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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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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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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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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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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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Short Course on the Ecology of Place 2017

As of April 28, this course is full. Contact Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613 to be placed on the waiting list. 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 […]

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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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