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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: “What A Wonderful World” Song Club with Jazimina MacNeil

Wednesday, March 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 Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Zoom
Jazimina McNeil with a monarch butterfly. (photo © Lori Pedrick)

Join mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil to explore a treasure trove of songs written by great artists who drew inspiration from the natural world — from Schubert to Amy Beach to Stevie Wonder. Like a book club, but with songs!

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Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, March 29,
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

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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

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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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Contact Us

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