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April 2019

Beginner Bird Banding Course

Monday, April 22,
7:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A White-breasted Nuthatch is held by a bird bander. (photo © Ben Conant)

This seven-day course for birders and wildlife biologists will provide a hands-on introduction to bird banding, including safe operation of mist nets, bird handling, and data scoring skills.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Beyond the Basics of Tracking

Tuesday, April 23,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Scott Semmens searches for animal sign in the woods. (photo © Bill Gnade / Keene Sentinel)

Stretch your tracking skills beyond winter snow with master tracker and educator Scott Semmens.

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Vernal Pool Hike at the Horatio Colony Preserve

Wednesday, April 24,
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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Plum Island Birding Excursion

Friday, April 26,
7:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
A young man peers through binoculars. (photo © gerlos via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Eric Masterson and Meade Cadot for a visit to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island in Massachusetts – one of the best birding locations in all of New England.

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Vernal Pools 101

Friday, April 26,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A hand holds a small wood frog egg mass. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Dig in to the exquisite, ephemeral world of vernal pool ecology in this afternoon workshop with Brett Amy Thelen. We’ll start indoors with an illustrated lecture, then venture outside for hands-on exploration at a nearby vernal pool.

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Exploring Stone Work in the Lyndeborough Hills

Saturday, April 27,
1:00 pm
to 3:30 pm
French Road

Join Dave Butler and Ben Haubrich for an exploration of the French Road area in Lyndeborough, where we'll discover historic stonework, both primitive and sublime.

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Bird Banding Demonstration

Sunday, April 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)

Dig into the science of songbirds during this bird banding demonstration by ornithologist Dr. Patricia Wohner. You’ll get great glimpses of some of the songbirds that make their home in the Harris Center woods and fields, and hopefully see a few spring migrants as well.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Beyond the Basics of Tracking

Tuesday, April 30,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Scott Semmens searches for animal sign in the woods. (photo © Bill Gnade / Keene Sentinel)

Stretch your tracking skills beyond winter snow with master tracker and educator Scott Semmens.

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May 2019

Easygoing Hike through the Wales Preserve

Friday, May 3,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
Sharon, NH

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for a moderately strenuous, 2.5-mile hike through the Wales Preserve in Sharon, with scenic views of the Gridley River.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Beyond the Basics of Tracking

Tuesday, May 7,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Scott Semmens searches for animal sign in the woods. (photo © Bill Gnade / Keene Sentinel)

Stretch your tracking skills beyond winter snow with master tracker and educator Scott Semmens.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Saturday, May 11,
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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Shinrin-Yoku: A Forest Bathing Experience

Thursday, May 16,
11:00 am
to 12:30 pm
Fremont Field
A woman takes a deep breath during a "Forest Bathing" workshop. (photo © Ben Conant)

This gentle "forest bathing" session will help you slow down, catch your breath, and find solace in nature.

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Young Birders Club Takes Flight

Saturday, May 18,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
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,
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,
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,
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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Easygoing Paddle on Powder Mill Pond

Friday, June 7,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
Powder Mill Pond
A kayaker observes sandpipers on Powdermill Pond. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Lee Baker and Rich Taylor for an easygoing paddle on Powder Mill Pond and along the Contoocook River in Greenfield.

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Hiking Through Grief

Saturday, June 8,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 22, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Fallen leaves rest on a wooden boardwalk in the woods. (photo © Lee Sullivan)

Hiking in the healing presence of nature provides a unique and meaningful way to work through grief. This group offers an opportunity to connect with others in a safe, supportive setting, and is open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, life transitions, or environmental loss.

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Medicinal Plant Walk with Luna’s Herbal Botanical Cultivations

Saturday, June 8,
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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Medicinal Plant Walk for Teens

Saturday, June 8,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
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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Royalston Falls Hike

Sunday, June 9,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Royalston Falls
Wild rhododendron flowers. (photo © Brian Fuller via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Denny Wheeler for an easy, 3.5-mile hike 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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Nighthawk Watch

Tuesday, June 11,
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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Shinrin-Yoku: A Forest Bathing Experience

Thursday, June 13,
11:00 am
to 12:30 pm
Hiroshi Land
A woman takes a deep breath during a "Forest Bathing" workshop. (photo © Ben Conant)

This gentle "forest bathing" session will help you slow down, catch your breath, and find solace in nature.

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Hiking Through Grief

Saturday, June 15,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 22, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Fallen leaves rest on a wooden boardwalk in the woods. (photo © Lee Sullivan)

Hiking in the healing presence of nature provides a unique and meaningful way to work through grief. This group offers an opportunity to connect with others in a safe, supportive setting, and is open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, life transitions, or environmental loss.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Saturday, June 15,
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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Hiking Through Grief

Saturday, June 22,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 22, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Fallen leaves rest on a wooden boardwalk in the woods. (photo © Lee Sullivan)

Hiking in the healing presence of nature provides a unique and meaningful way to work through grief. This group offers an opportunity to connect with others in a safe, supportive setting, and is open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, life transitions, or environmental loss.

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Bikin’ Round the SuperSanctuary

Saturday, June 29,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Russ Cobb and Richard Pendleton for a challenging, but easy-paced 25- to 30-mile bike ride through the SuperSanctuary and environs. We'll roll on pavement, dirt, and gravel, so a gravel, mountain, or fat tire bike is recommended.

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