Registration is Now Open for Winter ESI Courses.

Winter, with its quiet beauty, is the perfect time for nature study. Winter Environmental Studies Institute courses start in January!

Winter Tree & Shrub Identification.  Here’s a chance to get outside and look closely at trees when the leaves are gone!  We’ll learn to identify the major tree and shrub species of New England by looking at their twigs, buds, whole tree shape, and habitat, as well as their bark.  Instructor Cynthia Nichols will lead both in-class discussion and field trips, so you’ll have plenty of time to practice your new skills in different habitat types.  We’ll hike or snowshoe, depending on what the winter brings.  Class meets on Thursdays, January 31 and February 7, 14 & 21 from 10 a.m. — noon at the Harris Center and various field sites.   Cost: $40/Harris Center members; $60/non-members.

Stories in the Snow.  Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol Faber and Squam Lake Science Center docent Dan Kemp for a winter exploration of tracks, sign, natural history, literature, and lore of New Hampshire’s mammals.  Through lecture, field trips, readings, and the Harris Center’s mammal collection (mounts, skulls, pelts, and scat), this course will put you in the footsteps of the wild mammals that bound and leap through our winter landscape.  Field trips will be relatively short and easy rambles through the local fields, forests, and wetlands of the Harris Center’s Supersanctuary.  Class meets on Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 10 a.m. — noon at the Harris Center and various field sites. Cost: $40/Harris Center members; $60/non-members.

For more detailed descriptions of either of these courses, visit our ESI webpage.  To register, contact Sara at (603) 525-3394 or