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Hinckleys Pond – Herring River Headwaters Project

July 19, 2021

Please click here to donate and make a lasting, local difference for land, water, wildlife and walking trails. We welcome your support of the Hinckleys Pond/Herring River Headwaters Preservation Project that will result in protecting scenic vistas along the bike trail, water quality, walking trails, and wildlife habitat. It’s rare to find a land-saving project…

HCT Welcomes Connor O’Brien

July 6, 2021

Harwich Conservation Trust welcomes Connor O’Brien as our new Director of Land Stewardship!  Connor is a native Cape Codder who has always loved the outdoors. He is committed to preserving the natural beauty of the Cape so that others can enjoy the land, water, and scenic spots like he has.  Connor spends as much time…

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Birds & Butterflies of Thompson’s Field Walk

June 1, 2021

Please reserve by emailing your first and last name and number of reservations to: events@harwichconservationtrust.org Date: Tuesday, July 13th Time: 10 to noon Space is limited to 15 attendees. About this walk: Sponsored by the Town of Harwich Conservation Department in coordination with AmeriCorps Cape Cod and Harwich Conservation Trust, walk leaders Gerry Beetham and…


Century Old Journals Offer Window into Cape’s Past

April 17, 2021

This story first appeared in HCT’s Spring 2021 Newsletter.  To explore the full summary of the century old Kendrick Farm journals researched by Professor Tim Earle, please click here. Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) has discovered some intriguing surprises by linking land conservation with local history. What was known as Kendrick Farm in East Harwich (now…

Eastern Bluebird meadow breeze, 2018 by Sarah Devli

Harwich Natural Heritage Trail, Article 34: Town Meeting-May 8, 2021

April 16, 2021

Harwich Natural Heritage Trail Project Wheelchair Accessible Loop Article 34 text from May 8, 2021 Harwich Annual Town Meeting Warrant: Article 34:       To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Community Preservation Act Funds – $150,000 from estimated annual revenue for Fiscal Year 2022 to fund the Natural Heritage Trail Project, including the…

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Tour de Trash: April 24, 2021

March 30, 2021

Tour de Trash is scheduled for Saturday, April 24th, and it begins at the Harwich Community Center at 10:00 a.m. Register and choose your litter clean-up route. 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.…

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Benefits of Ecological Restoration

March 15, 2021

Why eco-restoration of the retired bog? As we explore an eco-restoration future for the 31-acre property at the corner of Headwaters Drive and Pleasant Lake Ave., let’s review why ecological restoration of retired bogs benefits the environment. A New Chapter of Ecological Restoration Looking statewide, Massachusetts has lost more than 28% of its wetlands between…

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31-acre Project Meets Conservation Planning Goals

March 15, 2021

How does the 31-acre Hinckleys Pond/Herring River Headwaters Preservation Project align with local and regional open space planning goals? Preservation of this property is consistent with the following town and regional open space planning goals and objectives: 1.     Town of Harwich 2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan Page 64, Goal VI: Preserve and Enhance the…

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Woodworker Lends a Hand to Wood Ducks

March 6, 2021

Harwich native Jeremy Wiley recently assisted local wood ducks and Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) by installing two waterfront nestboxes at Cornelius Pond Woodlands, a 15-acre HCT preserve and walking trail destination. His volunteer work to attract wood ducks helps support the ecological health and biodiversity of Cornelius Pond. Wood ducks are a colorful, uncommon, cavity-nesting…

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March Birding Walks with Peter Trull

March 2, 2021

Reserve below for your Tuesday morning birding adventure with naturalist and author Peter Trull from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard. He will help participants strive for good birding observations with…

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February Night Sky Tour

February 24, 2021

Welcome to your self-guided February Night Sky Tour! You can download your February Night Sky map. Tips for Successful Stargazing from Night Sky Tour Guide Michael Payne Dress warmly. It’s no fun to look at the stars when you are shivering and shaking. February on Cape Cod can be cold. When you are standing still…


Winter (Virtual) Talks 2021

January 11, 2021

Please join us for a set of fascinating winter talks on Saturday mornings.  Usually, we host these presentations at the Harwich Community Center, but this time around you can enjoy learning from home. Explore a variety of topics from bobcats to box turtles to backyard pollinators as well as rescuing whales and eco-restoration.  This five-session…