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Harpswell Heritage Land Trust Provides Funding for Community and School Gardens

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 2019 HHLT awarded five grants. Harpswell Community […]

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We’re Hiring!

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is hiring for three positions. Two are seasonal and one is year-round. Please help us spread the word! Development Coordinator (year-round, 20 hours/week) Application deadline: March 15, 2019 Harpswell Heritage Land Trust seeks an experienced, motivated and capable Development Coordinator to coordinate the organization’s development activities. Stover’s Point Preserve Monitor (seasonal, […]

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Native Plant Sale 2019

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 Making a Difference with Native Plants event. Please pick […]

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Browntail Moth: Act Now!

One of a series of articles on the topic of wellness. Click here for more. By Kyle Rosenberg, local arborist and plant enthusiast While Ole’ Man Winter had his accomplice, Boreas, sweep down from the north with bitter cold this winter, I know that March is closely followed by the budding of spring. As I look […]

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Garden Fever

One of a series of articles on the topic of wellness. Click here for more. By Becky Gallery, Harpswell Garden Club It’s just the beginning of March, spring is still around the corner, and I am itching to get outside to start working in the garden. I love winter, and snow, and the beauty of […]

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Making a Difference with Native Plants on April 13

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 native bees, Monarch butterflies and many kinds of birds. We encourage you to learn more about how […]

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2019 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. We hope you can join us! Details can be found by scrolling down. Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife on Thursday, Jan. 17 Storytelling […]

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Wellness

What does wellness mean to you? What is wellness for an individual, a community and for other animals and plants? Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is exploring wellness in 2019. Each month we will explore topics ranging from anxiety to play to ticks to medicinal plants through written articles and public programs. We hope that we […]

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2019 Spring and Summer 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. We hope you can join us! A list of our spring and summer programs is included at the top of this page. Details […]

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New Outdoor Winter Activity Guide

Looking for somewhere to enjoy the snow? We are working collaboratively with Mid Coast Hospital, local towns, land trusts and other nonprofits to make it easier for you to find where to go. Check out the brand new Get Active Southern Midcoast Winter Activity Guide!

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Harpswell Nature Watchers

Harpswell Nature Watchers is a project of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Its goal is to encourage people of all ages to go outside and be nature observers. We hope that by sharing our own observations with you, we may inspire curiosity to explore and more closely inspect what is going on in the natural […]

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The Health Benefits of a Walk in the Woods

One of a series of articles on the topic of wellness. Click here for more. by Alicia Pulsifer Heyburn “Go take a hike!” This used to be an aggressive phrase, but now it can be considered a prescription to reduce stress, lower anxiety and create a calming feeling of connectedness. In 1984, American biologist Edward O. […]

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Presentations by Author Ed Robinson on the Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Harpswell author Ed Robinson has been writing and speaking about the outdoors for years. His new presentation features superb photographs of many of Maine’s wild creatures, both the iconic and the secretive. Ed will share fascinating stories about these creatures and help us to understand more about their lives. Growing up in the Finger Lakes […]

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Winter Solstice Lantern Walk 2018

Photos above © Eric Michael Tollefson Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 from 5-6 p.m.Houghton Graves Park, 1714 Harpswell Islands Rd, Orr’s Island *Please note that we have rescheduled this event due to the wet forecast for Friday. It will now happen on Thursday, Dec. 20. Celebrate the winter solstice with a lantern walk and bonfire. Welcome the […]

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Gift Ideas from Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Are you looking for a great gift idea that also benefits your local land trust? This year Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is selling two books, photo note cards and hats! All profits benefit HHLT’s conservation and education work in Harpswell. Click here to place an order for any of the below items with a […]

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Review of Nature Notes from Maine

By Doyle Dietz Published Dec. 2, 2018 in the Pottsville (Pa.) Republican Herald These four books knock it out of the park with a grand slam of gift giving for Christmas or any occasion. From left to right are “The World Is Our Classroom: How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape an Extraordinary […]

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Julia McLeod: Getting people to care

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 There have been numerous watershed events in the first 35 years of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT). Among them: The acceptance of a preservation easement on the historic […]

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Houghton Graves Park: An adventure story of multiple kidnappings

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. By Nancy West For a sweet morsel of a park with delicious tidbits of human and natural history, I recommend Houghton Graves Park on Orr’s Island. You can walk under boughs of ancient apple trees to […]

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Long Reach Preserve: Rocks and family ties

One of a series of articles exploring the natural and human history of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s protected land. By Nancy West If you want an invigorating hike through a forest to a pristine water view of another forest preserve, get thee to the Long Reach Preserve. You’ll clamber up and over two ridges, quickly […]

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Harpswell Day Photo Slideshow 2018

Our third Harpswell Day, in collaboration with Harpswell Historical Society, was a great success, with more than 200 participants! There were demonstrations of traditional handcrafts and subsistence skills, tours, food, sheep, music, storytelling, antique cars, reenactors in the one-room schoolhouse and more. Check out photos in the slideshow below. Thank you to all the demonstrators, […]

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