Walks & Events


Bell’s Neck Birding Walk


redtailed hawk Date: October 28, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: October 29, 2021
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Bells’ Neck Conservation Lands (Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.)
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12
Age Limit: 12

Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Thursday, Oct. 28th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for hawks, eagles, herons, songbirds, and waterfowl. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. Peter will also have copies of his birding book available for purchase: An Illustrated Guide to the Common Birds of Cape Cod.


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Newbies in Nature


Date: November 2, 2021
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Meeting Place: Discover a different conservation destination each week. Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 10
Attendee Limit: 10
Age Limit: 0-2

Join Naturalist Andrea Higgins with your 0-2 year old in a wrap, sling, front pack or backpack and explore the conservation lands in Harwich. Meet other parents/caregivers with babies in backpacks on the trails. Wearing your little one in a pack makes walking, hiking and connecting with other like-minded folks both possible and fun. Let's enjoy introducing our newest community members (your Newbies in Nature) to the great outdoors, the beautiful conservation lands in Harwich, and to our friends, our families, and our community.

Each week we will explore a different conservation area together:

Tues., Nov. 2nd (11-12:30)-Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve
Tues., Nov. 9th (11-12:30)-Coy's Brooks Woodlands
Tues., Nov. 16th (11-12:30)-Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve
Tues., Nov. 23rd (11-12:30)-Bell's Neck Conservation Lands
Tues., Nov. 30th (11-12:30)-Cornelius Pond Woodlands

Each walk is $10 per caregiver with kiddo in a carrier or $45 for 5 walks.


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Preschool Explorers


Date: November 2, 2021
Time: 9-10:30am
Meeting Place: Discover a different conservation destination each week. Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 10
Attendee Limit: 10
Age Limit: 2-5

Each walk is $10 per caregiver and $5 per child.

This program designed for families with youngsters aged 2-5 years is a wonderful way to spend time outdoors with your preschoolers discovering nature together. It's a great opportunity to foster curiosity and awe of the natural world. Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) is inviting parents/caregivers with their preschoolers to join Naturalist Andrea Higgins in exploring our beautiful conservation lands.

Discover a different conservation destination each week:
Tues., Nov. 2nd (9-10:30)-Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve
Tues., Nov. 9th (9-10:30)-Coy's Brooks Woodlands
Tues., Nov. 16th (9-10:30)-Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve
Tues., Nov. 23rd (9-10:30)-Bell's Neck Conservation Lands
Tues., Nov. 30th (9-10:30)-Cornelius Pond Woodlands

Join one adventure at a time ( $10 per adult/ $5 per child) or all five & save ($40 per adult/$20 per child).


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Guided Mindful Nature Walk


Date: November 6, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: December 18, 2021
Time: 9-11am
Meeting Place: Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve. Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 18
Attendee Limit: 12
Age Limit: 15

Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins for this unique opportunity to connect with self and nature while practicing mindfulness. Release stress, settle your awareness on nature's soothing atmosphere, and gain inspiration from the living earth.

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."

Each 2 hour (9-11 a.m.) walk is $18.
Or join all five for $75.

Dates & Conservation Destinations:
Sat., Nov. 6th, Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve
Sat., Nov. 13th, Coy's Brook Woodlands
Sat., Nov. 20th, Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve
Sat., Nov. 27th, Bell's Neck Conservation Lands
Sat., Dec. 4th, Cornelius Pond Woodlands


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HCT Annual Mtg. & CBS Correspondent Seth Doane


Date: November 6, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Meeting Place: Virtual via zoom
Price: FREE

The nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) invites all who are interested to attend its 33rd Annual Meeting virtually (via zoom) on Nov. 6th (1-2:30 p.m. EST) to hear featured speaker Seth Doane discuss his global environmental assignments, including his recent interview with Dr. Jane Goodall. HCT will also honor Hinckleys Pond Association as HCT's 2021 Conservationist of the Year, recognize outstanding volunteers, and give an update on its 31-acre Hinckleys Pond-Herring River Headwaters Project.

Seth was born on the Cape and raised in Harwich, graduating high school in 1996. After graduating from USC's Annenberg School for Communication, Seth began his career as a television correspondent. He became a news anchor with Channel One News, a national news network for high schools, through which he traveled to San Salvador, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Sudan.

At age 22, he earned an Emmy Award nomination for a segment about school security and in 2004 won a Peabody Award for his series on the Sudan. From 2006-07, Seth worked with CNN covering South Asia while based out of New Delhi. In 2007, CBS News hired Seth to cover national issues. From 2013-16, Seth was based in Beijing, China covering events in Asia. Since 2016, he has been covering Africa, Europe and the Middle East while based in Rome. Recently, Seth was nominated for an Emmy for a story about the “global seed vault” on Spitsbergen island, part of a remote Arctic Norwegian chain of islands known as Svalbard.

After you register below, you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link.


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Storms, Shipwrecks & Rescues National Seashore Walk


Jason shipwreck hct credit CCNS Date: November 13, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: November 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 - noon
Meeting Place: Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.
Leader: Don Wilding
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 25
Age Limit: 15

Travel across more than three centuries to hear about historic shipwrecks and rescues along the Outer Beach, ranging from the wreck of the Sparrow Hawk on Nauset Beach in 1626 to the Eldia in 1984. Walk leader Don Wilding, author of three books about Cape Cod history, including “Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Tragedy & Triumph” released this year, will also explore some of the dramatic storms from the “Portland Gale” of 1898 to the Blizzard of ’78,” and their effects on the shifting sands of the Outer Beach. This guided walk in the National Seashore is cosponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Eastham Conservation Foundation.


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Guided Mindful Nature Walk


Date: November 13, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: December 18, 2021
Time: 9-11am
Meeting Place: Coy's Brook Woodlands. Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 18
Attendee Limit: 12
Age Limit: 15

Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins for this unique opportunity to connect with self and nature while practicing mindfulness. Release stress, settle your awareness on nature's soothing atmosphere, and gain inspiration from the living earth.

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."

Each 2 hour (9-11 a.m.) walk is $18.
Or join all five for $75.

Dates & Conservation Destinations:
Sat., Nov. 6th, Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve
Sat., Nov. 13th, Coy's Brook Woodlands
Sat., Nov. 20th, Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve
Sat., Nov. 27th, Bell's Neck Conservation Lands
Sat., Dec. 4th, Cornelius Pond Woodlands


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Hikin’ for Lichens in Hawksnest


Date: November 13, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: November 14, 2021
Time: noon - 2 p.m.
Meeting Place: Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.
Leader: Tom Walker
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 15
Age Limit: 12

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), join walk leader Tom Walker to discover the world of local lichens while exploring the scenic Olivers Pond trail in Hawksnest State Park. Lichens are symbiotic organisms formed from the union of a fungus and an alga. They stabilize and add nutrients to our soils, provide shelter for invertebrates, and promote soil formation on bare rocks. While they may be found all over the globe and in the harshest of conditions, they thrive in areas with clean air, high humidity, ample sunlight, and moderate temperatures. The constant sea breezes surrounding Cape Cod make it the ideal place to explore lichen diversity. With Tom as our guide we’ll seek out these fascinating and beautiful organisms.

Tom Walker is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. He spent several seasons surveying wildlife on the west coast for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management prior to returning to New England. He has many natural history interests and has led walks on lichens, fungi, trees, and dragonflies for the Upper Cape Naturalists Club and other organizations.


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Henry Beston & The Outermost House National Seashore Walk


Date: November 13, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: November 14, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.
Leader: Don Wilding
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 25
Age Limit: 15

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust & Eastham Conservation Foundation, join local historian and writer Don Wilding for this journey to “the earth and outer sea” of Henry Beston, author of the Cape Cod literary classic, “The Outermost House.” Beston’s book, published 90 years ago, captured the essence of Cape Cod’s “Great Beach” and served as an inspiration for the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore. On this walk overlooking Nauset Marsh and the Great Beach, Wilding tells the story of how and why Beston, an ambulance driver in World War I, came here, what he experienced during his “year on the beach,” and how “The Outermost House” became a National Literary Landmark before it was swept away by the sea in the “Blizzard of ’78.”


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Guided Mindful Nature Walks


Date: November 20, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: December 18, 2021
Time: 9-11am
Meeting Place: Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 18
Attendee Limit: 12
Age Limit: 15

Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins for this unique opportunity to connect with self and nature while practicing mindfulness. Release stress, settle your awareness on nature's soothing atmosphere, and gain inspiration from the living earth.

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."

Each 2 hour (9-11 a.m.) walk is $18.
Or join all five for $75.

Dates & Conservation Destinations:
Sat., Nov. 6th, Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve
Sat., Nov. 13th, Coy's Brook Woodlands
Sat., Nov. 20th, Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve
Sat., Nov. 27th, Bell's Neck Conservation Lands
Sat., Dec. 4th, Cornelius Pond Woodlands


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Hikin’ for Lichens in Hawksnest


Date: November 20, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: November 21, 2021
Time: noon - 2 p.m.
Meeting Place: Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.
Leader: Tom Walker
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 15
Age Limit: 12

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), join walk leader Tom Walker to discover the world of local lichens while exploring the scenic Olivers Pond trail in Hawksnest State Park. Lichens are symbiotic organisms formed from the union of a fungus and an alga. They stabilize and add nutrients to our soils, provide shelter for invertebrates, and promote soil formation on bare rocks. While they may be found all over the globe and in the harshest of conditions, they thrive in areas with clean air, high humidity, ample sunlight, and moderate temperatures. The constant sea breezes surrounding Cape Cod make it the ideal place to explore lichen diversity. With Tom as our guide we’ll seek out these fascinating and beautiful organisms.

Tom Walker is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. He spent several seasons surveying wildlife on the west coast for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management prior to returning to New England. He has many natural history interests and has led walks on lichens, fungi, trees, and dragonflies for the Upper Cape Naturalists Club and other organizations.


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Guided Mindful Nature Walks


Date: November 27, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: December 18, 2021
Time: 9-11am
Meeting Place: Bells Neck Conservation Lands. Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 18
Attendee Limit: 12
Age Limit: 15

Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins for this unique opportunity to connect with self and nature while practicing mindfulness. Release stress, settle your awareness on nature's soothing atmosphere, and gain inspiration from the living earth.

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."

Each 2 hour (9-11 a.m.) walk is $18.
Or join all five for $75.

Dates & Conservation Destinations:
Sat., Nov. 6th, Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve
Sat., Nov. 13th, Coy's Brook Woodlands
Sat., Nov. 20th, Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve
Sat., Nov. 27th, Bell's Neck Conservation Lands
Sat., Dec. 4th, Cornelius Pond Woodlands


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Guided Mindful Nature Walks


Date: December 4, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: December 18, 2021
Time: 9-11am
Meeting Place: Cornelius Pond Woodlands. Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 18
Attendee Limit: 12
Age Limit: 15

Join Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins for this unique opportunity to connect with self and nature while practicing mindfulness. Release stress, settle your awareness on nature's soothing atmosphere, and gain inspiration from the living earth.

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."

Each 2 hour (9-11 a.m.) walk is $18.
Or join all five for $75.

Dates & Conservation Destinations:
Sat., Nov. 6th, Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve
Sat., Nov. 13th, Coy's Brook Woodlands
Sat., Nov. 20th, Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve
Sat., Nov. 27th, Bell's Neck Conservation Lands
Sat., Dec. 4th, Cornelius Pond Woodlands


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Past Events

Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Date: October 26, 2021

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Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Tuesday, Oct. 26th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for hawks, eagles, herons, songbirds, and waterfowl. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. Peter will also have copies of his birding book available for purchase: An Illustrated Guide to the Common Birds of Cape Cod.

Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Date: October 21, 2021

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Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Thursday, Oct. 21st (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for hawks, eagles, herons, songbirds, and waterfowl. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. Peter will also have copies of his birding book available for purchase: An Illustrated Guide to the Common Birds of Cape Cod.

Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Date: October 19, 2021

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Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Tuesday, Oct. 19th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for hawks, eagles, herons, songbirds, and waterfowl. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. Peter will also have copies of his birding book available for purchase: An Illustrated Guide to the Common Birds of Cape Cod.

Walk: Frost Fish Creek

Date: October 15, 2021

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This is a free guided walk led by land stewards Connor O’Brien of Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and Julie Baca of Chatham Conservation Foundation (CCF). Learn about Cape Cod’s unique plant communities, freshwater waterways, and habitat restoration potential at CCF’s Frost Fish Creek in Chatham. Over the past few years, Julie has been enthusiastically working to expand her knowledge of Cape Cod flora. She will discuss plant identification basics, pointing out both native and invasive plant species. Connor will teach walk participants about the function of wetlands, freshwater waterways, and estuaries on Cape Cod and the important fish species that rely on those habitats. Eagerly awaiting the herring running every year, and having worked in environmental education, this is a subject that Connor loves to talk about.

CCF acquired almost 50 acres that now protect Frost Fish Creek over a span of 33 years. The 1.1-mile walking trail meanders along the eastern edge of Frost Fish Creek offering walkers glimpses of an old cranberry operation, which has reverted into open wetlands. As you walk along the high trail, borrow pits for sanding the bogs appear on either side of the path. With its unique configuration featuring a brackish-freshwater tidal wetland viewable from upland Pine/Oak woodlands, this area offers varied and numerous opportunities to experience seasonal bird and mammal life.

Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Date: October 14, 2021

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Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Thursday, Oct. 14th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for hawks, eagles, herons, songbirds, and waterfowl. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. Peter will also have copies of his birding book available for purchase: An Illustrated Guide to the Common Birds of Cape Cod.

Walk: Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve

Date: October 13, 2021

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This is a free guided walk led by Land Stewards Connor O’Brien of Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and Julie Baca of Chatham Conservation Foundation (CCF). Learn about Cape Cod’s unique plant communities, freshwater waterways, and habitat restoration potential at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve in Harwich Port. Over the past few years, Julie has been enthusiastically working to expand her knowledge of Cape Cod flora. She will discuss plant identification basics, pointing out both native and invasive plant species. Connor will teach walk participants about the function of wetlands, freshwater waterways, and estuaries on Cape Cod and the important fish species that rely on those habitats. Eagerly awaiting the herring running every year, and having worked in environmental education, this is a subject that Connor loves to talk about.

In 2001, HCT preserved 66 acres of wetland and surrounding upland in the heart of Harwich Port. The Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve protects wildlife habitat, water quality, and walking trails. 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.

This is HCT’s largest conservation destination and includes a Bluebird Trail with 44 nestboxes monitored by volunteers from the Cape Cod Bird Club and HCT.

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