Exploration Kits for Adults

Though in-person programming is canceled for the summer, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust is offering exploration kits for self-directed adventures. Earlier in the summer we offered Exploration Kits for Families and now we’re offering Exploration Kits for Adults! These kits include high-quality exploration tools and resources.

Here’s how it works:

  1. The deadline to reserve a kit is August 1. No payment is required at this time. Click here to reserve a kit.
  2. In order to avoid holding an inventory of unwanted equipment, we will order tools and materials after we compile all the orders. This means that kits won’t be available until at least the middle of August (fall is a great time to explore!).
  3. We will let you know when your kit is ready and will send you a link to pay online.
  4. We prefer for you to pick up your kit from the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust office at 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell. You will not have to come into our office, and we will wear masks and practice social distancing. If pickup is not possible, we can mail it to you.

We are deeply committed to making these kits accessible and are offering them on a sliding scale. You can choose to pay as little or as much as you’d like.

Exploration To Go

Available on a sliding scale. $33 covers our materials costs. $35-45 suggested.

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The kit includes:

  • Drawstring backpack to hold your supplies
  • Small blank notebook
  • Magnifying glass on a lanyard
  • A guide to Harpswell’s trails and preserves
  • Three pocket naturalist guides. Choose from:
    • Maine Trees & Wildflowers
    • Maine Birds
    • Maine Wildlife
    • Animal Tracks
    • Geology
    • New England Butterflies and Moths
    • Northeastern Seashore Life
    • Mushrooms

Butterfly Add-on

Available on a sliding scale. $32 covers our materials costs. $35-45 suggested.

The kit includes:

  • Butterfly net
  • Butterfly tent
  • Instructions for using the butterfly tent to raise and release Monarchs from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly (an unforgettable experience!)

Tidepool/Beach Add-on

Available on a sliding scale. $5 covers our materials costs. $5-15 suggested.

The kit includes:

  • Aquarium net
  • Collection bin

New Plant and Animal Lists for Harpswell Preserves

In addition to the kits, we are piloting a new project to collect data about our preserves and trails. We have started a list of the plants and animals found at five of our most interesting and diverse preserves. You can check the species lists for ideas about what to look for while you’re there. We hope you will help us add to our species lists by submitting your own observations. Click on the links below to see the list for each preserve.

We also encourage you to check out our engagement blog and Harpswell Nature Watchers for more ideas and inspiration!