zoom
A diagram depicting tree growth over time, adapted from Oliver 1978.

Join Harris Center Director and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an online course exploring the dramatic and complex changes our forests experience over time.

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Environmental Studies Institute: 50 Years Since Earth Day

Thursday, April 16,
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

NOTE: This course has been CANCELED.
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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Online Book Group for Middle Schoolers: “Hatchet”

Thursday, April 16,
3:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 30, 2020

Zoom

This online book club is for middle school students interested in wilderness, survival and adventure!

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, April 16,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

We've had to postpone our popular Nature on Tap series for the spring, but we're excited to bring you a different kind of naturalist happy hour -- via Zoom!

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Conserving Grassland Birds in New England

Thursday, April 16,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Boblink perched on a blade of grass. (photo © Peter Swaine via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join renowned ornithologist Jon Atwood to learn about regional conservation initiatives focused on grassland birds, including the Bobolink Project and the status of Eastern Meadowlarks.

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Online Book Group: “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood”

Friday, April 17,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, April 24, 2020

Zoom

Join naturalist and avid reader Susie Spikol for an online discussion of Janisse Ray’s award-winning memoir, "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood."

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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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Chainsaw Safety Workshop

Saturday, April 18,
9:00 am
to 4:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Geoff Jones, forester and certified chainsaw safety instructor, for a chainsaw safety workshop with a focus on trail work.

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Tree Identification Walk

Sunday, April 19,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Maple buds. (photo © David Joyce via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Mike Gagnon of the UNH Cooperative Extension for an early spring tree identification walk. We’ll focus on branching, buds, and bark while the leaves are off the trees.

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Vernal Pool Hike at the Horatio Colony Preserve

Wednesday, April 22,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Horatio Colony Nature Preserve
the vernal pool at Horatio Colony Nature Preserve (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Brett Amy Thelen for a moderately strenuous, 1.2-mile roundtrip climb to a hilltop vernal pool at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, where we’ll explore the fascinating world of spring-breeding amphibians.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Dynamics

Wednesday, April 22,
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 22, 2020

Zoom
A diagram depicting tree growth over time, adapted from Oliver 1978.

Join Harris Center Director and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an online course exploring the dramatic and complex changes our forests experience over time.

Learn more »

Nature on Tap: A Rapture for Raptors

Wednesday, April 22,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Post & Beam Brewing
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

Celebrate Earth Day with stories of birds of prey in the Monadnock Region, gleaned from raptor biologist Chris Martin’s 30 years of work with NH Audubon.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, April 23,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Young children look closely at a bullfrog, held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

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

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Online Book Group for Middle Schoolers: “Hatchet”

Thursday, April 23,
3:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 30, 2020

Zoom

This online book club is for middle school students interested in wilderness, survival and adventure!

Learn more »

Emerald Ash Borer and What It Means to You

Thursday, April 23,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Emerald Ash Borer beetles. (photo © Will Parson / Chesapeake Bay Program via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join UNH Cooperative Extension forestry field specialists Mike Gagnon and Dode Gladders to learn more about the current status of Emerald Ash Borer in New Hampshire.

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Online Book Group: “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood”

Friday, April 24,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, April 24, 2020

Zoom

Join naturalist and avid reader Susie Spikol for an online discussion of Janisse Ray’s award-winning memoir, "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood."

Learn more »

Wildflower Talk and Walk

Saturday, April 25,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Red trillium blossoms. (photo © Laurel Swope-Brush)

Join botanist and author Ted Elliman for a morning focused on spring wildflowers. We'll being indoors with an illustrated lecture, then head outside to search for these gems in the Harris Center woods.

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Opossums and Their Marsupial Ways

Saturday, April 25,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
NOTE: This event will now take place online.
Harrisville Public Library
A possume climbing a tree. (photo © Dennis Church via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol for a talk on North America’s only marsupial. Discover how the oddball opossum survives and thrives, and leave with a new understanding of this oft-misunderstood mammal!

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Vernal Pools 101

Sunday, April 26,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
NOTE: This event will now take place online.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Wood frog eggs in a Keene vernal pool. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Dig into the exquisite, ephemeral world of vernal pool ecology in this illustrated lecture by Brett Amy Thelen.

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North of the Notches: The Great North Woods of New Hampshire

Wednesday, April 29,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
NOTE: This event will now take place online.
A Bay-breasted Warbler. (photo © Phil Brown)

Join Phil Brown for scenes and stories of the wildlife and wild places in the spectacular Great North Woods – and to learn how to join a trip he's leading there in June.

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Online Book Group for Middle Schoolers: “Hatchet”

Thursday, April 30,
3:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 30, 2020

Zoom

This online book club is for middle school students interested in wilderness, survival and adventure!

Learn more »

May 2020

Easygoing Hike at Pisgah State Park

Friday, May 1,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Pisgah State Park

Join Rich Taylor and Iva Wood for a moderately strenuous, 3-mile roundtrip hike through New Hampshire’s largest state park.

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Elmwood Junction Birding Brunch

Sunday, May 3,
7:30 am
to 12:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Hancock
A Baltimore Oriole feasts in a crabapple tree. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Meade Cadot and Francie Von Mertens for a birding brunch hosted by Don and Lillian Stokes. We’ll scout for returning migrants, then visit with the Stokes for brunch nearby.

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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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Environmental Studies Institute: Emerson and Thoreau

Wednesday, May 6,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A man walks through the woods at sunset. (photo © Geoff Livingston via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us to explore Emerson's classic essay “Nature” and Thoreau's essay “Walking." Short, sweet, and full of big ideas, these essays provide a lively introduction to two quintessentially American thinkers.

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Heald Tract Hike

Sunday, May 10,
9:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Heald Tract
A photo of a tree in full leaf-out. (photo © SPNHF)

Join Denny Wheeler and Brian Bishoff for a 4.5-mile roundtrip hike along a great trail system that runs through the Forest Society's 1,500-acre Heald Tract.

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Ashuelot River Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 12,
6:30 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Join the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee (ARLAC) for their 20th season of water quality monitoring! Participants in this training will gain hands-on experience in sampling techniques and in the use of monitoring equipment.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Emerson and Thoreau

Wednesday, May 13,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A man walks through the woods at sunset. (photo © Geoff Livingston via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us to explore Emerson's classic essay “Nature” and Thoreau's essay “Walking." Short, sweet, and full of big ideas, these essays provide a lively introduction to two quintessentially American thinkers.

Learn more »

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, May 14,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
McCabe Forest
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this gentle spring ramble, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Rainbow Hike at Goodhue Hill

Saturday, May 16,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Join Dee Denehy, Jenn Sutton, and Liz Lawler (and baby Wren) for an LGBTQ+-friendly hike through the Mill Pond and Goodhue Hill areas of the dePierrefeu-Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

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