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Citizen Science: Signs of the Seasons

Using their backyards as laboratories, participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change. Hundreds are trained to observe and record the phenology (seasonal changes) of common plants and animals living in their own communities — a citizen science project that fills a gap in regional […]

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This Week in Harpswell: October 10-18, 2020

This was our fourth week of the “This Week in Harpswell” photo project. Twenty-nine photographers shared nearly 200 beautiful pictures of Harpswell’s sunsets and sunrises, stunning scenery, people, working waterfront, birds, landmarks and much more. Click here for more about the photo project.

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This Week in Harpswell: August 1-9

This was our third week of the “This Week in Harpswell” photo project. Twenty-eight photographers shared 170 beautiful pictures of Harpswell’s working waterfront, flowers, birds, scenery, beach finds, landmarks and much more. Next up: October! Click here for more about the photo project.

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Make Your Own Tree ID Wheel

Looking for a simple, fun and educational project? Make your own tree identification wheel to practice your ID skills. This was created by HHLT trustee Tim McCreight.

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New Plant and Animal Lists for Harpswell Preserves

We have started lists of of the plants and animals found at five of our most interesting and diverse preserves. You can check the species lists for ideas about what to look for while you’re there. We hope you will help us add to our species lists by submitting your own observations. Click on the […]

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Exploration Kits for Adults

Though in-person programming is canceled for the summer, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is offering exploration kits for self-directed adventures. Earlier in the summer we offered Exploration Kits for Families and now we’re offering Exploration Kits for Adults! These kits include high-quality exploration tools and resources. Here’s how it works: The deadline to reserve a kit […]

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Citizen Science: Help Scientists Investigate the Natural World

By Nancy West If you enjoy observing the natural world, if you’re curious about cycles and changes in living things or the environment, if you’re interested in the waters of Casco Bay and the organisms living in it, then you can help scientists with their research. Modern scientists work with such large amounts of data that […]

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Southern Midcoast Outdoor Activity Guides

Looking for free places to soak in the outdoors? Find information about where to bike, walk and enjoy nature in the Get Active Southern Midcoast summer and winter guides. These guides, which you can download below, cover Bath, Brunswick, Georgetown, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Topsham, West Bath, Westport Island and Woolwich. During summer 2020, the Get Active […]

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Exploration Kits for Families!

Though Nature Day Camp and in-person programming are canceled for the summer, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is offering exploration kits to give families the tools, ideas and inspiration to create lasting outdoor memories! We are deeply committed to making these kits accessible to all families and are offering them on a sliding scale. You can […]

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iNaturalist: An easy way to identify plants and animals

By Gina Snyder Recently I downloaded the iNaturalist app on my smartphone and have been having some fun with it. I found out about it from a blog about things to do during pandemic social isolation. I’ve always been curious about what I’m seeing in the woods, often tagging along with bird watching friends or […]

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50 Outdoor Activity Ideas for Kids

From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, these […]

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Day 50: Finding joy in nature this summer and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 49: Make your own simple journal and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 48: Leaf rubbings and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 47: Set up a sundial and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 46: What’s worth saving? A question and a read aloud from Julia McLeod, and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 45: Spray yourself on a hot day (advice from an eight-year-old) and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 44: Learning to walk very quietly and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 43: Make your own pens, paintbrushes and art supplies from nature and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 42: Play with your food, a nature riddle and the Wilson’s Cove Trail chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 41: Get involved in our “This Week in Harpswell” photo project and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 40: Making magical fairy dust and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 39: Make your own forest kitchen and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 38: Create your own field guide, a nature riddle and the Widgeon Cove Trail chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 37: Flower pounding and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Photo project: This week in Harpswell

Have you enjoyed Harpswell’s scenic wonders? Yes! Have you ever been inspired to reach for a camera or phone to capture a moment of Harpswell beauty — a sunset, a dewdrop, a smile, or the majestic arc of forest giant? Most likely. If you’re like most of us, you’re eager to share those golden moments. […]

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Day 36: Imaginative play! Be inspired by a video read aloud of Roxaboxen, and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 35: Help the bees and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 34: Sink or float, a nature riddle and the Skolfield Shores Preserve chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 33: How to tell the age of a white pine tree and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 32: Miniature parks and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Gardening to engage with the native wildlife

By Becky Gallery As the days lengthen and the soil warms, my thoughts turn toward the gardens. Vegetables to feed us, flowers to cheer us and trees to cool us with shade on a warm, summer day. Gardening always connects me to nature, to the soil, to the plants and to the creatures that share […]

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Day 31: Quick nature sketching and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 30: Mystery bag, a nature riddle and the Pott’s Point Preserve chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 29: Looking under logs and rocks and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 28: Stop, drop and count, and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 27: Nature games and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 26: Chlorophyll rubbings and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 25: Painting on rocks, a nature riddle and the Long Reach Preserve chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 24: Spring bingo and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 23: Weaving with nature and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 22: Color hunt, a nature riddle and information about ticks

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 21: A game: which one is missing?, a nature riddle and the Houghton Graves Park chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 20: Sit spots and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 19: Making music in nature and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 18: Meet a tree and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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It’s tick season: Be prepared

By Ed Robinson Thanks to a mild winter, it looks like mud season might pass with only a modicum of mud compared to some years. Yet that mild winter probably means a large population of ticks lurking in the forest and hoping to latch onto us for a meal. However, there is much you can […]

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Day 17: Build an obstacle course, a nature riddle and the Hackett and Minot Trails chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Bird Watching for Science

By Ed Robinson Do you have an interest in learning more about the world around you? Have you wondered how scientists go about studying the major challenges faced by the Earth from climate change to plastic pollution to endangered species? Many people have a fascination about our world and want to learn about melting polar […]

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Day 16: Senses grid and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 15: Make a museum and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 14: Treasure hunt for toys and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 13: Animal tracking and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 12: Phenology study and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 11: Fairy houses, a nature riddle and the Devil’s Back Trail chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 10: Nature names and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 9: Search for a vernal pool, the Curtis Farm Preserve chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Day 8: Writing nature haiku and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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Dogs on Harpswell Trails

We are glad to be able to provide trails and preserves for both people and their four-footed friends. If you are a dog owner, we ask that you please respect others’ enjoyment of our beautiful trails and shoreline. Please understand that some people don’t like dogs and some are afraid of dogs. Please keep your […]

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Day 7: Watch the birds and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling […]

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