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December 2021

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Thursday, December 9,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Keene
A mother and her baby smile on a Harris Center outing. (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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Environmental Studies Institute: The Nature of Poetry

Thursday, December 9,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, December 16, 2021

Zoom
A man sits under a tree at dusk reading a book, which lights up as if by magic. (photo © Josh Hild via Unsplash)

Explore nature poetry classics from Blake to Oliver, Yeats to Levertov, Stevens to Kenyon – as well as some of the ways such poetry can transform our experiences of nature.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Peterborough

Tuesday, December 14,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Shieling Forest
A line of children and their parents practice "walking like a wolf" through the snow during a Harris Center tracking program. (photo © Bill Gnade)

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: The Nature of Poetry

Thursday, December 16,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, December 16, 2021

Zoom
A man sits under a tree at dusk reading a book, which lights up as if by magic. (photo © Josh Hild via Unsplash)

Explore nature poetry classics from Blake to Oliver, Yeats to Levertov, Stevens to Kenyon – as well as some of the ways such poetry can transform our experiences of nature.

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48th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough, and Surrounding Towns

Saturday, December 18
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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January 2022

Partridge Woods Exploration

Saturday, January 8, 2022,
9:30 am
to 2:30 pm
Partridge Woods

Join Kathy Schillemat and Ben Haubrich for a strenuous 6-mile hike through the trails of Partridge Woods, with views of Nelson village, Mount Monadnock, and Nubanusit Lake.

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Winter Bird Feeding: Tips for Attracting Birds to Your Yard

Monday, January 10, 2022,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A flock of goldfinches perch and fly around a backyard bird feeding station. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join ecologist and avid birder Steven Lamonde for an engaging presentation on best practices for bird feeding. From seed and suet selection to feeder placement, find out how you can turn your backyard into a refuge for winter birds!

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Natural History of Deer and Moose in New Hampshire

Tuesday, January 11, 2022,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Zoom
A yearling moose in snowy woods. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join wildlife biologist Mark Ellingwood for a four-week course on deer and moose ecology in the Granite State. We'll learn about seasonal behavior, habitat use, and population dynamics of these iconic species, and how to identify deer and moose sign in our local woods.

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SuperSanctuary Butterfly Club

Wednesday, January 12, 2022,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:30 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Zoom

The SuperSanctuary Butterfly Club is taking its fledgling flight! Each month, we’ll learn to identify a dozen local butterfly species, in preparation for a community butterfly survey in the summer of 2022.

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LAB GIRLS: Think Wild & Choose Your Own Adventure

Thursday, January 13, 2022,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
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One event on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm

One event on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Zoom
Two girls and a teacher, all wearing face masks, look at a taxidermied owl. (photo © Ben Conant)

Find out what it’s like to be an Antarctic researcher, a salamander guardian, or a wildlife artist who swims with whales and follows bears! Sign up for all three, or come to just the ones that interest you the most.

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Natural History of Deer and Moose in New Hampshire

Tuesday, January 18, 2022,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Zoom
A yearling moose in snowy woods. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join wildlife biologist Mark Ellingwood for a four-week course on deer and moose ecology in the Granite State. We'll learn about seasonal behavior, habitat use, and population dynamics of these iconic species, and how to identify deer and moose sign in our local woods.

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Sharks of New England

Wednesday, January 19, 2022,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A shark with a long curved tail swims in blue-green water, surrounded by smaller fish. (photo © Klaus Stiefel via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join shark and ray researcher Julia Saltzman to learn about the wild sharks that grace the New England coastline.

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Ask a Naturalist: Winter Edition

Thursday, January 20, 2022,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us for a fun, informal, nature-focused happy hour — via Zoom! Come prepared with questions about nearby nature, or just sit back and listen to our team of talented Harris Center naturalists as they share their own observations.

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Winter Tree Identification Walk

Saturday, January 22, 2022,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Maple buds. (photo © David Joyce via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Mike Gagnon, forestry field specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension, for a relaxed winter tree ID walk. We’ll focus on branching, buds, and bark while the leaves are off the trees — and discuss the trees we encounter from both an ecological and economic perspective.

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Homeschool Program: At Home in Nature

Monday, January 24, 2022,
2:30 pm
to 4:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, February 14, 2022

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A boy kneels in the snow to look closely at a beaver-chewed stump. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all animal allies, nature noticers, and outdoor explorers ages 6 through 12! Uncover your wonder, and let the natural world be your teacher on Monday afternoons with Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin.

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Natural History of Deer and Moose in New Hampshire

Tuesday, January 25, 2022,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Zoom
A yearling moose in snowy woods. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join wildlife biologist Mark Ellingwood for a four-week course on deer and moose ecology in the Granite State. We'll learn about seasonal behavior, habitat use, and population dynamics of these iconic species, and how to identify deer and moose sign in our local woods.

Learn more »

The Science of Saw-whet Owls

Wednesday, January 26, 2022,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A person's hand holding a saw-whet owl. (photo © Elizabeth Nicodemus via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Sean Beckett of the North Branch Nature Center— where researchers have captured and tagged over 600 migrating saw-whet owls in the last seven years — to discover what scientists are learning about the natural history and ecology of this adorable species.

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Homeschool Program: At Home in Nature

Monday, January 31, 2022,
2:30 pm
to 4:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, February 14, 2022

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A boy kneels in the snow to look closely at a beaver-chewed stump. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all animal allies, nature noticers, and outdoor explorers ages 6 through 12! Uncover your wonder, and let the natural world be your teacher on Monday afternoons with Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin.

Learn more »

February 2022

Environmental Studies Institute: The Natural History of Deer and Moose in New Hampshire

Tuesday, February 1, 2022,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Zoom
A yearling moose in snowy woods. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join wildlife biologist Mark Ellingwood for a four-week course on deer and moose ecology in the Granite State. We'll learn about seasonal behavior, habitat use, and population dynamics of these iconic species, and how to identify deer and moose sign in our local woods.

Learn more »

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Wednesday, February 2, 2022,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A toddler walks like a deer on a snowy morning in the woods. (photo © Bill Gnade)

Calling all families with young children! Join Harris Center naturalist and animal lover Susie Spikol to wander trails, meadows, and the nooks and crannies of the Harris Center grounds in search of wild finds.

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LAB GIRLS: Think Wild & Choose Your Own Adventure

Wednesday, February 2, 2022,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm

One event on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Zoom
Two girls and a teacher, all wearing face masks, look at a taxidermied owl. (photo © Ben Conant)

Find out what it’s like to be an Antarctic researcher, a salamander guardian, or a wildlife artist who swims with whales and follows bears! Sign up for all three, or come to just the ones that interest you the most.

Learn more »

New Hampshire’s Winter Fungi

Thursday, February 3, 2022,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join John Benjamin, Harris Center naturalist and leader of the popular Morel Quandary Club, for an exploration of the diversity and natural history of some of the more common fungi found in New Hampshire during the cold months.

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Shattuck Winter Wander

Saturday, February 5, 2022,
10:30 am
to 11:30 am
Shattuck Golf Course
Harris Center naturalist Jaime Hutchinson leads a winter tracking expedition on the Harris Center grounds. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists Jaime Hutchinson and Karen Rent for a winter wander along the wild edges of the Shattuck golf course. We'll listen for winter birds, search for animal tracks and sign, and more.

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Homeschool Program: At Home in Nature

Monday, February 7, 2022,
2:30 pm
to 4:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, February 14, 2022

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A boy kneels in the snow to look closely at a beaver-chewed stump. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all animal allies, nature noticers, and outdoor explorers ages 6 through 12! Uncover your wonder, and let the natural world be your teacher on Monday afternoons with Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin.

Learn more »

SuperSanctuary Butterfly Club

Wednesday, February 9, 2022,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:30 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Zoom

The SuperSanctuary Butterfly Club is taking its fledgling flight! Each month, we’ll learn to identify a dozen local butterfly species, in preparation for a community butterfly survey in the summer of 2022.

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Environmental Studies Institute: iNaturalist for Beginners

Thursday, February 10, 2022,
3:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, March 3, 2022

Zoom
Two people hold their phones close to a cluster of red-and-white mushrooms, to take pictures. (photo © Nico Baum via Unsplash)

Join conservation biologist Steven Lamonde for an introduction to iNaturalist, an online community science platform for documenting biodiversity. Discover how you can make important contributions to science while learning to identify your wild finds!

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Nature on Tap: Love, Sex, and Wow in the Animal World

Thursday, February 10, 2022,
6:00 pm
to 7:00 pm
Nova Arts
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

Get your wild on this Valentine’s Day by joining Harris Center naturalists for a discussion of the unusual ways some animals court and mate. Drinks on you, stories on us!

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Winter Outing to the Crotched Mountain Bowl

Sunday, February 13, 2022,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Crotched Mountain Town Forest
Hikers head out for a winter adventure. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Dave Butler and Ben Haubrich for a moderately strenuous, 4-mile snowshoe hike or ski on the rolling terrain of Crotched Mountain.

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Homeschool Program: At Home in Nature

Monday, February 14, 2022,
2:30 pm
to 4:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, February 14, 2022

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A boy kneels in the snow to look closely at a beaver-chewed stump. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all animal allies, nature noticers, and outdoor explorers ages 6 through 12! Uncover your wonder, and let the natural world be your teacher on Monday afternoons with Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin.

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Mushroom Meander with the Morel Quandary Club

Wednesday, February 16, 2022,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
British soldier lichen, growing through a crack in a piece of old wood. (photo © Doug Focht via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to look for polypores, slime molds, and shelf fungi, and get into likin’ lichen.

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