Our Home and Facilities

A double rainbow arcs over the Harris Center's distinctive weather vane. (photo: Dottie Cullinane)

The Harris Center headquarters are located in Hancock, New Hampshire, in the heart of our 34,500-acre SuperSanctuary of conserved lands. Along with our staff offices, our facility is also home to our summer and winter campshiking trailheads, pollinator garden, and many public educational programs. It is also periodically available to rent for weddings, conferences, and other events. We welcome your visit — please stop in to say hello, or plan a day of hiking!

Our building is the former family summer home of our founder Eleanor Briggs, who established the Harris Center in 1970. She named the organization after her cat Harris, who she felt “represented a certain wildness, humor, savvy and strong survival instinct, all elements needed for a successful environmental education center.”

The building was renovated in 2003, with a commitment to preserving as much of the original structure as possible, as well as to incorporating environmentally friendly building materials and practices. Visit the Green Building page for more information on the our green renovation and to take a virtual tour of the facility.

The Early Days

Below is the original building as seen at the turn of the century, along with its namesake, Harris the Cat!