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Winter Events and Programs 2018

This is just a partial list of our 2018 winter events. More will be added soon! All events are free unless otherwise indicated. It being winter in Maine, many of our programs are weather dependent. Check this website for cancellations. For more information, contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613. Winter Ecology Walk Sun., Feb. […]

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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 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 many kinds […]

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Skolfield Shores Preserve: A 148 million year legacy

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 Feb. 18 you are invited to a Winter Ecology Walk at Skolfield Shores Preserve. Click here for details. By Nancy West Harpswell volunteers who saved Skolfield […]

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Rebecca Stanley: Playing a vital role at key moments

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 Looking back at her time as co-chair of HHLT’s “Special Places Campaign,” which preserved Skolfield Shores and Johnson Field in the early 2000s, Rebecca Stanley recalls lots of […]

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Curtis Farm Preserve: A braided history

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 Jan. 31 you are invited to a Full Moon Snowshoe at Curtis Farm Preserve. Click here for details. By Nancy West When we began walking Flossie, […]

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Photos from Winter Solstice Lantern Walk 2017

Thank you to all the volunteers who pitched in to plan the event, donate cookies and loan fire rings. We are truly lucky to be in such an active, engaged community. The photos in the slideshow below were taken by Eric Michael Tollefson. Thank you to Eric for the fantastic photos!

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Dave Hackett: Deep roots in Harpswell’s and HHLT’s history

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 Despite the underlying rocky ledges and the relatively thin layer of topsoil found throughout the town, roots run deep in Harpswell. For example, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) […]

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2017 Business Sponsors

Please thank these businesses for supporting Harpswell Heritage Land Trust in 2017! Anchor Publishing Bath Savings Trust Company Boucher Perkins Campbell Paradis Casco Bay Art League Dolphin Marina and Restaurant Eaton Peabody Forest Synthesis, LLC Great Island Boat Yard Harpswell Coastal Academy Keith Field Classical Goldsmith Kenney Landscaping Law Office of Stoddard L. Smith, P.A. […]

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Winter Solstice Lantern Walk 2017

Thurs., Dec. 21, 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 a short, easy trail lined with lanterns […]

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Seafood in the Spotlight: Shrimp

By Monique Coombs, Director of Marine Programs for the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Assocation On November 28, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to extend the moratorium on Northern Shrimp for a fifth year in a continued attempt to allow the stock to rebuild. After receiving a scientific update that showed declines in the health of the […]

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Another Year of Conservation, Stewardship and Education

Check out Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s year in this photo slideshow from 2017. Thank you to all the donors, volunteers, community members and collaborative partners who support conservation, stewardship and education in Harpswell!

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Ron Davis: Dedicated Trail Vounteer

For many of us, working at a desk eight hours a day, working outside is a joy and an antidote to looking at a computer screen. For Ron Davis, a retired Navy engineer and current piano tuner, building and maintaining Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) trails is a delightful way to enjoy nature and meet […]

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It’s hunting season, don’t forget your blaze orange

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is dedicated to providing public access to its preserves for many uses, including hunting.  If you like to get outdoors in November, we urge you to wear blaze orange. In 2017, firearms season for deer runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 25.  Muzzleloader season extends to Dec. 9 in Harpswell.  Maine […]

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Welcome to the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust Lending Library

The lending library is located inside the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust office at 153 Harpswell Neck Road. Someone is usually in the office Monday through Friday around 9-5, but please call before you come to be sure. Our number is 207-721-1121. All books have been donated. Thank you! If you would like to donate books […]

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Nature Day Camp Offers a Personal Connection to the Coast of Maine

By Julia McLeod On a recent summer day in Harpswell, you might have come across a group of kids with nets in hand exploring the beautiful Maine coast, squealing with delight over finding crabs, playing games, singing songs and developing a lifelong connection to nature. For nearly 20 years Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s (HHLT) Nature […]

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Photos from Harpswell Day 2017

Our second Harpswell Day, in collaboration with Harpswell Historical Society, was a great success, with around 250 participants! There were demonstrations of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills, historic tours, food, sheep, music, story telling, reenactors in a one-room schoolhouse and more. Check out photos in the slideshow below. Thank you to all the demonstrators, volunteers […]

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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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Mary Ann Nahf: Conservation Champion

Partner Profile: Mary Ann Nahf, Harpswell Conservation Commission By Victoria Boundy, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership All communities have their conservation champions. The Town of Harpswell is fortunate to have Mary Ann Nahf as one of theirs. Mary Ann moved to Maine in 2000 and joined the Conservation Commission a few years after that, in order […]

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

Harpswell Day has passed, but we look forward to next year. Click here for photos from Harpswell Day 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 […]

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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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