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September 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: An Exploration of the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, September 23,
2:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 14, 2021

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

Join Dr. 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 the Monadnock Region.

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Mushroom Meander with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, September 23,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A large orange mushroom, emerging from the forest floor. (photo © John Benjamin)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to look for polypores, russulas, amanitas, and other fabulous fungi, while learning the key points to mushroom identification.

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Source to Sea Cleanup

Friday, September 24,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Saturday, September 25, 2021

Keene
A volunteer participates in the Source to Sea Cleanup. (photo © Connecticut River Conservancy)

Make a difference for our local rivers during the Connecticut River Conservancy’s 25th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup! In the Monadnock Region, we’ll focus on Beaver Brook and the Ashuelot River in Keene and Swanzey.

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Source to Sea Cleanup

Saturday, September 25,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Saturday, September 25, 2021

Keene
A volunteer participates in the Source to Sea Cleanup. (photo © Connecticut River Conservancy)

Make a difference for our local rivers during the Connecticut River Conservancy’s 25th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup! In the Monadnock Region, we’ll focus on Beaver Brook and the Ashuelot River in Keene and Swanzey.

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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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Surveying for Salamanders

Tuesday, September 28,
4:00 pm
to 5:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Brett Amy Thelen and Karen Seaver for an afternoon of monitoring our redbacked salamander research plots. We’ll start with a brief introduction to redbacked salamander ecology and to our study methods, then head into the woods to survey for salamanders. No experience necessary!

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Environmental Studies Institute: An Exploration of the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, September 30,
2:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 14, 2021

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

Join Dr. 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 the Monadnock Region.

Learn more »

October 2021

All About Jack’s Pond: A History Hike

Saturday, October 2,
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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Hiking Surry Mountain Preserve to Lily Pond

Saturday, October 2,
10:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Surry Mountain Preserve
Late-day light at Lily Pond. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join Denny Wheeler and Brian Bishoff for a 4-mile roundtrip hike to picturesque Lily Pond through The Nature Conservancy’s 1,300-acre Surry Mountain Preserve, located just a stone’s throw from Keene.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Bathing

Wednesday, October 6,
11:30 am
to 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Shieling Forest
A group practices "forest bathing" with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Ben Conant)

Take a break from your desk and your busy world and let yourself find balance, inspiration, and relaxation through the practice of Forest Bathing. Reconnect with the natural world, and immerse yourself in the balm of nature.

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Environmental Studies Institute: An Exploration of the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, October 7,
2:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 14, 2021

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

Join Dr. 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 the Monadnock Region.

Learn more »

Hiking the Calhoun Family Forest

Saturday, October 9,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Calhoun Family Forest
A small waterfall cascading among granite blocks. (photo © Stephen Gehlbach)

Join Swift Corwin for a moderately difficult, 3.5-mile hike on the Monadnock Conservancy’s Porcupine Falls Trail to a high point overlooking Bears Den Natural Area.

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Fall Insect Investigation

Saturday, October 9,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Surry
A grasshopper on a leaf. (photo Tianne Strombeck)

Families with elementary age children: Are you curious about caterpillars? Do you like to catch crickets? Spend a morning with Harris Center teacher-naturalists searching for insects in Surry!

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Hancock

Tuesday, October 12,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Families walk at the Harris Center during a Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow program. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all families with young children! Join Harris Center naturalist and animal lover Susie Spikol on the second Tuesday of each month to wander trails and meadows in search of wild finds.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Bathing

Wednesday, October 13,
11:30 am
to 12:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Shieling Forest
A group practices "forest bathing" with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Ben Conant)

Take a break from your desk and your busy world and let yourself find balance, inspiration, and relaxation through the practice of Forest Bathing. Reconnect with the natural world, and immerse yourself in the balm of nature.

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: An Exploration of the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, October 14,
2:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 14, 2021

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

Join Dr. 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 the Monadnock Region.

Learn more »

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Friday, October 15,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
Robin Hood Park
A young boy peers at something small held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join educator Liza Lowe for monthly family-friendly explorations in and around the green spaces of Keene. Tune into the changing seasons with your little ones, and enjoy the company of other families that like to be outside.

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Accessible Birding at MacDowell Lake

Wednesday, October 20,
9:00 am
to 10:30 am
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
MacDowell Lake Trail
Two people -- one standing, one in a wheelchair -- hold binoculars up to their eyes while birding at a large lake. (photo © Jim Hassinger)

Join Phil Brown and Brett Amy Thelen for an easygoing morning of birding at MacDowell Lake — a good spot and time of year for enjoying migrating waterfowl, hawks, and sparrows. Beginning birders welcome!

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Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Bathing

Wednesday, October 20,
11:30 am
to 12:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Shieling Forest
A group practices "forest bathing" with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Ben Conant)

Take a break from your desk and your busy world and let yourself find balance, inspiration, and relaxation through the practice of Forest Bathing. Reconnect with the natural world, and immerse yourself in the balm of nature.

Learn more »

Hidden Ponds of the SuperSanctuary

Saturday, October 23,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Dave Butler stands atop a stone wall on an early spring hike. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Dave Butler for a 3.5-mile hike into Shadrach and Tenney Ponds, which lie between the Thumb-Skatutakee ridgeline and Nubanusit Lake.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish Along the North Branch

Sunday, October 24,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Stoddard
North Branch River in July. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Stan Smith for a moderately strenuous hike along the North Branch River, following one of John Kulish's favorite hunting routes.

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Accessible Birding at the Harris Center

Sunday, October 24,
9:00 am
to 10:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A groupd of kids peer through binoculars on the Harris Center front deck.

Join Harris Center Naturalist Emeritus Meade Cadot and longtime outing leader Ben Haubrich for a relaxed morning of birding on the Harris Center front deck, with great views of our bustling bird feeders. Beginning birders welcome!

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Mushroom Meander with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, October 28,
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 to look for polypores, russulas, amanitas, and other fabulous fungi, while learning the key points to mushroom identification.

Learn more »

November 2021

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Peterborough

Tuesday, November 9,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
Naturalist Susie Spikol shares a wild find with toddlers, babies, and their parents during a Babies in Backpacks program. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all families with young children! Join Harris Center naturalist and animal lover Susie Spikol on the second Tuesday of each month to wander trails and meadows in search of wild finds.

Learn more »

Easygoing Hike Along the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Sunday, November 14,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
An autumn view of Dinsmore Pond, from the Hiroshi Land. (photo © Tom Momeyer)

Join Miki Clements-Collier for a moderately easy 2-mile hike along the Hiroshi Loop Trail, with great views over Dinsmore Pond to Skatutakee and Thumb Mountains.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Monday, November 15,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Tenant Swamp Boardwalk
Mother with baby in backpack

Join educator Liza Lowe for monthly family-friendly explorations in and around the green spaces of Keene. Tune into the changing seasons with your little ones, and enjoy the company of other families that like to be outside.

Learn more »

Mushroom Meander with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, November 18,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Robin Hood Park
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to look for polypores, russulas, amanitas, and other fabulous fungi, while learning the key points to mushroom identification.

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Birdability: Because Birding is for Everybody…and Every Body

Thursday, November 18,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A group of people, some in wheelchairs, holding binoculars. (photo © Freya McGregor)

Join Freya McGregor of Birdability — a new non-profit working to ensure that the birding community is welcoming, inclusive, safe, and accessible for people with mobility challenges and other disabilities — for a welcoming introduction to accessibility in the outdoors.

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Post-Thanksgiving Hike around Otter Brook Lake

Sunday, November 28,
10:00 am
to 1:30 pm
Otter Brook Lake

Burn off the turkey with Brian Bishoff and Denny Wheeler on this moderately easy, 3-mile hike around Otter Brook Lake.

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December 2021

Winter Birds of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, December 2,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A Dark-eyed Junco standing on a snowy branch. (photo © Scott Hecker)

Join conservation biologist and avid birder Steven Lamonde for a look at the birds found in the Monadnock Region during the coldest months of year. Find out how they survive winter’s grasp, and discover how you can help scientists learn more about our region’s bird populations.

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