Family Programs

Fun for Kids...and Parents Too!

Hike, ramble, track, sing, play, learn, and explore with the Harris Center.

Upcoming Programs

Sunset and Full Moon Ramble for Families

Sunday, February 5,
4:30 pm
to 5:30 pm
Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Harris Center naturalist Janet Altobello to enjoy the beautiful light of the Sun setting and Moon rising from the open, rolling fields of Peterborough’s Lower Cranberry Meadow Pond and Wheeler Trails.

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Winter Wander at the Friedsam Town Forest

Saturday, February 11,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Friedsam Town Forest
Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin leads 4th graders on a snowshoeing outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center naturalists Karen Rent and Jenna Spear to search for animal tracks and sign in the wintry woods, and to learn about the many adaptations New Hampshire animals have for surviving the cold. Perfect for families with elementary-aged children!

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Hancock

Tuesday, February 21,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A toddler walks like a deer on a snowy morning in the woods. (photo © Bill Gnade)

Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol and parent educators from The River Center for a gentle ramble in search of winter’s wild things. A perfect hike for little legs – and a great chance to chat about parenting questions as we walk! 

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Saturday, February 25,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Ashuelot River Park
A line of children and their parents practice "walking like a wolf" through the snow during a Harris Center tracking program. (photo © Bill Gnade)

Join Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin for a pint-sized adventure in the wilds of Keene. Come search for birds, look for animal tracks in the snow, and spend time with other families. A perfect ramble for little legs!

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February Vacation Camp

Monday, February 27,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists for three active days in the great outdoors! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as we explore our favorite trails, giant boulders, and secret dens.

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Sunset and Full Moon Ramble for Families

Tuesday, March 7,
5:15 pm
to 6:15 pm
Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail
A full moon rising over the silhouette of a bare-branched tree. (photo © Rachel Kramer via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center naturalist Janet Altobello to enjoy the light of the Sun setting and the Moon rising from the open, rolling fields of Peterborough’s Lower Cranberry Meadow Pond and Wheeler Trails.

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Shattuck Winter Wander

Saturday, March 11,
3:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Shattuck Golf Course
Harris Center naturalist Jaime Hutchinson leads a winter tracking expedition on the Harris Center grounds. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center naturalists Jaime Hutchinson and Karen Rent for an afternoon wander along the wild edges of The Shattuck Golf Course in search of winter birds, animal tracks, and more.

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Owl Prowl at Beech Hill

Thursday, March 16,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Beech Hill
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Join Harris Center naturalists and owl lovers Phil Brown and Susie Spikol as we hoot it up in search of owls in the wild woods of Dublin. Adventure awaits on silent wings…

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Spring Warm-Up Hike

Saturday, March 18,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Beech Hill
A middle school boy stands in the woods, looking up at a tree in wonder. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come along with Harris Center naturalists as we listen to streams swelling, find buds sprouting, and use our senses to search for the first signs of spring.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Hancock

Tuesday, March 21,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Juggernaut Pond
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol and parent educators from The Grapevine for a gentle ramble in search of early spring’s wild things. A perfect hike for little legs – and a great chance to chat about parenting questions as we walk!

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Kids Count for Wildlife: Squirrel Survey

Friday, March 24,
3:30 pm
to 4:30 pm
Hancock Elementary School
A gray squirrel perched in a tree with an acorn in its mouth. (photo © Robert Thiemann via Unsplash)

Calling all wildlife lovers ages 9 through 18! Try your hand at field research and develop your naturalist skills by joining Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for an afternoon of squirrel searching as part of Project Squirrel.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow at Distant Hill Gardens

Saturday, March 25,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Distant Hill Gardens
A mother and her baby smile on a Harris Center outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Come search for birds, look for animal tracks, and spend time with other families interested in being outside. A perfect ramble for little legs!

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Contact Us

For more information on Harris Center family programs, please contact Susie Spikol at (603) 525-3394 or by email.