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March 2020

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, March 12, 2020,
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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Snowshoe Hike in the Mount Thumb Bowl

Saturday, March 14, 2020,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Dave Butler for a snowshoe hike through the hollow formed by the southern and western slopes of Mounts Thumb and Skatutakee -- once completely cleared for farming, and today a boulder-strewn hardwood forest.

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April 2020

Easygoing Hike to Royalston Falls

Friday, April 3, 2020,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Royalston Falls

Join Rich and Linda Taylor for an easygoing, 3-mile roundtrip hike to scenic Royalston Falls, just south of the Masschusetts border.

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

Saturday, April 4, 2020,
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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Grand Opening: Elmwood Junction Interpretive Trail

Sunday, April 5, 2020,
9:00 am
to 10:30 am
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Elmwood Junction
A historic photo of Elmwood Station. (photo courtesy Dale Russell)

Join us for a 0.5-mile guided walk around the former Elmwood Junction Railroad Station on a new interpretive trail created by Eagle Scout Sigmund Winiecki.

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June 2020

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

Thursday, June 18, 2020,
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, 2020,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm

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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July 2020

Big Boulders or Bust

Thursday, July 9, 2020,
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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August 2020

Family Mushroom & Fungi Hike

Friday, August 28, 2020,
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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POP-UP PROGRAM: Birding the Nighthawk Migration in Hancock

Sunday, August 30, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 7:30 pm
Hancock
Two nighthawks dart through the air. (photo © parulidae photos)

The fall nighthawk migration is now underway! Join expert birder Phil Brown and nighthawk enthusiast Brett Amy Thelen to search for the spectacle in the skies above Hancock. If we're lucky, we just might see hundreds of these special birds feeding in giant flocks above the Contoocook River.

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September 2020

Fall Fungi Hike

Wednesday, September 23, 2020,
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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Babies in Backpacks & Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, September 24, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This program has been CANCELED.
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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October 2020

The Singing Stream: A Musical Hike on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Friday, October 9, 2020
Hiroshi Land
The meadow on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, in October. (photo © Meade Cadot)

With Franz Schubert’s tender song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin (“The Lovely Maid of the Mill”) as your guide, we invite you to heighten your senses, open your heart, and walk in the woods in a new way.

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The Singing Stream: A Musical Hike on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Hiroshi Land
The meadow on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, in October. (photo © Meade Cadot)

With Franz Schubert’s tender song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin (“The Lovely Maid of the Mill”) as your guide, we invite you to heighten your senses, open your heart, and walk in the woods in a new way.

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The Singing Stream: A Musical Hike on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Sunday, October 11, 2020
Hiroshi Land
The meadow on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, in October. (photo © Meade Cadot)

With Franz Schubert’s tender song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin (“The Lovely Maid of the Mill”) as your guide, we invite you to heighten your senses, open your heart, and walk in the woods in a new way.

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Babies in Backpacks & Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, October 22, 2020,
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.

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April 2021

Vernal Pool Hike at the Horatio Colony Preserve

Wednesday, April 21,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
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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LGBTQ+ Community Walk

Saturday, April 24,
2:00 pm
to 3:30 pm
Keene State College
A redbud tree in bloom on the Keene State College campus. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join Hunter Kirschner (he, him) and Dee Denehy (she, her) for an easy stroll around some of the wild and lesser-known areas of the Ashuelot floodplain, with a focus on fostering LGBTQ+ community.

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Spring Fungi Foray

Wednesday, April 28,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Shieling Forest
A morel mushroom. (photo © Terry Priest via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join the Harris Center's fungi fans John Benjamin and Susie Spikol for a late afternoon wander in search of springtime mushrooms like polypores, jelly fungi, and the famously elusive morels.

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May 2021

Fungi Foray with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, May 27,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Hiroshi Land
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join the Morel Quandary Club for a spring ramble about the Hiroshi Land, where we'll search for mushrooms, slime molds, and other fascinating fungal finds.

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June 2021

Fungi Foray with the Morel Quandary Club

Wednesday, June 16,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Hands holding a yellow beech leaf and a small mushroom. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to search local fields and forests for all types of fungus. Our adventures will be no ordinary field trips!

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In Fine Feather: A Musical Walk on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Friday, June 25
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Saturday, June 26, 2021

Hiroshi Land
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

In Fine Feather is a self-guided musical hike inspired by birdsong. Prior to your walk, join musician Jazimina MacNeil and poet and naturalist Henry Walters for an introductory talk on the stories behind the music and poems, the biology of birdsong, and the ways in which humans and birds listen to and inspire each other.

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In Fine Feather: A Musical Walk on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Saturday, June 26
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Saturday, June 26, 2021

Hiroshi Land
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

In Fine Feather is a self-guided musical hike inspired by birdsong. Prior to your walk, join musician Jazimina MacNeil and poet and naturalist Henry Walters for an introductory talk on the stories behind the music and poems, the biology of birdsong, and the ways in which humans and birds listen to and inspire each other.

Learn more »

July 2021

Fungi Foray with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, July 8,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
MacDowell Lake
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to search local fields and forests for all types of fungus. Our adventures will be no ordinary field trips!

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Camp Chenoa Hike

Saturday, July 24,
9:00 am
to 10:30 am
Camp Chenoa
A view of the beaver wetland on the Camp Chenoa property, with red maples at the edge starting to turn red. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Jenna Spear and Jeremy Wilson for a 2-mile, moderately strenuous roundtrip hike through the Camp Chenoa property in Antrim, with views of a magnificent wetland.

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August 2021

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, August 12,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
Keene
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join nature preschool educator Liza Lowe to explore the magical Goose Pond Forest trail in Keene. This is a perfect walk for little feet — and a great chance for parents, caregivers, and very young children to connect with others who like to explore nature.

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Jaquith Jaunt

Friday, August 20,
3:00 pm
to 4:30 pm
Jaquith Rail Trail

Join Brett Amy Thelen and Jeremy Wilson for an easy 3-mile roundtrip walk along the Jaquith Rail Trail, once the site of the Manchester & Keene rail line.

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September 2021

Fungi Foray with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, September 2,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
Hands holding a yellow beech leaf and a small mushroom. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to search local fields and forests for all types of fungus. Our adventures will be no ordinary field trips!

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All About Jack’s Pond: A History Hike

Saturday, September 11,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Jacks Pond in late summer light. (photo © Eric Aldrich)

Jack's Pond in Hancock is named after a once-enslaved African who gained his freedom and lived nearby in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Join us for a 1.75-mile roundtrip hike, where we'll learn about Jack's life, and how Black history that's been so long in the shadows is now coming to light.

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Wetland Plants & Wildlife Walk at Norway Pond

Saturday, September 25,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Norway Pond
A painted turtle basks on a log. (photo © Flickr user "DaPuglet" via the Creative Commons)

Get to know the plants and wildlife found in and around Norway Pond during this walk with ecologists Jeff Littleton and Steven Lamonde. This event is part of the 2021 NH BioBlitz, a statewide project encouraging people to record species found on town-owned lands all over New Hampshire.

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