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

Art Opening: Craig Altobello

Friday, April 3,
5:00 pm
to 7:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A marquetry Painted Trillium by Craig Altobello

Join Peterborough marquetry artist Craig Altobello for an art show celebrating forest life in the Monadnock Region and the astonishing beauty we can discover every day in the woods.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Nightjars, Owls, and Woodcocks

Saturday, April 4,
6:45 pm
to 11:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A photo of an American Woodcock standing among dry leaves. (photo © Tom Benson via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a search for avian creatures of the night!

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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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May 2020

Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish Along the North Branch

Sunday, May 3,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
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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Caterpillars of New England: Uncovering the Whole Story

Saturday, May 30,
6:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A photo of a swallowtail caterpillar by Sam Jaffe

Join Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab for an artist's reception and talk that explores backyard pollinators, plants, parasitoids, and the many caterpillars that are positioned at the center of it all.

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June 2020

Harris Center Classic: Royalston Falls Hike

Sunday, June 14,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Royalston Falls
Wild rhododendron flowers. (photo © Brian Fuller via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Denny Wheeler and Brian Bishoff for a 3.5-mile roundtrip to scenic Royalston Falls, just south of the Massachusetts border. The trail winds through groves of rhododendron, which should be in bloom.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Uncommon Breeders of the SuperSanctuary

Thursday, June 18,
7:00 am
to 12:00 pm

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a search for the SuperSanctuary's less common breeding birds.

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Hiking Through the Decades: Willard Pond

Saturday, June 27,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we're offering Hiking Through the Decades, a four-hike series that traces the history of the Harris Center's land protection efforts. In this edition, Eric Masterson and Phil Brown will discuss some of the 1990s land conservation work that protected the shoreline of Willard Pond.

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