Walks & Events


Thanksgiving Mindful Nature Walk


Date: November 24, 2022
Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins to greet Thanksgiving in gratitude at HCT's Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve. Begin the holiday by reconnecting with self and the great outdoors while giving thanks for nature's many gifts. Clear your mind and hone in on each of your senses while breathing in the crisp fall air, admiring the forest decorated in a mosaic of autumn earth tones, and enjoying the whispers of wind rustling leaves.

The Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts focuses on enhancing health and personal well-being through teaching yoga, nutrition, mindfulness, and other supportive practices. Kripalu-trained Mindful Outdoor Guides like Andrea offer "powerful nature-based experiences - combining forest bathing, Ayurveda, meditation, and practical outdoor skills - for people of all ages and backgrounds."


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Barrier Beach Walk: Doane Rock, Eastham


Date: November 26, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 10

*Please note that this is a higher intensity walk given the distance hiking through the soft sand*

This guided walk is sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Eastham Conservation Foundation. We will meet at the Doane Rock Parking Area in Eastham to begin our adventure, admiring the largest glacial erratic in Massachusetts! Briefly learn about glaciers forming our beloved Cape Cod before heading out on the trails to experience woods, marshes, barrier beaches, and the Atlantic Ocean. Fall in love with Cape Cod all over again as we admire some of the best and most stunning views around. This hike will last about 2 hours and will cover 2.5-3 miles. There will be varying terrain including very soft sand and wooded trails. The tides may create muddy and squishy trails.


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Meditative Nature Walk


Date: November 28, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Reconnect with nature and ease away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while traipsing through peaceful woodland hollows and enjoying serene salt marsh views on a Meditative Nature Walk. Clear your mind and hone in on each of your senses while breathing in the crisp fall air, admiring the forest decorated in a mosaic of autumn earth tones, and enjoying the whispers of wind rustling leaves.

Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins for this unique opportunity to connect with self and nature while practicing mindfulness at a different conservation destination in Harwich each week. Release stress, settle your awareness on nature's soothing atmosphere, and gain inspiration from the living Earth.

Spending time outside, immersed in the gifts of nature is an amazing antidote to the fast pace of modern living. You are invited to rekindle your nature connection and experience what many outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, poets, and indigenous cultures have long known: the great outdoors is good for us. Spark your sense of wonder, slow down, and admire all the beauty that surrounds us. Stroll scenic trails and feel the calming benefits of being completely present among the bounty of your local conservation lands.

Join Andrea for an exploration of your senses surrounded by nature.


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Preschool Explorers Club


Date: November 29, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: November 30, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 16
Age Limit: for kids ages 2-5

Please join us this November for a Preschool Explorer adventure for families with youngsters aged 2-5. Join Naturalist Miss Andrea to get outside, get creative, and get moving while learning about the land we live on. Enjoy the beautiful leaves decorating the trees and twirling to the ground in a colorful dance at a different Preserve each week. Together we will play and wander, learn and ponder, create and question.


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Bell’s Neck Birding Walk


Date: November 29, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

This fall, please join field naturalist and author Peter Trull for a birding walk/field class at Bell's Neck Conservation Lands. November is the month of new arrivals -- gone are the songbirds of summer as the migratory flocks of tree swallows and many others have moved on. Now we look to the sparkling West Reservoir for waterfowl and raptors. Ducks, loons, grebes, hawks, and eagles soar in on the brisk autumn wind.

Immerse yourself into the life of birds by learning about species identification, unique adaptations, and behaviors. All birding interest and experience levels welcome! Please bring binoculars.

Peter Trull has been involved in Research and Education for over 45 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has written nine books about Cape Cod natural history. His most recent book Birds of Paradox-The Life of Terns was released in spring 2019. His upcoming book, Cape Cod – Once Around the Sun, is a tribute to John Hay and his 1961 classic Nature’s Year.


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Free Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve Walk


Date: November 30, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Connor O'Brien
Price: FREE
Attendee Limit: 15

Please join us for a free guided walk led by Harwich Conservation Trust's Director of Land Stewardship Connor O’Brien at the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. Learn about the important changes that will result from the planned ecological restoration designed to improve the health of habitats, water quality, and wildlife as well as enhance the visitor experience.

In 2001, HCT acquired this property of retired bogs and surrounding upland in the heart of Harwich Port. Cold Brook flows through the 66 acres to Saquatucket Harbor on Nantucket Sound. In the fall of 2015, the Preserve was named in honor of Robert F. Smith, HCT Founding Trustee and President for 27 years.


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Beech Forest Mindful Nature Walk


Date: December 3, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

This guided walk is sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Provincetown Conservation Trust. Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins for a unique way to experience the beauty of the Beech Forest. Slowly saunter the trails while admiring brilliant green moss, sand dunes, the Beech Forest, and the sparkling Blackwater Pond to immerse yourself in the gifts of nature. This guided mindful walk will gently invite you to notice all that is around you, engage your senses, and absorb the healing properties of the forests. This walk will cover a 1-mile loop and last approximately 2 hours. There will be one slight incline with varying terrain.


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Preschool Explorers Club


Date: December 6, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 16
Age Limit: for kids ages 2-5

Families with youngsters aged 2-5 along with their parents, grandparents, and caregivers have lots to discover in December with the newest Preschool Explorer adventures around the corner. Join Naturalist Miss Andrea to get outside, get creative, and get moving. Celebrate the shifting seasons at a different Preserve each week while learning about the land we live on. Together we will play and wander, learn and ponder, create and question.


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Free Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve Walk


Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Connor O'Brien
Price: FREE
Attendee Limit: 15

Please join us for a free guided walk led by Harwich Conservation Trust's Director of Land Stewardship Connor O’Brien at the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. Learn about the important changes that will result from the planned ecological restoration designed to improve the health of habitats, water quality, and wildlife as well as enhance the visitor experience.

In 2001, HCT acquired this property of retired bogs and surrounding upland in the heart of Harwich Port. Cold Brook flows through the 66 acres to Saquatucket Harbor on Nantucket Sound. In the fall of 2015, the Preserve was named in honor of Robert F. Smith, HCT Founding Trustee and President for 27 years.


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Pamet Dunes & Bearberrry Hill Hike


Date: December 10, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 10

*Please note that this is a higher intensity walk given the distance hiking through the soft sand*
This guided walk, sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Truro Conservation Trust, includes a scenic overlook featuring giant sand dunes and an impressive and expansive view of the Atlantic Ocean. An overwhelming appreciation and understanding of Henry David Thoreau's quote rings true "...stand there and put all America behind him." Join us to hike through various terrains and ecosystems to experience a real Cape Cod wonder. This hike will cover approximately 3 miles and will last 2 hours. We will cover varying terrain including soft sand. Recommended for more experienced hikers.


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Preschool Explorers Club


Date: December 13, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: December 14, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 16
Age Limit: for kids ages 2-5

Families with youngsters aged 2-5 along with their parents, grandparents, and caregivers have lots to discover in December with the newest Preschool Explorer adventures around the corner. Join Naturalist Miss Andrea to get outside, get creative, and get moving. Celebrate the shifting seasons at a different Preserve each week while learning about the land we live on. Together we will play and wander, learn and ponder, create and question.


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Free Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve Walk


Date: December 14, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Connor O'Brien
Price: FREE
Attendee Limit: 15

Please join us for a free guided walk led by Harwich Conservation Trust's Director of Land Stewardship Connor O’Brien at the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. Learn about the important changes that will result from the planned ecological restoration designed to improve the health of habitats, water quality, and wildlife as well as enhance the visitor experience.

In 2001, HCT acquired this property of retired bogs and surrounding upland in the heart of Harwich Port. Cold Brook flows through the 66 acres to Saquatucket Harbor on Nantucket Sound. In the fall of 2015, the Preserve was named in honor of Robert F. Smith, HCT Founding Trustee and President for 27 years.


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Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Mindful Nature Walk


Date: December 17, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

This mindful nature walk in the picturesque Atlantic White Cedar Swamp is sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Wellfleet Conservation Trust. We invite you to slow down and notice the details and tremendous beauty found in this ethereal area of Wellfleet. Hike for approximately 2 hours and cover 2 miles. There will be varying terrain including soft sand as we enter the boardwalk area of the swamp. Walk Guide Andrea Higgins will meet you in the parking lot to lead you to the boardwalk and start of the walk.


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Preschool Explorers Club


Date: December 20, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: December 21, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 16
Age Limit: for kids ages 2-5

Families with youngsters aged 2-5 along with their parents, grandparents, and caregivers have lots to discover in December with the newest Preschool Explorer adventures around the corner. Join Naturalist Miss Andrea to get outside, get creative, and get moving. Celebrate the shifting seasons at a different Preserve each week while learning about the land we live on. Together we will play and wander, learn and ponder, create and question.


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Preschool Explorers Club


Date: December 27, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: December 28, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 16
Age Limit: for kids ages 2-5

Families with youngsters aged 2-5 along with their parents, grandparents, and caregivers have lots to discover in December with the newest Preschool Explorer adventures around the corner. Join Naturalist Miss Andrea to get outside, get creative, and get moving. Celebrate the shifting seasons at a different Preserve each week while learning about the land we live on. Together we will play and wander, learn and ponder, create and question.


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Past Events

Barrier Beach Walk: Doane Rock, Eastham

Date: November 26, 2022

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*Please note that this is a higher intensity walk given the distance hiking through the soft sand*

This guided walk is sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Eastham Conservation Foundation. We will meet at the Doane Rock Parking Area in Eastham to begin our adventure, admiring the largest glacial erratic in Massachusetts! Briefly learn about glaciers forming our beloved Cape Cod before heading out on the trails to experience woods, marshes, barrier beaches, and the Atlantic Ocean. Fall in love with Cape Cod all over again as we admire some of the best and most stunning views around. This hike will last about 2 hours and will cover 2.5-3 miles. There will be varying terrain including very soft sand and wooded trails. The tides may create muddy and squishy trails.

Thanksgiving Mindful Nature Walk

Date: November 24, 2022

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Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins to greet Thanksgiving in gratitude at HCT's Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve. Begin the holiday by reconnecting with self and the great outdoors while giving thanks for nature's many gifts. Clear your mind and hone in on each of your senses while breathing in the crisp fall air, admiring the forest decorated in a mosaic of autumn earth tones, and enjoying the whispers of wind rustling leaves.

The Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts focuses on enhancing health and personal well-being through teaching yoga, nutrition, mindfulness, and other supportive practices. Kripalu-trained Mindful Outdoor Guides like Andrea offer "powerful nature-based experiences - combining forest bathing, Ayurveda, meditation, and practical outdoor skills - for people of all ages and backgrounds."

Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Date: November 22, 2022

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This fall, please join field naturalist and author Peter Trull for a birding walk/field class at Bell's Neck Conservation Lands. November is the month of new arrivals -- gone are the songbirds of summer as the migratory flocks of tree swallows and many others have moved on. Now we look to the sparkling West Reservoir for waterfowl and raptors. Ducks, loons, grebes, hawks, and eagles soar in on the brisk autumn wind.

Immerse yourself into the life of birds by learning about species identification, unique adaptations, and behaviors. All birding interest and experience levels welcome! Please bring binoculars.

Peter Trull has been involved in Research and Education for over 45 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has written nine books about Cape Cod natural history. His most recent book Birds of Paradox-The Life of Terns was released in spring 2019. His upcoming book, Cape Cod – Once Around the Sun, is a tribute to John Hay and his 1961 classic Nature’s Year.

Preschool Explorers Club

Date: November 22, 2022

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Please join us this November for a Preschool Explorer adventure for families with youngsters aged 2-5. Join Naturalist Miss Andrea to get outside, get creative, and get moving while learning about the land we live on. Enjoy the beautiful leaves decorating the trees and twirling to the ground in a colorful dance at a different Preserve each week. Together we will play and wander, learn and ponder, create and question.

Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Meditative Nature Walk, Wellfleet

Date: November 19, 2022

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This meditative nature walk in the picturesque Atlantic White Cedar Swamp is sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Wellfleet Conservation Trust. We invite you to slow down and notice the details and tremendous beauty found in this ethereal area of Wellfleet. Hike for approximately 2 hours and cover 2 miles. There will be varying terrain including soft sand as we enter the boardwalk area of the swamp. Walk Guide Andrea Higgins will meet you in the parking lot to lead you to the boardwalk and start of the walk.

Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Date: November 15, 2022

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This fall, please join field naturalist and author Peter Trull for a birding walk/field class at Bell's Neck Conservation Lands. November is the month of new arrivals -- gone are the songbirds of summer as the migratory flocks of tree swallows and many others have moved on. Now we look to the sparkling West Reservoir for waterfowl and raptors. Ducks, loons, grebes, hawks, and eagles soar in on the brisk autumn wind.

Immerse yourself into the life of birds by learning about species identification, unique adaptations, and behaviors. All birding interest and experience levels welcome! Please bring binoculars.

Peter Trull has been involved in Research and Education for over 45 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has written nine books about Cape Cod natural history. His most recent book Birds of Paradox-The Life of Terns was released in spring 2019. His upcoming book, Cape Cod – Once Around the Sun, is a tribute to John Hay and his 1961 classic Nature’s Year.

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