Walks & Events


Spring Birding Walks in the Heart of Harwich Port


Date: May 12, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 13, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve has wide walking trails with lots of opportunities to see our seasonal, avian visitors from the south as the breeding season begins. Bird species of all kinds awaken with the longer days and warmer weather. Bluebirds, swallows, flycatchers, waterbirds and more depend on the mix of wetland, woodland, and stream habitats. Listen to the many melodies of songbirds as they search for their mates and watch as they flitter through tree branches in search of nesting materials.

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.

Peter has devoted his life to studying and teaching others about birds and bird life.

Learn about the unique adaptations, life history and habits of each bird species we encounter. Join Peter Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting immersion into the world of birds. Get excited, get sharp!


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Pamet Dunes and Bearberry Hill National Seashore Walk


Date: May 14, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 15, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 10

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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May Guided Mindful Nature Walks: Coy’s Brook Woodlands


Date: May 16, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Tune in to your senses, tune in to yourself.

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.

Spark your sense of wonder, slow down and admire all the beauty that surrounds us. Stroll scenic trails, feel the calming benefits of slowing down and being completely present among the bounty and the beauty of your local conservation lands.

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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Bell’s Neck Songbird Migration Field Walk


Date: May 16, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 18, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

The upland and wet thicket habitats around the West Reservoir at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands are prime locations to explore in mid-May. The pine/oak/tupelo woodlands and deciduous thickets of inkberry and highbush blueberry attract migratory songbirds from canopy to forest floor. Join Field Naturalist Peter Trull on a slow, focused quest for spring migrants on prime dates in May. Possible sightings include colorful warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks and orioles. Some days are more birdy than others, but we’ll focus on observing and identifying every bird we see.

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.

Peter has devoted his life to studying and teaching others about birds and bird life.

Learn about the unique adaptations, life history and habits of each bird species we encounter. Join Peter Mondays at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting immersion into the world of birds. Get excited, get sharp!


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Beech Forest Birding with Peter Trull


Date: May 17, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 18, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust & Provincetown Conservation Trust
The spectacle and excitement of warbler migration, along with scarlet tanagers, vireos, grosbeaks, and flycatchers pouring through the newly budding trees of the Beech Forest in Provincetown is an experience all birders, from novice to expert anticipate each spring. You can be there to see it all! Join Peter to find warblers and other colorful spring migrants, whirling, swirling and singing in the trees and thickets, while participants will observe and learn about all of the birds we find. See Spring migration in all of its avian beauty.

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.

Peter has devoted his life to studying and teaching others about birds and bird life. Learn about the unique adaptations, life history and habits of each bird species we encounter. Join Peter Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting immersion into the world of birds. Get excited, get sharp!


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May Preschool Explorer Adventures: Coy’s Brook Woodlands


Date: May 17, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 18, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15

A perfect fit for families with youngsters aged 2-5 years, this is a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschoolers to spend time outdoors discovering nature together!

The days are lighter longer, the birds are singing, frogs are serenading us, and flowers are beginning to push their way up through the warming Earth. So many lovely invitations to go outside to explore and play! What a wonderful time to discover the HCT properties and admire all the signs of spring.

Join Naturalist Miss Andrea at a variety of properties in Harwich and learn about the land we live on. Together we will play and wonder, learn and ponder, create and question all while playing in the beautifully preserved sanctuaries of the Harwich Conservation Trust.

HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers are invited to join us as our adventures continue.


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Spring Birding Walks in the Heart of Harwich Port


Date: May 19, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 20, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve has wide walking trails with lots of opportunities to see our seasonal, avian visitors from the south as the breeding season begins. Bird species of all kinds awaken with the longer days and warmer weather. Bluebirds, swallows, flycatchers, waterbirds and more depend on the mix of wetland, woodland, and stream habitats. Listen to the many melodies of songbirds as they search for their mates and watch as they flitter through tree branches in search of nesting materials.

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.

Peter has devoted his life to studying and teaching others about birds and bird life.

Learn about the unique adaptations, life history and habits of each bird species we encounter. Join Peter Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting immersion into the world of birds. Get excited, get sharp!


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Atlantic White Cedar Swamp National Seashore Walk


Date: May 21, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 22, 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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May Guided Mindful Nature Walks: Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve


Date: May 23, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Tune in to your senses, tune in to yourself.

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.

Spark your sense of wonder, slow down and admire all the beauty that surrounds us. Stroll scenic trails, feel the calming benefits of slowing down and being completely present among the bounty and the beauty of your local conservation lands.

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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Bell’s Neck Songbird Migration Field Walk


Date: May 23, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 24, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

The upland and wet thicket habitats around the West Reservoir at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands are prime locations to explore in mid-May. The pine/oak/tupelo woodlands and deciduous thickets of inkberry and highbush blueberry attract migratory songbirds from canopy to forest floor. Join Field Naturalist Peter Trull on a slow, focused quest for spring migrants on prime dates in May. Possible sightings include colorful warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks and orioles. Some days are more birdy than others, but we’ll focus on observing and identifying every bird we see.

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.

Peter has devoted his life to studying and teaching others about birds and bird life.

Learn about the unique adaptations, life history and habits of each bird species we encounter. Join Peter Mondays at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting immersion into the world of birds. Get excited, get sharp!


Register For This Event

May Preschool Explorer Adventures: Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve


Date: May 24, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 25, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15

A perfect fit for families with youngsters aged 2-5 years, this is a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschoolers to spend time outdoors discovering nature together!

The days are lighter longer, the birds are singing, frogs are serenading us, and flowers are beginning to push their way up through the warming Earth. So many lovely invitations to go outside to explore and play! What a wonderful time to discover the HCT properties and admire all the signs of spring.

Join Naturalist Miss Andrea at a variety of properties in Harwich and learn about the land we live on. Together we will play and wonder, learn and ponder, create and question all while playing in the beautifully preserved sanctuaries of the Harwich Conservation Trust.

HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers are invited to join us as our adventures continue.


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Cape Abilities Farm Tour


Date: May 24, 2022
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: James Barnes
Price: 15
Attendee Limit: 20

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and Cape Abilities, join in welcoming the growing season with a tour of the Cape Abilities Farm in Dennis on Tuesday, May 24th (9-10 a.m.) with James Barnes, Vice President of Philanthropy & Engagement. Since 2006, Cape Abilities Farm has been providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities while also acting as a hub in the Cape Cod community to promote local sustainable farming. The farm provides fresh, pesticide-free produce and flowers to the public through two Cape Abilities stores, farmers’ markets, restaurants, and local food pantries. Cost is $15 per person with proceeds benefiting HCT and Cape Abilities.


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Hike the Heart of the Provincetown Dunes


Date: May 25, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 26, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Mark McGrath
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 20

Cosponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Provincetown Conservation Trust, join walk leader Mark McGrath to see spectacular Outer Cape dune scenery. Hike one-way from the Beech Forest on Race Point Road through other-worldly dune peaks and valleys to the Snail Road parking area on Route 6. The hike will be 2.5-3 miles and last about 2 hours. Walkers should be in excellent physical condition to join this hike. There will be varying terrain including very soft sand, hills, and wooded trails.

Carpooling will take place beforehand at Beech Forest parking area to bring some cars to the Rt. 6 shoulder parking area opposite Snail Road.


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Barrier Beach National Seashore Walk


Date: May 28, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: May 29, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 10

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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Red River Beach Walk


Date: May 28, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Gil Newton
Price: 12
Attendee Limit: 15

Are you curious about what you find and see on your beach walks? Join field guide author and science educator Gil Newton to discover the shellfish, crabs, echinoderms (including sea cucumber), sponges, seaweeds, the "living fossil," and other creatures that share our sandy shores. Get to know your wild, intertidal neighbors at Red River Beach on Nantucket Sound.

Gil's field guides will be available for purchase ($10) at each walk. Titles include: "Marine Habitats of Cape Cod," "Mysteries of Seaweed," "Activities for the Cape Cod Beachcomber," and "Thinking Green on Cape Cod." He'll donate all proceeds to the land-saving work of HCT.


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May Preschool Explorer Adventures: Cornelius Pond Woodlands


Date: May 31, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: June 1, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15

A perfect fit for families with youngsters aged 2-5 years, this is a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschoolers to spend time outdoors discovering nature together!

The days are lighter longer, the birds are singing, frogs are serenading us, and flowers are beginning to push their way up through the warming Earth. So many lovely invitations to go outside to explore and play! What a wonderful time to discover the HCT properties and admire all the signs of spring.

Join Naturalist Miss Andrea at a variety of properties in Harwich and learn about the land we live on. Together we will play and wonder, learn and ponder, create and question all while playing in the beautifully preserved sanctuaries of the Harwich Conservation Trust.

HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers are invited to join us as our adventures continue.


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Beech Forest National Seashore Walk


Date: June 4, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: June 5, 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 forest. 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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June Guided Mindful Nature Walks: Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve


Date: June 6, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Tune in to your senses, tune in to yourself.

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.

Spark your sense of wonder, slow down and admire all the beauty that surrounds us. Stroll scenic trails, feel the calming benefits of slowing down and being completely present among the bounty and the beauty of your local conservation lands.

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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June Preschool Explorer Adventures: Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve


Date: June 7, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: June 8, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15

A perfect fit for families with youngsters aged 2-5 years, this is a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschoolers to spend time outdoors discovering nature together!

The birds are singing, frogs are serenading us, and flowers are blooming. So many lovely invitations to go outside to explore and play! What a wonderful time to discover the HCT properties and admire all the signs of spring.

Join Naturalist Miss Andrea at a variety of properties in Harwich and learn about the land we live on. Together we will play and wonder, learn and ponder, create and question all while playing in the beautifully preserved sanctuaries of the Harwich Conservation Trust.

HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers are invited to join us as our adventures continue.


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Pamet Dunes and Bearberry Hill National Seashore Walk


Date: June 11, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: June 12, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 10

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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June Guided Mindful Nature Walks: Pleasant Bay Woodlands


Date: June 13, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Tune in to your senses, tune in to yourself.

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.

Spark your sense of wonder, slow down and admire all the beauty that surrounds us. Stroll scenic trails, feel the calming benefits of slowing down and being completely present among the bounty and the beauty of your local conservation lands.

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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June Preschool Explorer Adventures: Pleasant Bay Woodlands


Date: June 14, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: June 15, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15

A perfect fit for families with youngsters aged 2-5 years, this is a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschoolers to spend time outdoors discovering nature together!

The birds are singing, frogs are serenading us, and flowers are blooming. So many lovely invitations to go outside to explore and play! What a wonderful time to discover the HCT properties and admire all the signs of spring.

Join Naturalist Miss Andrea at a variety of properties in Harwich and learn about the land we live on. Together we will play and wonder, learn and ponder, create and question all while playing in the beautifully preserved sanctuaries of the Harwich Conservation Trust.

HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers are invited to join us as our adventures continue.


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Atlantic White Cedar Swamp National Seashore Walk


Date: June 18, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: June 19, 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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June Preschool Explorer Adventures: Red River Beach


Date: June 21, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: June 22, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15

A perfect fit for families with youngsters aged 2-5 years, this is a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschoolers to spend time outdoors discovering nature together!

The birds are singing, frogs are serenading us, and flowers are blooming. So many lovely invitations to go outside to explore and play! What a wonderful time to discover the HCT properties and celebrate the first day of summer.

Join Naturalist Miss Andrea at a variety of properties in Harwich and learn about the land we live on. Together we will play and wonder, learn and ponder, create and question all while playing in the beautifully preserved sanctuaries of the Harwich Conservation Trust.

HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers are invited to join us as our adventures continue.


Register For This Event

Barrier Beach National Seashore Walk


Date: June 25, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: June 26, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 10

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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Red River Beach Walk


Date: June 25, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Gil Newton
Price: 12
Attendee Limit: 15

Are you curious about what you find and see on your beach walks? Join field guide author and science educator Gil Newton to discover the shellfish, crabs, echinoderms (including sea cucumber), sponges, seaweeds, the "living fossil," and other creatures that share our sandy shores. Get to know your wild, intertidal neighbors at Red River Beach on Nantucket Sound.

Gil's field guides will be available for purchase ($10) at each walk. Titles include: "Marine Habitats of Cape Cod," "Mysteries of Seaweed," "Activities for the Cape Cod Beachcomber," and "Thinking Green on Cape Cod." He'll donate all proceeds to the land-saving work of HCT.


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June Guided Mindful Nature Walks: Red River Beach


Date: June 27, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Tune in to your senses, tune in to yourself.

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.

Spark your sense of wonder, slow down and admire all the beauty that surrounds us. Stroll scenic trails, feel the calming benefits of slowing down and being completely present among the bounty and the beauty of your local conservation lands.

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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June Preschool Explorer Adventures: Cape Cod Lavender Farm


Date: June 28, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: June 29, 2022
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 15

A perfect fit for families with youngsters aged 2-5 years, this is a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschoolers to spend time outdoors discovering nature together!

The birds are singing, frogs are serenading us, and flowers are blooming. So many lovely invitations to go outside to explore and play! What a wonderful time to discover the HCT properties and admire all the signs of summer.

Join Naturalist Miss Andrea at a variety of properties in Harwich and learn about the land we live on. Together we will play and wonder, learn and ponder, create and question all while playing in the beautifully preserved sanctuaries of the Harwich Conservation Trust.

HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers are invited to join us as our adventures continue.


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July Guided Mindful Nature Walk: Cape Cod Lavender Farm


Date: July 2, 2022
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Tune in to your senses, tune in to yourself.

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.

Spark your sense of wonder, slow down and admire all the beauty that surrounds us. Stroll scenic trails, feel the calming benefits of slowing down and being completely present among the bounty and the beauty of your local conservation lands.

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."


Register For This Event

Summer Birding Walks at Red River Beach


Date: July 19, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: July 20, 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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Summer Birding Walks at Red River Beach


Date: July 28, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: July 29, 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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Summer Birding Walks at Red River Beach


Date: August 2, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: August 3, 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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Summer Birding Walks at Red River Beach


Date: August 9, 2022
Inclement Weather Date: August 10, 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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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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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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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

Pamet Dunes and Bearberry Hill National Seashore Walk

Date: May 14, 2022

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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.

Spring Birding Walks in the Heart of Harwich Port

Date: May 12, 2022

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HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve has wide walking trails with lots of opportunities to see our seasonal, avian visitors from the south as the breeding season begins. Bird species of all kinds awaken with the longer days and warmer weather. Bluebirds, swallows, flycatchers, waterbirds and more depend on the mix of wetland, woodland, and stream habitats. Listen to the many melodies of songbirds as they search for their mates and watch as they flitter through tree branches in search of nesting materials.

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.

Peter has devoted his life to studying and teaching others about birds and bird life.

Learn about the unique adaptations, life history and habits of each bird species we encounter. Join Peter Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting immersion into the world of birds. Get excited, get sharp!

Beech Forest Birding with Peter Trull

Date: May 10, 2022

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Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust & Provincetown Conservation Trust
The spectacle and excitement of warbler migration, along with scarlet tanagers, vireos, grosbeaks, and flycatchers pouring through the newly budding trees of the Beech Forest in Provincetown is an experience all birders, from novice to expert anticipate each spring. You can be there to see it all! Join Peter to find warblers and other colorful spring migrants, whirling, swirling and singing in the trees and thickets, while participants will observe and learn about all of the birds we find. See Spring migration in all of its avian beauty.

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.

Peter has devoted his life to studying and teaching others about birds and bird life. Learn about the unique adaptations, life history and habits of each bird species we encounter. Join Peter Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting immersion into the world of birds. Get excited, get sharp!

May Preschool Explorer Adventures: Bell’s Neck Herring Run

Date: May 10, 2022

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A perfect fit for families with youngsters aged 2-5 years, this is a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschoolers to spend time outdoors discovering nature together!

The days are lighter longer, the birds are singing, frogs are serenading us, and flowers are beginning to push their way up through the warming Earth. So many lovely invitations to go outside to explore and play! What a wonderful time to discover the HCT properties and admire all the signs of spring.

Join Naturalist Miss Andrea at a variety of properties in Harwich and learn about the land we live on. Together we will play and wonder, learn and ponder, create and question all while playing in the beautifully preserved sanctuaries of the Harwich Conservation Trust.

HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers are invited to join us as our adventures continue.

Bell’s Neck Songbird Migration Field Walk

Date: May 9, 2022

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The upland and wet thicket habitats around the West Reservoir at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands are prime locations to explore in mid-May. The pine/oak/tupelo woodlands and deciduous thickets of inkberry and highbush blueberry attract migratory songbirds from canopy to forest floor. Join Field Naturalist Peter Trull on a slow, focused quest for spring migrants on prime dates in May. Possible sightings include colorful warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks and orioles. Some days are more birdy than others, but we’ll focus on observing and identifying every bird we see.

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.

Peter has devoted his life to studying and teaching others about birds and bird life.

Learn about the unique adaptations, life history and habits of each bird species we encounter. Join Peter Mondays at 8:00 a.m. for an exciting immersion into the world of birds. Get excited, get sharp!

May Guided Mindful Nature Walks: Bell’s Neck Herring Run

Date: May 9, 2022

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Tune in to your senses, tune in to yourself.

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.

Spark your sense of wonder, slow down and admire all the beauty that surrounds us. Stroll scenic trails, feel the calming benefits of slowing down and being completely present among the bounty and the beauty of your local conservation lands.

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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