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February 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: Fungi Diversity in New Hampshire

Friday, February 12,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, February 19, 2021

Zoom
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin for this three-part online series exploring the world of fungi found right outside our doors.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour: Valentine’s Day Edition

Thursday, February 18,
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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Environmental Studies Institute: Fungi Diversity in New Hampshire

Friday, February 19,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, February 19, 2021

Zoom
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin for this three-part online series exploring the world of fungi found right outside our doors.

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4th Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, February 27,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED.
Zoom
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 morning of short talks highlighting recent research on water quality and the environmental history of Norway Pond in Hancock.

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March 2021

Women in Science Speaker Series: Milkweed, Monarchs & More

Wednesday, March 3,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Undergraduate researcher Katie Galletta examines milkweed plants for insect herbivory. (photo © Mark Wilson)

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! In the inaugural talk, join undergraduate researcher Katie Galletta to learn about the interactions between monarch butterflies and the larger community of milkweed-eating insects.

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Environmental Studies Institute: “What A Wonderful World” Song Club with Jazimina MacNeil

Wednesday, March 3,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Zoom
Jazimina McNeil with a monarch butterfly. (photo © Lori Pedrick)

Join mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil to explore a treasure trove of songs written by great artists who drew inspiration from the natural world -- from Schubert to Amy Beach to Stevie Wonder. Like a book club, but with songs!

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LAB GIRLS Goes Wild: A Monthly Online STEM Club for Girls

Thursday, March 4,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Thursday, June 3, 2021

Zoom

Calling all girls from grades 5 through 12! Join us for this fun, monthly, online afterschool club to grow your skills as a wildlife scientist.

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Women in Science Speaker Series: The Urban Ocean

Wednesday, March 10,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Marine scientist Kelly Luis

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! Join marine scientist Kelly Luis for this second talk in the series -- an introduction to the history, culture, and science of Boston Harbor.

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POP-UP PROGRAM: Short-Eared Owl Watching

Wednesday, March 10,
5:00 pm
to 6:30 pm
Dillant-Hopkins Airport
A Short-eared Owl in Flight at the Keene Airport. (photo © Eric Masterson)

For the past several weeks, Short-eared Owls have been frequenting the grasslands at Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey. Join Eric Masterson for an evening field trip to the airport, where we'll to try to view these rare visitors to New Hampshire.

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Abbott Thayer’s Monadnock: The Intersection of Natural History, Artistic Research, and World War

Thursday, March 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Mount Monadnock by Abbott Thayer (image © Corcoran Gallery of Art via the Wikimedia Commons)

This richly illustrated presentation by artist and art historian April Claggett will take a deep dive into the lessons that Abbott Thayer — Dublin resident, natural historian, and a leading American artist in his day — learned from our local landscape.

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Women in Science Speaker Series: Corals and Climate Change — Learning from the Past

Wednesday, March 17,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Dr. Logan Brenner in her lab.

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! In this third talk of the series, join paleoclimatologist Dr. Logan Brenner for a fascinating delve into the past, and to learn what coral skeletons can tell us about our planet's climate history.

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Salamander Crossing Brigade Workshop

Thursday, March 18,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Zoom

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades at amphibian road crossings throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this online volunteer training.

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March Adventure Days

Friday, March 19,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A camper smiles during the Harris Center's winter vacation camp. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists for an active day in the great outdoors! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder.

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Wilderness Survival Skills for Middle Schoolers

Friday, March 19,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A middle school boy collects sticks to build a shelter. (photo © Ben Conant)

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

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37th Annual Waterfowl Safari Along the Connecticut River

Sunday, March 21,
8:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Connecticut River
Hooded Mergansers on Nubanusit Brook. (photo © Tom Momeyer)

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

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March Adventure Days

Wednesday, March 24,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A camper smiles during the Harris Center's winter vacation camp. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists for an active day in the great outdoors! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder.

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Women in Science Speaker Series: My Journey Through Science — From Africa to Gametopia

Wednesday, March 24,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Chidi Paige at the Education Lab

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! In this talk, innovative STEM educator Chidi Paige will trace her path from student to successful science-themed game designer.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, March 25,
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.

Learn more »

March Adventure Days

Friday, March 26,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A camper smiles during the Harris Center's winter vacation camp. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists for an active day in the great outdoors! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder.

Learn more »

Hooting It Up with Owls

Saturday, March 27,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Zoom
A portrait of a Barred Owl. (photo © Philip Brown via unsplash)

Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for a presentation on the lives and loves of New Hampshire's owls. Find out who's hooting in your back woods and what their calls mean.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, March 29,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 19, 2021

Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Every spring, millions of birds pass through the Monadnock Region on their northward migration. Join expert birder Steven Lamonde for this weekly series of socially-distant birding walks, where we'll discuss and observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Women in Science Speaker Series: Critter Cartoons for Conservation

Wednesday, March 31,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
A photo of cartoonist Rosemary Mosco holding antlers up to her head. (photo © Rosemary Mosco)

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! For this final talk of the series, join cartoonist, naturalist, and author Rosemary Mosco to dive into the funny side of nature, and to discover why comics and science are natural allies.

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April 2021

LAB GIRLS Goes Wild: A Monthly Online STEM Club for Girls

Thursday, April 1,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Thursday, June 3, 2021

Zoom

Calling all girls from grades 5 through 12! Join us for this fun, monthly, online afterschool club to grow your skills as a wildlife scientist.

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Willow the Beaver

Friday, April 2,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Willow the Beaver. (photo © Patti Smith)

Follow along with naturalist Patti Smith as she shares stories of Willow, the matriarch of a beaver colony on a wild brook in southeastern Vermont.

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Vernal Pools 101

Saturday, April 3,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Zoom

Glance at a vernal pool in October and you’ll see a dry depression in the forest floor. Look again in April and you’ll find a woodland pond, teeming with life! As spring unfolds, join Brett Amy Thelen for a virtual introduction to these exquisite, ephemeral ecosystems.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, April 5,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 19, 2021

Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Every spring, millions of birds pass through the Monadnock Region on their northward migration. Join expert birder Steven Lamonde for this weekly series of socially-distant birding walks, where we'll discuss and observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

Learn more »

Secrets from the Deep Dark Below: Amazing Adaptations of Life Underground

Thursday, April 8,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A Short-tailed Shrew pokes its head out of a stone wall. (photo © Gilles Gonthier)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a glimpse at life underground, with special focus on the star-nosed mole and short-tailed shrew.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, April 12,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 19, 2021

Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Every spring, millions of birds pass through the Monadnock Region on their northward migration. Join expert birder Steven Lamonde for this weekly series of socially-distant birding walks, where we'll discuss and observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

Learn more »

Slow Birding with Bird Diva Bridget Butler

Wednesday, April 14,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler for this introduction to a different kind of birding practice, and reimagine how you connect with birds.

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“Venture Out” Film Showing & Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
Perry Cohen in the "Venture Out" film

Join us for a special evening with The Venture Out Project, starting with a showing of the short film "Venture Out" — a story about overcoming odds, the power of resilience, and the everlasting effects of LGBTQ community building.

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