Hands-on Learning, Rooted in Nature
Every year, Harris Center teacher-naturalists take more than 3,000 students in 30 Monadnock Region schools outside the classroom and into their communities. Students in Harris Center programs study local cultural and natural history; develop skills as scientists and historians; and connect with the natural world. Our teaching aligns with Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the New Hampshire Environmental Literacy Plan.
Harris Center naturalist Polly Pattison searches for wildlife tracks in the snow with elementary school students. (photo © Harris Center for Conservation Education)
A young birder studies bird silhouettes on a hawkwatching outing with Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol Faber. (photo © Ben Conant)
A middle school student measures the height of an American chestnut seedling. (photo © Laurel Swope)
A middle school student looks through a refractometer. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)
A 4th grader shows off bobcat tracks that he found behind his school. (photo © Jaime Hutchinson)
8th graders sort and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates with Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol Faber. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)
Preschoolers crowd around a butterfly net with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Cathy Carabello)
For more information on the Harris Center’s school-based environmental education programming, please contact Janet Altobello at (603) 525-3394 or by email.