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October 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: An Exploration of the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, October 7,
2:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 14, 2021

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

Join Dr. 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 the Monadnock Region.

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Hiking the Calhoun Family Forest

Saturday, October 9,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Calhoun Family Forest
A small waterfall cascading among granite blocks. (photo © Stephen Gehlbach)

Join Swift Corwin for a moderately difficult, 3.5-mile hike on the Monadnock Conservancy’s Porcupine Falls Trail to a high point overlooking Bears Den Natural Area.

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Fall Insect Investigation

Saturday, October 9,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Surry
A grasshopper on a leaf. (photo Tianne Strombeck)

Families with elementary age children: Are you curious about caterpillars? Do you like to catch crickets? Spend a morning with Harris Center teacher-naturalists searching for insects in Surry!

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Book Launch: “A Deep Presence” by Dr. Robert Goodby

Monday, October 11,
6:00 pm
to 7:30 pm
Zoom

Join archeologist Bob Goodby for the launch of his new book "A Deep Presence" — which draws on archaeology, written history, and the living traditions of today’s Abenaki people to tell the remarkable story of Native Americans in the Monadnock Region.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Hancock

Tuesday, October 12,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Families walk at the Harris Center during a Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow program. (photo © Ben Conant)

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: Forest Bathing

Wednesday, October 13,
11:30 am
to 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Shieling Forest
A group practices "forest bathing" with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Ben Conant)

Take a break from your desk and your busy world and let yourself find balance, inspiration, and relaxation through the practice of Forest Bathing. Reconnect with the natural world, and immerse yourself in the balm of nature.

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Environmental Studies Institute: An Exploration of the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, October 14,
2:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, October 14, 2021

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

Join Dr. 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 the Monadnock Region.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Friday, October 15,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
Robin Hood Park
A young boy peers at something small held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (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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Annual Meeting

Friday, October 15,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Save the date for the Harris Center’s 2021 Annual Meeting! Join Harris Center staff, trustees, and friends for highlights from the past year, special recognitions, and more.

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Accessible Birding at MacDowell Lake

Wednesday, October 20,
9:00 am
to 10:30 am
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
MacDowell Lake Trail
Two people -- one standing, one in a wheelchair -- hold binoculars up to their eyes while birding at a large lake. (photo © Jim Hassinger)

Join Phil Brown and Brett Amy Thelen for an easygoing morning of birding at MacDowell Lake — a good spot and time of year for enjoying migrating waterfowl, hawks, and sparrows. Beginning birders welcome!

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Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Bathing

Wednesday, October 20,
11:30 am
to 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Shieling Forest
A group practices "forest bathing" with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Ben Conant)

Take a break from your desk and your busy world and let yourself find balance, inspiration, and relaxation through the practice of Forest Bathing. Reconnect with the natural world, and immerse yourself in the balm of nature.

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“Ask a Naturalist”: Autumn Edition

Thursday, October 21,
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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Pack Monadnock View Clearing Volunteer Workday

Friday, October 22,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory
Fall foliage from Observatory

Volunteers are needed to help maintain the view from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory observation platform!

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Hidden Ponds of the SuperSanctuary

Saturday, October 23,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Dave Butler stands atop a stone wall on an early spring hike. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Dave Butler for a 3.5-mile hike into Shadrach and Tenney Ponds, which lie between the Thumb-Skatutakee ridgeline and Nubanusit Lake.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish Along the North Branch

Sunday, October 24,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Stoddard
North Branch River in July. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Stan Smith for a moderately strenuous hike along the North Branch River, following one of John Kulish's favorite hunting routes.

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Accessible Birding at the Harris Center

Sunday, October 24,
9:00 am
to 10:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A groupd of kids peer through binoculars on the Harris Center front deck.

Join Harris Center Naturalist Emeritus Meade Cadot and longtime outing leader Ben Haubrich for a relaxed morning of birding on the Harris Center front deck, with great views of our bustling bird feeders. Beginning birders welcome!

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Bats of New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 27,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom

Join Sandra Houghton and Haley Andreozzi, coordinators of the NH Bat Counts program, to learn about the natural history and conservation of bats in the Granite State. Let bats into your heart this Halloween season with this bat-tastic program!

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Mushroom Meander with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, October 28,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Hiroshi Land
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to look for polypores, russulas, amanitas, and other fabulous fungi, while learning the key points to mushroom identification.

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Nevermore! The Stories of Crows and Ravens

Thursday, October 28,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A raven flying above a graveyard on a full-moon night. (photo © Jeanne Masar via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Phil Brown and Susie Spikol for a talk on the life, times, and folklore of crows and ravens. This dynamic blend of natural history and mythology will leave you with new admiration for these highly intelligent birds — just in time for their Halloween spotlight.

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November 2021

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Peterborough

Tuesday, November 9,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
Naturalist Susie Spikol shares a wild find with toddlers, babies, and their parents during a Babies in Backpacks program. (photo © Ben Conant)

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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Easygoing Hike Along the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Sunday, November 14,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
An autumn view of Dinsmore Pond, from the Hiroshi Land. (photo © Tom Momeyer)

Join Miki Clements-Collier for a moderately easy 2-mile hike along the Hiroshi Loop Trail, with great views over Dinsmore Pond to Skatutakee and Thumb Mountains.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Monday, November 15,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Tenant Swamp Boardwalk
Mother with baby in backpack

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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Conservation Around the Globe

Tuesday, November 16,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Rhinoceros seen in Tanzania during a trip with the Katie Adamson Consrevation Fund. (photo © Katie Adamson Conservation Fund)

Join Dave Johnson of the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund for an introduction to wildlife conservation efforts — and opportunities for travelers to make conservation connections — well beyond the borders of the Monadnock Region.

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Nature on Tap: A Life with Raptors

Wednesday, November 17,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Post & Beam Brewing
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

Join Chris Martin, raptor biologist and co-host of  NHPR’s "Something Wild," for a happy hour talk on his adventures with birds of prey. Learn how he got his start, and hear him recount some of his most spectacular experiences and close calls. Drinks on you, stories on us!

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Mushroom Meander with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, November 18,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Robin Hood Park
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to look for polypores, russulas, amanitas, and other fabulous fungi, while learning the key points to mushroom identification.

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Birdability: Because Birding is for Everybody…and Every Body

Thursday, November 18,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A group of people, some in wheelchairs, holding binoculars. (photo © Freya McGregor)

Join Freya McGregor of Birdability — a new non-profit working to ensure that the birding community is welcoming, inclusive, safe, and accessible for people with mobility challenges and other disabilities — for a welcoming introduction to accessibility in the outdoors.

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Post-Thanksgiving Hike around Otter Brook Lake

Sunday, November 28,
10:00 am
to 1:30 pm
Otter Brook Lake

Burn off the turkey with Brian Bishoff and Denny Wheeler on this moderately easy, 3-mile hike around Otter Brook Lake.

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Raptors of the Monadnock Region: What We’re Learning

Tuesday, November 30,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A Broad-winged Hawk in flight, as viewed from above. (photo © raven.digital)

Join Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory coordinator Phil Brown for an introduction to raptor research efforts in the Monadnock Region and beyond.

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December 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: The Nature of Poetry

Thursday, December 2,
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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Winter Birds of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, December 2,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A Dark-eyed Junco standing on a snowy branch. (photo © Scott Hecker)

Join conservation biologist and avid birder Steven Lamonde for a look at the birds found in the Monadnock Region during the coldest months of year. Find out how they survive winter’s grasp, and discover how you can help scientists learn more about our region’s bird populations.

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