HCT News

Join us for Walk ‘n Wag!

May 12, 2022

Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and The Sampson Fund are pleased to bring you Walk ‘n Wag, a fun new outdoor event to celebrate our canine companions and nature! On Saturday, May 14th (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) walk your dog at HCT’s newest trail destination and enjoy music, food, and friends! Parking for Walk…

Preschool Explorers Discover Animal Signs at Sand Pond Woodlands

May 5, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos by Halley Steinmetz Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 A Cape Cod silver day greeted our curious and enthusiastic Preschool Explorers this morning. Sunshine came in the form of young, radiant smiles and pure joy at HCT’s Sand Pond Woodlands. Today’s theme was animal signs, so we spent our…

85-acre Six Ponds Great Woods Project

May 3, 2022

To donate, please click here. Let’s make a land-saving difference together! Click here to read the editorial by The Cape Cod Chronicle. 85-acre Six Ponds Great Woods Project is a Rare Opportunity Recognizing that the time to act is now before the last great natural places are lost to development, the nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust…

Preschool Explorers Delighted by Daffodils at Sylvan Gardens

April 26, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos by Gerry Beetham Walk sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and the Friends of Sylvan Gardens Sharing the morning with our HCT Preschool Explorers at the beautiful Rolf E. Sylvan Gardens Conservation Area in Chatham was such a sweet start to the spring morning yesterday. Smiling faces,…

Preschool Explorers Discover Sylvan Gardens

April 12, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos by Gerry Beetham Walk sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and the Friends of Sylvan Gardens This morning’s gray skies and slight drizzle did not dampen the spirits of our six energetic and playful Preschool Explorers. Instead, they proved without a doubt that there are no bad…

Hikin’ for Lichens in Hawksnest State Park

April 8, 2022

The April 8th Hikin’ for Lichens walk was a great success with naturalist and guide Tom Walker. We had a curious and engaged group of walkers who asked many intriguing questions along the trail. Tom taught about the different types and species of lichens and pointed out the unique characteristics of each one we came…

Please Vote Yes on May 2nd Town Meeting Article 34

April 7, 2022

COMMUNTY PRESERVATION ACT – PHASE 2 of the NATURAL HERITAGE TRAIL BOARDWALK PROJECT  ARTICLE 34: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $75,000 from FY2021 Certified Undesignated Fund Balance to fund Phase 2 of the Natural Heritage Trail Boardwalk Project; Any funds left unspent from this Article are to be returned to the…

Please Vote Yes on May 2nd Town Meeting Article 37

April 7, 2022

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT – PURCHASE CONSERVATION RESTRICTION at the SPRUCE WOODS PROJECT also known as the SIX PONDS GREAT WOODS PROJECT ARTICLE 37: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Conservation Commission, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to acquire by gift or purchase for water quality protection, conservation and…

Preschool Explorers Discover a Vernal Pool

April 5, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos by Gerry Beetham Weather forecasters were calling for Tuesday to be the pick of the week and wow what a spectacular morning! Preschool Explorers and their caregivers were greeted at the Coy’s Brook Woodlands with the most incredible blue skies, beautiful sunshine and temperatures in the…

Preschool Explorers Discover Forest Beach Conservation Area

March 30, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos by Gerry Beetham Walk sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Chatham Conservation Foundation Today’s temperatures dipped low, but the curiosity, enthusiasm, and love of the outdoors remained high from HCT’s Preschool Explorers! I had such great fun discovering the Forest Beach Conservation Area: a new location…

March 26th Otter Sign Walk

March 28, 2022

On Saturday, March 26th, a wonderful group of nature enthusiasts joined Naturalist and Guide, Andrea Higgins, on our Otter Sign Walk. They had a great experience exploring the West Reservoir of Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands. In addition to finding otter haul outs, otter rolling and scenting areas, otter trails and an abundance of otter scat,…

Protecting Piping Plovers

March 24, 2022

On Tuesday, March 22nd, Harwich Conservation Trust and the Harwich Conservation Department teamed up to install shorebird nesting fences at Forest Beach and Bank Street Beach in Harwich, with the help of three Americorps members and volunteers. These fences help protect piping plovers, which are endangered, migratory shorebirds. Some plovers travel to Cape Cod for…