COVID-19 UPDATE: The Harris Center has canceled or postponed all in-person programs and events through at least June 15. The Harris Center building will also be closed to visitors until June 15. Our trails and grounds remain open.
Where We Work
Harris Center teacher-naturalists work in the following school districts every year:
- Contoocook Valley (ConVal) School District
- Jaffrey-Rindge School District
- Keene School District
- Towns of Chesterfield, Harrisville, Marlborough, Nelson, and Stoddard
We also offer educational field experiences – including field trips to the Harris Center – for other Monadnock Region schools.
A Continuum of Learning at ConVal
For almost 50 years, the Harris Center has worked with the ConVal School District to help students, teachers, and families learn about the natural world. From preschool through high school, Harris Center naturalists collaborate with classroom teachers to create curricula that link each grade’s Next Generation Science Standards to hands-on learning experiences. A central feature of all our school progams is the use of local forests, fields, farms, lakes, streams, parks, and trails as living laboratories for student discovery.
A high school student studies fox scat at the Harris Center in preparation for an Envirothon meet. (photo © Margaret Baker)
Hancock Elementary School students look for bluebirds in the meadow near their school. (photo © Susie Spikol Faber)
A middle school team shows off their winning solar-powered model car at the Solar Sprint, which is coordinated annually by the Harris Center. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)
For more information on the Harris Center’s school-based environmental education programming, please contact Janet Altobello at (603) 525-3394 or by email.