A group of Road Scholars go for a snowshoe hike with Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol Faber. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Community Programs

Discover nearby nature.

A Lifetime of Learning

From family rambles to afterschool science to in-depth natural history courses for adults, the Harris Center's community programs connect people of all ages to the beauty and mystery of the natural world.

Susie Spikol leads a group in search of porcupine sign. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Environmental Studies Institute

Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) courses offer adult learners the chance to dig deeply into the Monadnock Region’s natural history, spend time in the field with knowledgeable naturalists, and engage in meaningful discussion.

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Young children explore the forest floor during a Harris Center outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Family Programs

Explore the wilds of the Monadnock Region with the Harris Center! Full moon rambles, owl prowls, sing-a-longs, storytelling – our family programs are specially tailored to spark the curiosity of young naturalists.

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Two middle school girls conduct a lab experiment. (photo © Susie Spikol)

Afterschool Programs

Our afterschool programs foster fun and learning beyond the school day. With guidance from skilled Harris Center naturalists, students hike, garden, learn wilderness survival skills, and more.

In the Monadnock Region, middle school Lab Girls work closely with high school student mentors, Harris Center teachers, and professional scientists to explore science and engineering.

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A young girl looks through binoculars. (photo © Eric Begin)

Homeschool Programs

Harris Center homeschool programs are designed to promote ecological literacy, teach key concepts in both the natural and social sciences, and foster a connection to place. If you are part of a homeschool group, we’d love to work with you to develop a hands-on, nature-based education program tailored to your needs.

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A group of summer campers mugs for the camera in the fort they built. (photo © Jaime Hutchinson)


When school’s out for summer (or February break), it’s time for camp! Harris Center camps offer fun, nature-inspired outdoor adventures for kids in pre-school through 8th grade.

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A Birdathon team searches for birds at the edge of a wetland near Robb Reservoir. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Calendar of Events

The Harris Center offers a fantastic diversity of nature-inspired events for the general public – more than 100 each year. Join us for films, lectures, birding, tracking, stargazing, and more. Explore the Monadnock Region alongside seasoned trip leaders by foot, snowshoe, ski, bicycle, or canoe. The natural world awaits!

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Contact Us

For more information on any of the Harris Center’s community programs, please contact Susie Spikol at (603) 525-3394 or by email.