Walks & Events


Wildlife Tracking Adventure


Date: April 22, 2024
Time: 1-3:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Please join naturalist Andrea Higgins for a trek around the West Reservoir of Bell's Neck Conservation Lands searching for animal sign! Together we will examine local animal track casts, make observations, explore the woodlands surrounding the reservoir, and learn about our local flora and fauna. Discover clues and evidence of deer, otter, fox, coyote, muskrat, mink, raccoon, bobcat, flying squirrel, and birds too!

This walk will cover approximately 3 miles over varying terrain including some inclines, wooded paths, soft sand, and leaf covered areas. Please dress for the weather.

Photos courtesy of Janet DiMattia (chipmunk & fox), James Carbone (deer), & Peter Trull (coyote).


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Earth Day Mindful Outdoor Experience


Date: April 22, 2024
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 18
Attendee Limit: 15

Please join Kripalu Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide Andrea Higgins to celebrate the gifts of nature on Earth Day! Explore the trails of the 77-acre D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of spring. Give gratitude for all the elements of the natural world that support our daily lives while enjoying this leisurely stroll as Andrea offers gentle prompts to awaken a greater connection to place.

Photos courtesy of Sue Swartzlander (northern parula in flight), Janet DiMattia (fiddlehead ferns & blueberry blossoms), and Gerry Beetham (box turtle).


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Discovering Nature’s Connections Field Class


Date: April 23, 2024
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Throughout our lifetimes, whether we’re hiking, birding or simply exploring, we hear that everything in nature is connected in one way or another. Join experienced Field Naturalist Peter Trull on a hike through the woodlands and wetlands of Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands to learn about the interwoven lives of the plants and animals that live here. From geology to botany, decomposers to mammals, birds to insects: each organism is dependent and critical to the survival of others.

Do trees communicate with birds? Does the percolation of rain make you fall down? Do trees wait for fire? Why does moss grow on the north side of a tree? (Hint: it’s planetary.)

This 2-hr field class will discuss the wonders of nature, focusing on natural selection and survival, with some identification tips.

Photos by Gerry Beetham (landscape), Sue Swartzlander (immature bald eagle), and Halley Steinmetz (forest landscape, mushroom, & lichen).


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Preschool Explorer Adventure


Date: April 23, 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 2-5

If you have kids or grandkids ages 2-5, please join naturalist Andrea Higgins for a Preschool Explorer Adventure to discover different sanctuaries and admire the abundant beauty nature holds. April is such an inviting time to get outside and learn about nature as the earth springs back to life. Birds are singing, frogs are calling, and flowers are blooming.

Join us to traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while creating memories with your youngsters. Together we will discover patches of daffodils, the shores of Nantucket Sound, and more!

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Spring Warbler Migration Workshop


Date: April 27, 2024
Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: Harwich Community Center
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 40
Attendee Limit: 35

The spring migration of warblers here on Cape Cod begins in late April with the arrival of yellow-rumped, palm, and pine warblers. As May progresses the number of species as well as the abundance of individuals increases to create some very exciting woodland birding.

Identifying these bright-colored, high-energy woodland sprites can be overwhelming and confusing as they sweep over the Cape in a tidal wave of fast-moving, tiny birds. They never seem to stand still long enough to focus our binoculars!

In anticipation of the yearly warbler migration, naturalist Peter Trull is offering a comprehensive, colorful, slow-paced, and educational workshop to sort species and practice identification, so it comes easily in the field by the time they arrive. Learn key distinguishing features between species in plumage, habitat preferences, and behavioral characteristics.

This comprehensive workshop is intended to prepare you for the spring migration. With practice, this colorful, exciting, and challenging onslaught of spring warblers will become so familiar that during the month of May, we can relax and take our time. Prepare early so you are able to sort and appreciate the variety of species during field classes, on your own, or when birding with friends.

Photos courtesy of Peter Trull.


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Tour de Trash 2024


Date: April 27, 2024
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: 204 Harwich Cultural Center
Price: FREE

Gather your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to help clean up Harwich during ‘Tour de Trash’. This event is a joint effort between the Town Conservation Department and the Harwich Conservation Trust, with assistance and support from AmeriCorps Cape Cod, the Police, Cultural Affairs, and Highway Departments. In 2023, 92 Tour de Trash volunteers removed over 700 pounds of trash and recycling from roadsides, woodlands, and beaches around town!

Please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather as well as for walking. Separate bags for trash and recyclables will be provided, along with reflective vests, pickers, and disposable nitrile gloves. Rain will cancel the event.

Please consider joining the camaraderie by signing up and selecting your Tour de Trash route using the link below!


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Path to Presence Nature Retreat


Date: April 28, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins and Carol Marcy
Price: 35
Attendee Limit: 12

Please join Andrea Higgins (Kripalu Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide) and Carol Marcy (Poet and Forest Bathing Guide) for a unique springtime retreat. Experience the nurturing practices of mediation, mindful movement, and poetry writing at the lovely Coy's Brook Woodlands. Quietly stroll the forested trails and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and reflect upon your observations through the written word. Time will be given to both write and share your poetry in a caring and attentive environment.

Please bring a writing utensil and paper.

Photos courtesy of Vince Dewitt.


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Wildlife Tracking Adventure


Date: April 29, 2024
Time: 9-11:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Andrea Higgins
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Please join naturalist Andrea Higgins for a trek around the West Reservoir of Bell's Neck Conservation Lands searching for animal sign! Together we will examine local animal track casts, make observations, explore the woodlands surrounding the reservoir, and learn about our local flora and fauna. Discover clues and evidence of deer, otter, fox, coyote, muskrat, mink, raccoon, bobcat, flying squirrel, and birds too!

This walk will cover approximately 3 miles over varying terrain including some inclines, wooded paths, soft sand, and leaf covered areas. Please dress for the weather.

Photos courtesy of Janet DiMattia (chipmunk & fox), James Carbone (deer), & Peter Trull (coyote).


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Bell’s Neck Birding Field Class


Date: April 30, 2024
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: FREE
Attendee Limit: 12

Join us to celebrate the return of spring at Bell's Neck Conservation Lands by welcoming our seasonal, avian visitors from the south as the breeding season begins. Enjoy scenic trails through the forest as species of all kinds awaken with the longer days and warmer weather. 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. Turn your gazes to the reservoirs and marshes of Bell's Neck to search for returning osprey, great blue herons, and other waterbirds. You might even spot a bald eagle!

Photo courtesy of Sue Swartzlander.


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Preschool Explorer Adventure


Date: April 30, 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 2-5

If you have kids or grandkids ages 2-5, please join naturalist Andrea Higgins for a Preschool Explorer Adventure to discover different sanctuaries and admire the abundant beauty nature holds. April is such an inviting time to get outside and learn about nature as the earth springs back to life. Birds are singing, frogs are calling, and flowers are blooming.

Join us to traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while creating memories with your youngsters. Together we will discover patches of daffodils, the shores of Nantucket Sound, and more!

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.


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Flowering Tree & Shrub ID Field Class


Date: May 3, 2024
Time: 12-2 p.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Tom Walker
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Spring is in full swing on Cape Cod in early May as flowers bloom and leaves begin to unfurl, painting the landscape in a brilliant mosaic. Please join naturalist Tom Walker for a Flowering Tree and Shrub ID Field Class at Coy’s Brook Woodlands to observe and learn about our native flora as they awaken, rejuvenated by the warming sun and April showers. Examine the differences in flower structure between species and discover other methods for identifying woody plants before they sprout their characteristic summer leaves.

Photos courtesy of Tom Walker.


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Flowering Tree & Shrub ID Field Class


Date: May 4, 2024
Time: 12-2 p.m.
Meeting Place: Directions emailed with registration confirmation.
Leader: Tom Walker
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 15

Spring is in full swing on Cape Cod in early May as flowers bloom and leaves begin to unfurl, painting the landscape in a brilliant mosaic. Please join naturalist Tom Walker for a Flowering Tree and Shrub ID Field Class at Coy’s Brook Woodlands to observe and learn about our native flora as they awaken, rejuvenated by the warming sun and April showers. Examine the differences in flower structure between species and discover other methods for identifying woody plants before they sprout their characteristic summer leaves.

Photos courtesy of Tom Walker.


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Past Events

Family Fun at the Taylor-Bray Farm

Date: April 17, 2024

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For families with students ages 5-12, please join teacher naturalist Andrea Higgins and a farm volunteer at Taylor-Bray Farm to learn all about the animals that live here, their care routines, and about the native plants and wildlife surrounding the property. Begin your adventure with a tour of the farm and an introduction to its many furry residents. Then, discover salt marshes and the birds and animals that rely on this special habitat, including the mighty osprey. Make fun vacation memories with your family in the company of chickens, goats, sheep, and cattle.

This program is geared toward students ages 5-12 who must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or other caregiver.

Pack lunch and enjoy a picnic at the farm for more family fun after the program!

Photo courtesy of Andrea Higgins.

Bell’s Neck Birding Field Class

Date: April 16, 2024

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Join us to celebrate the return of spring at Bell's Neck Conservation Lands by welcoming our seasonal, avian visitors from the south as the breeding season begins. Enjoy scenic trails through the forest as species of all kinds awaken with the longer days and warmer weather. 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. Turn your gazes to the reservoirs and marshes of Bell's Neck to search for returning osprey, great blue herons, and other waterbirds. You might even spot a bald eagle!

Photo courtesy of Sue Swartzlander.

Preschool Explorer Adventure

Date: April 16, 2024

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If you have kids or grandkids ages 2-5, please join naturalist Andrea Higgins for a Preschool Explorer Adventure to discover different sanctuaries and admire the abundant beauty nature holds. April is such an inviting time to get outside and learn about nature as the earth springs back to life. Birds are singing, frogs are calling, and flowers are blooming.

Join us to traverse trails, listen to stories, and learn about plants and animals while creating memories with your youngsters. Together we will discover patches of daffodils, the shores of Nantucket Sound, and more!

Photos courtesy of Gerry Beetham.

Otter Sign Walk

Date: April 15, 2024

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Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, you otter join naturalist Andrea Higgins for a walk at the beautiful Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands to discover where river otters are living in Harwich. Search the trails for otter tracks, scat, and slides. Hike approximately three miles around the West Reservoir to find evidence of this elusive mammal while enjoying scenic views. You are invited to bring your binoculars for the hike as Bell's Neck is home to a diversity of birds and other wildlife.

This hike will cover about 3 miles across varying terrain and some incline. Recommended for ages 15 & up.

Photo courtesy of Liz Baldwin.

Mindful Outdoor Experience

Date: April 13, 2024

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Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Friends of Sylvan Gardens, please join Kripalu certified mindful outdoor guide Andrea Higgins for a Mindful Outdoor Experience. Take in the beauty of ephemeral spring blooms at the peaceful Rolf E. Sylvan Gardens Conservation Area in Chatham while connecting with nature. Rekindle your sense of curiosity, discovery, and wonder on this leisurely stroll through budding forests and flowering fields.

Photos by Gerry Beetham.

Discovering Nature’s Connections Field Class

Date: April 9, 2024

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Throughout our lifetimes, whether we’re hiking, birding or simply exploring, we hear that everything in nature is connected in one way or another. Join experienced Field Naturalist Peter Trull on a hike through the woodlands and wetlands of Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands to learn about the interwoven lives of the plants and animals that live here. From geology to botany, decomposers to mammals, birds to insects: each organism is dependent and critical to the survival of others.

Do trees communicate with birds? Does the percolation of rain make you fall down? Do trees wait for fire? Why does moss grow on the north side of a tree? (Hint: it’s planetary.)

This 2-hr field class will discuss the wonders of nature, focusing on natural selection and survival, with some identification tips.

Photos by Gerry Beetham (landscape), Sue Swartzlander (immature bald eagle), and Halley Steinmetz (forest landscape, mushroom, & lichen).

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