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Family Campout at Mitchell Field 2017

Sat. to Sun., Aug. 5-6 Mitchell Field, 1410 Harpswell Neck Road Join us for a family campout right here in Harpswell! Pitch your tent at Mitchell Field, enjoy the beach and participate in fun games and activities, including a treasure hunt. Bring your own food and camping equipment. We’ll provide s’mores to enjoy around the […]

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Summer Events and Programs 2017

We hope you’ll join us for an event this summer!  Events are free unless otherwise indicated.  For more information, contact Julia McLeod at 207-837-9613 or outreach@hhltmaine.org. Short Course on Harpswell’s Coastal Habitats Various dates and locations, starting May 3  •  Advance registration required  •  Click here for details Invasive Plant ID and Control Work Party […]

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New Accessible Picnic Area on Basin Cove

By Doug Warren Thanks to a $3,800 grant from LL Bean and the sweat equity of dedicated Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) volunteers, visitors to the scenic Basin Cove area of Harpswell Neck have a new picnic area to enjoy. Located across Basin Point Road from the parking area for HHLT’s Curtis Farm Preserve, the […]

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30th Anniversary of the Land for Maine’s Future Program (LMF)

Since 1987, the LMF program has helped to protect more than 600,000 acres of land in Maine. Most of these special places are open for visitors — offering access to great activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and even ATV riding. Best of all, LMF’s work has been funded by the people of Maine for […]

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Annual Meeting 2017: Native American Archaeology on the Maine Coast

Tues., July 11 Doors open at 6 p.m., Program starts at 7 p.m. Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell Our speaker is Dr. Arthur Spiess, Senior Archaeologist for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. Hear from Dr. Spiess about how Native Americans have lived along the Maine coast for thousands of years, as […]

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Junior Ranger Activity Book

Become a Harpswell Junior Ranger! This 68-page, full-color book introduces young people to 10 trails, parks and preserves in Harpswell, while exploring elements of nature that make these places special and fascinating.  Learn, explore and have fun while becoming a Harpswell Junior Ranger!  The Junior Ranger Activity Book was created by Emma Levy. Young people […]

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Summer Solstice Celebration

Wed., June 21, 5:30-8 p.m. at Mitchell Field, 1410 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell  (Rain Date: June 23) Join us in celebrating the summer solstice with music, storytelling and family fun. You are invited to enjoy the music and storytelling of Native American flute player Hawk Henries. Pack a picnic dinner and warm layers and come […]

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Harpswell Hiking Challenge 2017

8th Annual Harpswell Hiking Challenge with Tailgate & Recreate Event This event is organized by the Harpswell Recreation Department and Committee and is held in conjunction with National Trails Day from the American Hiking Society.  It takes place June 3 and 4, 2017 (but there is no reason you can’t take our challenge any time […]

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Spring Stewardship Work Days

It’s finally spring, which means it’s time for outdoor work days to keep our preserves and trails safe and beautiful for visitors. We depend on volunteers to get this work done. We’d love to see you at a work day! Please let us know if you plan to attend using the links below, so we […]

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A Profile of Mike Helfgott

By Ed Robinson Mike and his wife Bobbie bought a second home on Bailey Island nearly 25 years ago. Little did they know that Mike would end up a leader in one of the most visible conservation issues Harpswell has seen for many years. After Mike’s retirement from public life in Connecticut, Bailey Island became […]

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Humans on the Land

A Program Series by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust From March to August 2017 we welcome the public to learn about how humans interact with and change the land, and how the land changes them.  This program series delves into the interesting history of Harpswell, from Native Americans to farmers to vacationers.  We hope you’ll join us to […]

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Short Course on Harpswell’s Coastal Habitats 2017

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on Harpswell’s Coastal Habitats this May and June. This six-session course provides a high quality, in-depth learning opportunity for adults. This is our second year offering Short Courses.  Click here for an article about the 2016 Short Course on Harpswell’s Coastal Habitats. We strongly encourage […]

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Short Course on the Ecology of Place 2017

As of June 2, one spot is available. Click here to register. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on the Ecology of Place to provide an in-depth learning opportunity for adults. Maine Master Naturalist Priscilla Seimer will take participants through an exploration of what to look for when studying the natural history […]

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Going Native Plant Sale

Are you inspired to turn your property into critical habitat for local wildlife and pollinators? You can order high quality native plants to be picked up right here in Harpswell, while supporting Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Order plants via email or mail or at our Going Native event on April 8. Please pick up your […]

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Birding Extravaganza 2017

You are invited to take part in the annual Birding Extravaganza, a series of free birding events sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.  Check out these fun and interesting opportunities to watch and learn about birds, while visiting beautiful natural areas in our region. Herons […]

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Harpswell Aging at Home, April 2017

What’s new with Harpswell Aging at Home (HAH)? Hard Tellin’, Not Knowin’ HAH’s first episode of “Hard Tellin’, Not Knowin’,” is now available by clicking here.  It features the Home Repairs and Resources Team and issues commonly encountered by older adults, how the team is helping, how to apply for home repairs, and our partnership […]

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Going Native Workshop and Plant Sale

Rescheduled to April 8! How and Why You Should Include Native Plants in Your Backyard Did you know that including native plants your property can help support the diversity of wildlife we enjoy in Harpswell?  Planting natives is a simple way to be a part of the solution to support animals like Monarch butterflies and […]

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Listen to Voices of Conservation

During winter 2017, Harpswell Coastal Academy students explored what conservation means through listening to community members who have made a difference in the conservation of nature, history, fisheries and more. The project was a collaboration of Harpswell Coastal Academy, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Holbrook Community Foundation, and it continued Harpswell Coastal Academy’s oral history […]

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Voices of Conservation

Harpswell Coastal Academy students are exploring what conservation means through listening to community members who have made a difference in the conservation of nature, history, fisheries and more. These stories are being recorded, archived and shared. The public is invited to celebrate Voices of Conservation and hear these stories on Thursday, March 23 at Harpswell […]

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Stone Walls: History and Technique

Tues., March 28, 7-8:30 p.m. * Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road Learn about stone walls, their history and building techniques, from Matt Carter of Green Island Stonework in Topsham. Matt will cover the history of stone walls locally and throughout New England and how a stone wall should be constructed, and he […]

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