Help Conserve Camp Chenoa’s Wildlands!

Beaver Pond at Camp Chenoa (photo: Stephen Froling)When Camp Chenoa Girl Scout Camp on Gregg Lake in Antrim was put up for sale a year ago, the Harris Center offered to purchase the 184-acre undeveloped parcel if a potential buyer for the camp was interested only in the lakefront parcel with extensive camp facilities. In June, to our great pleasure, that scenario came to be, and the Harris Center contracted to buy the undeveloped forestland.

Direct neighbor to New Hampshire Audubon’s Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, the property also contains 1,450 feet of frontage on Brimstone Corner Road. A 34-acre beaver pond and associated wetlands help protect the quality of water flowing into Gregg Lake. They also provide wildlife habitat ranked as Tier I (the highest) in New Hampshire’s Wildlife Action Plan. Existing trails to the pond and dramatic views of the Antrim Highlands will be open to the public.

Our challenge is to raise funds to meet the purchase price of $200,000 by the September 26 deadline. No small task! We are actively fundraising, but success will depend on the energy and assistance of many participants. To learn more, to join the effort, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Jeremy Wilson at wilson@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.

“Watermark” Film Showing on September 11

Shot in stunning high-definition, this award-winning documentary film presents twenty stories from around the globe that explore the questions: how does water shape us, and how do we shape water? In Watermark, we are immersed in a magnificent force of nature.

Christine Destrempes – founding director of Art for Water, a nonprofit organization that draws attention to global water crises through participatory art – will introduce this must-see film. Thursday, September 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Putnam Theater at Keene State College. Free and open to all.

For more information, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at thelen@harriscenter.org. Cosponsored by the Harris Center, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the Keene State College Film Society.

New Trail Maps Available

The Nelson Trail Committee recently established (and now manages) an improved route to Kulish Ledges, and we’re excited to unveil a trail map for this gorgeous new trail!

The map is available for download – along with updated versions of our maps for the East Side and West Side (Skatutakee and Thumb Mountains) trail systems – on our Trails page. You can also pick up hard copies of any of our trail maps in the Harris Center entryway. Safe trekking and enjoy!