Health & Safety guidelines during COVID-19

As the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic is evolving rapidly, we will continue to update this page as necessary with new information. Check our events calendar HERE.

Heritage House is closed to public, and the staff are working from home until further notice. We will check phone messages everyday, but emailing with any questions or concerns is the best option. Thank you for understanding.

  • Beginning April 2nd, 2020, Governor Janet Mill’s “Stay healthy at home” order takes effect. Luckily for us, getting outside for a walk or a hike has been deemed an “essential” activity! Here is an article with more information.
  • While getting outside, please follow the CDC guidelines for health and safety. PLEASE, DO NOT go for a walk if you are exhibiting symptoms. Clear recommendations can be found here.
  • When you visit a preserve, always have a plan B and C if you arrive at a full parking area. View preserve and access information here.
  • You will notice the below sign posted at our trailheads, for everyone’s safety please do not use the sign in box and there are no brochures available at this time. Regional trail guides are available for free on our office door at 420 Sunset Rd. Deer Isle.
  • We request that dog owners to keep pets leashed in order to better prevent close contact interactions.

Browntail Moth Update!

We wanted to let you know that we’ve decided to cancel the browntail moth workdays scheduled for this Tuesday (3/17) and next Tuesday (3/24) due to the COVID-19 situation. We’ll be continuing to monitor the situation and will be in touch about future workdays.
In the meantime, there’s a lot of important browntail work that we can all do individually and still maintain the necessary social distancing. Now is a great time to look around your home and along your road to see if you have webs that need clipping. You can also help to spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. The attached flyer is designed to raise awareness in the community and let people know that our window to act is closing quickly. We would greatly appreciate your help in sharing it and posting it anywhere you think people will see it. Maybe the creative types among you can even come up with even better ways to raise awareness and encourage action in the next 2-3 weeks?!
Thank you all for your dedication and service. I’m looking forward to the time when we can reunite and clip together.
In the meantime, please be safe, take good care, and keep on clipping (at least a pole pruner length from other humans)!
Tenley Wurglitz
Land Steward

Heritage House Closed to the General Public.

In light of the recently declared global pandemic and National Emergency, Island Heritage Trust has made the decision to close Heritage House to the general public.

The risk will continue to be assessed two weeks in advance for upcoming events. Updates will be posted on our website and facebook page.

This plan will stay in effect until the threat is deemed to have passed by the CDC.


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Wings, Waves, & Woods Festival REGISTRATION OPEN!


Register online HERE or in person, Friday, May 15, (4:30-6:30 PM) at Island Heritage Trust (IHT) and take a look at the Festival Art Exhibit in the barn, 420 Sunset Rd., Deer Isle.

Questions? Contact IHT at 207-348-2455 or
Registration is $35 and includes entry to all activities, except where fees are noted. Limited seating available for ticketed dinner on Saturday evening. Registration packets include: bird list, nature preserve info, maps, Island Guide, local coupons, the coveted WWW cap or reusable tote bag, and helps support next year’s event. For boat trips allow plenty of time for parking and boarding, and dress warmly! For bad weather notices and program info/updates call IHT at 207-348-2455 or check the Wings, Waves & Woods Facebook page.

Want to come to just one or two activities? No problem–just show up! Suggested donation of $5 per event.

Full schedule and description HERE.

March Moth Madness!

Join us on Tuesdays from 9:30 am-noon at

Scott’s Landing Preserve

Starting on Tuesday, March 3rd and continuing through mid-April, Island Heritage Trust will host weekly Tuesday morning brown tail moth web-clipping workdays at our preserves, starting with Scott’s Landing.  These workdays are a great opportunity to learn how to identify and remove browntail moth webs.  Our efforts will help combat the public health threat posed by this invasive pest!

Please bring gloves, hand pruners, and pole pruners if you have them (We’ll have extras for those who don’t). Additionally, please bring water and wear old clothes that you don’t mind wading through the shrubbery in.

Workdays are weather dependent and after several weeks, we will assess our progress and may move to a different preserve. Please call (348-2455) or email Land Steward, Tenley Wurglitz at with questions and to confirm the location.

Community Meeting on Browntail Moths

Managing a Health Risk on Deer Isle


Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

(early enough so you won’t miss dinner with your sweetie)

Deer Isle Town Office: 70 Church St, Deer Isle

Show your love for Deer Isle! Join us for a community meeting on the browntail moth and learn how you can help protect our island (and yourself) from this invasive forest pest. State Entomologist Thomas Schmeelk will present on the browntail moth’s biology, human health impacts, and what community members can do to mitigate human health risks on their own property.


Browntail moths are an invasive forest pest that is currently impacting a large portion of our state. Contact with the caterpillar’s hairs can cause a severe rash and respiratory problems. Defoliation by browntail moth caterpillars also poses a threat to the health of the hardwood trees and shrubs they feed on. Learn more about browntail moths in Maine at:


Thomas Schmeelk is a Forest Entomologist with the Maine Forest Service. He has presented widely on the browntail moth in communities throughout Maine.


Valentine’s Day treats will be provided and the meeting will be over in time for you to keep any special Valentine’s Day evening plans you may have!


For more information, contact Paul Miller, Executive Director at Island Heritage Trust at or Jim Fisher, Deer Isle Town Manager at




This past weekend was the Island-wide Roadside Cleanup! What a success!!! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Autumn Roadside Cleanup. We look forward to seeing our active community members in the spring for our Earth Day Roadside Cleanup! If you are interested in volunteering through the winter please email Jacob at

The School Nature is Complete!

We are ecstatic to announce that the School Nature Trail is complete. Thank You so much to our volunteers who made this project possible! Our Environmental Educator, Martha Bell, will be leading an official celebratory student parade through the trail next week. For further information please contact:

Environmental Educator


Welcome Jacob to the Team!

Help us welcome our newest staff member Jacob McCarty! He’s joining us as our Volunteer Coordinator & Office Manager, and we couldn’t be more excited. Stop by to say hello and see our groovy new office setup! Happy October all!

Update on the School Nature Trail !

This project has put in extensive bog bridging to allow students access to an incredible red maple swamp that will also serve as an alternative way to walk between the High School and Elementary School. Students have been involved since the beginning in building this trail. Although the trail is not 100% complete IHT continues to volunteer to see it though its completion. There will be an open volunteer day this Tuesday October 8th, meeting at 9:30 am next to the Elementary School in Deer Isle. If interested in offering a hand or making a contribution please contact Martha at