Eric Masterson releases a broad-winged hawk (photo © Meade Cadot)

Harris Center Programs

Immerse yourself in the natural world.

Outdoor Experiences for All Ages & Interests

Whether you’re a teacher looking to get your students outside, a hiker in search of a new adventure, a parent looking for family-friendly fun, or simply someone who wants to dig deeper into local natural history, the Harris Center can help you connect to the natural world.

An elementary school student investigates animal tracks with Harris Center teacher-naturalist Janet Altobello. (photo © Ben Conant)

School Programs

Every year, more than 3,000 students in 30 Monadnock Region schools embark on learning expeditions with Harris Center teacher-naturalists. From inventorying neighborhood birds to looking for mammal tracks in winter snow or investigating vernal pools, we help children develop and deepen their connection with nearby nature.

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A preschooler peers closely at a grasshopper. (photo © Cathy Carabello)

Community Programs

The Harris Center’s community programs help curious learners of all ages dig deeper into the natural world – from babies in backpacks to retirement communities, and all points in between.

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A happy Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteer holds a spotted salamander on Big Night (photo © Cheryl Martin)

Community Science

The Harris Center’s community science projects unite people and science, with conservation in mind. Our volunteers count migrating amphibians, sleuth out the locations of vernal pools, monitor endangered birds, and more.

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Harris Center summer campers on a woodland hike. (photo © Caitlin Houlihan)


The Harris Center has been providing kids with hands-on, adventuresome experiences in the natural world for more than 40 years. Our summer camps offer fun outdoor explorations for kids in pre-school through 8th grade, and there are lots of great adventures to be had in winter too!

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A group of hikers enjoy a fall outing. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Calendar of Events

From slideshows to snowshoeing, hiking to hawk watching, the Harris Center offers a tremendous diversity of nature-inspired events for the general public – more than 100 outings and programs a year, nearly all of which are free of charge.

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