Coming Soon: Salamanders!

photo of a spotted salamander in someone's hand

A spotted salamander is carried to safety by a Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteer.
(photo: Laura Heady)

As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of amphibians make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Each spring, we train volunteers to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades at amphibian road crossings throughout the Monadnock Region. These heroic volunteers count migrating amphibians and safely usher the animals across roads during one or more “Big Nights.”

To join the ranks − or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration − join us for a volunteer training on March 16, March 24, or April 2.

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Winter Adventures Await!

There are still a few spots open in Winter Adventures — the Harris Center’s three-day winter vacation camp, filled with snowshoeing, fort building, animal tracking, nature crafts, games, and more. Winter Adventures will take place from Monday, February 27 through Wednesday, March 1 (snow date: March 2), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harris Center.

For more information or to register, visit our Camp webpage or contact Sara LeFebvre at or (603) 525-3394.

“Women Who Care” Support “Lab Girls”

Lab Girls, a new Harris Center afterschool program to help middle school girls stay in love with science, just became a reality thanks to a $9,700 donation from 100+ Women Who Care: Peterborough, a local women’s giving circle.

Currently, only 25% of those working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields in New Hampshire are women. Lab Girls hopes to buck this trend by engaging middle school girls in real-world science experiences and helping them develop confidence in 21st century STEM skills. With guidance from the Harris Center’s skilled teaching staff, girls at both Great Brook and South Meadow Schools will gain hands-on experience investigating their own scientific inquiries and spend time learning from local women scientists. Lab Girls will kick off this spring at Great Brook School, and expand to South Meadow School in the fall.

THANK YOU to 100+ Women Who Care: Peterborough for believing in the power of girls in science!