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

Tree Identification Walk

Sunday, April 19,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Maple buds. (photo © David Joyce via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Mike Gagnon of the UNH Cooperative Extension for an early spring tree identification walk. We’ll focus on branching, buds, and bark while the leaves are off the trees.

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Vernal Pool Hike at the Horatio Colony Preserve

Wednesday, April 22,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Horatio Colony Nature Preserve
the vernal pool at Horatio Colony Nature Preserve (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Brett Amy Thelen for a moderately strenuous, 1.2-mile roundtrip climb to a hilltop vernal pool at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, where we’ll explore the fascinating world of spring-breeding amphibians.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, April 23,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Young children look closely at a bullfrog, held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

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

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Wildflower Talk and Walk

Saturday, April 25,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Red trillium blossoms. (photo © Laurel Swope-Brush)

Join botanist and author Ted Elliman for a morning focused on spring wildflowers. We'll being indoors with an illustrated lecture, then head outside to search for these gems in the Harris Center woods.

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May 2020

Easygoing Hike at Pisgah State Park

Friday, May 1,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Pisgah State Park

Join Rich Taylor and Iva Wood for a moderately strenuous, 3-mile roundtrip hike through New Hampshire’s largest state park.

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Elmwood Junction Birding Brunch

Sunday, May 3,
7:30 am
to 12:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Hancock
A Baltimore Oriole feasts in a crabapple tree. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Meade Cadot and Francie Von Mertens for a birding brunch hosted by Don and Lillian Stokes. We’ll scout for returning migrants, then visit with the Stokes for brunch nearby.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish Along the North Branch

Sunday, May 3,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
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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Heald Tract Hike

Sunday, May 10,
9:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Heald Tract
A photo of a tree in full leaf-out. (photo © SPNHF)

Join Denny Wheeler and Brian Bishoff for a 4.5-mile roundtrip hike along a great trail system that runs through the Forest Society's 1,500-acre Heald Tract.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, May 14,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
McCabe Forest
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this gentle spring ramble, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Rainbow Hike at Goodhue Hill

Saturday, May 16,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Join Dee Denehy, Jenn Sutton, and Liz Lawler (and baby Wren) for an LGBTQ+-friendly hike through the Mill Pond and Goodhue Hill areas of the dePierrefeu-Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Exploring the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, May 21,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 11, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A view of Mount Monadnock's rocky summit. (photo © Nate McBean via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Frederick Rogers to learn about minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, geologic time, the forces that shape landscapes, and what these things can tell us about the history of our region.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Exploring the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, May 28,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 11, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A view of Mount Monadnock's rocky summit. (photo © Nate McBean via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Frederick Rogers to learn about minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, geologic time, the forces that shape landscapes, and what these things can tell us about the history of our region.

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Elmwood Junction: A Depot Reclaimed

Saturday, May 30,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Elmwood Junction
A historic photo of Elmwood Station. (photo courtesy Dale Russell)

Join Alan Rumrill of the Historical Society of Cheshire County and Eagle Scout Sigmund Winiecki of Peterborough Scout Troop 8 for a guided walk around the former Elmwood Junction Railroad Station on a new interpretive trail built by Sigmund.

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June 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Exploring the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, June 4,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 11, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A view of Mount Monadnock's rocky summit. (photo © Nate McBean via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Frederick Rogers to learn about minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, geologic time, the forces that shape landscapes, and what these things can tell us about the history of our region.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Friday, June 5,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Shieling Forest
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this gentle spring ramble, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Easygoing Hike up Mount Watatic

Friday, June 5,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm

Join Rich Taylor for a 3-mile roundtrip hike on the Wapack Trail to the summit of Mount Watatic. The trail rises about 500 feet, but the views from the summit are worth it.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Wild Herbs and Tinctures with Herbalist Brenna Morris

Saturday, June 6,
9:00 am
to 11:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Herbalist Brenna Morris stands in a bank of ferns. (photo courtesy Brenna Morris)

Join herbalist Brenna Morris to learn how to mindfully harness the medicine inherent in plants.

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Nighthawk Watch

Tuesday, June 9,
7:00 pm
to 9:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A Common Nighthawk, silhouetted against the twilight sky. (photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider)

Help keep track of Keene's most charismatic endangered bird by joining us for an evening of nighthawk monitoring.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Exploring the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, June 11,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 11, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A view of Mount Monadnock's rocky summit. (photo © Nate McBean via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Frederick Rogers to learn about minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, geologic time, the forces that shape landscapes, and what these things can tell us about the history of our region.

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New England Ferns

Saturday, June 13,
12:30 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group of ferns. (photo © Randi Hausken via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Lynn Levine – naturalist, forester, and author of "Identifying Ferns the Easy Way" – for an afternoon workshop on ferns.

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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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eBird for Beginners

Tuesday, June 16,
3:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A group searches for birds -- with binoculars raised -- during a spring birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join local bird expert Steven Lamonde of Antioch University New England for this hands-on introduction to eBird, where we’ll learn how to record and share our bird sightings, and to explore sightings shared by others.

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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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Bird Banding Demonstration

Sunday, June 28,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Purple Finch is held by a bird bander. (photo © Ben Conant)

Get an up-close look at the science of songbirds during this bird banding demonstration by ornithologist Dr. Patricia Wohner.

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Bicycling the SuperSanctuary in Hancock and Harrisville

Sunday, June 28,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A bicycle rests at the gate to the Harris Center's Cadot Trail. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Russ Cobb and Richard Pendleton for a challenging, but easy-paced 30-mile bike ride around Hancock and Harrisville. The route includes paved and dirt roads and maybe a trail or two, so a gravel or mountain bike is recommended.

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