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March 2021

Women in Science Speaker Series: The Urban Ocean

Wednesday, March 10,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Marine scientist Kelly Luis

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! Join marine scientist Kelly Luis for this second talk in the series -- an introduction to the history, culture, and science of Boston Harbor.

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Abbott Thayer’s Monadnock: The Intersection of Natural History, Artistic Research, and World War

Thursday, March 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Mount Monadnock by Abbott Thayer (image © Corcoran Gallery of Art via the Wikimedia Commons)

This richly illustrated presentation by artist and art historian April Claggett will take a deep dive into the lessons that Abbott Thayer — Dublin resident, natural historian, and a leading American artist in his day — learned from our local landscape.

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Women in Science Speaker Series: Corals and Climate Change — Learning from the Past

Wednesday, March 17,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Dr. Logan Brenner in her lab.

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! In this third talk of the series, join paleoclimatologist Dr. Logan Brenner for a fascinating delve into the past, and to learn what coral skeletons can tell us about our planet's climate history.

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Salamander Crossing Brigade Workshop

Thursday, March 18,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Zoom

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

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March Adventure Days

Friday, March 19,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A camper smiles during the Harris Center's winter vacation camp. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists for an active day in the great outdoors! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder.

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Wilderness Survival Skills for Middle Schoolers

Friday, March 19,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A middle school boy collects sticks to build a shelter. (photo © Ben Conant)

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

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March Adventure Days

Wednesday, March 24,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A camper smiles during the Harris Center's winter vacation camp. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists for an active day in the great outdoors! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder.

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Women in Science Speaker Series: My Journey Through Science — From Africa to Gametopia

Wednesday, March 24,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Chidi Paige at the Education Lab

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! In this talk, innovative STEM educator Chidi Paige will trace her path from student to successful science-themed game designer.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, March 25,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us for a fun, informal, nature-focused happy hour -- via Zoom! Come prepared with questions about nearby nature, or just sit back and listen to our team of talented Harris Center naturalists as they share their own observations.

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March Adventure Days

Friday, March 26,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A camper smiles during the Harris Center's winter vacation camp. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists for an active day in the great outdoors! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder.

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Hooting It Up with Owls

Saturday, March 27,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Zoom
A portrait of a Barred Owl. (photo © Philip Brown via unsplash)

Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for a presentation on the lives and loves of New Hampshire's owls. Find out who's hooting in your back woods and what their calls mean.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, March 29,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 19, 2021

Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Every spring, millions of birds pass through the Monadnock Region on their northward migration. Join expert birder Steven Lamonde for this weekly series of socially-distant birding walks, where we'll discuss and observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Women in Science Speaker Series: Critter Cartoons for Conservation

Wednesday, March 31,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
A photo of cartoonist Rosemary Mosco holding antlers up to her head. (photo © Rosemary Mosco)

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! For this final talk of the series, join cartoonist, naturalist, and author Rosemary Mosco to dive into the funny side of nature, and to discover why comics and science are natural allies.

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April 2021

LAB GIRLS Goes Wild: A Monthly Online STEM Club for Girls

Thursday, April 1,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Thursday, June 3, 2021

Zoom

Calling all girls from grades 5 through 12! Join us for this fun, monthly, online afterschool club to grow your skills as a wildlife scientist.

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Vernal Pools 101

Saturday, April 3,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Zoom

Glance at a vernal pool in October and you’ll see a dry depression in the forest floor. Look again in April and you’ll find a woodland pond, teeming with life! As spring unfolds, join Brett Amy Thelen for a virtual introduction to these exquisite, ephemeral ecosystems.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, April 5,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 19, 2021

Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Every spring, millions of birds pass through the Monadnock Region on their northward migration. Join expert birder Steven Lamonde for this weekly series of socially-distant birding walks, where we'll discuss and observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Secrets from the Deep Dark Below: Amazing Adaptations of Life Underground

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

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a glimpse at life underground, with special focus on the star-nosed mole and short-tailed shrew.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, April 12,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 19, 2021

Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Every spring, millions of birds pass through the Monadnock Region on their northward migration. Join expert birder Steven Lamonde for this weekly series of socially-distant birding walks, where we'll discuss and observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Slow Birding with Bird Diva Bridget Butler

Wednesday, April 14,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler for this introduction to a different kind of birding practice, and reimagine how you connect with birds.

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“Venture Out” Film Showing & Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
Perry Cohen in the "Venture Out" film

Join us for a special evening with The Venture Out Project, starting with a showing of the short film "Venture Out" — a story about overcoming odds, the power of resilience, and the everlasting effects of LGBTQ community building.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, April 19,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 19, 2021

Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Every spring, millions of birds pass through the Monadnock Region on their northward migration. Join expert birder Steven Lamonde for this weekly series of socially-distant birding walks, where we'll discuss and observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, April 20,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour: Earth Day Edition

Thursday, April 22,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us for a fun, informal, nature-focused happy hour -- via Zoom! Come prepared with questions about nearby nature, or just sit back and listen to our team of talented Harris Center naturalists as they share their own observations.

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How to Be a Stargazer: Spring Edition

Friday, April 23,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
An engraving by Camille Flammarion depicting the night sky, ca. 1888.

Join David McDonald, stargazing expert and former director of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, for an evening of night sky watching tips. Discover the stories the stars have to tell, and where to find them in our spring skies! 

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, April 27,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

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Coexisting with Carnivores

Thursday, April 29,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A portrait of a grizzly bear. (photo © Princess Lodges via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join wildlife biologist Steve Gehmann for a review of the return of large carnivores, and a discussion of how humans and carnivores can come to coexist.

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May 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 3,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 24, 2021

Zoom
Bird Diva Bridget Butler practicing "Slow Birding" (photo © Bridget Butler)

This four-week course is designed to help you fine-tune your innate birding skills while creating a deeper connection to birds, the place you live, and yourself. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, May 4,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

Learn more »

LAB GIRLS Goes Wild: A Monthly Online STEM Club for Girls

Thursday, May 6,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Thursday, June 3, 2021

Zoom

Calling all girls from grades 5 through 12! Join us for this fun, monthly, online afterschool club to grow your skills as a wildlife scientist.

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Caterpillars — The Whole Story: Caterpillars, Connections, and Why Biodiversity Matters

Thursday, May 6,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A photo of a swallowtail caterpillar by Sam Jaffe

Join Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab for a deep dive into the world of native caterpillars — and toward a more complete understanding of local biodiversity.

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