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Events and Programs for June, July and August 2019

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.

Harpswell Hiking Challenge

Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2

Harpswell Recreation and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust present the 9th annual Harpswell Hiking Challenge. 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 of Casco Bay and even Mount Washington. Each year we pick eight trails to hike with total hiking mileage of ~10 miles. You can hike all the trails in one day or over the weekend. Most the trails touch the coastline. Some are long and some short. See if you can complete the challenge!

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This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Little Ponds Preserve Celebration

Flowers at Little Ponds Preserve (Andrea Stevens photo)

Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Little Ponds Preserve, 206 Bethel Point Road, Harpswell

Join us as Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) celebrates the opening of our newest preserve, Little Ponds. This lovely, intimate preserve offers a quiet walk through the woods any time of day, any time of the year. Land trust volunteers will be on site to introduce visitors to Little Ponds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to walk the trail and ask questions about the preserve or HHLT. The easy trail circles through woods coming alive with spring growth, and there is a short spur to the pond, which provides habitat for a variety of birds. Please join us, and enjoy this small Cundy’s Harbor-area jewel! Snacks will be provided.

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. at the Orr’s Island Library, 1699 Harpswell Islands Road, Orr’s Island. Free and open to the public.

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.

Ed has written extensively about Maine’s wildlife and recently published a book titled Nature Notes from Maine: River Otters, Moose, Skunks and More. The book is a collection of 40 stories about wildlife including lobsters, loons, fishers and ospreys.  It includes 60 stunning photographs and 10 ink drawings in 190 pages. Click here for more information about the book.

This is not your only chance to see Ed speak! Click here for more speaking engagements. Ed is available for a engaging, free wildlife presentation for your club, library or community hall. Contact him at erobin77@gmail.com for more information.

Short Course on Island History

Monday, June 17 to Saturday, June 29

Learn about the fascinating history of Malaga Island and Eagle Island. This in-depth course involves field trips to both islands. Click here for details.

HHLT’s 2018 Summer Solstice Celebration included music with String Tide on a beautiful summer evening! (Curt Chipman photo)

Summer Solstice Celebration

Friday, June 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Johnson Field Preserve

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Edible Landscaping Tour

Tuesday, June 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Jeff Marshall’s home (directions to be provided to registered participants)

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Learn about interesting and unique edible trees, shrubs, berries, perennials and ground covers. Tour Jeff Marshall’s Harpswell home, which includes strawberries, honey berries, persimmons, filberts, walnuts, asparagus, rhubarb, cranberries, blueberries, logan berries and much more! Hear from Jeff and local gardener Sharon Whitney about how you can turn your backyard into an edible landscape. Take home a potted plant to get you started. Free.

This event is part of our wellness theme for 2019. Click here for more information.

Wildflowers with Priscilla Seimer

Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBD.

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Join us for a walk among the spring wildflowers! In addition to some keys for identification, we’ll look at common names, habitats, the difference between native and non-native and the medicinal and food uses of some of the wildflowers we find in bloom. The Harpswell location of this walk will be shared by mid-May, based upon where the most spring flowers appear! Wear shoes appropriate for easy to moderate trails, long pants and long sleeves suggested as we may be in or near tall grass.

Priscilla has always had an interest in plants, their stories and ecology. She is a Maine Master Naturalist and volunteer.

This is part of our “What Grows in Harpswell” series. Click here for more information.

Medicinal Plants and Their Uses

Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

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Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m. at the Cary Memorial Library, 17 Old Winthrop Rd, Wayne. Free and open to the public. See description above.

Lichens with Jeff Pengel

Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBD.

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Join Maine Master Naturalist instructor Jeff Pengel to discover the miniature world of lichens. We’ll observe their unusual shapes and structures and learn some common species. This class will explore the natural history, ecology and recent research of these often unnoticed but extraordinarily common organisms. Bring a hand lens if you have one, but loaners will be available. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Cameras welcome. The Harpswell location of this walk will be announced as we get closer.

Jeff Pengel trained as a botanist and geologist and taught earth science and biology. He is a Maine Master Naturalist Instructor and volunteer naturalist with several organizations.

This is part of our “What Grows in Harpswell” series. Click here for more information.

Island Overnight by Kayak

Friday, July 26 to Saturday, July 27

Join registered Maine sea kayak guide, Alicia Heyburn, for an overnight on the Helen and Walter Norton Preserve on Birch Island.

Meet at the Mere Point Boat Ramp at 2:30 p.m., aiming to be on the water at 3:30 p.m. We will head up into Middle Bay on the rising tide to visit Crow Island Preserve. We will make our way to the Norton Preserve on the northeast corner of Birch Island, which has a nice beach and gorgeous views for our overnight. There are hiking trails and a picnic table, but no other amenities. We will enjoy our evening together and then return to our cars by noon on July 27.

This is an intermediate level trip of approximately six to eight nautical miles. Kayaking experience is required. Weather conditions can change quickly on a summer afternoon. Participants must have sea kayaks at least 16 feet long (not sit on top) and wear spray skirts and PFDs at all times.

This trip is limited to eight participants. Register by emailing Alicia Heyburn at aheyburn@gmail.com to receive a complete gear list for this tent camping trip. Participants will bring an appetizer to share, their own food and are responsible for transporting all waste (including human) off the island.

Rental equipment and delivery is available through SeaSpray Kayak. This trip is offered jointly with AMC.

Paddle and Picnic

Alicia Heyburn photo

Friday, August 2 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain date: August 4)

Advance registration is required. Register by emailing Alicia Heyburn at aheyburn@gmail.com.

Join registered Maine sea kayak guide Alicia Heyburn for a guided kayak tour leaving from Bethel Point Boat Ramp (parking fee). We will paddle to Raspberry Island, which is privately owned but part of the Maine Island Trail. Then around the southern end of Little Yarmouth Island (home of HHLT’s Little Yarmouth Island Preserve). If conditions are appropriate, we will circumnavigate Yarmouth Island before a picnic lunch on Flash Island.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. to be ready by launch by 10 a.m. We will return to the boat ramp by 2 p.m.

This is an intermediate level paddle. Total distance is three to five miles with two stops to come ashore. Rental boats (delivered to Bethel Point) are available through SeaSpray Kayak. All paddlers must wear PFDs and spray skirts.

Sunset Cruise

Monday, August 12 from 6-8 p.m. leaving from the Dolphin Marina and Restaurant. Shuttle service provided from Curtis Farm Preserve.

Join us on the water for this fun, annual event. Click here for details.

Fungi with Alan Seamans

Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBD.

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Come learn about the wide diversity of mushrooms in the Harpswell region, the ecological role that fungi play, and how to identify some common Maine mushrooms on this walk led by Maine Master Naturalist Alan Seamans. The Harpswell location of this walk will be announced as we get closer.

Alan Seamans is a lifelong nature and science enthusiast, and a Maine Master Naturalist and volunteer . He is fascinated by all things fungi.

This is part of our “What Grows in Harpswell” series. Click here for more information.

Ferns with Jeff Pengel

Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Location TBD.

Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Jeff Pengel trained as a botanist and geologist and taught earth science and biology. He is a Maine Master Naturalist Instructor and volunteer naturalist with several organizations.

This is part of our “What Grows in Harpswell” series. Click here for more information.

More events coming!

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