The Fisher Museum's main exhibit displays twenty-three internationally acclaimed models (dioramas) portraying the history, conservation and management of central New England forests.
- Browse a 1936 booklet describing the dioramas' construction.
- Download high-res images of the dioramas.
Other exhibits at the museum represent the range of ecological research at the Harvard Forest.
- 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
Time lapse sequence of leaf development during typical year
This presentation documents the changes in forest trees at the margin of the pasture, adjacent to the headquarters of the Harvard Forest. These photographs were taken starting Autumn, 2005 by John O'Keefe, and show the timing of both autumn leaf colors and leaf fall and the the leaf out in individual trees in a typical year.
Visit our autumn foliage featured project for detailed information on the mechanics of leaf color change.