ConVal Educators Lauded at Annual Meeting

Jeannie Connolly (left) — Arts Integration Coordinator for the ConVal School District, and recipient of the 2014 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award — shows off her award with Harris Center Teacher/Naturalist Jenn Sutton.

The Harris Center recognized two extraordinary partners at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 19.

The 2014 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award — honoring former Harris Center Executive Director Laurie Bryan’s achievements in working with community partners — was awarded to Jeannie Connolly, the Arts Integration Coordinator for the ConVal School District. For years, Jeannie has worked with Harris Center naturalists to integrate arts into creative, kid-friendly natural science lessons for elementary school students. From worm boxes to paper mache animals, bird books to water cycle maps, field guides to murals, whatever the science topic, Jeannie can transform it into a work of art.

Carol Young, biology teacher and head of the science department at ConVal High School, was named as the Harris Center’s 2014 Educator of the Year. Carol has a long relationship with the Harris Center, and she most recently led the campaign to link every 9th and 10th grade ConVal science class to Harris Center-led studies of the local landscape. She is an insightful, strong teacher who creates lab and field experiences that encourage student curiosity, and we are proud to work with her as she skillfully guides students toward scientific literacy. Carol, we salute you!

Addition to the Fall Calendar: Track and Sign Workshop on October 25

Examining wildlife sign — in this case, claw marks left behind on a beech tree after a black bear fattened up on beech nuts.

Learn to follow wildlife using track and sign with renowned wildlife tracker George Leoniak! This workshop — offered by the Harris Center and Antioch University New England — is open to amateur trackers, students, and professionals seeking to improve their tracking skills. It is not necessary to know anything about wildlife tracking to participate, but participants who successfully complete the Level 1 Track & Sign certification evaluation process will receive a Level 1 certificate from CyberTracker Conservation, a globally recognized nonprofit organization which has established an international standard for wildlife tracking skills.

Saturday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Harris Center. Cost: $130. This workshop will run rain or shine. Bring water and a bag lunch, and be prepared for a full day of walking outdoors in potentially rough terrain.

Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Peg Smeltz at msmeltz@antioch.edu.

Annual Meeting on October 19

Susie Spikol Faber will share stories from her 20 years as a Harris Center naturalist at the Annual Meeting on October 19.Please join us for our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Harris Center. This year’s gathering will include a brief business meeting, an overview of the year’s highlights, special recognitions, and stories from our very own Susie Spikol Faber (pictured, behind the binoculars) — celebrating twenty years as a Harris Center naturalist! Refreshments and socializing to follow.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by October 13 to jacobs@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.