2019 Winter Events and Programs

This is just a partial list of our events. More will be added as we nail down the details!

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.

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Thursday, Jan. 17 during a meeting of the Appalachian Mountain Club at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Potluck starts at 6 p.m. (bring a dish to share as well as your own cups, plates and silverware), followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. 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.

Storytelling for Kids

Saturday, Feb. 2, 10-11:30 a.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Do you have kids or grandkids interested in oral storytelling? This fun event provides comfortable, guided time for practice. Children will listen to stories, make puppets and props for storytelling, use their imaginations to create their own stories and come up with new endings to well-know fairy tales. Enjoy popcorn and warm cider and celebrate Groundhog Day with a bit of story magic.

This program is best for ages 4-12 (though younger and older are welcome). It is designed and led by two local teachers and moms: Cristine Bachor and Kimberlee Elder.

Advance registration is requested but not required to help us plan. Click here to register.

Community Snow Day

Join us for a Community Snow Day at Harpswell Community School. All are welcome!

Monday, Feb. 18, 2-4 p.m. at Harpswell Community School, 308 Harpswell Islands Road, Harpswell

On President’s Day, join us for winter fun at Harpswell Community School. Sled, snowshoe and enjoy hot cocoa and tea at this free event. We will have snowshoes of all sizes available for you to try out on the trails leaving from the school. All ages and experience levels are welcome, as well as leashed dogs. This event is weather dependent. This is a collaborative event of Harpswell Recreation and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Full Moon Adventure

Wednesday, March 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Savor the crisp air and moonlight as we explore the fields and trails at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Curtis Farm Preserve. Snacks and hot drinks provided around a fire at this free event. Dogs welcome. Depending on the snow conditions, bring snowshoes, microspikes or just your boots. Also bring a headlamp or flashlight, a travel mug and warm clothes.

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m. during a meeting of Merrymeeting Audubon at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Free and open to the public. See above for details.

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.

More events coming!

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