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2019 Spring and Summer Events and Programs

All events are free and do not require advance registration unless otherwise indicated. Events are weather dependent. Please check this website for cancellations. For more information, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613.

We hope you can join us! A list of our spring and summer programs is included at the top of this page. Details can be found below.

  • Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife on Thursday, April 11
  • Making a Difference with Native Plants on Saturday, April 13
  • Lamb Visiting Day on Sunday, April 14
  • Tick Talk on Thursday, April 25
  • Nature Meditation on Saturday, May 4
  • Beyond Birding: Understanding Bird Behavior on Saturday, May 18
  • Birding for Kids on Saturday, May 25
  • Harpswell Hiking Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2
  • Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife on Thursday, June 6
  • Summer Solstice Celebration on Friday, June 21
  • Short Course on Island History in late June, details TBA
  • Edible Landscaping Tour on Tuesday, June 25
  • Wildflowers with Priscilla Seimer on Saturday, June 29
  • Lichens with Jeff Pengel on Saturday, July 20
  • Island Overnight by Kayak on Saturday to Sunday, July 26-27
  • Paddle and Picnic on Friday, August 2
  • Fungi with Alan Seamans on Saturday, August 17
  • Ferns with Jeff Pengel on Saturday, September 14

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Thursday, April 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell. Free and open to the public.

Harpswell author Ed Robinson has been writing and speaking about the outdoors for years. His new presentation features superb photographs of many of Maine’s wild creatures, both the iconic and the secretive. Ed will share fascinating stories about these creatures and help us to understand more about their lives.

Ed has written extensively about Maine’s wildlife and recently published a book titled Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More. The book is a collection of 40 stories about wildlife including lobsters, loons, fishers and ospreys.  It includes 60 stunning photographs and 10 ink drawings in 190 pages. Click here for more information about the book.

This is not your only chance to see Ed speak! Click here for more speaking engagements. Ed is available for a engaging, free wildlife presentation for your club, library or community hall. Contact him at erobin77@gmail.com for more information.

Making a Difference with Native Plants

Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Click here for details about this free and inspiring event!

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Lamb Visiting Day

Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Two Coves Farm, 90 Neil’s Point Rd, Harpswell

Join Laura and Joe Grady for free, family-friendly fun at Two Coves Farm. Visit the baby lambs, pet a sheep, relax on a hay bale, see the cows and pigs and learn about their farming operation. Two Coves Farm is a family farm that offers organic meat and eggs raised on pasture.

This is a collaborative event of Two Coves Farm and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Tick Talk

Thursday, April 25, 6-7:30 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Want to learn more about ticks and how to protect yourself? Join Chuck Lubelczyk of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute for an informative and proactive talk about tick biology and life cycles, Maine tick species diversity and tick borne diseases. This talk will help you understand ticks, which will in turn help you protect yourself.

After a talk and questions, participants will have the opportunity to identify the species and sex of tick specimens with microscopes, hand lenses and the naked eye. Being able to ID dog and deer ticks and tell the sex can provide you some reassurance when a tick encounter is likely a safe one.

Charles Lubelczyk has worked on research in the spread of vector-borne diseases since the late-1990’s, while working with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough, Maine. A native of New Hampshire, Chuck’s work has focused on interactions between ticks and mosquitoes and their host and habitat requirements, as well as integrated pest management (IPM) approaches to reducing exposure to vector-borne diseases.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Nature Meditation

Saturday, May 4, 8-9:30 a.m. at Fishmoon Yoga, 4 Ash Point Road, and Curtis Farm Preserve

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Begin with a short inquiry into meditation techniques then head outside to walk and practice. Once techniques are established, begin to walk, observing through the senses. Take pauses along the way to more specifically explore some senses and quiet others, noticing what arises (thought, memory, emotion, sensation) with each pause. Conclude with a seated meditation that incorporates each of the senses explored and the movement of breath. Time will be offered for reflection, written and spoken. Kara Douglas will lead this workshop.

Kara is the owner and primary teacher at Fishmoon Yoga. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2001.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Beyond Birding: Understanding Bird Behavior

Nat Wheelwright

Saturday, May 18, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Early spring is when male birds begin to sing in earnest, vocally defending their territories against other males while advertising for mates. With practice, it is easy to learn to recognize different species. If you listen more closely, you can distinguish individuals and get insights into their age, upbringing, and emotional state. Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin Biology Professor Emeritus and Harpswell resident, will lead this two-hour field trip to Curtis Farm Preserve. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring binoculars, if you have (or can borrow) them.

Birding for Kids

Saturday, May 25, 9-10:30 a.m. at Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Birding for Kids is a free, hands-on workshop for families. Participants will learn how to begin identifying birds through their shape, size, beaks, songs and habitat. The group will explore how differently shaped beaks are designed for different foods, listen to some common bird songs and go for for a walk to try to identify birds using skills they’ve learned. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your kids (or grandkids). Bring binoculars.

Harpswell Hiking Challenge

Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2

Check back for details!

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. at the Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road, Orr’s Island. Free and open to the public. See description at the top of this page.

HHLT’s 2018 Summer Solstice Celebration included music by String Tide on a beautiful summer evening! (Curt Chipman photo)

Summer Solstice Celebration

Friday, June 21

Check back for details about this fun, annual event!

Short Course on Island History

Dates and details to be announced soon! We expect this course to fill up quickly and encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter to be notified when registration opens. Click here to sign up.

Edible Landscaping Tour

Tuesday, June 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Jeff Marshall’s home (directions to be provided to registered participants)

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Learn about interesting and unique edible trees, shrubs, berries, perennials and ground covers. Tour Jeff Marshall’s Harpswell home, which includes strawberries, honey berries, persimmons, filberts, walnuts, asparagus, rhubarb, cranberries, blueberries, logan berries and much more! Hear from Jeff and local gardener Sharon Whitney about how you can turn your backyard into an edible landscape. Take home a potted plant to get you started. Free.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

What Grows in Harpswell

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) for a series on the plants (trees, shrubs, wildflowers) and other non-animal organisms (lichens, fungi, etc.) that share our town with us. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenters will lead each two-hour program, which will take place on HHLT and Town of Harpswell trails. The free series runs once a month from June through October. You can pick and choose which topics to attend. Groups are limited to 20 and advance registration is requested.

  • Wildflowers with Priscilla Seimer on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBD. Click here to register.
  • Lichens with Jeff Pengel on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBD. Click here to register.
  • Fungi with Alan Seamans on Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBD. Click here to register. Come learn about the wide diversity of mushrooms in the Harpswell region, the ecological role that fungi play, and how to identify some common Maine mushrooms on this walk led by Maine Master Naturalist Alan Seamans.
  • Ferns with Jeff Pengel on Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBD. Click here to register.

Full details for each program will be posted on our website and sent out via our email newsletter (click here to sign up).

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m. at the Cary Memorial Library, 17 Old Winthrop Rd, Wayne. Free and open to the public. See description at the top of this page.

Island Overnight by Kayak

Friday, July 26 to Saturday, July 27

Join registered Maine sea kayak guide, Alicia Heyburn, for an overnight on the Helen and Walter Norton Preserve on Birch Island.

Meet at the Mere Point Boat Ramp at 2:30 p.m., aiming to be on the water at 3:30 p.m. We will head up into Middle Bay on the rising tide to visit Crow Island Preserve. We will make our way to the Norton Preserve on the northeast corner of Birch Island, which has a nice beach and gorgeous views for our overnight. There are hiking trails and a picnic table, but no other amenities. We will enjoy our evening together and then return to our cars by noon on July 27.

This is an intermediate level trip of approximately six to eight nautical miles. Kayaking experience is required. Weather conditions can change quickly on a summer afternoon. Participants must have sea kayaks at least 16 feet long (not sit on top) and wear spray skirts and PFDs at all times.

This trip is limited to eight participants. Register by emailing Alicia Heyburn at aheyburn@gmail.com to receive a complete gear list for this tent camping trip. Participants will bring an appetizer to share, their own food and are responsible for transporting all waste (including human) off the island.

Rental equipment and delivery is available through SeaSpray Kayak. This trip is offered jointly with AMC.

Paddle and Picnic

Alicia Heyburn photo

Friday, August 2 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain date: August 4)

Advance registration is required. Register by emailing Alicia Heyburn at aheyburn@gmail.com.

Join registered Maine sea kayak guide Alicia Heyburn for a guided kayak tour leaving from Bethel Point Boat Ramp (parking fee). We will paddle to Raspberry Island, which is privately owned but part of the Maine Island Trail. Then around the southern end of Little Yarmouth Island (home of HHLT’s Little Yarmouth Island Preserve). If conditions are appropriate, we will circumnavigate Yarmouth Island before a picnic lunch on Flash Island.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. to be ready by launch by 10 a.m. We will return to the boat ramp by 2 p.m.

This is an intermediate level paddle. Total distance is three to five miles with two stops to come ashore. Rental boats (delivered to Bethel Point) are available through SeaSpray Kayak. All paddlers must wear PFDs and spray skirts.

More events coming!

There are programs in the works, so check back or sign up for our email newsletter for the most up to date information. Click here to sign up.