Harris Center

Dedication knows no bounds

The Harris Center for Conservation Education is tremendously fortunate to have many generous and enduring volunteers, who work on a huge variety of tasks: trail maintenance, easement monitoring, mailings, photography, citizen science projects, outings, board support and oversight, and much more. Choosing between so many volunteers is difficult; however, this year we want to pay tribute to the multifaceted contributions of Hancock’s Hunt Dowse.

In 1996, Hunt began the first of three consecutive terms on the Harris Center’s volunteer Board of Trustees. During this board tenure, Hunt served as chair, overseeing a capital campaign, building transformation and major staff restructuring. He has led or served on every conceivable committee in the organization, even after his first three board terms were complete. To the delight of all, Hunt rejoined the board last summer for a fourth term.

Hunt always seems to find time for building repair and creative problem solving. His elegant umbrella shade solution for darkening the Babbitt Room during presentations saved us thousands of dollars and continues to entertain visitors. Hunt is also one of our volunteer easement monitors. These intrepid volunteers explore Harris Center-conserved lands each year to ensure that they are well-stewarded. As if all these activities were not enough, just yesterday, Hunt and his wife, Sara, led a crew of volunteers for our annual spring cleaning of the Harris Center gardens and grounds.

Thanks to Hunt and our other tireless volunteers, the Harris Center can continue to promote greater understanding and respect for the natural world through diverse conservation education programs and land protection. We can’t thank our volunteers enough for their vital contributions to this organization and the region!

If you are interested in volunteering at the Harris Center, contact the director, Jeremy Wilson, at wilson@harriscenter.org.

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