Walks & Events


Ecosystem Explorer Adventure


Date: August 15, 2022
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Meeting Place: D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands; directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 15

If you have kids or grandkids ages 3-10, join us for this fun family program to explore the great outdoors! Naturalist Andrea Higgins will lead a habitat hike at a different conservation destination in Harwich each week. Summer is such an inviting time to get outside and learn about the wonders of nature. Birds are singing, frogs are calling, and flowers are in full bloom. Traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while creating memories with your youngsters.

You are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy lunch at a beautiful HCT property after the program!

Photo courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Andrea Petitto.


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Summer Birding Walks at Red River Beach


Date: August 16, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: August 17, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Discover migratory and resident bird species of the shore, salt marsh, and Nantucket Sound with Peter Trull on summer mornings at Red River Beach in South Harwich. Cape Cod is a migratory stopover for shorebirds like sandpipers, terns, plovers, and other species flying from the Arctic tundra to their southern wintering grounds. Year-round species also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter. Learn field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and natural history. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses.

Walk leader 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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Guided Horseshoe Crab Walk


Date: August 22, 2022
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 10
Attendee Limit: 20

What has been around for 450 million years and is older than the dinosaurs, but can still be found right here in the waters all around Cape Cod?

Please join naturalist and Horseshoe Crab enthusiast Andrea Higgins to hear incredible facts about Limulus polyphemus! Learn about their anatomy and why you shouldn't pick them up by their tails, plus the unique traits of their blue blood and its important uses in healthcare. These prehistoric creatures never cease to amaze.

This walk is suitable for all ages. Enjoy a beach stroll and Horseshoe Crab search along Pleasant Bay at low tide.


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Ecosystem Explorer Adventure


Date: August 22, 2022
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Meeting Place: Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve; directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 15

If you have kids or grandkids ages 3-10, join us for this fun family program to explore the great outdoors! Naturalist Andrea Higgins will lead a habitat hike at a different conservation destination in Harwich each week. Summer is such an inviting time to get outside and learn about the wonders of nature. Birds are singing, frogs are calling, and flowers are in full bloom. Traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while creating memories with your youngsters.

You are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy lunch at a beautiful HCT property after the program!

Photo courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Andrea Petitto.


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Summer Birding Walks at Red River Beach


Date: August 23, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: August 24, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Discover migratory and resident bird species of the shore, salt marsh, and Nantucket Sound with Peter Trull on summer mornings at Red River Beach in South Harwich. Cape Cod is a migratory stopover for shorebirds like sandpipers, terns, plovers, and other species flying from the Arctic tundra to their southern wintering grounds. Year-round species also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter. Learn field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and natural history. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses.

Walk leader 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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Bicycle Tour of Harwich Conservation Lands


Date: August 24, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: August 25, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Connor O'Brien
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 12

Join Harwich Conservation Trust's Director of Land Stewardship Connor O'Brien on the Cape Cod Rail Trail for an educational bike ride through Harwich. Learn about the importance of conserving natural lands to protect native plants, animals, and water quality. This ride will introduce cyclists to local hiking trails, teach about native plant communities, and highlight interesting geologic as well as historic features of conservation destinations.

We will begin at the bike trail entrance at Brooks Park in Harwich, travel to the Herring River on the north edge of Bell's Neck Conservation Lands, ride past Island Pond Conservation Lands and HCT's William & Barbara Hacker Wildlife Sanctuary, and end at HCT's new Hinckleys Pond - Herring River Headwaters Preserve. There will be an opportunity for riders to get a refreshment at the Pizza Shark on Pleasant Lake Ave. before heading back to Brooks Park.

This ride will be 10 miles round trip. Riders should bring a bike, helmet, water, and funds for a refreshment if desired along the way.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Dragons and Damsels Guided Walk


Date: August 25, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 10

Dragonflies and damselflies have been flying over wetlands, meadows, and woodlands for over 300 million years, making them one of the most primitive orders of insects found on Earth today. Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull at Sand Pond Woodlands to learn about these winged jewels. Have fun practicing how to identify characteristic field marks that distinguish species. Patience is key to recognize subtle differences. As the summer progresses, so will the diversity and flight times of the dragons and damsels. Folks are enjoying these safaris exploring the Sand Pond Woodlands and have spotted a variety of species! Bring binoculars and, if desired, a camera as well.


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Summer Birding Walks at Red River Beach


Date: August 30, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: August 31, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Discover migratory and resident bird species of the shore, salt marsh, and Nantucket Sound with Peter Trull on summer mornings at Red River Beach in South Harwich. Cape Cod is a migratory stopover for shorebirds like sandpipers, terns, plovers, and other species flying from the Arctic tundra to their southern wintering grounds. Year-round species also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter. Learn field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and natural history. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses.

Walk leader 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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Past Events

Summer Birding Walks at Red River Beach

Date: August 16, 2022

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Discover migratory and resident bird species of the shore, salt marsh, and Nantucket Sound with Peter Trull on summer mornings at Red River Beach in South Harwich. Cape Cod is a migratory stopover for shorebirds like sandpipers, terns, plovers, and other species flying from the Arctic tundra to their southern wintering grounds. Year-round species also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter. Learn field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and natural history. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses.

Walk leader 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.

Ecosystem Explorer Adventure

Date: August 15, 2022

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If you have kids or grandkids ages 3-10, join us for this fun family program to explore the great outdoors! Naturalist Andrea Higgins will lead a habitat hike at a different conservation destination in Harwich each week. Summer is such an inviting time to get outside and learn about the wonders of nature. Birds are singing, frogs are calling, and flowers are in full bloom. Traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while creating memories with your youngsters.

You are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy lunch at a beautiful HCT property after the program!

Photo courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Andrea Petitto.

Dragons and Damsels Guided Walk

Date: August 11, 2022

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Dragonflies and damselflies have been flying over wetlands, meadows, and woodlands for over 300 million years, making them one of the most primitive orders of insects found on Earth today. Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull at Sand Pond Woodlands to learn about these winged jewels. Have fun practicing how to identify characteristic field marks that distinguish species. Patience is key to recognize subtle differences. As the summer progresses, so will the diversity and flight times of the dragons and damsels. Folks are enjoying these safaris exploring the Sand Pond Woodlands and have spotted a variety of species! Bring binoculars and, if desired, a camera as well.

Bicycle Tour of Harwich Conservation Lands

Date: August 10, 2022

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Join Harwich Conservation Trust's Director of Land Stewardship Connor O'Brien on the Cape Cod Rail Trail for an educational bike ride through Harwich. Learn about the importance of conserving natural lands to protect native plants, animals, and water quality. This ride will introduce cyclists to local hiking trails, teach about native plant communities, and highlight interesting geologic as well as historic features of conservation destinations.

We will begin at the bike trail entrance at Brooks Park in Harwich, travel to the Herring River on the north edge of Bell's Neck Conservation Lands, ride past Island Pond Conservation Lands and HCT's William & Barbara Hacker Wildlife Sanctuary, and end at HCT's new Hinckleys Pond - Herring River Headwaters Preserve. There will be an opportunity for riders to get a refreshment at the Pizza Shark on Pleasant Lake Ave. before heading back to Brooks Park.

This ride will be 10 miles round trip. Riders should bring a bike, helmet, water, and funds for a refreshment if desired along the way.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Beetham.

Summer Birding Walks at Red River Beach

Date: August 9, 2022

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Discover migratory and resident bird species of the shore, salt marsh, and Nantucket Sound with Peter Trull on summer mornings at Red River Beach in South Harwich. Cape Cod is a migratory stopover for shorebirds like sandpipers, terns, plovers, and other species flying from the Arctic tundra to their southern wintering grounds. Year-round species also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter. Learn field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and natural history. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses.

Walk leader 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.

Ecosystem Explorer Adventure

Date: August 8, 2022

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If you have kids or grandkids ages 3-10, join us for this fun family program to explore the great outdoors! Naturalist Andrea Higgins will lead a habitat hike at a different conservation destination in Harwich each week. Summer is such an inviting time to get outside and learn about the wonders of nature. Birds are singing, frogs are calling, and flowers are in full bloom. Traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while creating memories with your youngsters.

You are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy lunch at a beautiful HCT property after the program!

Photo courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Andrea Petitto.

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