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. The Environmental Studies Institute is currently on summer break. See below for a sampling of our most recent offerings, and check back in late summer for our fall listings!

Recent Courses

Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing)

Friday, June 1,
10:00 am
to 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Friday, repeating until Friday, June 15, 2018

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A forest gleams in rays of sunlight. (photo © Martin Gommel)

Shinrin-yoku, also known as Forest Bathing, is gaining popularity in the US after being practiced in Japan for decades. Through yoga poses, deep breathing, and quiet sensory observations, our revitalizing Shinrin-yoku mornings will help you catch your breath, slow down, and find solace in nature.

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Railroads and Rail Trails of Hancock and Harrisville

Friday, June 8,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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One event on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 1:00pm

A 19th-century photo of a locomotive. (photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Cheshire County)

This three-week Environmental Studies Institute course explores our local railroad history. On June 8, Alan Rumrill will give an illustrated talk on the railroad’s influential role in the Monadnock Region. On June 15 and 22, we’ll carpool to various sites to see the remnants of this history firsthand and to explore the new ways these old byways are now being enjoyed.

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Spiders of New England

Friday, June 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
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One event on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 9:00am

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A spider web glows in golden sun. (photo © Ken Lane)

Join Keene State College professor of biology and spider researcher Dr. Karen Cangialosi for a two-day Environmental Studies Institute course on New England spiders. On Friday night, Karen will present an indoor overview of our local spider species. On Saturday, we’ll dig deeper, with ample field exploration.

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Contact Us

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