Walks & Events


Tour de Trash


Tour de Trash Group Photo Date: April 24, 2021
Time: 10 AM
Meeting Place: Harwich Community Center
Price: FREE

Gather your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to register for Harwich’s annual ‘Tour de Trash’ event so that we can rid our roadsides of unsightly and unwanted litter. This event is a joint effort between the Town Conservation Department and the Harwich Conservation Trust, with assistance and support from AmeriCorps Cape Cod, the Police, Fire, and Highway Departments. In springs past, Tour de Trash volunteers removed over 1,200 lbs. of trash and 500 lbs. of recycling from roadsides and other areas around town!

Please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather as well as for walking. Separate bags for trash and recyclables will be provided, along with reflective vests, pickers, and disposable nitrile gloves. Rain will cancel the event.

Please wear face coverings and maintain six foot social distance with folks outside of your household.

We thank our sponsors including Stop and Shop in East Harwich and Nauset Disposal

Please consider being a part of Tour de Trash. Camaraderie makes it a fun and worthwhile event.

For questions, please contact Caroline Stephen of AmeriCorps Cape Cod by emailing: caroline.stephen@barnstablecounty.org.




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Birding Walk with Mark Faherty


Osprey with One Big Fish Date: April 24, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: April 25, 2021
Time: 8 AM
Meeting Place: Bells’ Neck Conservation Area (directions provided in your confirmation email)
Leader: WBWS Science Coordinator Mark Faherty
Price: 20.00

Co-sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and MassAudubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (WBWS), join WBWS Science Coordinator Mark Faherty on a birding walk Saturday, April 24th (8-10 a.m.). The rich wetlands of Bells’ Neck Conservation Area offer some of the best spring birding on Cape Cod, with several species of shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds possible. Birders of all abilities are welcome as we peruse this mix of woods and wetlands to identify every bird we see and hear. We’ll hope for less common species like Glossy Ibis, Bald Eagle, and Pectoral Sandpiper as we enjoy the expected Belted Kingfishers, Osprey (double digits possible), Greater Yellowlegs, Great and Snowy Egrets, and Pine Warblers. We’ll also look for evidence of river otter and other mammal tracks and sign. Mark will also offer tips on tuning up your birding ears for spring migration and bird photography for those interested.

Wear layers and bring binoculars.

Face coverings are required.
Space is limited to 12, so advance reservation required for this socially distanced event.

Cost: $20 per person
Rain date: Sunday, April 25th

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Parking directions included with your reservation confirmation email.


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Create a More Inviting and Healthier Yard


Nature's Best Hope Book Cover Date: May 17, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Meeting Place: Zoom
Leader: Doug Tallamy
Price: 10

Would you like to learn how native plantings can create a more inviting and healthier yard for birds, beneficial insects, and other wildlife?

Join HCT on May 17th at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual talk by author Doug Tallamy who has written bestsellers on enhancing your eco-friendly backyard including Nature’s Best Hope and Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.

He is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for 40 years. Tallamy was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.

After his presentation, Doug will be available to answer your questions, just in time for the spring growing season.


Past Events

All About “All Trails”: The Hiker’s Smartphone App

Date: April 6, 2021

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Yearning to get explore local trails and want a reliable guide?

In this session, we’ll introduce you to the AllTrails app for your smartphone. This app works on Apple’s iPhone and any of the Google Android phones. We will explore some of AllTrails' powerful features, such as planning your outings, tracking your hikes, and logging photos you take along the way.

Our speaker will be Paul Baudisch, a Harwich resident, avid hiker, and member of HCT.

You can download the AllTrails app for your iPhone from the Apple iPhone App Store, or for your Android smartphone from Google Play. Once there, just search for “AllTrails.” It’s free!

Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Date: April 5, 2021

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Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Monday, April 5th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for ospreys, eagles, herons, and waterfowl like buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, and mergansers. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for these two-hour field classes in birding and natural history.

Dress warm, bring water and binoculars.

Face coverings are required.
Space is limited to 10, so advance reservation required for this socially distanced event.

Cost: $20 per person

Please reserve at right.
Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.