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May 2020

Nature Singalong with John: Amphibian Songs

Wednesday, May 20,
12:00 pm
to 12:30 pm
YouTube
A bullfrog in hand. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a good old-fashioned singalong, with a focus on amphibians! John will sing some of his original songs about frogs and salamanders, and share the lyrics so you can sing along at home too.

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Storytime with Jaime: Everybody Needs a Rock

Tuesday, May 26,
10:00 am
to 10:15 am
YouTube
A child holds a heart-shaped stone. (photo © Lisa L Wiedmeier via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads the Byrd Baylor classic, "Everybody Needs a Rock."

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Nature Singalong with John: Mushroom Songs

Wednesday, May 27,
12:00 pm
to 12:30 pm
YouTube
John Benjamin playing the mandolin near a mushroom.

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a good old-fashioned singalong, with a focus on fungi! John will sing some of his original songs about mushrooms, and share the lyrics so you can sing along at home too.

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June 2020

Nature Singalong with John: Reptile Songs

Wednesday, June 3,
12:00 pm
to 12:30 pm
YouTube
Hands holding a painted turtle hatchling. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a good old-fashioned singalong, with a focus on reptiles! John will perform some of his original songs about snakes and turtles, and share the lyrics so you can sing along at home too.

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Storytime with Jaime: Chipmunk Song

Tuesday, June 9,
10:00 am
to 10:15 am
YouTube
A chipmink with a mouth full of nuts. (photo © Alex Lauzon via unsplash)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads "Chipmunk Song" by Joanne Ryder. Let your imagination come alive as you pretend to be a chipmunk gathering nuts and berries, hiding from a hawk, or curling up inside your burrow.

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Nature Singalong with John: Arthropod Songs

Wednesday, June 10,
12:00 pm
to 12:30 pm
YouTube
An inchworm inches along a mandolin string. (photo © John Benjamin)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a good old-fashioned singalong, with a focus on arthropods (bugs)! John will perform some of his original songs about bugs, and share the lyrics so you can sing along at home too.

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Nature Singalong with John: Mammal Songs

Wednesday, June 17,
12:00 pm
to 12:30 pm
YouTube
Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin with his mandolin and canine companion Griffin.

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a good old-fashioned singalong, with a focus on mammals! John will perform some of his original songs about these furry animals, and share the lyrics so you can sing along at home too.

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Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Thursday, June 18
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

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Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Friday, June 19
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

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Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Saturday, June 20
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

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Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Sunday, June 21
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

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Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Monday, June 22
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

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Storytime with Jaime: Wonderful Worms

Tuesday, June 23,
10:00 am
to 10:15 am
YouTube

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads as she reads "Wonderful Worms" by Linda Glaser. If you’ve ever wondered, “what’s so wonderful about worms?" this story is for you.

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Pond Exploration at Robin Hood Park

Sunday, June 28,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Keene
Kindergardeners ponding with Harris Center naturalist Jenna Spear. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wondered what insects, amphibians, and crustaceans might live in Robin Hood Pond? Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists Jenna Spear and Karen Rent for a fun exploration of the aquatic animals that call this pond home.

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A Chipmunk Morning

Tuesday, June 30,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hancock
A chipmunk on the lookout. (photo © Denis Fournier via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists Jaime Hutchinson and Janet Altobello for a playful family program dedicated to the chipmunk.

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July 2020

Hooray for Herps!

Tuesday, July 7,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Hancock
Child's hands holding a red eft. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalists and amphibian and reptile fans Jaime Hutchinson and Susie Spikol for a chance to find, observe, and even touch some of the amphibians and reptiles that make this part of New Hampshire their home. Bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to meet a few frogs, salamanders, and snakes up close!

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Big Boulders or Bust

Thursday, July 9,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Hancock
A little girl on a big boulder, during Harris Center summer camp. (photo © Jenna Spear)

Join naturalists Karen Rent and Susie Spikol for an adventure-filled hike to one of our favorite places: the Big Boulders! Along the way, we'll play games, search for animals, and maybe even become animals ourselves.

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First Day of StoryWalk: “Flight School” by Lita Judge

Monday, July 13
Hancock
An image from the book "Flight School" by Lita Judge

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the whimsical picture book "Flight School" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Follow along with this whimsical story about a little bird who never gives up on a dream and the friends that help make it come true.

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Pond Exploration at Robin Hood Park

Saturday, July 25,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Keene
Kindergardeners ponding with Harris Center naturalist Jenna Spear. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wondered what insects, amphibians, and crustaceans might live in Robin Hood Pond? Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists Jenna Spear and Susie Spikol for a fun exploration of the aquatic animals that call this pond home.

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Last Day of StoryWalk: “Flight School” by Lita Judge

Friday, July 31
Hancock
An image from the book "Flight School" by Lita Judge

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the whimsical picture book "Flight School" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Follow along with this whimsical story about a little bird who never gives up on a dream and the friends that help make it come true.

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Family Frog Fest

Friday, July 31,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hancock
A bullfrog in hand. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wanted to catch a frog, touch a toad, or peek at a pollywog? Join Harris Center naturalist and frog fan Susie Spikol for a visit to a Hancock frog pond in search of these amazing amphibians.

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August 2020

First Day of StoryWalk: “Swirl by Swirl”

Monday, August 3
Hancock
An illustration from Beth Krommes' book "Swirl by Swirl"

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the picture book "Swirl by Swirl" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Joyce Sidman's lyrical writing and Peterborough illustrator Beth Krommes' vivid scratchboard artwork will inspire you to look for spirals in your own backyard, and beyond...

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Last Day of StoryWalk: “Swirl by Swirl”

Friday, August 28
Hancock
An illustration from Beth Krommes' book "Swirl by Swirl"

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the picture book "Swirl by Swirl" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Joyce Sidman's lyrical writing and Peterborough illustrator Beth Krommes' vivid scratchboard artwork will inspire you to look for spirals in your own backyard, and beyond...

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Family Mushroom & Fungi Hike

Friday, August 28,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Hancock
A fly agaric mushroom. (photo © Aleksey Gnilenkov via the Flickr Creative Commons)

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

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September 2020

Special Event: VINS Raptor Encounter

Friday, September 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A close-up of a hawk. (photo © VINS)

In this virtual encounter with naturalists from the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS), we'll meet three rehabilitated birds of prey and explore their adaptations for life on the wing. This is a special invitation-only event for current Harris Center supporters.

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

Monday, September 14,
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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Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Insects of Field & Forest

Tuesday, September 15,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

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

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Hawkwatching for Families

Tuesday, September 15,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Harris Center teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol and a budding naturalist from Pierce Elementary School point to birds during a hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Families, get ready to learn about the greatest show above the earth -- the annual fall hawk migration! Join Harris Center hawk education specialist Kim Snyder to for an introduction to the basics of hawkwatching, then head outside to experience this incredible natural phenomenon on your own.

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“Meet a Raptor” Night

Thursday, September 17,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A portrait of a Red-Tailed Hawk. (photo © Glass House via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join NH Audubon educator Shelby Morelli for an up-close virtual visit with some of NH Audubon's resident raptors. Look into an owl’s eyes, check out a Red-tailed Hawk's talons, and learn about the lives of these charismatic birds of prey.

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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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