This site is packed with info about Harvard Forest's research, education, events, data, & more. We've made some handy guides to explore the website from the perspectives of educators, students, field researchers, and land stewards/conservationists. Don't see your view? Let us know at hfOutreach@fas.harvard.edu

News & Highlights

July 18, 2024

Harvard Forest Community Remembers J. Marcos Rodriguez

Marcos Rodriguez smiling in a plaid shirt

Our community deeply mourns the loss of Juan Marcos Rodriguez, a colleague to many during his meaningful student career at the Harvard Forest. Marcos will be missed and remembered for his passion for science and the outdoors. He thrived here as an undergraduate intern in 2018, then served devotedly as a mentor to the next generation of Harvard Forest undergraduate

June 26, 2024

Schoolyard Ecology Summer Institute for Educators: August 12th-13th

Image shows a student measuring tree diameter with the help of an educator.

Have you been looking for ways to engage your students in authentic science practices that also brings them outside and engages them with climate science? Come join us this summer to train on a Harvard Forest Schoolyard project. Our Schoolyard Ecology program is currently in its 20th year of helping teachers get their students outside and seeing how climate

June 25, 2024

Announcing Free Monthly Events at Harvard Forest!

Image shows Pamela Snow, in teal/white shirt, giving a tour to students at Harvard Forest.

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting free monthly events at Harvard Forest! Every second Saturday, meet at the Fisher Museum (324 N. Main St, Petersham) to explore the beauty and wonder of our local landscape. Each event is

June 18, 2024

Inaugural Schoolyard Ecology Data Jam Showcases K-12 Projects

Image shows students reviewing a poster at Harvard Forest's 2024 Data Jam. Photo by student Ava Rubin.

On Thursday, June 6th, four classes that participate in our Schoolyard Ecology program gathered to share their learning from the year in an interactive and creative way at our first ever "data jam!" Including vibrant displays that showcased their work with long-term data collected by students, fifth graders taught high school participants about the phenology of their trees

June 6, 2024

**NOTE NEW DATE**: Join us on June 15 for BUG OUT: An Insect Adventure!

Image shows an event flyer with insect art and event details which are outlined below.

**NOTE: Due to weather, this event has been moved to Saturday, June 15**

SATURDAY, June 15th 6:30-9:30
Meet the Fisher Museum
324 N Main St, Petersham, MA 01366

Come join us at the Harvard Forest for an insect* adventure! This event is FREE and all are welcome. There will be activities for all ages including a bug

June 5, 2024

Summer Research Program in Ecology Welcomes 20 Students in its 31st Year

Interns participating in the 2024 Summer Research Program in Ecology stand outside on Harvard Forest's campus.

Harvard Forest has commenced its 31st annual Summer Research Program in Ecology (SRPE), welcoming 20 students from 13 colleges nationwide. Research inquiries are guided by 25 researchers from institutions such as Harvard Forest, UMass Amherst, and the City University of New York - Hunter.

 Four primary research projects include numerous sub-projects that interns collaboratively advance with mentors. They include:

  • Hemlock, Oak,

Explore Our Work

IN THE WOODS

Focus on Phenology

LONG-TERM STUDIES

85 Acres, 116,000 Trees

STUDENT PROGRAMS

Winter Opportunities for Harvard Students

CONSERVATION SCIENCE

Envisioning the Future Landscape

JOIN OUR TEAM!

Jobs & Fellowships Open Now

Wildlife Cam

Turkey with Young Grazing
Moose Browsing
Wildlife Trail Cameras at Harvard Forest - Feb/March 2016
Raccoon at Night
Wildlife Montage - February 2016
Deer Browsing

Webcams

EMS Tower 2
EMS Tower 2
NEON Bottom of Tower
NEON Bottom of Tower
Hemlock Tower SW
Hemlock Tower SW
Harvard Farm North
Harvard Farm North
Harvard Farm South
Harvard Farm South
Witness Tree
Witness Tree
Barn Tower 2
Barn Tower 2
EMS Tower
EMS Tower
Barn Tower
Barn Tower
Neon Top of Tower
Neon Top of Tower
Below Canopy
Below Canopy
Hemlock Tower NE
Hemlock Tower NE

Real Time Data

6. Wetland Water Level
6. Wetland Water Level
3. Wind Speed
3. Wind Speed
7. Water Temperature
7. Water Temperature
8. Snowpack
8. Snowpack
5. Stream Discharge
5. Stream Discharge
2. Radiation
2. Radiation
4. Precipitation
4. Precipitation
1. Temperature & Humidity
1. Temperature & Humidity

Events at Harvard Forest

See a list of our upcoming seminars & events:

Spring Seminar Series

Future Events

Initiatives & Partner Organizations

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