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September 2020

Soar with the Hawks: A Program for Homeschoolers and Remote Learners

Monday, September 21,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Hancock
A boy studies drawings of hawk silhouettes on a Harris Center hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center raptor education specialist Kim Snyder to learn everything you always wanted to know about New England’s raptors! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners  in Grades 2 through 6.

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“H is for Hawk” Reading & Discussion Group

Monday, September 21,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Zoom
Henry Walters, holding his hawk. (photo © Madeleine Bruce)

Join poet, playwright, falconer, and naturalist Henry Walters to read and discuss the award-winning memoir by Helen Macdonald, "H is for Hawk."

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Fall Fungi Hike

Wednesday, September 23,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Hancock
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists John Benjamin and Susie Spikol for a woodland hike in search of mushrooms and other amazing fungi.

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Surveying for Salamanders

Wednesday, September 23,
3:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Hancock

Join Brett Amy Thelen and Karen Seaver for an afternoon of monitoring our redbacked salamander research plots. We’ll start with a brief introduction to redbacked salamander ecology and to our study methods, then head into the woods to survey for salamanders. No experience necessary!

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Babies in Backpacks & Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, September 24,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Peterborough
Mother with baby in backpack

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a morning ramble with your little ones along a winding trail in a magical corner of Peterborough.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, September 24,
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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Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, September 25,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 9, 2020

Zoom

Join us for this five-part series on the natural history of New England's most iconic season. Learn to find the signposts of autumn, and explore the science of seasonal change in birds, mammals, insects, trees, and fungi.

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Source to Sea Cleanup

Saturday, September 26,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Keene
A volunteer participates in the Source to Sea Cleanup. (photo © Connecticut River Conservancy)

Make a difference for our local rivers during the Connecticut River Conservancy’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup! In the Monadnock Region, we’ll focus on Beaver Brook and the Ashuelot River in Keene and Swanzey.

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Soar with the Hawks: A Program for Homeschoolers and Remote Learners

Monday, September 28,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Hancock
A boy studies drawings of hawk silhouettes on a Harris Center hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center raptor education specialist Kim Snyder to learn everything you always wanted to know about New England’s raptors! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners  in Grades 2 through 6.

Learn more »

“H is for Hawk” Reading & Discussion Group

Monday, September 28,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Zoom
Henry Walters, holding his hawk. (photo © Madeleine Bruce)

Join poet, playwright, falconer, and naturalist Henry Walters to read and discuss the award-winning memoir by Helen Macdonald, "H is for Hawk."

Learn more »

An Evening with Contemporary Wildlife Artist Rosemary Conroy

Wednesday, September 30,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us for a special conversation with local artist Rosemary Conroy, whose vibrant and colorful paintings celebrate the mystery, beauty, and wonder of wild creatures both near and far.

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October 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, October 2,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 9, 2020

Zoom

Join us for this five-part series on the natural history of New England's most iconic season. Learn to find the signposts of autumn, and explore the science of seasonal change in birds, mammals, insects, trees, and fungi.

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Fascinating Fungi

Thursday, October 8,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A fly agaric mushroom. (photo © Aleksey Gnilenkov via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Dr. Lawrence Millman for an evening of stories from his latest book Fungipedia, an illustrated mini-encyclopedia of mushroom lore. You won't want to miss this fun glimpse into the fascinating world of fungi!

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Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, October 9,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 9, 2020

Zoom

Join us for this five-part series on the natural history of New England's most iconic season. Learn to find the signposts of autumn, and explore the science of seasonal change in birds, mammals, insects, trees, and fungi.

Learn more »

Hawk Watches: What the Numbers Tell Us

Tuesday, October 13,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join Phil Brown for a talk on what hawk watch data -- including our local counts from the summit of Pack Monadnock -- are helping researchers understand about the complexities of raptor migration, ecology, and long-term population trends.

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Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Mushroom Madness

Tuesday, October 20,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A hand holding an orange mushroom. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wondered about mushrooms? Join Harris Center naturalists to explore the fascinating world of fungi! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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Babies in Backpacks & Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, October 22,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Peterborough
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a morning ramble with your little ones along a winding trail in a magical corner of Peterborough.

Learn more »

“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, October 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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Harris Center Annual Meeting: Celebrating 50 Years

Friday, October 23,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join Harris Center staff, trustees, and friends for the capstone celebration of our 50th Anniversary Year. We'll review highlights from our first half-century, and share some more recent causes for celebration. Bring your own champagne for a toast for our 50th!

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Motus: A Revolution in Migration Research

Tuesday, October 27,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us to learn about an amazing new research network that is revolutionizing the study of winged migration by tracking the movements of small birds, bats, and even dragonflies who have been fitted with tiny radio transmitters -- including right here in the Monadnock Region.

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November 2020

Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Squirrels Up Close

Tuesday, November 17,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A gray squirrel perched on a wooden platform. (photo © Jacob McGinnis via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center naturalists to explore the secret world of squirrels! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, November 19,
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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December 2020

Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Everlasting Evergreens

Tuesday, December 15,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A caterpillar is well camouflaged in the hemlock branches. (photo Brett Amy Thelen).

December is the perfect time to get crazy with conifers! We'll study cones, search for shrubs, and learn to tell a pine from a hemlock. This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, December 17,
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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