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The Fisher Museum's main exhibit displays 23 internationally acclaimed models (dioramas) portraying the history, conservation and management of central New England forests.

Other exhibits at the museum represent the range of ecological research at the Harvard Forest. Outdoors, our system of interpretive trails provide additional opportunities for learning.

Winter 2015 Events

Witness Tree
A Book Discussion with Lynda Mapes

Weds., Feb. 11, 7:00 p.m. 
Free and open to the public 
Co-hosted with the Athol Bird & Nature Club 

Journalist and author Lynda Mapes has been a Harvard Bullard Fellow in Forest Research since September 2014. She is exploring the twined human and natural histories of a single, 100 year-old red oak tree, and what they reveal about our relationship with nature and the land, and our changing world. Learn more about the project... 


  • Pre-Settlement Forest
  • An Early Settler Clears a Homestead
  • Height of Forest Clearing and Agriculture
  • Farm Abandonment
  • "Old-Field" White Pine Forest on Abandoned Farmland
  • "Old-Field" White Pine is Succeeded by Hardwoods
  • A Vigorously Growing Forest of Hardwoods
  • The Modern Forest Landscape (photograph by David Foster)
  • Old Growth Forests
  • Old Growth Forests 2
  • Wildlife Habitat in a Dynamic Landscape
  • Accelerated Erosion with Intensive Land Use
  • Forest Fire
  • Forest Fire Management
  • Early Treatment of a Hardwood Stand
  • Improvement Cutting in A Hardwood Stand
  • First Thinning in a Mixed White Pine - Hardwood Forest
  • Third Thinning in a Mixed White Pine - Hardwood Forest
  • Conversion of Cordwood to Future Sawtimber
  • Increasing White Pine in Hardwood Stands
  • Release of Pine From Suppression by Gray Birch
  • Pruning White Pine to Produce Better Logs
  • Group Selection Method of Harvesting White Pine
  • Shelterwood Method in White Pine (right) and Hardwoods (left)
  • Construction of Dioramas