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December 2019

Nature on Tap: Santa’s Magic Mushroom

Wednesday, December 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Post & Beam Brewing
A vintage holiday card featuring soma mushrooms. (image © Medium / Mustapha Itani)

Mythology meets natural history in this holiday-themed Nature on Tap! You’ll look at Santa in a whole new light after Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol reveals the fascinating link between the divine soma mushroom and the origins of Jolly Old Saint Nick.

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“Bobcats Before Breakfast” Reading and Discussion Group

Thursday, December 12,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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One event on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this special opportunity to read and discuss John Kulish’s classic 1969 book, "Bobcats Before Breakfast."

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46th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough, and Surrounding Towns

Saturday, December 14
Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Begun locally in 1973, the Christmas Bird Count is the world’s oldest and largest biological survey and citizen science endeavor, with thousands of participants worldwide. No need to be an expert!

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Young Birders Club: Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 14
young girl birding in winter (photo © Eric Begin)

Join the Harris Center’s youth birding team for the annual Peterborough-Hancock Christmas Bird Count!

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Keene Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 15
Keene
White-throated Sparrows, recorded during the 2017 Christmas Bird Count. (photo © Meade Cadot)

The Christmas Bird Count is the world’s oldest and largest biological survey and citizen science endeavor, with thousands of participants worldwide. The Keene count is one of the oldest, dating all the way back to 1900.

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January 2020

Easygoing Hike on Pack Monadnock

Friday, January 3, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Stone Pond

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

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Utterly Otters

Saturday, January 18, 2020,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Olivia Rodham Memorial Library
A North American river otter on the ice. (photo © Charlie Hamilton James/PBS Nature)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a lively talk on the largest member of the weasel family in New England: the bounding, sliding, swimming, charismatic otter!

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Rainbow Hike

Saturday, January 18, 2020,
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, 2020,
8:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
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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Film Showing: “The Lost Forests of New England”

Thursday, January 30, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Putnam Theater at Keene State College
An old-growth hemlock stand. (photo © Ray Asselin / New England Forests)

This homegrown documentary tells the story of central New England’s old-growth forests through drone and wildlife camera footage, as well as field interviews with Tom Wessels, David Foster, and other renowned ecologists.

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February 2020

Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Thursday, February 6, 2020,
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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Easygoing Hike Along the Jaquith Rail Trail

Friday, February 7, 2020,
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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Hiking Through the Decades: The Briggs Preserve

Saturday, February 8, 2020,
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, 2020,
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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Nature on Tap: Love, Sex, and Wow in the Animal World

Wednesday, February 12, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Hancock Inn
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

Join Harris Center naturalists Brett Amy Thelen, Jenna Spear, and Susie Spikol for a special Valentine’s Day discussion on some of the unusual ways wild animals court and mate. Drinks on you, conversation on us!

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, February 13, 2020,
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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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish at Robb Reservoir

Sunday, February 16, 2020,
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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New England’s Long Ago Elephants: Woolly Mammoths and Mastodons

Thursday, February 20, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
A wooly mammoth diorama. (photo © FireHawk Hulin via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Discover the long-lost lives of the woolly mammoths and mastodons that once roamed New England with Harris Center naturalist and woolly mammoth lover Susie Spikol!

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

Saturday, February 22, 2020,
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, 2020,
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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Winter Adventures Camp

Monday, February 24, 2020,
9:00 am
to Wednesday, February 26, 2020,
3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A trio of happy campers at the Harris Center's Winter Adventures Camp. (photo © Jaime Hutchinson)

Join us for Winter Adventures, a three-day winter vacation camp filled with snowshoeing, fort building, animal tracking, nature crafts, games, songs, and more!

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Winter Survival Skills for Middle Schoolers

Monday, February 24, 2020,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A girl sits on a rock and whittles.

Join Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin for a day of of outdoor adventure and survival skills practice, including hiking, fire making, shelter building, orienteering, and more.

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3rd Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, February 29, 2020,
8:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Norway Pond Commission chair Tom Shevenell sets a canoe anchor during a morning of water quality sampling on Norway Pond. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join us for a day of talks highlighting recent research, and plans for future study, on the ecology of Norway Pond in Hancock.

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March 2020

Easygoing Hike Along the Aldworth Manor Trail

Friday, March 6, 2020,
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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