Your donation will be
matched to save 17 acres
& protect Pleasant Bay!

Click here to watch an exciting video about this critical land-saving project (please share with your friends and family!). Harwich Conservation Trust has until Jan. 10, 2017 to raise the funds necessary to purchase & preserve 17 acres in Harwich and Chatham with 1,400 feet of shoreline on Muddy Creek (Monomoy River) that flows into Pleasant Bay. If we don’t save this land, it could become a 12-lot subdivision sending nutrients into the tidal river and Pleasant Bay.

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar until we reach $550,000, which will enable the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) to reach its $1.6 million goal. Photo above by David Colantuono, The Cape Codder.

Click here to learn more!


Saturday, Sept. 10th:
Wildlands Music
and Art Stroll!
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Sponsored by HCT, please join our 4th annual ‘Wildlands Music & Art Stroll’ on Saturday, Sept. 10! We are excited to offer this unique outdoor event that blends music, art, and nature. Stroll HCT’s 66-acre Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve and watch as members of the Guild of Harwich Artists paint ‘en plein air.’ Listen as local musicians play jazz, classical, and folk music on the original “piano in the woods” as well as guitar, clarinet, and other instruments.  Ice cream will be available for sale provided by The Local Scoop!

Park at Monomoy Regional High School (75 Oak Street) and take one of our courtesy shuttle buses to the event just five minutes away.

Day/date: Saturday, Sept. 10th
Rain cancels.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Suggested admission: $5.00 per person

Directions:  Please park at Monomoy Regional High School located at 75 Oak Street, Harwich, 02645.

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Saturday, Sept. 24th:
Black Bear

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Remember the black bear that roamed Cape Cod in 2012? Why did he visit and could it happen again? To learn about the social behavior of black bears, please join black bear expert Ben Kilham, Ph.D., on Saturday, Sept. 24th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Harwich Community Center. Known as the “Bear Man,” Dr. Kilham has been studying black bears for 25 years and also consults on panda reintroduction in China. Dr. Kilham will share his observations about black bear communication, home range, how they den, what they eat, and more. He will also share interesting stories about his work in rehabilitating orphaned bear cubs for release back into the wild. Featured in National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentaries, Dr. Kilham brings us a unique understanding of black bear behavior because of his scientific work and rehabilitation experience. He will also have his books available for sale, including Out on a Limb: What Black Bears have Taught Me about Intelligence & Intuition.  Admission is $5.00 per person.

Directions to the Harwich Community Center (#100 Oak St.):
From Rt. 6, take exit 10 (if driving west on Rt. 6, bear left off exit 10 ramp; if driving east on Rt. 6, bear right off exit 10 ramp), continue south onto Rt. 124 for less than 1/10 mile to traffic light. Turn left at the light onto Queen Anne Rd. After approx. 1/4 mile, turn right onto Oak Street. After approx. 1 mile, turn right into the Harwich Community Center lot and enter through the front, center doors. Bear left in the lobby to the “multi-purpose room.”



September Walk Series
Explore Native
Monomoyick Territory

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and the local land trusts in Chatham and Orleans as well as the Native Land Conservancy, join 12th generation Cape Codder Todd Kelley and native Nipmuc/Wampanoag Marcus Hendricks for a fascinating series of interpretive walks describing the natural landscapes of three specific locations within the centuries old Monomoyick Territory. Explore the historic stories that unfolded on each of these lands at the time of European first contact. Consider the lives of the First People and how dramatically their lives and the land itself were influenced and altered during this brief window of time in the seventeenth century. (Photo above courtesy of Charles Burke)

$45.00 for the series (if you join one or all three walks, it’s a one-time fee of $45.00)

Click here to learn more about the series & reserve!

The Wilsons bring owls that are found locally including great-horned owl with golden irises, red morph screech owl and the soda can-sized saw-whet owl. They also showcase owls from around the globe, including the Eurasian eagle owl (largest owl species in the world) and the South American spectacled owl. The barred owl with its dark charcoal-colored eyes and the striking snowy owl will also make an appearance. – See more at: