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October 2019

A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 9, 2019,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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Hiking Conserved Land in Francestown

Sunday, October 13, 2019,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm

Join Dave Butler and Ben Haubrich for a 3-mile roundtrip hike on conservation land in Francestown. We’ll make our way through Rand Brook Forest to the Aaron Draper farm site, passing a hayfield with views of the Lyndeborough Hills on the way.

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Stream Restoration Walk at Thompson Brook

Tuesday, October 15, 2019,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Surry Town Hall
A photo of Brook Trout swimming. (photo © USFWS)

Join us for a special field trip to a stream restoration site on Thompson Brook in Surry, where we’ll see “before and after” photos, hear from project partners, and get an up-close look at the newly restored stream.

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 16, 2019,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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Monadnock Region Geology Hike

Saturday, October 19, 2019,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm

Join Frederick Rogers, Geology Professor at Franklin Pierce University, for a moderately strenuous hike exploring the Monadnock Region's geologic history.

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 23, 2019,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

Learn more »

Harris Center Classic: Jefts Cemetery by Dark

Friday, October 25, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED to 10/26.
Pitcher Mountain

Join local history buff Eric Aldrich and ghost story enthusiast Susie Spikol for a favorite Harris Center hike to a remote cemetery in Stoddard’s Andorra Forest. Come learn about the lives of those who once lived here and spend time in the graveyard hearing some good old-fashioned ghost tales, just in time for Halloween...

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Harris Center Classic: Jefts Cemetery by Dark

Saturday, October 26, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Pitcher Mountain

Join local history buff Eric Aldrich and ghost story enthusiast Susie Spikol for a favorite Harris Center hike to a remote cemetery in Stoddard’s Andorra Forest. Come learn about the lives of those who once lived here and spend time in the graveyard hearing some good old-fashioned ghost tales, just in time for Halloween...

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November 2019

Easygoing Hike to Seven Falls

Friday, November 1, 2019,
10:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Seven Falls

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for a moderately strenuous, 4-mile roundtrip hike on old roads to Seven Falls in Swanzey.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish on Willard and Robb Mountains

Saturday, November 2, 2019,
9:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Stoddard

Join Stan Smith and Vic Starzynski for a rugged hike through one of John Kulish's favorite haunts.

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Reading (and Walking) the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Tom Wessels.

Join noted ecologist, naturalist, and author Tom Wessels for a walk through the Harris Center woods. Seeing the forest through Tom’s eyes may change how you look at our landscape forever.

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Hiking the Hedgehog Ridge Trail

Sunday, November 24, 2019,
9:30 am
to 2:30 pm
NOTE: This hike has been canceled due to freezing rain.
Hedgehog Ridge Trail
Ben Haubrich pauses in the woods. (photos © Ben Conant )

Join Ben Haubrich and Mike Thomas for a 5.5-mile hike along Hedgehog Ridge and Wilson Hill in Deering, with excellent views of the SuperSanctuary!

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December 2019

Easygoing Hike on the Wapack Trail

Friday, December 6, 2019,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
NOTE: The location of this hike has changed. Read description for full details.
Wapack Trail
Meade Cadot leads a winter hike on the Harris Center's Jaquith Rail Trail. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for one of longtime Harris Center outing leader Ollie Mutch’s favorite trips along the Wapack Trail and down the Berry Pasture Trail in Sharon.

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January 2020

Easygoing Hike on Pack Monadnock

Friday, January 3,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Winter hikers on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Loop Trail. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Lee Baker and Rich Taylor for a moderately strenuous 1-mile roundtrip hike to the halfway house site on Pack Monadnock.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Winter Finch Hike

Saturday, January 11,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Stoddard
Purple Finch. (photo © Tianne Strombeck)

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of seasonal birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a 5-mile roundtrip hike through spruce country in search of winter finches.

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Evening Snowshoe Around Howe Reservoir

Sunday, January 12,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Howe Reservoir

Join Tom Warren for a 2-mile snowshoe around Howe Reservoir, where we’ll listen for owls and look for winter-bright stars.

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Rainbow Hike

Saturday, January 18,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Dee Denehy (she, her) and daughter Lily Denehy (she, her) for a 2-mile hike in a LGBTQ+ safe space.

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February 2020

Easygoing Hike Along the Jaquith Rail Trail

Friday, February 7,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Note: This hike has been POSTPONED to Feb. 14 due to inclement weather.
Jaquith Rail Trail
Meade Cadot leads a winter hike on the Harris Center's Jaquith Rail Trail. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Rich Taylor for a moderately easy, 3-mile roundtrip hike along the old Keene to Concord railroad line.

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Hiking Through the Decades: The Briggs Preserve

Saturday, February 8,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group examines animal tracks on a winter hike at the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land. (photo © Ben Conant)

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we're offering Hiking Through the Decades, a four-hike series that will trace the history of the Harris Center's land protection efforts. Join Meade Cadot and Ben Haubrich for the inaugural hike -- an easy outing through the Briggs Preserve, one of the Harris Center’s earliest land protection projects.

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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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Easygoing Hike Along the Jaquith Rail Trail

Friday, February 14,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Jaquith Rail Trail
Meade Cadot leads a winter hike on the Harris Center's Jaquith Rail Trail. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Rich Taylor for a moderately easy, 3-mile roundtrip hike along the old Keene to Concord railroad line.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish at Robb Reservoir

Sunday, February 16,
9:30 am
to 1:30 pm
Robb Reservoir
Robb Reservoir with snowy banks. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Stan Smith and Vic Starzynski for a 4-mile roundtrip hike around one of John Kulish's favorite haunts -- the shoreline of Robb Reservoir.

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Snowshoe Hike to Osgood Hill through Partridge Woods

Saturday, February 22,
12:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Partridge Woods

Join Kathy Schillemat for a 4-mile roundtrip hike along the new Partridge Woods trail network to the top of Osgood Hill, the second-highest peak in Cheshire County.

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March 2020

Easygoing Hike Along the Aldworth Manor Trail

Friday, March 6,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Aldworth Manor Trail

Join Rich and Linda Taylor for a moderately strenuous, 3-mile roundtrip hike along the Aldworth Manor Trail in Harrisville.

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Sheldrick Forest Preserve Hike

Saturday, March 7,
9:30 am
to 12:00 pm
Sheldrick Forest Preserve
Impressively large pine trees at the Sheldrick Forest Preserve in Wilton. (photo © Eric Aldrich / TNC)

Join Swift Corwin and Richard Pendleton for a 2-mile roundtrip hike on easy trails, where we’ll see impressively large trees, interesting geological formations, and magnificent laurels.

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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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Snowshoe Hike in the Mount Thumb Bowl

Saturday, March 14,
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,
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,
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,
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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