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Trail Design and Building: Creating Journeys in Nature for Visitors

By Andrea Stevens Perhaps you have enjoyed a hike at our Long Reach Preserve, zig-zagging up and down slopes through the oak-pine forests and crossing the sponge-like peat of the shrub bog in the valley. Or maybe you have followed the timber bridges through the wetland forest at Curtis Farm, eventually reaching the stunning scenery […]

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Rich Knox: Four-Season Island Stewardship

By Doug Warren Only three wooded acres in size and surrounded by Middle Bay mud flats at low tide, Crow Island might not seem like much to the casual observer. But to Rich Knox, the tiny island has always been “the bees’ knees.” That’s what Rich’s kids called Crow Island when he would take them […]

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Nature and Wellness

By Monique Coombs, Director of Marine Programs for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association It should come as no surprise to anyone that I would convey the importance of being outside and in nature with the life of a fisherman. Although, many people do not have the opportunity to work outside every day, or be on […]

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Middle Bay Islands: History, Beauty and a Lesson in Working Together

This is one in a series of articles about the author’s research into Harpswell Heritage Land Trust preserves and trails this year. By Nancy West What is this treasure? There’s a pie riding on it. For the most intriguing idea, I’ll bake you a pie. You should know that a cherry pie that I baked […]

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Winter Solstice Lantern Walk 2018

Photos above © Eric Michael Tollefson Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 from 5-6 p.m. Houghton Graves Park, 1714 Harpswell Islands Rd, Orr’s Island Celebrate the winter solstice with a lantern walk and bonfire at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Houghton Graves Park on Orr’s Island. Welcome the lengthening days with light, song and community. We will walk along […]

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2018 Fall and Winter Events and Programs

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. Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries Various dates and locations from Sept. 4-Oct. 11.  Advance registration is required Harpswell Heritage Land […]

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Harpswell Day: A celebration of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 from 12-4 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Harpswell Historical Society, 929 Harpswell Neck Rd Join Harpswell Historical Society and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for a celebration of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills. This event happens rain or shine at the Harpswell Historical Society Museum, Centennial Hall, the Meeting House, the […]

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Playing a Role in Historic Preservation

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. We encourage you to celebrate Harpswell’s rich history at Harpswell Day on Oct. 13 from 12-4 p.m. Click here for details. By Nancy West The beauty of […]

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Keith Brown: A guy who gets things done

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 Even at 81, Keith Brown is the kind of guy who likes to get things done. Case in point: As a visitor is about to leave his Hildreth […]

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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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Potts Point Preserve: A gem

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. This fall’s Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries includes a field trip to Potts Point Preserve on Sept. 22. Click here for details. By Nancy West The […]

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Paige Mangum: A lasting impact on HHLT

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 Over the course of 35 years, for both affairs of the heart and for land trusts, there will be people who come and go, and those that have […]

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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 stimulating, 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 classroom […]

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Review of Nature Notes from Maine

By Fredric Price, Publisher, Fig Tree Books So why would a New Yorker (a real one!) who doesn’t camp and whose life in the outdoors consists mainly of playing ball with my dogs in the yard and watching them spelunking for voles and rabbits in the woods be interested in buying, reading, and then commenting on […]

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New book by Harpswell author features wildlife

The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust announces the availability of a new book written by local author and trustee Ed Robinson. Titled Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More, the book is a collection of 40 stories about a wide variety of wildlife and plant species found in our community. “We’re delighted to […]

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Photos from Nature Day Camp 2018

Another successful summer of Nature Day Camp has come to a close! Want to see how much fun we had? Check out the slideshow below. Thank you to our camp leaders, parent and grandparent volunteers, junior counselors, Jen Nadeau and Mae Corwin for sharing yoga, Stan Davis for sharing music, Jon Allen and his students […]

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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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