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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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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 the Ecology of Place 2017

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 of a site. The course will address how the geologic history, soils, […]

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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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Where to Snowshoe in Harpswell

Now that we have all this snow, why not dust off your snowshoes and have an adventure? You might wonder where are the best places to go snowshoeing in Harpswell.  Here are some recommendations… If you’re looking to snowshoe on Harpswell Neck: Curtis Farm Preserve:  HHLT’s Curtis Farm Preserve provides an easy snowshoe around the […]

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Snowshoeing, Sledding and Cocoa

Join us for winter fun at Harpswell Community School on Monday, Feb. 20, 2-4 p.m. 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 […]

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Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe

Fri., Feb. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. 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. Enjoy the snow on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Snacks and hot drinks provided. Dogs welcome. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Snowshoes […]

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Seafood in the Spotlight: Scallops

By Togue Brawn Maine’s scallop season has experienced record prices this year.  But are the scallops caught off our shore really any different than those from other areas?  You bet they are, and here’s why. Roughly 95 percent of US sea scallops come from the Federal fishery, where large boats generally fish offshore for six […]

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Defining Goals and Priorities in the Removal of Invasive Plants

Due to bad weather forecasted for the original date, this event will be rescheduled for Wed., Feb. 8, 6-7:30 p.m. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road For those interested in removing invasive plants, there is more than enough Japanese Knotweed and Asiatic Bittersweet to keep us busy for years.  What should land managers and […]

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Apply for a Grant from the Harpswell Community and School Garden Fund

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust administers a fund, which was established in 2005 by an anonymous donor, to support community and school gardens in Harpswell, Maine. Community gardening activities eligible for funding support are those that allow Harpswell citizens to grow fresh food in garden plots, and that are organized and maintained by the gardeners themselves. […]

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2017 Winter Events

We hope to see you at an event this winter!  All are free and open to the public.  Since it’s winter in Maine, all events are weather dependent.  Please check this website for an update. For more information, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613. Rain or Shine Hiking Group Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. […]

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Success at Otter Brook for HHLT and for Harpswell

By Ed Robinson Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) has completed a major fundraising project to create a new 68 acre Otter Brook Preserve. In keeping with more than 30 years of conservation efforts in town, this property will be kept forever wild as a haven for wildlife and as a place of enjoyment for future […]

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A High School Senior Encourages Kids to Learn to Love Nature and the Outdoors

Harpswell resident Emma Levy graduated as valedictorian from Mt. Ararat High School last spring. Before she graduated, she volunteered as a junior counselor for Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s (HHLT) Nature Day Camp and, for her senior Capstone project, she created a Junior Ranger activity book for HHLT to use to engage youth with Harpswell’s fascinating […]

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Harpswell Aging at Home, January 2017

By Hollie Vanderzee With winter upon us, Harpswell Aging at Home has programs to help older adults stay warm and socially engaged. HAH’s Home Repairs (HR) team, partnered with Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers Maine, continues to do needed repairs for older Harpswell residents to help them age safe, dry, and warm at home. The […]

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