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Fall Hawk Watch Tune-Up

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join Francie Von Mertens for a review of basic raptor ID tips at the beginning of the fall hawk watch season. Whether you watch with others at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory or from your own backyard, tune-up to better tune-in to one of the wonders of the natural world!

Raptor Ready with New Hampshire Audubon

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Get ready for the greatest show above earth -- the fall hawk migration! Learn what to look for and where to look for it, then experience a close encounter with one of NH Audubon’s live raptors.

Raptor Volunteer Educator Training

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Calling all hawk fans – we’re in need of volunteer educators to help out at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory this fall! In this volunteer training, we'll teach you the tricks of the trade, so you’ll be well prepared for sharing your love of hawks with kids who are hawkwatching for the first time.

Nocturnal Nature: Perseids Meteor Shower and Greek Star Tales

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join naturalist, writer, and classics scholar Henry Walters for a late-night stargazing adventure at the Harris Center. We’ll look at summer constellations, hear some of the mythology surrounding these stellar characters, and scan the night sky for shooting stars...

Babies in Backpacks and Families in Tow

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol Faber for a pint-sized hike and exploration of summer’s beauty, specially designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

Bird Banding Demonstration

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH
***POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, JULY 29 due to rain***

Dig into the science of songbirds during this bird banding demonstration. You’ll learn how biologists use delicate nets and lightweight metal bands to monitor migratory bird populations, and enjoy up-close looks at some of the songbirds that nest in our neck of the woods.

State of the Loon

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Have you ever wondered what loons are saying with those eerie calls in the night, or why loon chicks ride on their parents’ backs? Join biologist Harry Vogel for an illustrated lecture on the natural history of loons in New Hampshire.

Tick Talk

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join us for an afternoon talk on ticks and the impact of tick-borne diseases in New Hampshire, including best practices for preventing tick bites and transmission of tick-borne diseases. Come get informed!

Bicycling the SuperSanctuary in Hancock and Harrisville

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join Russ Cobb for a challenging, but easy-paced 22-mile bike ride around Hancock and Harrisville. The route includes dirt, gravel, and Class VI roads, so a gravel, mountain, or fat tire bike is recommended.

Nocturnal Nature: Moths by Moonlight

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join us for this very special glimpse into the world of New England’s nocturnal insects, led by knowledgeable naturalists from The Caterpillar Lab.

Landscaping at the Water’s Edge

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join Cathy Neal and Jason Aube for an introduction to landscaping on shorefront properties. You’ll learn best practices for enhancing your yard while also protecting water quality in our lakes, streams, and rivers.

Summer Solstice Concert with Steve Schuch

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join us for a free concert in celebration of the summer solstice! Performer Steve Schuch fuses Celtic/Folk roots with a storyteller’s heart and humor. Haunting violin and loon calls, tales of mud season and black flies in all their glory, irrepressible singing and audience harmonies are all part of his wide-ranging repertoire.

Spiders of New England

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join Dr. Karen Cangialosi, spider researcher and professor of biology at Keene State College, for an introduction to New England spiders. You’ll leave this evening with a new understanding of, and appreciation for, the valuable role spiders play in our local ecosystems.

Spiders of New England

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Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

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.

Hiking Through Grief

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Hiking in the healing presence of nature provides a unique and meaningful way to work through grief. This group offers a way to connect with others in a safe, supportive setting, and is open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, life transitions, or environmental loss.

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

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Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join naturalist Susie Spikol Faber for gentle morning hikes around the Harris Center grounds and trails with your babies and toddlers. As we walk, we’ll look for signs of the season and share ideas for getting outside with young children all year long.

An Introduction to the Hancock Bobcat Den Project

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Using trail cameras and tracking, Dallas Huggins and Eric Aldrich have spent the last few years following in the footsteps of local bobcats. In this enlightening talk, they'll share some of their discoveries, along with bobcat images, video, and audio recorded right here in the SuperSanctuary.

Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing)

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Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

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.

Tales from the Home of the World’s Worst Weather

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

The Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) has been operating a continuously-staffed scientific outpost on 6,288-foot Mount Washington since 1932, providing many remarkable stories and an intimate knowledge of the mountain. Join MWO’s Will Broussard for a glimpse into the unique life and work of the weather observers stationed at the summit.

Get Fit Hike Up Thumb Mountain

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH
NOTICE: This hike has been canceled due to the rainy forecast.

Join local health coach Sonya LeClair for a fitness-paced, 2.5-mile roundtrip hike up Thumb Mountain. Plan for a fun cardiovascular challenge with periods of rest and fabulous views of Mount Monadnock and the Wapack Range.

Hiking Through Grief

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Hiking in the healing presence of nature provides a unique and meaningful way to work through grief. This group offers a way to connect with others in a safe, supportive setting, and is open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, life transitions, or environmental loss.

Girl Scout Program: Exploring Nature in Spring

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scout troops: have fun exploring nature with the Harris Center as spring returns to New Hampshire!

Field Notes in Verse

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Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

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.

Spring Wilderness Survival Skills for Middle Schoolers

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join Eagle Scout and Harris Center naturalist Michael Hightower for a day of spring wilderness survival skills, including fire making, shelter building, water gathering, and foraging for wild edibles.

Vernal Pool Project Volunteer Training

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

In efforts to protect these sensitive ecosystems, we’re once again training volunteers to identify and document vernal pools in the Monadnock Region.

Conservation Easement Monitoring Training

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Every year, the Harris Center must make monitoring visits to all of our 100+ conservation easements. You can help us fulfill this critical part of our mission -- all while exploring the great outdoors --- by becoming a volunteer easement monitor. Join Eric Masterson for a workshop to learn more.

Babies in Backpacks and Families in Tow

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

Join naturalist Susie Spikol Faber for gentle morning hikes around the Harris Center grounds and trails with your babies and toddlers. As we walk, we’ll look for signs of the season and share ideas for getting outside with young children all year long.

Salamander Crossing Brigade Volunteer Training

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of salamanders, frogs, and toads make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Every year, we train citizen...

Forest Bathing – Reconnect to Nature

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

You won’t need a towel for this bath! 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 Forest Bathing mornings will help you...

First Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Harris Center for Conservation Education 83 Kings Hwy, Hancock, NH

The Norway Pond Commission will present the 1st Annual Norway Pond Symposium at the Harris Center on March 10. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. This event is open to the public, and there is no fee to attend. The schedule...