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Stories of Change Webinar Series

Each year Harpswell Heritage Land Trust chooses a theme. In 2021 we chose “Stories of Change.” Stories connect us. And our world is in the midst of great changes of all kinds.

We are excited to announce free monthly webinars featuring a line-up of fascinating speakers from all walks of life. If you can’t join us live, the webinars will be recorded and posted on our You Tube channel.

Time on a Moving Island with John Anderson

Wednesday, January 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

John Anderson

Great Duck Island lies six miles to the southeast of Mt Desert Island in eastern Maine. The island was farmed for over a century and was also the site of an intentional community and psychiatric clinic. Today it is home to one of the largest and oldest seabird colonies in the eastern United States, and is protected as a research and education site by the Nature Conservancy, the State of Maine and College of the Atlantic. This talk will discuss the history and natural history of the island, emphasizing how patterns of human use intertwine with the lives of the island’s avian inhabitants.

John Anderson is the W.H. Drury Professor of Ecology/Natural History at College of the Atlantic. He has spent the past 32 years studying seabirds in coastal Maine.

New Politics for Rural America with Chloe Maxmin

Wednesday, February 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Chloe Maxmin

Senator Chloe Maxmin will talk about her 2018 and 2020 state legislative races in rural Maine districts.

Chloe Maxmin, hailing from rural Maine, is a Maine State Senator. She founded the Climate Action Club at Lincoln Academy and co-founded Divest Harvard at Harvard College, a campaign that grew to over 70,000 people. She was elected in 2020 after unseating a two-term Republican incumbent and (former) Senate Minority Leader. In 2018, she served in the Maine House of Representatives after becoming the first Democrat to win a rural conservative district. Chloe is about a new politics for rural America. She and her campaign manager, Canyon Woodward, are writing a book for Beacon Press on their work. She is 28 years old and the youngest woman ever to serve in the Maine State Senate.

Ground-breaking Juniper Hill School Celebrates a Decade with Anne Stires

Wednesday, March 24 from 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Anne Stires

Join us for an inside look into Maine’s founding outdoor, nature- and place-based school. Outdoor, nature- and place-based education is an exciting, growing field. The sheer number of programs that have been established in the past few years has been exponential. This year, due to the pandemic, programs within public schools systems throughout Maine have inspired the nation. In an inspiring presentation about Juniper Hill School, participants will get an overview about how students develop a deep connection to self, each other and the natural world, as well as to their community, through nature- and place-based learning. They will also hear about the importance of seasonal celebrations and family/community involvement. Anne will share about the implementation of integrated academics connected to nature and the local community and how social connections and commitment to physical work are fostered at Juniper Hill School.

Anne Stires, M.Ed. is the Founder, Former Director/Teacher and now the Director of Development, Outreach and Advocacy for Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education in Alna, Maine. Prior to founding Juniper Hill School in 2011, Stires worked at several Maine marine and environmental stewardship programs, directed a Place-Based Education program for 25 schools in the midcoast region of Maine and taught at Bank Street School for Children in New York City and Boothbay Region Elementary School. Anne wrote the first chapter for David Sobel’s book, Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning (2015) and has presented many professional development workshops. Anne also teaches graduate level courses for Antioch University in Keene, NH, is regularly a featured speaker at regional and national nature-based education conferences and is a tireless advocate for outdoor learning.

Coming up…

  • Lee Emmons
  • Amara Ifeji
  • And more!