COVID-19: The Harris Center building is open by appointment only. Masks are required. For more information or to make an appointment, call us at (603) 525-3394. Our trails and grounds remain open.

Environmental Studies Institute

Short Courses for Adult Learners

Dig deeper into the natural and cultural history of the Monadnock Region with the Harris Center’s ESI courses.

Upcoming Courses

Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, April 19,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 19, 2021

Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Every spring, millions of birds pass through the Monadnock Region on their northward migration. Join expert birder Steven Lamonde for this weekly series of socially-distant birding walks, where we’ll discuss and observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, April 20,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 3,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 24, 2021

Zoom
Bird Diva Bridget Butler practicing "Slow Birding" (photo © Bridget Butler)

This four-week course is designed to help you fine-tune your innate birding skills while creating a deeper connection to birds, the place you live, and yourself. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

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Environmental Studies Institute: Foraged Cocktails

Monday, May 3,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Monday, July 5, 2021

Zoom
Becca Paine, Machina Arts mixologist

Join Machina Kitchen and ArtBar mixologist and master bartender Becca Paine for three evenings focused on foraging, harvesting, creating, mixing, and making wild cocktails. Learn how to sustainably forage local plants and turn them into refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic sips!

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Contact Us

For more information on our ESI offerings, please contact Susie Spikol at (603) 525-3394 or by email.