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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May 2020

Rainbow Hike at Goodhue Hill

Saturday, May 16,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Join Dee Denehy, Jenn Sutton, and Liz Lawler (and baby Wren) for an LGBTQ+-friendly hike through the Mill Pond and Goodhue Hill areas of the dePierrefeu-Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Emerson and Thoreau

Wednesday, May 20,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A man walks through the woods at sunset. (photo © Geoff Livingston via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us to explore Emerson's classic essay “Nature” and Thoreau's essay “Walking." Short, sweet, and full of big ideas, these essays provide a lively introduction to two quintessentially American thinkers.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Exploring the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, May 21,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 11, 2020

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

Join 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 our region.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Emerson and Thoreau

Wednesday, May 27,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A man walks through the woods at sunset. (photo © Geoff Livingston via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us to explore Emerson's classic essay “Nature” and Thoreau's essay “Walking." Short, sweet, and full of big ideas, these essays provide a lively introduction to two quintessentially American thinkers.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Exploring the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, May 28,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 11, 2020

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

Join 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 our region.

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The Role of Depots in Small Town New Hampshire

Friday, May 29,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A historic photo of the Elmwood Junction railroad depot. (photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Cheshire County)

Join Alan Rumrill, Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, for an enlightening talk on the role that train depots played in small town New England.

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Elmwood Junction: A Depot Reclaimed

Saturday, May 30,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Elmwood Junction
A historic photo of Elmwood Station. (photo courtesy Dale Russell)

Join Alan Rumrill of the Historical Society of Cheshire County and Eagle Scout Sigmund Winiecki of Peterborough Scout Troop 8 for a guided walk around the former Elmwood Junction Railroad Station on a new interpretive trail built by Sigmund.

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Caterpillars of New England: Uncovering the Whole Story

Saturday, May 30,
6:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A photo of a swallowtail caterpillar by Sam Jaffe

Join Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab for an artist's reception and talk that explores backyard pollinators, plants, parasitoids, and the many caterpillars that are positioned at the center of it all.

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June 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Exploring the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, June 4,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 11, 2020

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

Join 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 our region.

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New Hampshire Bat Counts Volunteer Training

Thursday, June 4,
6:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A little brown bat hangs in a cave. (photo © USFWS)

This summer, NHFG and UNH Extension are seeking volunteers to conduct bat counts at known roost sites in the Monadnock Region. To participate, join wildlife biologists Sandi Houghton and Haley Andreozzi for this indoor-outdoor volunteer training.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Friday, June 5,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Shieling Forest
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this gentle spring ramble, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Easygoing Hike up Mount Watatic

Friday, June 5,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm

Join Rich Taylor for a 3-mile roundtrip hike on the Wapack Trail to the summit of Mount Watatic. The trail rises about 500 feet, but the views from the summit are worth it.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Wild Herbs and Tinctures with Herbalist Brenna Morris

Saturday, June 6,
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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Nighthawk Watch

Tuesday, June 9,
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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Environmental Studies Institute: Exploring the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, June 11,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 11, 2020

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

Join 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 our region.

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New England Ferns

Saturday, June 13,
12:30 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group of ferns. (photo © Randi Hausken via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Lynn Levine – naturalist, forester, and author of "Identifying Ferns the Easy Way" – for an afternoon workshop on ferns.

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Harris Center Classic: Royalston Falls Hike

Sunday, June 14,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Royalston Falls
Wild rhododendron flowers. (photo © Brian Fuller via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Denny Wheeler and Brian Bishoff for a 3.5-mile roundtrip 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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eBird for Beginners

Tuesday, June 16,
3:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A group searches for birds -- with binoculars raised -- during a spring birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join local bird expert Steven Lamonde of Antioch University New England for this hands-on introduction to eBird, where we’ll learn how to record and share our bird sightings, and to explore sightings shared by others.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Uncommon Breeders of the SuperSanctuary

Thursday, June 18,
7:00 am
to 12:00 pm

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a search for the SuperSanctuary's less common breeding birds.

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Hiking Through the Decades: Willard Pond

Saturday, June 27,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we're offering Hiking Through the Decades, a four-hike series that traces the history of the Harris Center's land protection efforts. In this edition, Eric Masterson and Phil Brown will discuss some of the 1990s land conservation work that protected the shoreline of Willard Pond.

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Bird Banding Demonstration

Sunday, June 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)

Get an up-close look at the science of songbirds during this bird banding demonstration by ornithologist Dr. Patricia Wohner.

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Bicycling the SuperSanctuary in Hancock and Harrisville

Sunday, June 28,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A bicycle rests at the gate to the Harris Center's Cadot Trail. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Russ Cobb and Richard Pendleton for a challenging, but easy-paced 30-mile bike ride around Hancock and Harrisville. The route includes paved and dirt roads and maybe a trail or two, so a gravel or mountain bike is recommended.

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