HCT News

April 16th Birding Adventure

April 16, 2024

Birders enjoyed clear, sunny skies and warm temperatures while touring Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands this morning with naturalist Peter Trull during a Birding Field Class. The highlights of the day included spotting a tiny blue-gray gnatcatcher, plus ospreys, egrets, and waterfowl.  Please enjoy the photos below of this morning’s adventure, captured by HCT volunteer photographer…

Save the Date: May 6th Harwich Town Meeting

April 12, 2024

Save the date of Monday, May 6th for Harwich Town Meeting starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Center Gym (100 Oak Street). Please vote YES on Articles 23, 26, 31, 32, and 33 to preserve natural land, protect water quality, create affordable housing, and finish the Cold Brook trailhead, scenic overlook, and parking area…

Cold Brook Eco-Restoration Update

March 21, 2024

Ecological restoration is underway at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. These photos by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham show how stream flow is naturalized after deteriorating culverts throughout the 66-acre Preserve are removed, which will improve Cold Brook health and fish passage. When the wetlands were converted into commercial cranberry…

Preschool Explorers Celebrate Spring at the Lee Baldwin Memorial Woodlands

March 19, 2024

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Preschool Explorers and their caregivers gathered for the first day of Spring at the Lee Baldwin Memorial Woodlands under the bluest of skies. Bundled up in cozy gear we gathered at the start of the boardwalk leading towards the…

Preschool Explorers sing out Konk-A-Ree at Muddy Creek Headwaters

March 12, 2024

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Abundant sunshine, bright blue skies, and temperatures in the 40s greeted Explorers and their families this morning as we gathered on the benches overlooking the wildflower field at Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve. While soaking up the sunshine, we admired…

Whose Track Is That? Preschool Explorers Study Animal Sign at Sand Pond Woodlands

March 6, 2024

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of Halley Steinmetz Today was a very special day as the Preschool Explorers gathered for the first adventure of the season! Familiar faces and new friends gathered under gray skies at the beautiful 77-acre Sand Pond Woodlands. This Preserve is comprised of pine and oak…

World Wildlife Day Tracking Adventure

March 3, 2024

Reflections courtesy of Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of Gary Carreiro and Andrea Higgins A wonderful and curious group gathered on World Wildlife Day for a wildlife tracking adventure at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands. It was an absolutely amazing day of discovery. Together we found turtle egg nests, coyote scat and tracks, otter slides and scat,…

Annual Sale: Harwich Gold Compost

February 6, 2024

The Garden Club of Harwich is now accepting orders for its annual Harwich Gold compost sale. Available in 40-pound bags ($10) or 1-gallon jugs of liquid compost “tea” ($8), add this organic, nutrient dense compost to your garden and watch your plants grow! This annual sale funds the Club’s many garden projects throughout Harwich including public garden…

First Day, First Hikes 2024

December 27, 2023

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…

Preschool Explorers Discover the Cutest Critters at Cornelius Pond Woodlands

December 19, 2023

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…

Pelham House Resort Volunteers Plant Milkweed at Pleasant Bay Woodlands

December 19, 2023

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…

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

December 12, 2023

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…