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November 2018

Everyday Nature for Parents of Young Children

Monday, November 5, 2018,
9:30 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, November 5, 2018

The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center
A mother and her baby smile on a Harris Center outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

The latest studies show that children who spend time outdoors have less stress, anxiety, and depression; lower blood pressure; and a greater ability to concentrate and focus. Join Susie Spikol Faber for three mornings of learning about the many benefits…

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December 2018

Explore Earth: The Secret Lives of New Hampshire Mammals

Wednesday, December 5, 2018,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
An Eastern Coyote peers through a window. (photo © Vivienee Strauss)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol to discover the secret lives of New Hampshire mammals! This interactive family program will have you moving like an mink, thinking like a coyote, and eating like a deer.

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January 2019

Tracking Basics

Sunday, January 27, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A line of children and their parents practice "walking like a wolf" through the snow during a Harris Center tracking program. (photo © Bill Gnade)

Have you ever wondered what mammals walk through your yard or leave scat on your stone wall? If you have, join us for this beginning workshop on mammal tracking! Perfect for families with children in elementary school.

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February 2019

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Saturday, February 16, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A young boy peers at something small held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a slow, simple ramble around the Harris Center grounds, specially geared toward babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Winter Adventures Camp

Monday, February 25, 2019,
9:00 am
to Wednesday, February 27, 2019,
3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Kids enjoy a snowshoe race at the Harris Center's winter vacation camp. (photo © Caitlin Houlihan)

Join us for Winter Adventures, a three-day winter vacation camp filled with snowshoeing, fort building, animal tracking, nature crafts, games, songs, and more!

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Winter Survival Skills for Middle Schoolers

Monday, February 25, 2019,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A girl sits on a rock and whittles.

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a day of learning winter survival skills, including fire making, shelter building, food and water gathering, and basic winter first aid

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May 2019

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Saturday, May 11, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Fremont Field
Young children look closely at a bullfrog, held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble around Peterborough's Fremont Field is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Young Birders Club Takes Flight

Saturday, May 18, 2019,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A boy peers through binoculars on a birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

The Young Birders Club is ready to take wing again after a brief hiatus! This club, led by expert birder Phil Brown and naturalist Susie Spikol, is dedicated to helping young naturalists discover the world of birds and birding.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, May 23, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A mother and her baby smile on a Harris Center outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble around the Harris Center grounds is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, May 30, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Jaquith Rail Trail
A young boy peers at something small held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble at the Jaquith Rail Trail in Hancock is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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June 2019

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, June 6, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
A baby and a toddler enjoy some outside time. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble at the Hiroshi Land in Peterborough is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Medicinal Plant Walk for Teens

Saturday, June 8, 2019,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
NOTE: This program has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A series of glass containers with wild-harvested flowers and fruits. (photo © Smithsonian Institution via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join herbalist Brenna Morris for an afternoon of herbology for teens. Learn the smells, tastes, and magical properties of the native plants in our forest edges and understory!

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Saturday, June 15, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
Young children look closely at a bullfrog, held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble at the Hiroshi Land in Peterborough is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Sunday, June 23, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
Young children look closely at a bullfrog, held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble at the Hiroshi Land in Peterborough is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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July 2019

Frogs by Flashlight

Sunday, July 14, 2019,
8:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED.
Hands hold a bullfrog. (photo © Ben Conant)

Pull on your rubber boots, grab your flashlight, and join us to discover who's who in the summer frog serenade!

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Space Animals

Tuesday, July 23, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
A vintage postage stamp depicting a dog in a space ship..

Join Susie Spikol for an evening slideshow on the history of animals in space as part of the Hancock Town Library’s summer reading program.

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Norway Pond Series: Pond Life Exploration

Wednesday, July 24, 2019,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Norway Pond
A group of children hold kitchen strainers and peer into plastic bins to look at aquatic wildlife gathered from a nearby pond. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come explore the edges of Norway Pond with Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol! Using long-handled dip nets, kitchen strainers, and buckets, we’ll search for dragonfly nymphs, whirligig beetles, and caddisfly larva.

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September 2019

Raptors on Blueberry Ridge

Sunday, September 15, 2019,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Crotched Mountain Accessible Trails
A boy studies drawings of hawk silhouettes on a Harris Center hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join a kettle of raptor enthusiasts for this morning of hawkwatching, birds of prey activities, and a real live Red-tailed Hawk on the hand of a NH Audubon educator!

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Friday, September 27, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A baby and a toddler enjoy some outside time. (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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October 2019

“Danika the Rose” with Odds Bodkin for Families

Saturday, October 5, 2019,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Families and friends, come experience "Danika the Rose," a musical fairy tale adapted for a young audience!

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Friday, October 25, 2019,
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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Young Birders Club: Raptors Over Pack Monadnock

Saturday, October 26, 2019,
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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November 2019

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Saturday, November 2, 2019,
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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Young Birders Club: Birding Plum Island

Saturday, November 23, 2019,
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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December 2019

Young Birders Club: Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 14, 2019
young girl birding in winter (photo © Eric Begin)

Join the Harris Center’s youth birding team for the annual Peterborough-Hancock Christmas Bird Count!

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February 2020

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, February 13,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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One event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a gentle winter hike around the Harris Center’s grounds, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Winter Adventures Camp

Monday, February 24,
9:00 am
to Wednesday, February 26,
3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A trio of happy campers at the Harris Center's Winter Adventures Camp. (photo © Jaime Hutchinson)

Join us for Winter Adventures, a three-day winter vacation camp filled with snowshoeing, fort building, animal tracking, nature crafts, games, songs, and more!

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Winter Survival Skills for Middle Schoolers

Monday, February 24,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A girl sits on a rock and whittles.

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

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March 2020

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, March 12,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a gentle winter hike around the Harris Center’s grounds, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Harris Center Classic: “Owl Moon” Owl Prowl

Friday, March 13,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A portrait of a Barred Owl. (photo © Philip Brown via unsplash)

Come hoot it up on this full moon adventure for families and children of all ages!

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