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: Talking with Birds — Understanding the Language of Nature

Saturday, June 18,
7:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Red-winged Blackbird sings while perched on a cattail. (photo © Matt Knoth via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join master naturalist, teacher, and bird whisperer Dan Gardoqui for a full day of learning how to tune into and understand bird language.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Musical Hiking on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Thursday, June 23,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
NOTE: Unfortunately, this course has been CANCELED.
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Jazimina McNeil with a monarch butterfly. (photo © Lori Pedrick)

Join musician Jazimina MacNeil for a deep dive into the stories and natural inspiration behind the two musical hikes she created for the Hiroshi Loop Trail: The Singing Stream and In Fine Feather. On Thursdays, we’ll meet via Zoom. On Saturdays, we’ll hit the trail!

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Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Language Study Group

Wednesday, July 27,
8:30 am
to 9:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Robin, perched on a branch and sinigng. (photo © TC Davis via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Birds are the messengers of the forest. In this four-week course, you’ll learn how to listen deeply, how to tell what different bird calls mean, and how practicing bird language can give us a deeper understanding of the world around us.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Fantastic Ferns of New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 27,
10:30 am
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group of ferns. (photo © Randi Hausken via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join acclaimed naturalist Lynn Levine for a day of learning all about ferns. We’ll start with an indoor introduction to these incredible plants – which have survived four mass extinctions! – then head outside in search of ferns to observe and identify.

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Environmental Studies Institute: True Nature Yoga

Wednesday, August 3,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Mer Wyzga strikes a yoga pose on the side of a mountain.

Immerse yourself in the sounds, scents, and sensations of five summer evenings as we explore nature within and around us through yoga. Embody bird flight, insect hum, and the rootedness of trees. Variations will be offered to suit beginners and seasoned yogis alike. 

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Contact Us

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