Walks & Events


Red River Beach Shorebird Field Class


Date: July 12, 2024
Time: 7:30-9 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 many species including shorebirds like sandpipers and plovers and wading birds like herons, egrets, and ibises. Year-round residents also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter.

Learn about field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and life histories. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses. If least terns are nesting, we’ll study some colonial seabird language and behavior.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Cape Cod Shipwrecks and Storms Walk


Date: July 13, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Don Wilding
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 25
Age Limit: Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust & Eastham Conservation Foundation, join an interpretive guided walk with historian and author Don Wilding. Travel across more than three centuries to hear about historic shipwrecks and rescues ranging from the wreck of the Sparrow Hawk on Nauset Beach in 1626 to the Eldia in 1984. Plus, explore some of the dramatic weather events from the “Blizzard of ’78,” to “The Perfect Storm,” and their effects on the shifting sands of the Outer Beach.

Wilding is the author of four books about Cape Cod history, including his newest release, “Cape Cod and The Portland Gale of 1898,” and 2021’s “Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Tragedy & Triumph.”

Photo courtesy of Cape Cod National Seashore.


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Mindful Outdoor Experience


Date: July 15, 2024
Time: 7-8:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 18
Attendee Limit: 15

Join Naturalist and Kripalu Certified Guide Andrea Higgins for a Mindful Outdoor Experience at Sand Pond Woodlands. Savor serene trails through quiet forests, meadows, and wetlands at this 77-acre Preserve.

Ease away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in our fast-paced world and enjoy a moment of simply being present, surrounded by the beauty and bounty of nature. Pause to notice and appreciate the small details as bees buzz between blossoms and gentle breezes stir the summer air. Rekindle your sense of curiosity, discovery, and wonder.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Ecosystem Explorer Adventure


Date: July 15, 2024
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: FREE
Attendee Limit: 15
Age Limit: for kids ages 3-10

If you have kids or grandkids ages 3-10, join us for an Ecosystem Exploration to learn about the great outdoors while creating treasured family memories! 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 with birds perched in the branches above, sun dappled paths below, and greenery all around. At least one parent, grandparent or other caregiver is required to join your child or grandchild on these outdoor adventures. Traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while enjoying time spent outside with your youngsters.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Red River Beach Shorebird Field Class


Date: July 16, 2024
Time: 7:30-9 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 many species including shorebirds like sandpipers and plovers and wading birds like herons, egrets, and ibises. Year-round residents also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter.

Learn about field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and life histories. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses. If least terns are nesting, we’ll study some colonial seabird language and behavior.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Red River Beach Shorebird Field Class


Date: July 19, 2024
Time: 7:30-9 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 many species including shorebirds like sandpipers and plovers and wading birds like herons, egrets, and ibises. Year-round residents also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter.

Learn about field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and life histories. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses. If least terns are nesting, we’ll study some colonial seabird language and behavior.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Small Paws Family Tracking Adventure


Date: July 19, 2024
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: FREE
Attendee Limit: 16
Age Limit: for kids ages 5-10

Calling all curious children ages 5-10 years old! Please join Naturalist Andrea Higgins for an introduction to the wonderful world of wildlife tracking. Explore the great outdoors while hiking the trails of Sand Pond Woodlands and searching for animal signs. Along the way, we will learn to identify native flora and fauna species, create a nature journal, and practice wilderness awareness.

Each participant is encouraged to bring a backpack with water, snacks, insect repellent, a journal, and a pencil.

Each student must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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A Brush with Nature


Date: July 21, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins and Lauren Brading
Price: 50
Attendee Limit: 15

Join Naturalist and Kripalu Certified Guide Andrea Higgins and local artist and instructor Lauren Brading for a Mindful Outdoor Experience. Enjoy a moment of simply being present, surrounded by the beauty and bounty of nature while strolling the serene forest, wetland, and meadow habitats at the 77-acre Sand Pond Woodlands.

This unique opportunity to reconnect with nature will stir our imaginations as we explore and rekindle our sense of curiosity and wonder. Lauren will then guide us in creating ink brush paintings inspired by the abundance of flora and fauna nestled in this wildlife sanctuary.

Painting materials will be provided.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Ecosystem Explorer Adventure


Date: July 22, 2024
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: FREE
Attendee Limit: 15
Age Limit: for kids ages 3-10

If you have kids or grandkids ages 3-10, join us for an Ecosystem Exploration to learn about the great outdoors while creating treasured family memories! 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 with birds perched in the branches above, sun dappled paths below, and greenery all around. At least one parent, grandparent or other caregiver is required to join your child or grandchild on these outdoor adventures. Traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while enjoying time spent outside with your youngsters.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Butterfly Field Class


Date: July 23, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Karen and Gerry Beetham
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Join a butterfly walk in July with leaders Karen and Gerry Beetham at Thompson’s Field Conservation Area in Harwich. Watch for butterflies including monarchs, swallowtails, pearl crescents, and others to discover their different markings. Learn about their life cycle, where they go in the winter, and how their lives intersect with birds. You will also pick up tips on how to attract butterflies to your own yard. Bring binoculars and/or a camera.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Rooted in Late July Joy Nature Retreat


Date: July 26, 2024
Time: 8:30-11 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins & Andrea Belford
Price: 40
Attendee Limit: 15

Please join Andrea Higgins (Kripalu Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide) and Andrea Belford (QiGong Instructor, capecodqigong.org) to enhance your awareness and peace of mind at Harwich Conservation Trust's beautiful Sand Pond Woodlands.

This experience will feature a QiGong session and a Mindful Outdoor walk to engage the senses. QiGong is an ancient Chinese practice that means 'the practice of cultivating life force energy.' Focusing on the Earth element, we will follow a series of slow and gentle movements combining proper posture, healthy breathing, and mindfulness.

Then we'll enjoy a guided meditative saunter through serene, forested trails. Settle your awareness on nature's soothing atmosphere and gain inspiration from the living earth. Pause to appreciate the details and beauty found in nature while rekindling your sense of curiosity, discovery, and wonder.

Tune in to your senses, leave your worries behind, and feel the vital life force energy that flows through us.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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The Outermost House Guided History Walk


Date: July 27, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Don Wilding
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 25
Age Limit: Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust & Eastham Conservation Foundation, join a walk exploring the history of how the Cape's outer beach inspired author Henry Beston’s “The Outermost House.”

Published over 95 years ago, “The Outermost House,” is among the nature literary classics that spawned the modern environmental movement and served as an inspiration for establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Born on June 1, 1888 in Quincy, MA, Beston eventually became an ambulance driver in World War I. After the war in the 1920s, he lived on the Cape at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Beston built a two-room dune shack called the "The Fo'castle" and wrote the story of life at the edge of land and sea. The Blizzard of '78 swept away the Outermost House, but Beston's impressions of living a year on the beach have endured.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Ecosystem Explorer Adventure


Date: July 29, 2024
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: FREE
Attendee Limit: 15
Age Limit: for kids ages 3-10

If you have kids or grandkids ages 3-10, join us for an Ecosystem Exploration to learn about the great outdoors while creating treasured family memories! 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 with birds perched in the branches above, sun dappled paths below, and greenery all around. At least one parent, grandparent or other caregiver is required to join your child or grandchild on these outdoor adventures. Traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while enjoying time spent outside with your youngsters.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Red River Beach Shorebird Field Class


Date: July 30, 2024
Time: 7:30-9 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 many species including shorebirds like sandpipers and plovers and wading birds like herons, egrets, and ibises. Year-round residents also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter.

Learn about field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and life histories. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses. If least terns are nesting, we’ll study some colonial seabird language and behavior.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Forest Songs Nature Retreat


Date: July 31, 2024
Time: 2-4:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins and Julia Rugo
Price: 30
Attendee Limit: 15

Please join Andrea Higgins and Julia Rugo on a Forest Songs Nature Retreat. This unique experience includes a mindful walk and mantra meditation at the beautiful Sand Pond Woodlands.

Connect with nature while strolling serene trails through peaceful forest, meadow, and wetland habitats at this 77-acre Preserve. Observe colorful dragonflies and damselflies as they dart about in beautiful acrobatic displays at this wildlife sanctuary, also home to otters, deer, opossums, racoons, coyotes, and more.

Andrea will offer gentle prompts to fully engage each of your senses and encourage a deeper connection to nature. Julia will then lead a call-and-response mantra and song that you may follow along with, or simply enjoy listening.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Cape Cod Shipwrecks and Storms Walk


Date: August 10, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Don Wilding
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 25
Age Limit: Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust & Eastham Conservation Foundation, join an interpretive guided walk with historian and author Don Wilding. Travel across more than three centuries to hear about historic shipwrecks and rescues ranging from the wreck of the Sparrow Hawk on Nauset Beach in 1626 to the Eldia in 1984. Plus, explore some of the dramatic weather events from the “Blizzard of ’78,” to “The Perfect Storm,” and their effects on the shifting sands of the Outer Beach.

Wilding is the author of four books about Cape Cod history, including his newest release, “Cape Cod and The Portland Gale of 1898,” and 2021’s “Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Tragedy & Triumph.”

Photo courtesy of Cape Cod National Seashore.


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Forest Songs Nature Retreat


Date: August 10, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins and Julia Rugo
Price: 30
Attendee Limit: 15

Please join Andrea Higgins and Julia Rugo on a Forest Songs Nature Retreat. This unique experience includes a mindful walk and mantra meditation at the beautiful Sand Pond Woodlands.

Connect with nature while strolling serene trails through peaceful forest, meadow, and wetland habitats at this 77-acre Preserve. Observe colorful dragonflies and damselflies as they dart about in beautiful acrobatic displays at this wildlife sanctuary, also home to otters, deer, opossums, racoons, coyotes, and more.

Andrea will offer gentle prompts to fully engage each of your senses and encourage a deeper connection to nature. Julia will then lead a call-and-response mantra and song that you may follow along with, or simply enjoy listening.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Past Events

Cape Cod Shipwrecks and Storms Walk

Date: July 13, 2024

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Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust & Eastham Conservation Foundation, join an interpretive guided walk with historian and author Don Wilding. Travel across more than three centuries to hear about historic shipwrecks and rescues ranging from the wreck of the Sparrow Hawk on Nauset Beach in 1626 to the Eldia in 1984. Plus, explore some of the dramatic weather events from the “Blizzard of ’78,” to “The Perfect Storm,” and their effects on the shifting sands of the Outer Beach.

Wilding is the author of four books about Cape Cod history, including his newest release, “Cape Cod and The Portland Gale of 1898,” and 2021’s “Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Tragedy & Triumph.”

Photo courtesy of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Red River Beach Shorebird Field Class

Date: July 12, 2024

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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 many species including shorebirds like sandpipers and plovers and wading birds like herons, egrets, and ibises. Year-round residents also depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter.

Learn about field identification, adaptations, feeding habits, and life histories. Each excursion will likely feature different species as the summer progresses. If least terns are nesting, we’ll study some colonial seabird language and behavior.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.

Butterfly Field Class

Date: July 9, 2024

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Join a butterfly walk in July with leaders Karen and Gerry Beetham at Thompson’s Field Conservation Area in Harwich. Watch for butterflies including monarchs, swallowtails, pearl crescents, and others to discover their different markings. Learn about their life cycle, where they go in the winter, and how their lives intersect with birds. You will also pick up tips on how to attract butterflies to your own yard. Bring binoculars and/or a camera.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.

Forest Songs Nature Retreat

Date: July 9, 2024

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Please join Andrea Higgins and Julia Rugo on a Forest Songs Nature Retreat. This unique experience includes a mindful walk and mantra meditation at the beautiful Sand Pond Woodlands.

Connect with nature while strolling serene trails through peaceful forest, meadow, and wetland habitats at this 77-acre Preserve. Observe colorful dragonflies and damselflies as they dart about in beautiful acrobatic displays at this wildlife sanctuary, also home to otters, deer, opossums, racoons, coyotes, and more.

Andrea will offer gentle prompts to fully engage each of your senses and encourage a deeper connection to nature. Julia will then lead a call-and-response mantra and song that you may follow along with, or simply enjoy listening.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.

Mindful Outdoor Experience

Date: July 1, 2024

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Join Naturalist and Kripalu Certified Guide Andrea Higgins for a Mindful Outdoor Experience at Cornelius Pond Woodlands. This ecologically diverse 15-acre Preserve offers pathways with serene scenic views of Cornelius Pond, a unique coastal plain pond formed by receding glaciers.

Ease away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in our fast-paced world and enjoy a moment of simply being present, surrounded by the beauty and bounty of nature. Pause to notice and appreciate the small details as bees buzz between blossoms and gentle breezes stir the summer air. Rekindle your sense of curiosity, discovery, and wonder.

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.

Cape Cod Lavender Farm Mindful Outdoor Experience

Date: June 29, 2024

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Meander elegant waves of blooming lavender, evoking a sense of tranquility. Ease away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in our fast-paced world and enjoy a moment of simply being present, surrounded by the beauty and bounty of nature. Pause to notice and appreciate the small details as bees buzz between blossoms and gentle breezes stir the summer air. Join Naturalist and Kripalu Certified Guide Andrea Higgins for this guided mindful outdoor experience with gentle prompts to awaken a greater connection to the natural world. Rekindle your sense of curiosity, discovery, and wonder.

Photo courtesy of Gerry Beetham.

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