Winter Adventures Await!

There are still a few spots open in Winter Adventures — the Harris Center’s three-day winter vacation camp, filled with snowshoeing, fort building, animal tracking, nature crafts, games, and more. Winter Adventures will take place from Monday, February 27 through Wednesday, March 1 (snow date: March 2), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harris Center.

For more information or to register, visit our Camp webpage or contact Sara LeFebvre at lefebvre@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.

“Women Who Care” Support “Lab Girls”

Lab Girls, a new Harris Center afterschool program to help middle school girls stay in love with science, just became a reality thanks to a $9,700 donation from 100+ Women Who Care: Peterborough, a local women’s giving circle.

Currently, only 25% of those working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields in New Hampshire are women. Lab Girls hopes to buck this trend by engaging middle school girls in real-world science experiences and helping them develop confidence in 21st century STEM skills. With guidance from the Harris Center’s skilled teaching staff, girls at both Great Brook and South Meadow Schools will gain hands-on experience investigating their own scientific inquiries and spend time learning from local women scientists. Lab Girls will kick off this spring at Great Brook School, and expand to South Meadow School in the fall.

THANK YOU to 100+ Women Who Care: Peterborough for believing in the power of girls in science!

Protecting the Final Stretch of Robb Reservoir Shoreline

For more pictures of Robb Reservoir — including a map of the new conservation lands — visit us on Flickr.

In the 1990s, an 82-lot housing development was planned for the banks of Robb Reservoir in Stoddard – an area filled with a tremendous variety of high-quality wildlife habitat. Thankfully, incredible community support and an extraordinary collaboration of conservation organizations and public agencies ensured that the development was never built. Instead, 1,670 acres surrounding Robb Reservoir and the North Branch of the Contoocook River were protected by the Harris Center and our partners in 2008.

Now, we’re delighted to announce that the Harris Center has signed an agreement to purchase two parcels that fill critical holes in the original Robb Reservoir conservation project: (1) a 17-acre lot that includes the only remaining unprotected segment of Robb Reservoir shoreline; and (2) 71 acres along the winding banks of the North Branch as it flows from the Robb Reservoir dam.

To complete the purchase, the Harris Center needs to raise an additional $75,000 by mid-February. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of this important land protection project, please contact Jeremy Wilson at wilson@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.