Harris Center summer events start Sunday
On Sunday, join Ryan Owens and Denny Wheeler for a moderately strenuous hike of about three miles on Hewes Hill in Swanzey, following the Tipping Rock Trail part way, with a discussion of the notable geological features. Expect some bushwhacking, with an opportunity for rock climbing if you’re inclined. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Golden Rod Grange in Swanzey Center (Route 32). Back by noon. Cosponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education with the Monadnock Conservancy. For more information, contact Denny Wheeler at 313-0350.
On June 27, Andrea Marshall, professional wild foraging instructor, will teach children and families basic concepts of sustainable and ethical wild foraging during a seminar in Hancock. Participants will learn to identify safe and nutritious plants that have been historically enjoyed by humans in tea, root beer, salad, soup, and more. Participants will use the Harris Center kitchen to prepare and sample wild tea made from plants sustainably harvested from our conserved land. This hands-on class will introduce students to the science of ethnobotany through the teaching of fun historical facts about human food and foraging patterns, intermixed with basic modern botany. Space is limited and registration required. The class will be 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harris Center. Cost is $10 per adult and $8 per child under 15. For more information or to register, contact Sara LeFebvre firstname.lastname@example.org.
On June 28 the Harris Center will hold an ESI course on sustainable wild medicine and faraging. This in-depth, one-afternoon class is designed for adult learners interested in both science and “folk herbalism” (also known as ethnomedicine). It’ll be hands-on and interactive, giving dual focus to the study of historical uses of wild medicinal plants and fungi, and to the modern science of botanical medicine. The course will be 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Harris Center. Cost is $45 for members, $65 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, contact Sara LeFebvre at email@example.com.
On June 29, join Denny Wheeler and Russ Daigle for a moderately strenuous hike of about four miles on Mount Wantastiquet through the Madame Sherri Forest to Indian Pond, Mine Ledge, and the summit of Mount Wantastiquet in Chesterfield. Please note that there is one steep section on this hike. Meet at 9 a.m. in the Chesterfield Gorge parking lot on Route 9 in Chesterfield to carpool. Back by 2 p.m. For more information, contact Denny Wheeler at 313-0350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.