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

New Hampshire’s Birds of Prey

Thursday, April 19,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 24, 2018

RiverMead Auditorium
Barred Owl. (photo © Vivienne Strauss)

From eagles to owls, falcons to hawks, learn about New Hampshire’s birds of prey in this seven-week Environmental Studies Institute course! We’ll hear from a different expert each week, ending the series with a live owl presentation.

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Field Notes in Verse

Wednesday, April 25,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Henry Walters, holding his hawk. (photo © Madeleine Bruce)

Bring your naturalist’s eye for detail to this four-week poetry course with Henry Walters, in which the act of writing becomes itself a form of observation.

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Birding by Ear

Thursday, April 26,
8:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 24, 2018

local field sites

Join expert birder and naturalist Phil Brown as we take to the SuperSanctuary in search of birds. During this five-week Environmental Studies Institute course, we’ll observe fascinating bird behaviors and study the vocalizations of many species in depth.

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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

Harris Center for Conservation Education
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

Harris Center for Conservation Education
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.