COVID-19 UPDATE: The Harris Center is canceling or postponing all in-person programs and events through May 4. The Harris Center building will also be closed to visitors until May 4. 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 series.

Upcoming Courses

Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Dynamics

Wednesday, April 8,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Zoom
A diagram depicting tree growth over time, adapted from Oliver 1978.

Join Harris Center Director and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an online course exploring the dramatic and complex changes our forests experience over time.

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Environmental Studies Institute: 50 Years Since Earth Day

Thursday, March 26,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 16, 2020

NOTE: This course has been CANCELED.
RiverMead Auditorium

April 22 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. How is our planet is doing since that landmark 1970 protest? Join a series of experts to explore a different ecosystem each week, including what’s changed in the last five decades, as well as thoughts on the future.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Emerson and Thoreau

Wednesday, May 6,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A man walks through the woods at sunset. (photo © Geoff Livingston via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us to explore Emerson’s classic essay “Nature” and Thoreau’s essay “Walking.” Short, sweet, and full of big ideas, these essays provide a lively introduction to two quintessentially American thinkers.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Wild Herbs and Tinctures with Herbalist Brenna Morris

Saturday, June 6,
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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Environmental Studies Institute: Exploring the Geology of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, May 21,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 11, 2020

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A view of Mount Monadnock's rocky summit. (photo © Nate McBean via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join 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 our region.

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Contact Us

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