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Summer Events and Programs 2017

Short Course on Harpswell’s Coastal Habitats 2016 (Julia McLeod photo)

We hope you’ll join us for an event this summer!  Events are free unless otherwise indicated.  For more information, contact Julia McLeod at 207-837-9613 or outreach@hhltmaine.org.

Short Course on Harpswell’s Coastal Habitats

Various dates and locations, starting May 3  •  Advance registration required  •  Click here for details

Invasive Plant ID and Control Work Party and Pizza Picnic

Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  •  Johnson Field Preserve, 25 Abner Point Road, Bailey Island

Learn about invasive plants such as bittersweet, honeysuckle, barberry, knotweed, and autumn olive.  Remove invasive plants with other volunteers. Have fun – and enjoy free pizza after!  This event is organized by the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership.  Advance registration required.  Click here to register.

History of the Dunning Farm

Sat., May 20, 3-4:30 p.m.  •  Two Coves Farm, 90 Neils Point Road  •  Advance registration required  •  Click here for details

Harpswell Hiking Challenge

Two Coves Farm sheep (Curt Chipman photo)

Sat. & Sun., June 3-4  •  Various locations in Harpswell  •  Click here for details

Short Course on the Ecology of Place

Various dates and locations, starting June 8  •  Advance registration required  •  Click here for details

How Thomas Alva Edison’s daughter Vacationed at What is Now Houghton Graves Park on Orr’s Island

Sat., June 17, 2-3 p.m.  • Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road  •  Click here for details

Summer Solstice Celebration

Wed., June 21, 5:30-8 p.m.  •  Mitchell Field, 1410 Harpswell Neck Road  •  Advance registration requested  •  Click here for details

A stone axe (photo courtesy of Arthur Spiess)

Annual Meeting: Native American Archaeology on the Maine Coast

Tues., July 11, doors open at 6 p.m., meeting starts at 7 p.m.  •  Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Road  •  Click here for details.

Wildflower Walk

Fri., July 14, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  •  Long Reach Preserve, 648 Harpswell Islands Road

Enjoy a summer walk in Harpswell while looking for and learning about wildflowers.  Join Maine Master Naturalist Priscilla Seimer to learn about common flower families and get some tips on using wildflower guides to identify the flowers we find.  If we’ve timed it well, we should be able to find two species of orchid blooming in the bog.  If you have a hand lens, magnifying glass or flower field guide, bring it along.

Participants will walk along a challenging trail, with uneven ground and some up and down. Advance registration is required. Click here to register.

Finding the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Otter Brook

Sat., July 22, 9:30-11 a.m.  •  Otter Brook Preserve

Join David Reed to walk the pond and wetlands of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s newest acquisition to see how many species of Odonata we can find.  Use nets to catch and identify both the flying adults and crawling nymphs of Otter Brook.  Advance registration required.  Click here to register

David Reed has spent his working life in the biological sciences.  In retirement from academia and industry, he has rekindled his childhood interest in dragonflies and the many other marvelous insects to be found in Maine.  He is a native of Orono, Maine and now spends summers on Bailey Island.

Sunset Cruise (Tom Jones photo)

Family Campout

Sat.-Sun., Aug. 5-6  •  Mitchell Field, 1410 Harpswell Neck Road  •  Advance registration required  •  Suggested donation  •  Click here for details

Casco Bay Art League Summer Show and Sale

Aug. 5-13 open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Artist Reception Aug. 5, 4-6 p.m.  • Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road

Members of the Casco Bay Art League will offer a delightful mix of new paintings in oils, pastels, watercolors and acrylics.  The Summer Show and Sale will include original works and prints with many local scenes as well as assorted note cards.  A portion of the proceeds benefit Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Sunset Cruise

Tues., Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m.  •  Leaving from the Dolphin Marina  •  $60 for adults and $30 for children  •  Advance registration required  •  Click here for details

Paddle to Helen and Walter Norton Preserve, HHLT’s Newest Preserve on Birch Island in Middle Bay

Sun., Aug. 13, 12:30-4:30 p.m.  •  Leaving from Lookout Point  •  Advance registration required. Click here to register.

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) board member, kayaker and Registered Maine Guide, Alicia Heyburn, for a Sunday afternoon paddle to the Walter and Helen Norton Preserve, HHLT’s new island property on Birch Island in Middle Bay. Meet at Lookout Point at 12:30 p.m. to unload boats, aiming to be on the water at 1:00. We will circumnavigate Birch Island as the tide comes in, exploring its coves and shoreline, and pull ashore at the preserve on the northeast corner of the island, with a nice beach and gorgeous views down Middle Bay.

This is an intermediate level trip of approximately five nautical miles. Kayaking experience and endurance is required. Weather conditions can change quickly on a summer afternoon. Participants must have sea kayak at least 16 feet long (not sit on top) and appropriate paddle and must wear spray skirts and PFDs. Limited to 8 participants. Advanced registration required.

Tide pool exploration (Curt Chipman photo)

Tide Pool Exploration

Sun., Aug. 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m.  •  Pott’s Point Preserve  •  Click here for details

The Tarr-Eaton House – A Journey in Harpswell History (1783 – Present)

Mon., Aug. 21, 7-8 p.m.  • Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road  •  Click here for details

Paddle & Lunch in Cundy’s Harbor

Fri., Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  •  Leaving from Bethel Point  •  Advance registration required

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) board member, kayaker and Registered Maine Guide, Alicia Heyburn, for a Friday paddle around outer Quahog Bay, including a lunch stop at Holbrook’s Lobster Wharf. Meet at the Bethel Point landing at 10:00 a.m. to unload boats, aiming to be on the water at 10:30 a.m. We will paddle around Yarmouth Island, with possible visits to Raspberry Island (part of the Maine Island Trail), HHLT’s new Little Yarmouth Island Preserve, and Jenny Island, a designated sea bird nesting island with a significant population of Common Terns and occasional Roseate and Arctic Terns. The tide will assist us up the New Meadows to Cundy’s Harbor where participants can purchase lunch at Holbrook’s Lobster Wharf. After the tide turns, we will return to Bethel Point, passing additional islands conserved by HHLT.

This is an intermediate level trip of approximately eight nautical miles. Kayaking experience and endurance is required. Weather conditions can change quickly on a summer afternoon. Participants must have sea kayak at least 16 feet long (not sit on top) and appropriate paddle and must wear spray skirts and PFDs. Limited to 8 participants. Advanced registration required. Click here to register, and you will receive a complete gear list.