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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February 2020

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

Wednesday, February 12,
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,
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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New England’s Long Ago Elephants: Woolly Mammoths and Mastodons

Thursday, February 20,
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,
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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Winter Adventures Camp

Monday, February 24,
9:00 am
to Wednesday, February 26,
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,
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,
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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Art Opening: Callihan and Cunningham: Inspired by Nature

Saturday, February 29,
5:00 pm
to 7:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A painting of a country road by Sue Callihan.

Join local artists Sue Callihan and Kim Cunningham for an art show featuring Sue's landscapes and Kim's block prints, collage, and ceramics.

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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.

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Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Thursday, March 12,
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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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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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Hancock

Sunday, March 22,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education

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

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Environmental Studies Institute: 50 Years Since Earth Day

Thursday, March 26,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 16, 2020

NOTE: This course has been CANCELED.
RiverMead Auditorium

April 22 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. How is our planet is doing since that landmark 1970 protest? Join a series of experts to explore a different ecosystem each week, including what’s changed in the last five decades, as well as thoughts on the future.

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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Keene

Friday, March 27,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

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

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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

Environmental Studies Institute: 50 Years Since Earth Day

Thursday, April 2,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 16, 2020

NOTE: This course has been CANCELED.
RiverMead Auditorium

April 22 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. How is our planet is doing since that landmark 1970 protest? Join a series of experts to explore a different ecosystem each week, including what’s changed in the last five decades, as well as thoughts on the future.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, April 2,
5:30 pm
to 6:15 pm
Zoom

We've had to postpone our popular Nature on Tap series for the spring, but we're excited to bring you a different kind of naturalist happy hour -- via Zoom!

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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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Art Opening: Craig Altobello

Friday, April 3,
5:00 pm
to 7:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A marquetry Painted Trillium by Craig Altobello

Join Peterborough marquetry artist Craig Altobello for an art show celebrating forest life in the Monadnock Region and the astonishing beauty we can discover every day in the woods.

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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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