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2018 Spring Office Hours
9am - 3:30 pm (usually)

* We try hard to be in the office between 9am and 3:30pm but please call ahead to be sure!

893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856


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    Bog Ecology Walk at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Egypt Rd in Jefferson

    Friday, May 11 from 10am to noon

    Hildy Ellis, program manager at Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, will lead visitors on a walk along the margins of the bog at Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center. A 220-foot boardwalk extends into the heart of the wetland, making it possible for visitors to learn about and interact with a fascinating, but incredibly delicate ecosystem. and

    Meet at HVNC gate and be guided to HVNC's kettlehole bog to witness the spring explosion of plant life there. Easy walk – 10 minutes each way. Dress appropriately, there could be bugs!
         Binocs are a plus     

          $5 Donation (pay with registration); No dogs please!

          Register with Midcoast Conservancy HERE

    Spring Native Plant Walk at Rollins Rd Mountain Bike Trails in Camden

    Thursday, May 31 from 10 to 11:30am

    Heather McCargo, founder and director of Wild Seed Project will lead a late spring wildflower/native plant walk through the woods along the New England Mountain Bike Association trails off Rollins Rd, near the Snow bowl in Camden. The Rollins Trail starts out along the creek through a hemlock and beech woods that gradually transitions to being dominated by oak and pine with common witchhazel and maple-leaf viburnum in the understory. Trail Map

    At this time of year, the canopy will be closing in; some spring ephemerals will be setting fruit and the later spring wildflowers will be just flowering. We will see Indian cucumber root, doll's eyes, partridge berry, wintergreen, Canada mayflower, starflower, and perhaps some red trillium and lady's slippers.

    *Meet at Snow Bowl Parking lot at 9:30 to carpool to  trailhead.

    Fee: $5 for Wild Seed Project members; $7 for others

           FMI or to register: 596-2040, cathrine@knox-lincoln.org, or complete form below.

    Fern ID and Ecology Walk at Head of Tide Preserve, Doak Rd in Belfast

    Friday, July 13 from 10am to noon

    Fern identification is fun and easy. Unlike flowering plants — with leaves, buds, and flowers to remember all at different times of the year — ferns look pretty much the same all season long, so there is just one set of characteristics to learn.

    Hildy Ellis will demonstrate how to identify ferns using the Quick Guide to Common Ferns of New England,” which she will provide to all participants. In addition to identification tips, the talk and walking tour will cover fascinating fern natural history, reproduction, and ecology.

    This is an outdoor program; please wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a hand lens or magnifying glass.

    Program is free.

    FMI or to register: 596-2040, cathrine@knox-lincoln.org,
    or complete form below.

    This program is co-sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Association and Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

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