Environmental Education...

THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

The Environmental Education program is a fundamental part of our mission. The year-round calendar of outings, talks and events offers something for everyone. Guided walks on trails of particular interest; talks on topics from woodpeckers to liverworts; special events and gatherings for young and old. Be sure to add a few of our programs to your own calendar!


Do you have a special interest to share; a topic you’d like to know more about? Contact our Education Director: Leigh MacMillan Hayes [email protected]

Special Events

Watch this space for the 2018 calendar!

Feature events of 2017 included:  

July
Change and Transformation—Poetry Workshop

Our annual workshop co-sponsored by the GLLT, Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and Hewnoaks Artist Colony.
Location: Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Route 5


Change and Transformation—Poetry Reading
Listen, or share a poem of your own. An open mic for children and adult writers concludes the evening.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


August
Wild Turkeys are More than Just Big Chickens
A lighthearted pictorial tour of facts and stories about this ubiquitous creature with which we share our outdoor space.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


Maine’s Largest Woodpecker
A closer look at this astonishing bird.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


Self-Guided Nature Trail
The GLLT offers two Self-Guided Nature Walks with signs describing features along the trail. One is permanently located at the Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog on Horseshoe Pond Road where signs identify interesting things to take note of as you walk along.

The second nature walk is located at a different GLLT property each year.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Guided Walks

 

November 11, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm
The Wonders of Wilson Wing
Members of the younger generation will share their favorite wonders as we walk beside Sucker Brook. It is hunting season and though no hunting is allowed on this particular property, we strongly encourage you to wear blaze orange.
Trailhead: Horseshoe Pond Road 
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


 

December 9, 2017 9:30am-12:30pm
Christmas on Flat Hill
On our hike to the summit of Flat Hill, we’ll stop along the way to decorate a few trees. And at the summit, we’ll take in the distant mountains while also noting the evergreens that surround us, including red pines.
Trailhead:  Heald Pond Road 
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate


 

January 1, 2018 12:30-3:30pm
First Day Hike
Let’s ring in the New Year with an afternoon hike as we climb to the summit of Whiting Hill. At the top, we’ll toast Lovell with hot cocoa while we take in the view of Kezar Lake and the White Mountains.
Trailhead: Slab City Road
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate


 

Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
Following in the Footsteps
Join Maine Master Naturalists from the Greater Lovell Land Trust and Western Foothills Land Trust as we follow in the footsteps of the mammals who call this place home. We”ll snowshoe through the meadow and beside the outlet at Robie Meadow in Harrison, stopping frequently to measure prints and notice patterns in the snow. Snowshoes required. Also bring a snack and camera. Be sure to dress appropriately.

Trailhead: Robie Meadow, Scribner Mills Road, Harrisonlab City Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


 

Saturday, February 3, 2018 9:30am-noon
Wetland Wonder
In celebration of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, we’ll explore on and off the trail at John A Segur West Preserve. If conditions allow, we’ll venture beside or even into the wetland. Snowshoes recommended.
Trailhead: New Road, Lovell
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


 

Friday, February 23 2018 6:45pm-8:30pm
Owl Prowl
For this evening hike, we’ll use our expert owl caller to give you the experience of hearing wild owls. Species that are most often heard are Barred and Great Horned Owls. Keep in mind that these are wild owls and there are no guarantees. Moon phase, wind, cloud cover, precipitation, and more will likely affect the owls’ response. Snowshoes, headlamps or flashlights a must.
Trailhead: Meet at the GLLT office to carpool
Degree of Difficulty: Easy 

 

Friday, March 2, 2018 6:30pm-8:30pm
Under the Glow
Experience nature from a different perspective, under the glow of a full moon. We’ll strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis and savor the crisp air and nighttime landscape. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Hot cocoa provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Lovell Recreation Program. (Need snowshoes or skis? Let us know by noon on March 2)
Trailhead: Lake Kezar Country Club, Route 5
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


 

Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
Life in the Pool
It’s become an annual tradition to visit the vernal pool where we typically discover wood frog and salamander eggs, as well as the creme de la creme—fairy shrimp. We’ll dip some bowls and take a closer look. If time allows, we’ll walk to Otter Rock where we may see dragon and damselfly exoskeletons.
Trailhead: Fairburn Parking Lot, just beyond the boat launch, Slab City Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


 

Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
Enchanting Ephemerals
In celebration of spring, we’ll savor the fleeting moments of glory as we spot emerging flowers and leaves. Bring your binoculars, because we should spy some warblers as well.
Trailhead: Flat Hill parking lot, Heald Pond Road
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

Evening Programs

Check back for our 2018 schedule of special events.

2017 offerings included:

The Art of Preserving Land in Perpetuity
What is a conservation easement? What makes it such a powerful tool for land conservation? The structure, strength, nuances and potential pitfalls of such perpetual agreements.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


Lookin’ at Lichens
Lichens are a combination organism that occur in large numbers in Maine. Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel and specimens of many common and unique lichens.


Native American Medicinal Plants
Kerry Hardy, author of Notes on a Lost Flute, with a sampling of the written accounts of dozens of the earliest explorers, missionaries, historians and researchers, telling how Native Americans used the plants.


Maine’s Largest Woodpecker
A closer look at this magnificent bird.


Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts, Oh My!
Author Ralph Pope with a discussion of mosses and their close allies, liverworts and hornworts, and how they fit into the larger scheme of biodiversity. 


The Youth Among Us
The interns and summer campers share their learning experiences about nature and the Greater Lovell Land Trust.


Beekeeping in a Changing World
Local beekeeper Guy Pilla shares information on the beekeeping equipment he uses for his hives.


Evolution of the Maine Lake Science Center
Dr. Ben Peierls, research director of Lakes Environmental Association’s Maine Lake Science Center, will share the journey that brought him to the Center.