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Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries, Fall 2018

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries in 2018. This series provides a high quality, in-depth learning opportunity for adults. We recruit knowledgeable and passionate instructors and class sizes are kept small. Fees are $20 for a two-session topic. This includes a one and a half hour […]

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2018 Fall and Winter Events and Programs

All events are free 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. Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries Various dates and locations from Sept. 6-Oct. 6 Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats […]

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Bob Weggel: Leaving a legacy

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren Supporters of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) have brought an amazing array of talents to aid the organization during its first 35 years. Lawyers and lobstermen, boatbuilders and […]

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2018 Summer Events and Programs

All events are free 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. Intro to Birding for Adults Classroom presentation: Thurs., June 14, 6:30-8 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road Field trip: Sat., June 16 (rain date June 17), […]

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Harpswell Guidebook Inspires a Sense of Place

This article was published in the Harpswell Anchor, July 2018. By Kara Douglas On a windy afternoon near the end of the school year about 40 third graders have gathered on the sloping lawn at Harpswell Community School. They sit in a lopsided circle, speaking in turns as attention moves counter-clockwise around. “My favorite preserve […]

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Reed Coles: Leading HHLT to Success

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren In 2005, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust had reached a crossroads. After more than two decades of conserving property in town, HHLT had recently completed the highly successful Special […]

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Little Yarmouth Island: Full of surprises

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On July 15 there was a guided paddle to Little Yarmouth Island. By Nancy West Go to Little Yarmouth Island Preserve. You can paddle there easily after […]

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Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks & More

A collection of stories and images to celebrate the natural world around us Just released by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust “This book is full of great stories about Maine’s wild animals. The stories are highly entertaining and brought back memories of some of my own wildlife encounters. These are the wild critters that make life […]

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Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s 2018 Annual Meeting with acclaimed poet Richard Blanco

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) for a special annual meeting—one commemorating our 35th anniversary. Activities for all ages will be offered throughout the morning. After lunch, we are very excited this year to have acclaimed poet, Richard Blanco as our guest speaker. All are welcome to attend any part of this free event. You […]

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2018 Summer Stewardship Work Days

Manage Invasive Plants and Remove Brush from a Trail at Houghton Graves Park Join the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust volunteers to move a brush pile and manage invasive plants at this small preserve on Orr’s Island on Friday, July 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Please bring work gloves, […]

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Otter Brook Preserve: A Noisy Spring

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On June 2 you are invited to the Grand Opening of the Otter Brook Preserve (click here for details). By Nancy West Probably to my own betterment, […]

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Doc Phillips: A Consistent, Steady, Dedicated Presence

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren Walter “Doc” Phillips and his wife, Joan, were on the ferry to Islesboro back in the early 1990s when a fellow passenger told them about a nature camp […]

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2018 Spring Events and Programs

All events are free 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. Going Native: the Hows and Whys of including Native Plants in your Yard and Garden Sat., April 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. * Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell […]

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Harpswell Hiking Challenge 2018

Harpswell Recreation and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust present the 9th annual Harpswell Hiking Challenge Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, 2018 Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day with the Harpswell Hiking Challenge and walk/hike/run eight trails in two days! Harpswell, Maine’s peninsula and 30+ islands have over 200 miles of coastline with beautiful views […]

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Help finish the new trails at Otter Brook Preserve 2018

Pull out your work boots, roll up your sleeves and get involved in building our newest trail system! Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is looking for volunteers to complete the new trails at the Otter Brook Preserve before the grand opening on June 2. We have scheduled the following group work days, and we might schedule […]

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Third graders raise and release Atlantic Salmon

Every year third graders at Harpswell Community School raise Atlantic Salmon from eggs to fry in a tank in their classroom. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust educator Julia McLeod presents a series of lessons about life cycles, biodiversity, adaptations, clean water and migration. The students release the salmon in the Little River in Lisbon in May. […]

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Harpswell Heritage Land Trust supports community and school gardens

Many people do not realize that, in addition to preserving land, building trails and providing educational programs, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust also supports community and school gardens. In 2005 an anonymous donor set up a fund to provide grants to Harpswell-based community and school gardens. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) manages the fund. In 2018 […]

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McIntosh Lot Preserve: Ancient history on display

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. With each of these articles comes a public event. On May 27 you are invited to learn about the geology of the Giant’s Stairs (click here for details). By Nancy West What comes to mind when […]

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Walter and Helen Norton: A Powerful Force for Conservation

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.  By Doug Warren Please note that this profile was written in fall of 2016 but it remains relevant today. Helen Norton continues to be a driving force for conservation. For decades, […]

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Grand Opening of Otter Brook Preserve

Join us to celebrate the grand opening of Otter Brook Preserve and Harpswell’s newest trail system! The 68-acre Otter Brook Preserve was created in 2016 and trail work began in 2017. The total trail distance will be around one and a half miles. The trails are wide enough for walkers, snowshoers and cross country skiers. […]

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