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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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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 Heritage Land Trust’s 2018 Annual Meeting with featured speaker Richard Blanco

Celebrating 35 Years of Conservation and Education Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for a special annual meeting—one commemorating our 35th anniversary. Free 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. Most activities will take place […]

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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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Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries 2018

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries this spring and fall. This series provides a high quality, in-depth learning opportunity for adults. We recruit knowledgeable and passionate instructors and class sizes are kept small. You can sign up for any two-session topic for $20. This includes a […]

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Stover’s Cove Preserve: A picnic spot and much more

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 April 21 you are invited to help pick up trash at all Harpswell Heritage Land Trust preserves and trails, as part of the town’s annual John […]

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Spike Haible: The First Executive Director

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 As the first executive director (and first more-or-less fulltime employee) of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT), Thomas “Spike” Haible arrived at a pivotal point in the history of […]

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Browntail Moth Field Research & Trials

By Mary Ann Nahf, Harpswell Conservation Commission When you are out walking, look up at the barren trees to try to spot what looks like dead leaves clinging to the very tips of tree branches. These are the nests of the browntail moth, and they are easy to spot against a clear blue sky. Large […]

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Harpswell Community Nature Journaling Initiative 2018

Observe, connect, get inspired Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is launching a community nature journaling initiative. The goal of this project is to encourage people of all ages to go outside and be nature observers. We hope that with a little bit of inspiration, knowledge and encouragement, community members will enjoy documenting observations in their own […]

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Going Native Plant Sale 2018

Are you inspired to turn your yard 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 online, via email or mail or at our Going Native event. Please pick up your plants on […]

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Going Native Workshop and Plant Sale 2018

The Hows and Whys of including Native Plants in your Yard and Garden Did you know that including native plants in your yard 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 many […]

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Birding Extravaganza 2018

In its sixth year, bird watchers of all capabilities are welcomed to attend the Birding Extravaganza, a series of free birding excursions supported by four conservation organizations in Midcoast Maine. Merrymeeting Audubon, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust have planned an array of experiences to spot and study a […]

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