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Events & Programs in January and February 2020

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.

Southern Midcoast Forest Playgroup Comes to Harpswell

Rescheduled to Thursday, January 29 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Little Ponds Preserve, 206 Bethel Point Road, Harpswell.

We will listen to a story, explore the winding path, and build winter fairy houses with items we find along the way with Katie Neal from Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust provides fun and engaging Harpswell-based activities for the Southern Midcoast Forest Playgroup on the third Thursday of the month (excluding the summer).

The Forest Playgroup is a free, parent-facilitated program that aims to provide a space for families to explore, learn and interact outside. They meet every Thursday at 10 a.m. at different locations in the Southern Midcoast region. Weekly adventures are posted in their Facebook group. Click here to join.

All are welcome! Please wear appropriate clothing to be outdoors the whole time. We will meet rain or shine!

Harpswell’s Winter World

Saturday, January 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Otter Brook Preserve, 429 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Join us at Otter Brook Preserve for our first winter walk of the season. We are going to look for evidence of winter activities and adaptations by animals, birds and even plants! Evidence can be found regardless of whether we have snow on the ground or not. Bring clothing and footwear appropriate for the conditions, binoculars and/or a hand lens if you have your own (hand lenses will be available for those who want to use one) and your curiosity!

Join us the third Saturday of each month, January through April, for Harpswell’s Winter World. Each month we’ll visit a different land trust preserve with a naturalist for an informal walk to explore how plants and animals have adapted to survive winter in Maine, as well as other winter-worthy topics. Programs are free and appropriate for adults and school-aged children. No advance registration necessary.

Storytelling for Kids

Sunday, February 2 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Advance registration is requested to help us plan. Click here to register. If you find yourself available at the last minute, you’re welcome to just show up.

Did you know that Feb. 2, (02-02-2020), is one of just 12 palindromic dates of the century? Celebrate this rare occurrence with a palindrome story challenge! Bring your kids or grandkids interested in oral storytelling and crafting.

Children will listen to stories, make puppets and props for storytelling, use their imaginations to create their own stories and come up with new endings to well-known fairy tales. Enjoy popcorn and juice and celebrate Groundhog Day with a bit of story magic. This fun and free event provides comfortable, guided time for inspiration and practice.

This program is best for ages 4-12 (though younger and older are welcome) and their parents or caregivers. It is designed and led by Cristine Bachor.

Wonders of Maine’s Wildlife

Friday, February 7 from 7-8 p.m. at L.L. Bean, Camping Department Atrium, Flagship Store, Freeport

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Saturday, February 8 from 3-4 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

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.

Photo Project: This Week in Harpswell

February 10-16

Click here for details.

Harpswell’s Winter World

Saturday, February 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Otter Brook Preserve, 429 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell

Join us the third Saturday of each month, January through April, for Harpswell’s Winter World. Each month we’ll visit a different land trust preserve with a naturalist for an informal walk to explore how plants and animals have adapted to survive winter in Maine, as well as other winter-worthy topics. Details for each outing will be posted on this website prior to the walk. Programs are free and appropriate for adults and school-aged children. No advance registration necessary.

Community Snow Day

Monday, February 17 from 2-4 p.m. at Harpswell Community School, 308 Harpswell Islands Road, Harpswell

On President’s Day, join us for winter fun at Harpswell Community School. This year we’re adding fat tire bikes!

Sled, snowshoe, bike and enjoy hot cocoa and tea at this free event. We will have snowshoes of all sizes and fat tire bikes available for you to try out on the fields and trails around the school. Please bring your own sleds.

All ages and experience levels are welcome, as well as leashed dogs. This event is weather dependent. Check this webpage for an update. This is a collaborative event of Harpswell Recreation and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Southern Midcoast Forest Playgroup Comes to Harpswell

Thursday, February 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Skolfield Shores Preserve, 33 Skolfield Drive, Harpswell.

Join us as we explore and discover, inspired by the children’s book: Over and Under the Snow. We’ll go for a short walk, read the book, build a snow cave and discover snow’s insulating properties. Our leader is Julia McLeod of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. It’s school vacation week, so kids of all ages are welcome!

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust provides fun and engaging Harpswell-based activities for the Southern Midcoast Forest Playgroup on the third Thursday of the month (excluding the summer).

The Forest Playgroup is a free, parent-facilitated program that aims to provide a space for families to explore, learn and interact outside. They meet every Thursday at 10 a.m. at different locations in the Southern Midcoast region. Weekly adventures are posted in their Facebook group. Click here to join.

All are welcome! Please wear appropriate clothing to be outdoors the whole time. We will meet rain or shine!

Sowing Native Plants from Seed

Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Rd, Harpswell

Advance registration requested. Click here to register. $5 suggested donation per person to cover materials costs.

Learn about sowing native plants from seed at this hands-on workshop with Lucy Birkett. Starting native perennials from seed is an economical and enjoyable way to add vital native flowers to your landscape to support pollinators, birds and beauty.

The workshop will focus on basic techniques for sowing, germinating and taking care of seedlings. Participants will go home with two pots sown with native seeds from Maine’s Wild Seed Project, while also helping Harpswell Heritage Land Trust sow seeds for planting around the office.

Lucy Birkett consults on ecosystem gardening, plant identification and inventory; grows many native plants species from seed; works on an organic vegetable farm; is active with Wild Seed Project, Maine Audubon, Freeport Conservation Trust and the UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program; and earned a certificate in Native Plants & Ecological Horticulture from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Click here for events & programs in March & April 2020.

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