The Harris Center’s upcoming activities

There are several events planned by the Harris Center for Jan. 17 through Jan. 19.

On Jan. 17, from 7 to 8 p.m., naturalist Susie Spikol Faber will lead a nighttime snowshoe hike, a program for families with middle to upper elementary school-aged children in mind. A fire will be built with marshmallows provided for roasting, and the end of Jack London’s winter tale “To Build a Fire” will be read by the fire. Dress for the weather, and bring snowshoes, a headlamp, and (optional) thermos of something warm to drink. Snowshoes will be available to borrow. Call 525-3394 to reserve.

The Young Birders Club will head out on a Trek for Tracks on Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Henry Walters will lead a hike up Goodhue Hill, part of N.H. Audubon’s Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, looking for the tracks of bobcat, deer, fox, moose, otters, squirrels, and porcupines. Grouse, woodpeckers, hawks, and finches are possible bird sightings. The group will return to the Audubon cabin just after noon for lunch (bring your own) and hot chocolate (provided). This Young Birders Club event is open to all ages. Meet at the Sanctuary parking lot at the end of Willard Pond Road in Hancock. For more information, contact Walters at 525-3572.

On Jan. 19, Russ Daigle and Brian Bishoff will lead a moderately strenuous hike on a five-mile loop up and over Mounts Skatutakee and Thumb, with views from both summits. Bring water and lunch and, if the snow warrants it, snowshoes. Meet at the Harris Center at 10 a.m. The group will return by 3 p.m. For more information, call Russ at 477-7506 or Brian at 899-5770.

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