HCT News

Photo by David Colantuono, The Cape Codder

Your donation will be matched to save 17 acres!

July 19, 2016

Click here to watch the exciting new video with aerial footage! Harwich Conservation Trust has until Jan. 10, 2017 to raise the funds necessary to purchase & preserve 17 acres in Harwich and Chatham with 1,400 feet of shoreline on Muddy Creek (Monomoy River) that flows into Pleasant Bay. If we don’t save this land, it…

donation dedication

July 19th: More Walk, Less Talk

July 14, 2016

Free, guided walk in the Island Pond Conservation Lands More Walk, Less Talk:  Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (9:00 – 10:30 a.m.) Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, join volunteer walk leader Pat Sarantis for a woodland walk through the lesser known Island Pond Conservation Lands. View a working cranberry bog, pass by the Cape Cod Lavender…


June 25, 2016: Botany Adventures at Cold Brook Preserve

June 9, 2016

Free, guided walk Saturday, June 25th, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Botany Adventures at HCT’s Cold Brook Preserve Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), join botanist Robert (Bob) Zaremba, Ph.D., to learn about the many different plants found at HCT’s largest preserve (66-acre Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve) located in the heart of Harwich Port.…

donation dedication

June 22, 2016: Cane Gang Walk

June 9, 2016

Free, guided walk Wednesday, June 22nd, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Join the Cane Gang at HCT’s Cold Brook Preserve Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), join Eve Martin on a short, leisurely, slower-paced walk (approx. half-mile) to enjoy the sights and sounds of HCT’s largest preserve (66-acre Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve) located in…

American Lady on Cone Flower at Janet DiMattia

Aug. 19, 2016: Birds & Butterflies Walk

June 9, 2016

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), join Town of Harwich Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski on Friday, August 19th (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.) for a free, guided walk to learn about the natural history, birds, butterflies (photo of American lady butterfly by Janet DiMattia), and other pollinators of Thompson’s Field.  This walk is free, but please…

Group Photo

Successful 2nd Annual Tour de Trash!

May 9, 2016

On behalf of the staff and Trustees of the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), the Town Conservation Department, and the Tour de Trash Committee, thank you for volunteering your time to support Harwich’s 2nd annual ‘Tour de Trash’ town-wide spring clean-up! 75 Volunteers fanned out across town on Saturday, April 30th to remove 440 pounds of trash…

Great blue heron lifting off by Janet DiMattia

May 2nd Voters Help HCT Strive Forward

May 2, 2016

Muddy Creek Headwaters Project: Town Meeting Voters Authorize $500,000 At the May 2, 2016 Harwich Town Meeting, voters unanimously passed Article 38 authorizing $500,000 in Town Community Preservation Act funds toward the Muddy Creek Headwaters Land Preservation Project. The goal of the project is to preserve 17 acres (~14 acres in E. Harwich & ~3…

Muddy Creek looking downstream by David Colantuono The Cape Codder

Vote YES on Article 38: Help Save 17 Acres

April 29, 2016

Muddy Creek Headwaters Project:  Protect 17 acres with ~1,400 feet of shoreline Vote YES on Article 38 in the May 2, 2016 Annual Town Meeting Warrant to help preserve 17 acres (~14 acres in E. Harwich & ~3 acres in Chatham) with approx. 1,400 feet of shoreline on Muddy Creek that flows into Pleasant Bay…

Service Enterprise - CERTIFIED LOGO

HCT Volunteer Program Awarded National Certification

April 12, 2016

Harwich Conservation Trust is pleased to announce that Points of Light, a national, independent, nonpartisan, non-profit focused on promoting volunteerism, certified the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) as a Service Enterprise, which is defined as an organization that effectively engages volunteers to successfully deliver its mission. HCT’s mission is to preserve land that protects woods, water,…

sunset by Charles Burke

3-Walk Series: Native American History, April 2016

April 6, 2016

This walk series is now full. If you would like to add your name(s) to the waiting list, please email your name(s) and phone number to: hctevents@gmail.com. Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, Brewster Conservation Trust, Dennis Conservation Trust, and the Native Land Conservancy, 12th generation Cape Codder Todd Kelley and native Nipmuck/Wampanoag Marcus Hendricks will lead…

Wildlife Tracking Workshop

March 11, 2016

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 (9:00 – 11:30 a.m.) Rain date: Sunday, April 3rd (same time) Location: Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands (directions will be emailed after you pay in advance by credit card)  Price: $15 per person  – limited space available Registration: Click here to register and pay by credit card. Workshop Description: Sponsored by Harwich Conservation…

white shark stranding

2016: HCT Events

December 2, 2015

HCT’s January & February Winter Talks are held at the Harwich Community Center (#100 Oak St., Harwich, MA 02645) in the multi-purpose room. The “Eyes on Owls” Live Owl event on March 5th with up to seven different species and the “Meet Your Local Farmers” event on April 2nd with more than 40 exhibitors are both held in the Community Center’s…