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Hancock, NH 03449 United States

February 2019

Forest Bathing by Moonlight

Tuesday, February 19, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Open your senses, slow down, and find solace in nature on this revitalizing moonlit ramble with Susie Spikol and Marilyn Wyzga.

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Winter Adventures Camp

Monday, February 25, 2019,
9:00 am
to Wednesday, February 27, 2019,
3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Kids enjoy a snowshoe race at the Harris Center's winter vacation camp. (photo © Caitlin Houlihan)

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 25, 2019,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A girl sits on a rock and whittles.

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a day of learning winter survival skills, including fire making, shelter building, food and water gathering, and basic winter first aid

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March 2019

2nd Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, March 2, 2019,
8:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
An aerial view of Norway Pond, Hancock, and Mount Monadnock. (photo © LandVest)

Join us for a day of talks highlighting recent research on the ecology of Norway Pond in Hancock. Topics will include the historical record of human activity and environmental change revealed by pond sediments and tree coresand water quality.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Owls of New Hampshire

Monday, March 4, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, March 11, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Barred Owl. (photo © Vivienne Strauss)

Join biologist Hillary Siener for this short course on the anatomy, behavior, identification, conservation, and life history of New Hampshire’s owls.

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Forest Bathing by Moonlight

Thursday, March 21, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Open your senses, slow down, and find solace in nature on this revitalizing moonlit ramble with Susie Spikol and Marilyn Wyzga.

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Tasting the Grade: A Guide to Maple Syrup

Thursday, March 21, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Four glass containers, each containing a different grade of maple syrup. (photo © protogarrett via the Flickr Creative Commons license)

Join Steve Roberge for a maple syrup tasting in celebration of sugaring season. Steve will serve as our “sommelier” for the evening, guiding us through the various grades from very dark to amber.

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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Hancock

Saturday, March 30, 2019,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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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April 2019

Easygoing Hike along Old King’s Highway

Friday, April 5, 2019,
10:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Lee Baker and Rich Taylor for an easygoing, 4-mile hike along the discontinued section of King’s Highway that runs north of Lake Nubanusit.

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Spring Cleanup of the Harris Center Grounds

Wednesday, April 17, 2019,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Lee and Jeanette Baker pose with loppers and work gloves while helping spruce up the Harris Center grounds for spring.

Now that spring has sprung, we're looking for volunteers to help with a morning of spring cleanup on the Harris Center's beautiful grounds!

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Shinrin-Yoku: A Forest Bathing Experience

Thursday, April 18, 2019,
11:00 am
to 12:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman takes a deep breath during a "Forest Bathing" workshop. (photo © Ben Conant)

This gentle "forest bathing" session will help you slow down, catch your breath, and find solace in nature.

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Beginner Bird Banding Course

Monday, April 22, 2019,
7:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A White-breasted Nuthatch is held by a bird bander. (photo © Ben Conant)

This seven-day course for birders and wildlife biologists will provide a hands-on introduction to bird banding, including safe operation of mist nets, bird handling, and data scoring skills.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Beyond the Basics of Tracking

Tuesday, April 23, 2019,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Scott Semmens searches for animal sign in the woods. (photo © Bill Gnade / Keene Sentinel)

Stretch your tracking skills beyond winter snow with master tracker and educator Scott Semmens.

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Landscaping for Wildlife, Part I

Thursday, April 25, 2019,
6:30 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A fritillary and a swallowtail share space on a coneflower in the Harris Center's pollinator garden. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Dreaming about your spring garden? Include a plan to welcome birds, butterflies, and other creatures to your yard while enjoying the benefits of color, shade, and sound. Design your space with landscape designer and author Marilyn Wyzga in this two-part workshop.

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Vernal Pools 101

Friday, April 26, 2019,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A hand holds a small wood frog egg mass. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Dig in to the exquisite, ephemeral world of vernal pool ecology in this afternoon workshop with Brett Amy Thelen. We’ll start indoors with an illustrated lecture, then venture outside for hands-on exploration at a nearby vernal pool.

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Bird Banding Demonstration

Sunday, April 28, 2019,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Purple Finch is held by a bird bander. (photo © Ben Conant)

Dig into the science of songbirds during this bird banding demonstration by ornithologist Dr. Patricia Wohner. You’ll get great glimpses of some of the songbirds that make their home in the Harris Center woods and fields, and hopefully see a few spring migrants as well.

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May 2019

Landscaping for Wildlife, Part II

Thursday, May 2, 2019,
6:30 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Dreaming about your spring garden? Include a plan to welcome birds, butterflies, and other creatures to your yard while enjoying the benefits of color, shade, and sound. Design your space with landscape designer and author Marilyn Wyzga in this two-part workshop.

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Eyes On Owls

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Barred Owl peers out from a tree cavity. (photo © Mark Wilson / Eyes on Owls)

This special live owl presentation is offered by invitation only to current Harris Center members. If you’re a member, you should have received an invitation in the mail. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, or would like to join for the first time, visit harriscenter.org/membership or call (603) 525-3394.

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Young Birders Club Takes Flight

Saturday, May 18, 2019,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A boy peers through binoculars on a birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

The Young Birders Club is ready to take wing again after a brief hiatus! This club, led by expert birder Phil Brown and naturalist Susie Spikol, is dedicated to helping young naturalists discover the world of birds and birding.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, May 23, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A mother and her baby smile on a Harris Center outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come out, come out, babes in arms, into the fair spring air! This gentle morning ramble around the Harris Center grounds is specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Town by Town, Watershed by Watershed: Native Americans in New Hampshire

Thursday, May 23, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A drawing of a historic Abenaki Village.

Join John and Donna Moody of the Winter Center for Indigenous Traditions for an engaging exploration of the history of New Hampshire's Abenaki and Penacook peoples, with a focus on our local area.

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June 2019

Active Hope – How to Face the Mess We Are In Without Going Crazy

Saturday, June 1, 2019,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group of people sit in a circle, overlaid with the words "The Work That Reconnects." (photo © Claudian Dobos & Empatheast)

This workshop will help you stay engaged in working toward a better world. You’ll have the opportunity to share deeply, listen actively, find joy, take risks, create safe space, and collaborate with others that care for our world.

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Hiking Through Grief

Saturday, June 8, 2019,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 22, 2019

NOTE: This program has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Fallen leaves rest on a wooden boardwalk in the woods. (photo © Lee Sullivan)

Hiking in the healing presence of nature provides a unique and meaningful way to work through grief. This group offers an opportunity to connect with others in a safe, supportive setting, and is open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, life transitions, or environmental loss.

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Medicinal Plant Walk with Luna’s Herbal Botanical Cultivations

Saturday, June 8, 2019,
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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Medicinal Plant Walk for Teens

Saturday, June 8, 2019,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
NOTE: This program has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A series of glass containers with wild-harvested flowers and fruits. (photo © Smithsonian Institution via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join herbalist Brenna Morris for an afternoon of herbology for teens. Learn the smells, tastes, and magical properties of the native plants in our forest edges and understory!

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Bikin’ Round the SuperSanctuary

Saturday, June 29, 2019,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Russ Cobb and Richard Pendleton for a challenging, but easy-paced 25- to 30-mile bike ride through the SuperSanctuary and environs. We'll roll on pavement, dirt, and gravel, so a gravel, mountain, or fat tire bike is recommended.

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July 2019

Environmental Studies Institute: Natural Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness

Wednesday, July 10, 2019,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman takes a deep breath during a "Forest Bathing" workshop. (photo © Ben Conant)

Recharge your spirit and reconnect with nature during these restorative mornings at local trails, meadows, waterfalls, and even a secluded hilltop cabin.

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Wildlife Photography Workshop

Saturday, July 20, 2019,
1:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Meadowhawk dragonfly alights on a twig. (photo © Frank Gorga)

Join Frank Gorga and Eric Masterson for an afternoon of wildlife photography, with a focus on birds and the larger insects (dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies).

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Environmental Studies Institute: Drawing with the Birds

Monday, July 22, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, August 5, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Colorful drawing of a White-throated Sparrow by Lauryn Welch

Join fine artist Lauryn Welch to learn techniques for drawing our avian neighbors, from quick gestural drawings of songbirds at the bird feeder to detailed observational studies of preserved birds from the Harris Center’s extensive taxidermy collection.

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August 2019

Celebrating Our Trip Leaders and Trail Stewards

Saturday, August 3, 2019,
11:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Lupines bloom above Island Pond in Stoddard. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Calling all volunteer trip leaders and trail stewards! Join Harris Center staff for a scenic lunch (provided by the Harris Center) at a cabin overlooking Island Pond, as a thank you for your incredible and much-appreciated work.

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POP-UP PROGRAM: Forest Bathing

Friday, August 9, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group practices "forest bathing" with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Ben Conant)

Open your senses and immerse yourself in nature during this gentle "forest bathing" (Shinrin-yoku) experience. This is an invitation to slow down, breathe in the August air, and allow yourself the gift of reconnecting to this wild world. 10 to…

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Volunteer Workday on Skatutakee Mountain

Friday, August 16, 2019,
9:00 am
to 5:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join us for a volunteer workday to restore the view from the summit of Skatutakee Mountain.

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The Emerging LiDAR Landscape: A New Way of Looking at the Land

Thursday, August 22, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Rick Chormann, NH state geologist, for an introduction to Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, with an emphasis on glacial landforms. Rick will also discuss stone walls as landforms, their place in New Hampshire history, and the New Hampshire Stone Wall Mapping project.

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September 2019

Raptor Migration in NH: What the Numbers Tell Us

Monday, September 16, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A kettle of Broad-winged Hawks against the backdrop of a bluebird sky. (photo © Billtacular via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Phil Brown for a talk about hawkwatching in New Hampshire and the natural history of commonly-seen raptors.

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Beyond Bird Feeders — Creating Winter Wildlife Habitat

Tuesday, September 17, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, September 24, 2019

NOTE: This program has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
An Eastern Bluebird dines on winterberry holly. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Take the bite out of the bitter winter season by planning ahead for wildlife, healthy soils, and thriving plants with landscape designer, author, and educator Marilyn Wyzga.

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Surveying for Salamanders

Friday, September 20, 2019,
3:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Brett Amy Thelen for an afternoon of monitoring our redbacked salamander research plots. We’ll start with a brief introduction to redbacked salamander ecology and to our study methods, then head into the woods to survey for salamanders. No experience necessary!

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Friday, September 27, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A baby and a toddler enjoy some outside time. (photo © Ben Conant)

On this gentle walk, which is specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers, we’ll meander and look for what treasures the natural world has to offer.

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Medicinal Plant Walk and Herbal Tea Making

Saturday, September 28, 2019,
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, founder of Luna’s Herbal Botanical Cultivations, to learn how to mindfully harness the medicine inherent in plants.

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October 2019

“Danika the Rose” with Odds Bodkin for Families

Saturday, October 5, 2019,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Families and friends, come experience "Danika the Rose," a musical fairy tale adapted for a young audience!

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 9, 2019,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 16, 2019,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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Harris Center Annual Meeting: We’re Turning Fifty!

Sunday, October 20, 2019,
1:30 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join us as we kick off a year of celebrations for the Harris Center’s 50th Anniversary! Our Annual Meeting will feature highlights from the past year, special recognitions, inspiration from our founder Eleanor Briggs, and more.

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 23, 2019,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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Live Birds of Prey with Raptor Rehabilitator Tom Ricardi

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi holds a peregrine falcon. (photo © Flickr user "Kathy" via the Creative Commons)

Join raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi as he shares stories of his inspiring work and introduces us to eight live raptors!

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November 2019

An Evening with Walt Whitman

Friday, November 1, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
NOTE: Unfortunately, this program has been CANCELED due to illness.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Stephen Collins portrays Walt Whitman. (photo © Stephen Collins)

Stephen Collins brings Walt Whitman to life in this acclaimed one-man show by playwright Michael Keamy.

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Art Opening: Hannah Ellingwood and Michelle Russell

Sunday, November 3, 2019,
4:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join local artists Hannah Ellingwood and Michelle Russell for an art show featuring Hannah's paper cuts and Michelle's birch bark pyrography.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Waterfowl Migration

Sunday, November 10, 2019,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Hooded Merganser swims through the water. (photo © Chris Paquette)

Celebrate 50 years of land protection and environmental education by spending the year cataloguing all the birds that now make the SuperSanctuary their home. This second trip in the Big Year series will focus on birding the area’s lakes and ponds for late-migrating waterfowl.

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“Bobcats Before Breakfast”: Remembering Naturalist John Kulish, His Book, and His Legacy

Friday, November 15, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join writer Mark Reynolds and Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for an evening honoring the Harris Center’s first naturalist, John Kulish. Dig deeper into the life of this charismatic trapper-turned conservationist, and hear about his long-lasting legacy.

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“Bobcats Before Breakfast” Reading and Discussion Group

Thursday, November 21, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this special opportunity to read and discuss John Kulish’s classic 1969 book, "Bobcats Before Breakfast."

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Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest: Groundbreaking Discoveries in the Whites

Thursday, November 21, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A researcher collects data in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. (photo © Sophia Adams)

Learn how long-term ecological monitoring at Hubbard Brook has led to groundbreaking discoveries, including the impacts of acid rain, bird habitat change, timber harvesting, and climate change.

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December 2019

“Bobcats Before Breakfast” Reading and Discussion Group

Thursday, December 5, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this special opportunity to read and discuss John Kulish’s classic 1969 book, "Bobcats Before Breakfast."

Learn more »

Art Opening: Lauryn Welch

Friday, December 6, 2019,
5:00 pm
to 7:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A colorful marker drawing of a Northern Flickr by artist Lauryn Welch.

Join local artist Lauryn Welch for an art opening featuring her bird-themed marker drawings.

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“Bobcats Before Breakfast” Reading and Discussion Group

Thursday, December 12, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this special opportunity to read and discuss John Kulish’s classic 1969 book, "Bobcats Before Breakfast."

Learn more »

January 2020

Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Friday, January 17, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

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.

Learn more »

Rainbow Hike

Saturday, January 18, 2020,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Dee Denehy (she, her) and daughter Lily Denehy (she, her) for a 2-mile hike in a LGBTQ+ safe space.

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Stories in the Stars

Friday, January 24, 2020,
8:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Note: This program has been POSTPONED due to cloudy skies.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
An engraving by Camille Flammarion depicting the night sky, ca. 1888.

The winter night sky is filled with brilliant stars and legendary constellations. Get to know some of them during an evening of stargazing and storytelling with astronomy buff Victory Novotny and constellation mythology fan Susie Spikol.

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February 2020

Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Thursday, February 6, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

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.

Learn more »

Hiking Through the Decades: The Briggs Preserve

Saturday, February 8, 2020,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group examines animal tracks on a winter hike at the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land. (photo © Ben Conant)

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we're offering Hiking Through the Decades, a four-hike series that will trace the history of the Harris Center's land protection efforts. Join Meade Cadot and Ben Haubrich for the inaugural hike -- an easy outing through the Briggs Preserve, one of the Harris Center’s earliest land protection projects.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, February 13, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

One event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

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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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Winter Adventures Camp

Monday, February 24, 2020,
9:00 am
to Wednesday, February 26, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, March 12, 2020,
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.

Learn more »

Forest Bathing by Moonlight: Reconnect to Nature

Thursday, March 12, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

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.

Learn more »

Harris Center Classic: “Owl Moon” Owl Prowl

Friday, March 13, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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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April 2020

Art Opening: Craig Altobello

Friday, April 3, 2020,
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, 2020,
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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Conserving Grassland Birds in New England

Thursday, April 16, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Boblink perched on a blade of grass. (photo © Peter Swaine via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join renowned ornithologist Jon Atwood to learn about regional conservation initiatives focused on grassland birds, including the Bobolink Project and the status of Eastern Meadowlarks.

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Art in Wood: A Discussion and Demonstration

Friday, April 17, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A marquetry apple blossom by Craig Altobello

Join marquetry artist Craig Altobello and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an evening at the intersection of art and ecology.

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Chainsaw Safety Workshop

Saturday, April 18, 2020,
9:00 am
to 4:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Geoff Jones, forester and certified chainsaw safety instructor, for a chainsaw safety workshop with a focus on trail work.

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Tree Identification Walk

Sunday, April 19, 2020,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Maple buds. (photo © David Joyce via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Mike Gagnon of the UNH Cooperative Extension for an early spring tree identification walk. We’ll focus on branching, buds, and bark while the leaves are off the trees.

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September 2020

Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Insects of Field & Forest

Tuesday, September 15, 2020,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Harris Center naturalists to explore the diverse and fascinating world of insects! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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October 2020

Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Mushroom Madness

Friday, October 23, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A hand holding an orange mushroom. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wondered about mushrooms? Join Harris Center naturalists to explore the fascinating world of fungi! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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November 2020

Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Squirrels Up Close

Friday, November 20, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A gray squirrel perched on a wooden platform. (photo © Jacob McGinnis via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center naturalists to explore the secret world of squirrels! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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December 2020

Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Everlasting Evergreens

Friday, December 18, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A caterpillar is well camouflaged in the hemlock branches. (photo Brett Amy Thelen).

December is the perfect time to get crazy with conifers! We'll study cones, search for shrubs, and learn to tell a pine from a hemlock. This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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March 2021

March Adventure Days

Friday, March 19,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
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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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March Adventure Days

Wednesday, March 24,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
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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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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.

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May 2021

Circus in the Woods

Sunday, May 9
NOTE: This event is SOLD OUT.
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Jugglers among the trees. Wire walkers in the ferns. Acrobats and contortionists in the meadows. Celebrate spring with the Flying Gravity Circus! Outdoors, family-friendly, and COVID-cautious.

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June 2021

Salamanders Count!

Friday, June 11,
4:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A juvenile red-backed salamander, curled up on a beech leaf. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join us we survey for red-backed salamanders as part of a national study. Try your hand at field science, and help biologists make discoveries about this common, but still mysterious species!

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Fungi Foray with the Morel Quandary Club

Wednesday, June 16,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Hands holding a yellow beech leaf and a small mushroom. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to search local fields and forests for all types of fungus. Our adventures will be no ordinary field trips!

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Tour de SuperSanctuary

Saturday, June 19,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A bike leaning against a tree at the edge of a dirt road. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Russ Cobb and Richard Pendleton for a challenging, but easy-paced 30-mile bike ride around the SuperSanctuary on a combination of pavement, dirt, and gravel roads.

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July 2021

Animal Tales Around the Campfire

Monday, July 12,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group of people tells stories around a campfire. (photo © Ville Miettinen)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for an evening of animal stories from near and far. Gather around the campfire for magical tales from the more-than-human world, including how Bullfrog came to be and how Hummingbird made the stars.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Yoga by the Frog Pond

Wednesday, July 14,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Mer Wyzga strikes a yoga pose on the side of a mountain.

Immerse yourself in the sounds and sensations of a summer evening as we play and explore in a sweet flowing yoga practice on the Harris Center grounds.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Yoga by the Frog Pond

Wednesday, July 21,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Mer Wyzga strikes a yoga pose on the side of a mountain.

Immerse yourself in the sounds and sensations of a summer evening as we play and explore in a sweet flowing yoga practice on the Harris Center grounds.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Yoga by the Frog Pond

Wednesday, July 28,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Mer Wyzga strikes a yoga pose on the side of a mountain.

Immerse yourself in the sounds and sensations of a summer evening as we play and explore in a sweet flowing yoga practice on the Harris Center grounds.

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August 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: Yoga by the Frog Pond

Wednesday, August 4,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Mer Wyzga strikes a yoga pose on the side of a mountain.

Immerse yourself in the sounds and sensations of a summer evening as we play and explore in a sweet flowing yoga practice on the Harris Center grounds.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Yoga by the Frog Pond

Wednesday, August 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Mer Wyzga strikes a yoga pose on the side of a mountain.

Immerse yourself in the sounds and sensations of a summer evening as we play and explore in a sweet flowing yoga practice on the Harris Center grounds.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Yoga by the Frog Pond

Wednesday, August 18,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Mer Wyzga strikes a yoga pose on the side of a mountain.

Immerse yourself in the sounds and sensations of a summer evening as we play and explore in a sweet flowing yoga practice on the Harris Center grounds.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Yoga by the Frog Pond

Wednesday, August 25,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Mer Wyzga strikes a yoga pose on the side of a mountain.

Immerse yourself in the sounds and sensations of a summer evening as we play and explore in a sweet flowing yoga practice on the Harris Center grounds.

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September 2021

All About Jack’s Pond: A History Hike

Saturday, September 11,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Jacks Pond in late summer light. (photo © Eric Aldrich)

Jack's Pond in Hancock is named after a once-enslaved African who gained his freedom and lived nearby in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Join us for a 1.75-mile roundtrip hike, where we'll learn about Jack's life, and how Black history that's been so long in the shadows is now coming to light.

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Homeschool Program: At Home in Nature

Wednesday, September 15,
10:00 am
to 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A girl uses a magnifying glass to look closely at an animal skull. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all animal allies, nature noticers, and outdoor explorers ages 6 through 12! Join Harris Center naturalists John Benjamin and Susie Spikol for four Wednesdays this fall to let your wild side out.

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Homeschool Program: At Home in Nature

Wednesday, September 22,
10:00 am
to 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A girl uses a magnifying glass to look closely at an animal skull. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all animal allies, nature noticers, and outdoor explorers ages 6 through 12! Join Harris Center naturalists John Benjamin and Susie Spikol for four Wednesdays this fall to let your wild side out.

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

Thursday, September 23,
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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Mushroom Meander with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, September 23,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A large orange mushroom, emerging from the forest floor. (photo © John Benjamin)

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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