Educators Honored at 2017 Annual Meeting

a photo of Jaime Hutchinson (left) and Jay Hale (right)

Jay Hale of First Friends Preschools received the 2017 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award for her efforts to bring nature-based programming to all four First Friends Preschools in the ConVal district. Here, she is pictured (right) with Harris Center naturalist Jaime Hutchinson (left), who presented the award at the Harris Center’s 2017 Annual Meeting on October 22.

The Harris Center recognized several extraordinary partners at our 47th Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 22.

Lori Groleau, a sixth grade social studies teacher at South Meadow School, was named the Harris Center’s 2017 Educator of the Year. Lori is an exemplary and inspiring collaborating teacher, with a unique ability to envision new possibilities, a willingness to dive into unknown territory, tireless dedication above and beyond the classroom, and an infectious curiosity and enthusiasm. Lori has been working with the Harris Center for 16 years. Most recently, she worked with John Benjamin from the Harris Center and Matthew Roy from Otter Book Farm to renovate the South Meadow School greenhouse and gardens as part of a unit on sustainable food systems, plant growth, and scientific inquiry.

The 2017 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award — honoring former Harris Center Executive Director Laurie Bryan’s achievements in working with community partners — was awarded to the Jay Hale of First Friends Preschool for her efforts to bring the Harris Center’s nature-based education programs to all the First Friends Preschools in the ConVal School District. Read more…

Help Us Protect a Scenic Gateway to Hancock

a map showing the boundaries of a 15-acre parcel on Route 123 in Hancock, NH

We’ve been given just three weeks to raise $25K in order to protect a special parcel of land on Forest Road (Route 123) in Hancock. With 1,550 feet of road frontage, this 15-acre property serves as a scenic gateway to Hancock Village. The land slopes steeply down from Route 123 to Old Hancock Road and the town’s Valley Farm conservation easement, and serves as a valuable wildlife corridor.

Protecting this property will preserve the forested approach to town on Route 123, as well as views from Old Hancock Road, which is a popular walking route. See photos here, and detailed maps here and here.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of this land protection project, please contact Jeremy Wilson at or (603) 525-3394.

Announcing “Pop-Up” Events

a photo of people looking through binoculars (photo credit: Dave Hoitt)We plan our calendar of events months in advance, but every so often, weather conditions and wildlife align just so, with only a few days’ notice that something special is about to happen. (Think: thousands of hawks migrating through the Monadnock Region ahead of a cold front.)

Enter the Harris Center “pop-up” outing: once-in-a-while events designed to take advantage of outstanding, albeit last-minute, opportunities to experience the great outdoors.

If you’d like to be notified of these impromptu events, sign up for our new “pop-up” email list here.