Think of a clear, sunny, autumn day: grouping together at the Giant's Stairs, imagining volcanoes in Harpswell with a Bowdoin geology professor; or a field trip to Whaleboat Island to enjoy its naturalness and hear from an anthropologist about its past uses by Native Americans and early settlers. On a cold January night, a state wildlife biologist tells us about the return of the bald eagle to Maine; or as part of a group you hover at the field's edge in late winter with an ornithologist, calling saw-whet and barred owls. To welcome the warm weather again the event might be kite flying at Johnson Field, or hearing an expert from the Maine Maritime Museum discuss life aboard Maine built ships in the 19th century.
Through events like these and its regular programs described below, the Trust fulfills its mission of promoting the study and understanding of Harpswell's natural, architectural, and cultural resources, and provides people of all ages the chance to explore, learn about, and take care of Harpswell's natural and cultural heritage.
Each summer, the Trust sponsors the Explore Harpswell Nature Day Camp especially for young naturalists ages 7 - 11. Parents and grandparents are welcome to help and learn themselves.
The Trust has also initiated a Community Gardens program. The gardens may range from wildlife to fruit, flower, and/or vegetable gardens. The program is designed to promote organic gardening practices and strengthen awareness of Harpswell's agricultural heritage.
Please check the calendar frequently for upcoming events and program news.