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October 2019

Hiking Conserved Land in Francestown

Sunday, October 13,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm

Join Dave Butler and Ben Haubrich for a 3-mile roundtrip hike on conservation land in Francestown. We’ll make our way through Rand Brook Forest to the Aaron Draper farm site, passing a hayfield with views of the Lyndeborough Hills on the way.

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Stream Restoration Walk at Thompson Brook

Tuesday, October 15,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Surry Town Hall
A photo of Brook Trout swimming. (photo © USFWS)

Join us for a special field trip to a stream restoration site on Thompson Brook in Surry, where we’ll see “before and after” photos, hear from project partners, and get an up-close look at the newly restored stream.

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The Year Without a Summer

Tuesday, October 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
A painting of the eruption of Vesuvius seen from Portici by Joseph Wright of Derby. (photo © art collection of the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA)

Following the devastating eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora, 1816 came to be known as “the year without a summer.” Join Mount Washington Observatory’s Will Broussard to explore the many natural and cultural impacts this event had on the world, including right here in New Hampshire

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 16,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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Monadnock Region Geology Hike

Saturday, October 19,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm

Join Frederick Rogers, Geology Professor at Franklin Pierce University, for a moderately strenuous hike exploring the Monadnock Region's geologic history.

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Harris Center Annual Meeting: We’re Turning Fifty!

Sunday, October 20,
1:30 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join us as we kick off a year of celebrations for the Harris Center’s 50th Anniversary! Our Annual Meeting will feature highlights from the past year, special recognitions, inspiration from our founder Eleanor Briggs, and more.

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 23,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Friday, October 25,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land

On this gentle walk, which is specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers, we’ll meander and look for what treasures the natural world has to offer.

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Harris Center Classic: Jefts Cemetery by Dark

Friday, October 25,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Pitcher Mountain

Join local history buff Eric Aldrich and ghost story enthusiast Susie Spikol for a favorite Harris Center hike to a remote cemetery in Stoddard’s Andorra Forest. Come learn about the lives of those who once lived here and spend time in the graveyard hearing some good old-fashioned ghost tales, just in time for Halloween...

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Live Birds of Prey with Raptor Rehabilitator Tom Ricardi

Saturday, October 26
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi holds a peregrine falcon. (photo © Flickr user "Kathy" via the Creative Commons)

Join raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi as he shares stories of his inspiring work and introduces us to eight live raptors!

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Young Birders Club: Raptors Over Pack Monadnock

Saturday, October 26,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory
Harris Center teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol and a budding naturalist from Pierce Elementary School point to birds during a hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all young birders! Join Hawk Watch Coordinator Phil Brown and others to search for migrating birds of prey, including the elusive and exciting Northern Goshawks and Golden Eagles that Pack Monadnock is famous for in late October.

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Harris Center Classic: Great Meadow Paddle

Saturday, October 26,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Great Meadow
Kayakers paddle at the outlet of the Great Meadow in Harrisville. (photo © Nelson Trails Group)

Join Kathy Schillemat and Al Stoops for a Harris Center favorite: an autumn paddle from Nelson into Harrisville through beautiful Great Meadow.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Otter Brook Farm

Sunday, October 27,
8:00 am
to 11:00 am
Otter Brook Farm
A group searches for birds -- with binoculars raised -- during a spring birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

Celebrate 50 years of land protection and environmental education by spending the year cataloguing all the birds that now make the SuperSanctuary their home. We’ll start off with an excursion to Otter Brook Farm in Peterborough, one of the Harris Center’s more than 100 conservation easements.

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Forest Bathing/Shinrin-yoku

Monday, October 28,
11:30 am
to 12:45 pm
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One event on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:30 am

One event on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Shieling Forest
A group practices "forest bathing" with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Ben Conant)

Through yoga poses, deep breathing, and quiet sensory observations, our revitalizing "Forest Bathing" sessions will help you slow down, catch your breath, and find solace in nature.

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November 2019

Easygoing Hike to Seven Falls

Friday, November 1,
10:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Seven Falls

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for a moderately strenuous, 4-mile roundtrip hike on old roads to Seven Falls in Swanzey.

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An Evening with Walt Whitman

Friday, November 1,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
NOTE: Unfortunately, this program has been CANCELED due to illness.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Stephen Collins portrays Walt Whitman. (photo © Stephen Collins)

Stephen Collins brings Walt Whitman to life in this acclaimed one-man show by playwright Michael Keamy.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish on Willard and Robb Mountains

Saturday, November 2,
9:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Stoddard

Join Stan Smith and Vic Starzynski for a rugged hike through one of John Kulish's favorite haunts.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Saturday, November 2,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Fremont Field
A mother and her baby smile on a Harris Center outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

On this gentle walk, which is specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers, we’ll meander and look for what treasures the natural world has to offer.

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Reading (and Walking) the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels

Saturday, November 9
Tom Wessels.

Join noted ecologist, naturalist, and author Tom Wessels for a walk through the Harris Center woods. Seeing the forest through Tom’s eyes may change how you look at our landscape forever.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Waterfowl Migration

Sunday, November 10,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Hooded Merganser swims through the water. (photo © Chris Paquette)

Celebrate 50 years of land protection and environmental education by spending the year cataloguing all the birds that now make the SuperSanctuary their home. This second trip in the Big Year series will focus on birding the area’s lakes and ponds for late-migrating waterfowl.

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Forest Bathing/Shinrin-yoku

Tuesday, November 12,
7:00 pm
to 8:15 pm
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One event on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Shieling Forest
A group practices "forest bathing" with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Ben Conant)

Through yoga poses, deep breathing, and quiet sensory observations, our revitalizing "Forest Bathing" sessions will help you slow down, catch your breath, and find solace in nature.

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“Bobcats Before Breakfast”: Remembering Naturalist John Kulish, His Book, and His Legacy

Friday, November 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join writer Mark Reynolds and Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for an evening honoring the Harris Center’s first naturalist, John Kulish. Dig deeper into the life of this charismatic trapper-turned conservationist, and hear about his long-lasting legacy.

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First-Ever Monadnock Region Natural History Conference

Saturday, November 16,
8:30 am
to 4:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

This one-day conference will feature presentations on a diversity of natural history topics, with a focus on conservation research, ecological restoration, and natural resource management in the Monadnock Region.

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“Bobcats Before Breakfast” Reading and Discussion Group

Thursday, November 21,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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One event on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this special opportunity to read and discuss John Kulish’s classic 1969 book, "Bobcats Before Breakfast."

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Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest: Groundbreaking Discoveries in the Whites

Thursday, November 21,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A researcher collects data in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. (photo © Sophia Adams)

Learn how long-term ecological monitoring at Hubbard Brook has led to groundbreaking discoveries, including the impacts of acid rain, bird habitat change, timber harvesting, and climate change.

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Young Birders Club: Birding Plum Island

Saturday, November 23,
10:00 am
to 3:00 pm
A boy peers through binoculars. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Phil Brown and Susie Spikol for an exciting day on Plum Island, one of the best birding areas in the Northeast.

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Hiking the Hedgehog Ridge Trail

Sunday, November 24,
9:30 am
to 2:30 pm
Hedgehog Ridge Trail
Ben Haubrich pauses in the woods. (photos © Ben Conant )

Join Ben Haubrich and Mike Thomas for a 5.5-mile roundtrip hike along Hedgehog Ridge and Wilson Hill in Deering, with excellent views of the SuperSanctuary!

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December 2019

“Bobcats Before Breakfast” Reading and Discussion Group

Thursday, December 5,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this special opportunity to read and discuss John Kulish’s classic 1969 book, "Bobcats Before Breakfast."

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Easygoing Hike on the Wapack Trail

Friday, December 6,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
Wapack Trail
Meade Cadot leads a winter hike on the Harris Center's Jaquith Rail Trail. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for one of longtime Harris Center outing leader Ollie Mutch’s favorite trips along the Wapack Trail and down the Berry Pasture Trail in Sharon.

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Nature on Tap: Santa’s Magic Mushroom

Wednesday, December 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Post & Beam Brewing
A vintage holiday card featuring soma mushrooms. (image © Medium / Mustapha Itani)

Mythology meets natural history in this holiday-themed Nature on Tap! You’ll look at Santa in a whole new light after Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol reveals the fascinating link between the divine soma mushroom and the origins of Jolly Old Saint Nick.

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