THINK SPRING with Vernal Pools!

Wood frog egg mass in a Keene vernal pool (photo: Brett Amy Thelen)Every spring, small depressions in the northern forest floor come alive, filling with rain, melting snow, and, eventually, salamander and frog eggs. By summer’s end, many of these vernal pools will have dried out, revealing little trace of the life they contained in April.

Learn more about the exquisite, ephemeral world of vernal pools by participating in a citizen science project, hike, or workshop with the Harris Center this spring!  For more details on these exciting opportunities to THINK SPRING, please see our calendar of events or read on.  Read more…

Spring Yard Work Day RE-SCHEDULED for April 17

Sprucing up the Harris Center grounds Spring Cleaning the Harris Center Grounds — originally scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, April 15 — has been POSTPONED to Thursday, April 17, due to the pending rain.

Stay dry on Tuesday! Then, on Thursday, join Hunt and Sara Dowse for a sunny morning of yard work around the Harris Center. Bring gloves, and tools for weeding, brush cutting, pruning, and raking (or use the Harris Center’s tools).  All ages and abilities are welcome. 9 a.m. to noon at the Harris Center.

For more information, please contact Hunt at (603) 525-4069.

Fruit Tree Know-How with Roger Swain on April 12

one of the Harris Center's old apple trees, in spring bloom (photo: Brett Amy Thelen)Learn the ins and outs of pruning fruit trees from Roger Swain – gardener, author, and former host of PBS’s Victory Garden — this Saturday, April 12. We’ll spend time with the Harris Center’s old apple trees, learning how to revive their health and appearance through pruning. Then we’ll travel a short distance to Old Tavern Orchard in Hancock to learn the art of bending and shaping young fruit trees, from peaches to apples, for a lifetime of productivity. Meet at the Harris Center at 10 a.m. Ends at Old Tavern Orchard at noon. Come prepared to be outside for the whole time.

For more information, please contact Susie Spikol Faber at spikol@harriscenter.org.