April, May Walks at Harwich Conservation Trust

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Vernal Pool Adventure, sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust

Saturday, April 1 — 7-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person (limited to 15 participants)

Expert naturalist Peter Trull will lead this vernal pool adventure. You'll learn about the nocturnal natural history of these intriguing habitats and the curious creatures who live there. Discover how amphibians emerge from winter hibernation during the rainy nights after the March full moon. Listen for—and maybe see!—spring peepers, wood frogs, and perhaps pickerel frogs calling in a vernal pool and woodland. This nighttime program may even give you the chance to see a spring phenomenon rarely witnessed by humans: the emergence, mating, and egg-laying of spotted salamanders. Search with headlamps, dip nets, and flashlights for the salamanders and their jelly-like egg masses as you're surrounded by the sounds of nature on a spring evening. 

Wear boots and bring a flashlight, and if it's raining, dress accordingly. Directions will be emailed to you after you register (and pay) online at www.HarwichConservationTrust.org

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Three-Walk Series: Native American History, sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, Brewster Conservation Trust, and Yarmouth Conservation Trust, this series of interpretive walks will be led by 12th-generation Cape Codder Todd Kelley and native Wampanoag/Nipmuc Marcus Hendricks. Explore the history of Cape Cod from the First People and early European settlers to the nature of Cape Cod today. The series follows a progressive story line about human settlement near freshwater sources and coastal water embayments and will take place at locations in the towns of Harwich, Brewster, and Yarmouth.

The series costs $45, whether you join one walk or all three. Advance registration and payment are required — visit www.HarwichConservationTrust.org. Space is limited. Directions will be send in an email with your payment/registration confirmation. 

Walk #1: First People of the Herring River Valley

Saturday, April 29 — 10 a.m.-noon — Harwich

Rain date: Sunday, April 30

Learn about the early natural history of Cape Cod through 6,000 years of First People settlement along the Herring River valley. Follow the water of this ancient corridor and you will find the First People. Hear about their early lifeways from 9,000 years ago to the first European encounters up to Verrazano, circa 1524.

Walk #2: First People of Saquatucket to John Wing and Quaker Path (1659) 

Saturday, May 6 — 10 a.m.-noon — Brewster

Rain date: Sunday, May 7

Join the First People at Saquatucket, where the tidal waters meet the pure freshwater draining down through the Stony Brook valley. Contrast this with the early English settlement by John Wing and John Dillingham, circa 1659. Learn the significance of the simple Quaker Path, which ran from the Dillingham House to Bass RIver Village, and its relation to the First People at Indian Town, Yarmouth, circa 1711.

Walk #3: Ralph of Nobscusset to Portanimicut (1643) and Indian Town (1711) to Yarmouth Quaker Meeting (1714)

Saturday, May 13 — 10 a.m.-noon — Yarmouth

Rain date: Sunday, May 14

Witness the barrier beach estuary at Nobscusset and explore the historic period migration of this community to Portanimicut (South Orleans). Learn more about the communities of Portanimicut and Indian Town and how they became the last native strongholds east of Mashpee. We will consider the role the formation of Yarmouth Quaker Meeting played in this story. 


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