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April 2019

Exploring Stone Work in the Lyndeborough Hills

Saturday, April 20,
1:00 pm
to 3:30 pm
French Road

Join Dave Butler and Ben Haubrich for an exploration of the French Road area in Lyndeborough, where we'll discover historic stonework, both primitive and sublime.

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Beginner Bird Banding Course

Monday, April 22,
7:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A White-breasted Nuthatch is held by a bird bander. (photo © Ben Conant)

This seven-day course for birders and wildlife biologists will provide a hands-on introduction to bird banding, including safe operation of mist nets, bird handling, and data scoring skills.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Beyond the Basics of Tracking

Tuesday, April 23,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Scott Semmens searches for animal sign in the woods. (photo © Bill Gnade / Keene Sentinel)

Stretch your tracking skills beyond winter snow with master tracker and educator Scott Semmens.

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The Dynamic History of Forests in Southwest New Hampshire & What Landowners Can Do to Help Restore Important Wildlife Habitat

Tuesday, April 23,
6:30 pm
to 9:00 pm
Historical Society of Cheshire County
A springtime view of Mount Monadnock, taken from the summit of Thumb Mountain. (photo © Bruce Boyer)

Join Matt Tarr and Steve Roberge of the UNH Cooperative Extension to learn about the fascinating history of our ever-changing forests and what you can do to create and restore important wildlife habitat on your property.

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Vernal Pool Hike at the Horatio Colony Preserve

Wednesday, April 24,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
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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Landscaping for Wildlife, Part I

Thursday, April 25,
6:30 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A fritillary and a swallowtail share space on a coneflower in the Harris Center's pollinator garden. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Dreaming about your spring garden? Include a plan to welcome birds, butterflies, and other creatures to your yard while enjoying the benefits of color, shade, and sound. Design your space with landscape designer and author Marilyn Wyzga in this two-part workshop.

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Plum Island Birding Excursion

Friday, April 26,
7:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
A young man peers through binoculars. (photo © gerlos via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Eric Masterson and Meade Cadot for a visit to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island in Massachusetts – one of the best birding locations in all of New England.

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Vernal Pools 101

Friday, April 26,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A hand holds a small wood frog egg mass. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Dig in to the exquisite, ephemeral world of vernal pool ecology in this afternoon workshop with Brett Amy Thelen. We’ll start indoors with an illustrated lecture, then venture outside for hands-on exploration at a nearby vernal pool.

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Exploring Stone Work in the Lyndeborough Hills

Saturday, April 27,
1:00 pm
to 3:30 pm
French Road

Join Dave Butler and Ben Haubrich for an exploration of the French Road area in Lyndeborough, where we'll discover historic stonework, both primitive and sublime.

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Bird Banding Demonstration

Sunday, April 28,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Purple Finch is held by a bird bander. (photo © Ben Conant)

Dig into the science of songbirds during this bird banding demonstration by ornithologist Dr. Patricia Wohner. You’ll get great glimpses of some of the songbirds that make their home in the Harris Center woods and fields, and hopefully see a few spring migrants as well.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Beyond the Basics of Tracking

Tuesday, April 30,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Scott Semmens searches for animal sign in the woods. (photo © Bill Gnade / Keene Sentinel)

Stretch your tracking skills beyond winter snow with master tracker and educator Scott Semmens.

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The Venomous Shrew and the Secrets of the Deep Dark Below

Tuesday, April 30,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
A Short-tailed Shrew pokes its head out of a stone wall. (photo © Gilles Gonthier)

Venom like a cobra and an unstoppable appetite, all packed into a creature who weighs less than a penny? Yes! This is not fake news. Come hear about the remarkable life and times of the short-tailed shrew, who lives right beneath your feet.

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May 2019

Environmental Studies Institute: Water and Us

Thursday, May 2,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 23, 2019

RiverMead Auditorium
Historic photograph of a rushing river at the Monadnock Blanket Mill in Marlborough NH. (photo © Historical Society of Cheshire County)

Join author and journalist Jim Rousmaniere for a four-week course exploring water’s impact on humans, and humans’ impact on water, since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

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Landscaping for Wildlife, Part II

Thursday, May 2,
6:30 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Dreaming about your spring garden? Include a plan to welcome birds, butterflies, and other creatures to your yard while enjoying the benefits of color, shade, and sound. Design your space with landscape designer and author Marilyn Wyzga in this two-part workshop.

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Easygoing Hike through the Wales Preserve

Friday, May 3,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
Sharon, NH

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for a moderately strenuous, 2.5-mile hike through the Wales Preserve in Sharon, with scenic views of the Gridley River.

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Eyes On Owls

Sunday, May 5
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Barred Owl peers out from a tree cavity. (photo © Mark Wilson / Eyes on Owls)

This special live owl presentation is offered by invitation only to current Harris Center members. If you’re a member, you’ll receive your invitation in the mail by mid-April. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, or would like to join for the first time, visit harriscenter.org/membership or call (603) 525-3394.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Beyond the Basics of Tracking

Tuesday, May 7,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Scott Semmens searches for animal sign in the woods. (photo © Bill Gnade / Keene Sentinel)

Stretch your tracking skills beyond winter snow with master tracker and educator Scott Semmens.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Water and Us

Thursday, May 9,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 23, 2019

RiverMead Auditorium
Historic photograph of a rushing river at the Monadnock Blanket Mill in Marlborough NH. (photo © Historical Society of Cheshire County)

Join author and journalist Jim Rousmaniere for a four-week course exploring water’s impact on humans, and humans’ impact on water, since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

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“Secrets of Bumblebees” Film

Thursday, May 9,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Putnam Theater at Keene State College

This award-winning documentary follows a year in the life of a wild bumblebee, including stunning “bee’s-eye view” footage that will leave you in awe of these fuzzy harbingers of spring.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Saturday, May 11,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Fremont Field
Young children look closely at a bullfrog, held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble around Peterborough's Fremont Field is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Ashuelot River Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 14,
6:30 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Join the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee (ARLAC) for their 19th 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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Nature on Tap: Intoxication in the Animal Kingdom

Wednesday, May 15,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Post & Beam Brewing
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

Join Harris Center Science Director and drunk-animal enthusiast Brett Amy Thelen for stories of intoxication from the animal kingdom. From boozy bears to wasted waxwings, we’ll separate fact from fiction in this light-hearted happy hour (what else?) conversation.

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Shinrin-Yoku: A Forest Bathing Experience

Thursday, May 16,
11:00 am
to 12:30 pm
Fremont Field
A woman takes a deep breath during a "Forest Bathing" workshop. (photo © Ben Conant)

This gentle "forest bathing" session will help you slow down, catch your breath, and find solace in nature.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Water and Us

Thursday, May 16,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 23, 2019

RiverMead Auditorium
Historic photograph of a rushing river at the Monadnock Blanket Mill in Marlborough NH. (photo © Historical Society of Cheshire County)

Join author and journalist Jim Rousmaniere for a four-week course exploring water’s impact on humans, and humans’ impact on water, since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Learn more »

Young Birders Club Takes Flight

Saturday, May 18,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A boy peers through binoculars on a birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

The Young Birders Club is ready to take wing again after a brief hiatus! This club, led by expert birder Phil Brown and naturalist Susie Spikol, is dedicated to helping young naturalists discover the world of birds and birding.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, May 23,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A mother and her baby smile on a Harris Center outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble around the Harris Center grounds is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Water and Us

Thursday, May 23,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 23, 2019

RiverMead Auditorium
Historic photograph of a rushing river at the Monadnock Blanket Mill in Marlborough NH. (photo © Historical Society of Cheshire County)

Join author and journalist Jim Rousmaniere for a four-week course exploring water’s impact on humans, and humans’ impact on water, since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Learn more »

Town by Town, Watershed by Watershed: Native Americans in New Hampshire

Thursday, May 23,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A drawing of a historic Abenaki Village.

Join John and Donna Moody of the Winter Center for Indigenous Traditions for an engaging exploration of the history of New Hampshire's Abenaki and Penacook peoples, with a focus on our local area.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, May 30,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Jaquith Rail Trail
A young boy peers at something small held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble at the Jaquith Rail Trail in Hancock is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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June 2019

Active Hope – How to Face the Mess We Are In Without Going Crazy

Saturday, June 1,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group of people sit in a circle, overlaid with the words "The Work That Reconnects." (photo © Claudian Dobos & Empatheast)

This workshop will help you stay engaged in working toward a better world. You’ll have the opportunity to share deeply, listen actively, find joy, take risks, create safe space, and collaborate with others that care for our world.

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