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Harris Center honored by Antioch

The Harris Center for Conservation Education, based in Hancock, received the Presidents’ Community Partner Award from Antioch University New England

The award is given to a nonprofit organization that has improved the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and is engaged in sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a college or university.

The Harris Center for Conservation Education and AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies have long been partners in promoting understanding and respect for the region’s natural environment through educational programs and land stewardship. The center has made its facilities available to AUNE classes and has provided internships for hundreds of AUNE students who, in turn, contributed to the center’s programs. AUNE student projects include designing and delivering educational programs and field research on Harris Center properties.

The Harris Center is also a land trust that has demonstrated how communities can work together to create a super-sanctuary, which now comprises 33,000 acres of abutting properties in the Monadnock region.

The award will be presented at the Campus Compact for New Hampshire’s (CCNH) annual Presidents’ Awards luncheon on April 10. CCNH is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners who are united in their commitment to the civic purposes of higher education.

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