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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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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Cross-Country Ski Around Dublin’s Dark Pond

Saturday, January 11,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Dark Pond

Join Tom Warren for a 3-mile roundtrip ski around Dark Pond in Dublin, followed by hot cocoa.

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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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Trees and Tracks

Thursday, January 16,
2:00 pm
to 3:30 pm
Hiroshi Land
Welsh Farm in winter. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson and naturalist Susie Spikol for an afternoon of looking at winter trees and the animal tracks found around them. Learn to tell the trees from the forest and read the stories told by tracks!

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Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Friday, January 17,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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One event on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Susie Spikol and Marilyn Wyzga for a peaceful, moonlit ramble. Taking our cue from the Japanese Shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) practice, we’ll open our senses through gentle yoga poses, deep breathing, “coyote walking,” and quiet reflection.

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Cross-Country Ski from Stone Pond to Old Troy Road

Saturday, January 18,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
NOTE: This outing has been canceled due to lack of snow.
Stone Pond

Join Tom Warren for a 2-mile cross-country skiing excursion around scenic Stone Pond.

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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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Stories in the Stars

Friday, January 24,
8:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Note: This program has been POSTPONED due to cloudy skies.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
An engraving by Camille Flammarion depicting the night sky, ca. 1888.

The winter night sky is filled with brilliant stars and legendary constellations. Get to know some of them during an evening of stargazing and storytelling with astronomy buff Victory Novotny and constellation mythology fan Susie Spikol.

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February 2020

Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Thursday, February 6,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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One event on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Susie Spikol and Marilyn Wyzga for a peaceful, moonlit ramble. Taking our cue from the Japanese Shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) practice, we’ll open our senses through gentle yoga poses, deep breathing, “coyote walking,” and quiet reflection.

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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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Cross-Country Ski on Old Troy Road

Saturday, February 8,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Old Troy Road

Join Tom Warren for a 2-mile cross-country skiing excursion on scenic Old Troy Road and the Brook Trail.

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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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Bobcats Before Breakfast: John Kulish, His Book, and His Legacy

Saturday, February 22,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Toadstool Bookshop

Join Susie Spikol and Meade Cadot to learn about the Harris Center’s first naturalist, John Kulish. Dig deeper into the life of this charismatic trapper-turned conservationist and, if conditions allow, do one of the things he loved the most – winter tracking!

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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.

Learn more »

Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Thursday, March 12,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Susie Spikol and Marilyn Wyzga for a peaceful, moonlit ramble. Taking our cue from the Japanese Shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing”) practice, we’ll open our senses through gentle yoga poses, deep breathing, “coyote walking,” and quiet reflection.

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Harris Center Classic: “Owl Moon” Owl Prowl

Friday, March 13,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A portrait of a Barred Owl. (photo © Philip Brown via unsplash)

Come hoot it up on this full moon adventure for families and children of all ages!

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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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Bluebird House Workday (and Birding!)

Saturday, March 21,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A pair of bluebirds on a nesting box. (photo © Meade Cadot)

In preparation for spring nesting, join Eric Masterson to clean and repair the 30 bluebird houses that grace the Brown Easement in Hancock.

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36th Annual Waterfowl Safari Along the Connecticut River

Sunday, March 29,
8:00 am
to 1:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Connecticut River
Snow geese migrating across a moonlit sky. (photo © Dagmar Collins)

The spring bird migration begins in March as waterfowl move north through along the Connecticut River. We’ll carpool to the best birding spots, with a little easy walking as needed, in hopes of seeing the spectacle.

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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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Citizen Science Opportunity: Broad-winged Hawk Tracking Project

Friday, April 3,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
NOTE: This training will now take place via Zoom.
Zoom
A Broad-winged Hawk in flight. (photo © Jen Esten)

We're partnering with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to tag one or more Broad-winged Hawks with satellite transmitters that will track their migration in detail. The first step is finding their nests, and we need your help to make it happen!

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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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