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Our Changing Ocean Program Series 2017

In an ocean-oriented town like Harpswell, people and the ocean are inextricably linked. Our community’s past, present, and future relate intimately to the sea, and these days big changes are happening in the ocean. Seawater is getting warmer and more acidic, sea level is rising rapidly, lobster catches are booming but young lobsters have been […]

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Harpswell Day: A Celebration of Traditional Handcrafts and Subsistence Skills 2017

Saturday, Oct. 14, 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 Old Meeting House, the one […]

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Fall and Early Winter Events 2017

Events are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613. Short Course on Harpswell’s Islands Click here for details. Harpswell Walks for 50+ Wed., Sept. 20, 1 p.m.  *  Curtis Farm Preserve, 1554 Harpswell Neck Road  *  Advance registration required. Please call Linda Strickland at the Harpswell Town Office […]

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Short Course on Harpswell’s Islands 2017

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on Harpswell’s Islands this September and October. This six-session course provides a high quality, in-depth learning opportunity for adults, and it includes boat trips to three local islands! Class sizes are kept small. We encourage you to sign up for the entire course, and you […]

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Photos from Nature Day Camp 2017

During the summer of 2017, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust held four weeks of successful Nature Day Camp for kids. Parents said: “The camp was a great opportunity for us to see new places and get to know new friends.” “The games in particular were really fun and got them engaged with other kids.” “Activities were […]

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Tide Pool Exploration 2017

Sunday, Aug. 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Pott’s Point Preserve Tide pools are amazingly diverse and interesting habitats to explore. Covered at high tide and exposed at low tide, animals that live there have to deal with changes in temperature, wetness and predators. Do you wonder what animals live in these ever-changing places and how they survive? […]

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Harpswell Walks for 50+

Third Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Interested in an easy guided walk on some of Harpswell’s beautiful trails? Harpswell walks for 50+ are a great way to spend time outdoors, walk on mostly level ground, meet new people and have fun. Join Harpswell Aging at Home, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Harpswell Recreation on the third Wednesday […]

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Free Guided Kayak Trips in Harpswell this August

Paddle to Helen and Walter Norton Preserve, HHLT’s Newest Preserve on Birch Island in Middle Bay Sun., Aug. 13, 12:30-4:30 p.m. • Leaving from Lookout Point • Advance registration required. Click here to register or contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613. Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) board member, kayaker and Registered Maine Guide, […]

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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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Family Campout at Mitchell Field 2017

CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER 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 […]

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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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