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— Bryan

Hold Nature in Your Hand

Susie Spikol is a naturalist and writer who helps connect people of all ages to nature.

Book Trailer to The Animal Adventurer’s Guide

Thank you to SALT Project for this video.

Upcoming Events

A mother and daughter sitting on a stone wall, using binoculars.

Birding for All: An Accessible, Inclusive Birding Outing at MacDowell Lake

May 12, 2023 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. MacDowell Lake, Peterborough NH

Enjoy a morning of birding with naturalists Phil Brown and Susie Spikol at MacDowell Lake, where a hard-packed gravel path provides ample opportunity to enjoy birds of wetland and woodland alike. Beginning birders and all ages welcome! For more information »

A river otter standing on a rock with rocks around it.

Utterly Otters

May 17, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Hancock Town Library, Hancock NH

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a lively talk on the bounding, sliding, swimming otter! We’ll spend some time getting to know this charismatic local mammal and learning how to recognize its tracks and sign. For more information »

Cover of

How to be an Animal Adventurer

May 19, 2023 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, Keene NH

Join Susie Spikol, a naturalist at the Harris Center for Conservation Education and author of "The Animal Adventurer's Guide: How to Prowl for an Owl, Make Snail Slime and Catch a Frog Bare-Handed" for this special Friday afternoon event. Sharpen up your wildlife-watching skills and tune into the secret world of our local New Hampshire animals. Get your wild on and come to this program. Perfect for elementary-aged children. For more information »

A campfire with people around it, including people with musical instruments such as guitars.

Sing in the Stories of Summer

May 21, 2023 from 11 a.m. to noon Toadstool Bookshop, Keene NH

Join Smithsonian Folkways master musician Mary Desrosiers and storyspinner and naturalist Susie Spikol for songs and stories of warmer days. Let your imagination run wild and lift your voices to help sing in the Story of Summer. For more information »

Susie Spikol holding an earthworm in her hands surrounded by several toddlers.

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

May 23, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. MacDowell Lake, Peterborough NH

Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol and parent educators from the River Center and the Grapevine for a morning meander through springtime fields and forests. A perfect hike for little legs – and a great chance to chat about parenting questions as we walk! For more information »