First Day, First Hikes 2024

Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) is proud to be joining 15 other Cape Cod conservation/environmental organizations for the third annual First Day Hikes Cape Cod program. Please join us to explore the Cape’s parks, trails, and natural resources on New Year’s Day! Building on the popularity of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) state…

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Preschool Explorers Discover the Cutest Critters at Cornelius Pond Woodlands

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham On this Tuesday morning, Preschool Explorers and their caregivers gathered at the 15-acre Cornelius Pond Woodlands. Friends arrived all bundled up with colorful hats, warm coats, and cozy mittens, eager to begin our adventure. After sharing the plans for…

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Pelham House Resort Volunteers Plant Milkweed at Pleasant Bay Woodlands

Amid snow flurries and temperatures near freezing, volunteers from the Pelham House Resort joined Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) Director of Land Stewardship Connor O’Brien and HCT’s AmeriCorps Cape Cod member Daniel Ecsedy to plant milkweed seeds in the meadow at Pleasant Bay Woodlands.  The dedicated group donned work gloves, hats, and winter coats to learn about…

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Preschool Explorers Learn Fun Fox Facts at Coy’s Brook Woodlands

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Preschool Explorers and their caregivers gathered today at the beautiful Coy’s Brook Woodlands for a morning full of wandering, learning, and creating. Embarking down the path, we began our lesson with a discussion on deciduous versus coniferous trees. Collecting…

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Wayne Coulson Gives Land for the Benefit of All

  “Buy land. They’re not making it anymore.” — Mark Twain Mark Twain had a gift for getting to the heart of a matter. If he were here today, he’d heartily approve of Harwich resident Wayne Couslon, who followed Twain’s advice back in 1980 and purchased a tract of land along Gilbert Lane and Six Penny…

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Chickadees and Blue Jays – Preschool Explorers Focus on Feathered Friends

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers gathered this morning at the wonderful 17-acre Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve. Mother Nature shared an assortment of weather phenomena, transitioning from sunshine and blue skies, to gray skies and a sprinkle of rain,…

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Fungus Among Us – HCT Preschool Explorers Learn about Mushrooms

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham The D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands’ 77 acres hosted today’s HCT Preschool Explorer outing. We gathered under brilliant blue skies with abundant sunshine and the warmest temperatures of the day, reaching just 40 degrees. Explorers arrived ready…

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Cold Brook Ecological Restoration Update

We hope you are enjoying the windblown leaves swirling on local trails, clear star lit skies, and fresh fall air. Here’s an update on the Cold Brook Ecological Restoration Project in Harwich Port and an opportunity to support eco-restoration for our neighbor to the north further below. Project partners have been meeting weekly since September…

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HCT Preschool Explorers learn about the Awesome Opossum at the Lee Baldwin Memorial Woodlands

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Andrea Petitto HCT’s Preschool Explorers gathered today at the Lee Baldwin Memorial Woodlands. This sanctuary was the perfect place to learn, play, explore, create, and connect on this beautiful November morning for our weekly wander. Starting down the boardwalk towards the…

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Preschool Explorers Celebrate Autumn at Coy’s Brook Woodlands

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Curious Explorers and their caregivers gathered at the stunning and colorful 30-acre Coy’s Brook Woodlands for our adventure and exploration this morning. Preschoolers gently greeted each other with sweet smiles and tender offerings of rocks and colorful leaves as…

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