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

July 17, 2018 – Tuesday – 10:00AM to noon
Change and Transformation—Poetry Workshop

The Greater Lovell Land Trust, Charlotte Hobbs Library and Hewnoaks Artist Colony invite you to join us at HewnOaks to explore and reflect on our personal connections to the landscape, elements, seasons, birds, and other wildlife. Under the guidance of Poet Judith Steinbergh, and with inspiration from our surroundings, plus short pieces by poets and naturalists, we will draft our writing and share with the group. Adults and teens are welcome.
Limit: 20 Participants. To register: [email protected]
Location: Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Route 5


July 24 – Tuesday – 7:00 PM
Connecting to the Landscape —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 10 – Friday – 1:00 PM 
Maine’s Largest Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker found in the woods of North America. From beak to tail they can measure 16 to 19 inches. Their excavated holes are rectangular instead of the round holes made by other woodpeckers, and can be so extensive that other birds use them as well. Join Bonny Boatman for a closer look at this magnificent bird.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


August 17 – Friday – 1:00 PM
The Gentle Hawk

Did you know that the Northern Goshawk is such a fierce hunter who when in pursuit of prey will stalk quarry on foot as well as from the air? Join us to see and hear about the many wonders of this remarkable and canny creature as Bonny Boatman leads us into the world of Accipiter gentilis, aka, the gentle hawk. Interestingly, the name derives from Accipiter (accipere: to grasp) meaning hawk, and gentilis meaning noble or gentle. Together, they refer to the Middle Ages when only nobility were permitted to own goshawks for falconry.
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

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.

Location: 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.
Location: Flat Hill parking lot, Heald Pond Road
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate


Thursday, May 24, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
Witness the Wonders of Whitney Pond
Explore the wildflowers of three diverse habitats  surrounding the GLLT’s Off-The-Grid rental property on Whitney Pond in Stoneham. Tour the cabin, learn the history of the property, and its pond details as well.

Location: Meet at Melby’s parking lot at the intersection fo Route 35 and 5 Kezars Road, Waterford
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Saturday, June 16, 2018 7:00am-10:00pm
June Morning Chorus
Celebrate the return of the dawn chorus with a walk guided by expert birders as we explore wetland and forest habitats in search of the sights and sounds of our feathered friends. Whatever your level of expertise, you’ll be welcome. Be sure to wear a baseball cap and bring your binoculars, bird guides (we’ll have some on hand), cameras and bug spray.
Location: Meet behind Charlotte Hobbs Library to carpool
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Wednesday, June 20, 2018 9:00am-2:00pm
The Five Kezars–From Top to Bottom
The Greater Lovell Land Trust and Lakes Environmental Association will co-host a hike and paddle at Back Pond Reserve and on the Five Kezars. First, we’ll hike up for a view overlooking the ponds and then we’ll paddle. Our focus will the natural history along the path and water quality on the ponds. Bring a snack, lunch, water and kayak or canoe. Join us for one or both events.

Location: Back Pond Reserve, Five Kezar Lakes Road, Stoneham
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
NOTE: registration is required and limited to 12. Email: [email protected] to register.


Saturday, July 7, 2018 9:30am-noon
Children’s Book and Fairy House Festival
Author Sarah Frankel will read her recently published children’s book, Half Acre, followed by an exploratory walk at Kezar River Reserve. The morning will conclude with time for children of all ages to build fairy houses using found natural materials. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack or lunch. Copies of Half Acre will be available for sale and book signing.

Location: Kezar River Reserve, Route 5, across from the Wicked Good Store, Lovell.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:30am-noon
Frog and Toad Safari
Our eyes will focus on the ground as we look for amphibians at our feet. First, we’ll check on the vernal pool before heading to Otter Rock at the Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve. Our hunt may include wood frogs, tree frogs, bullfrogs, green frogs, pickerel frogs, and American Toads, plus spring peepers. Whether we actually see them, or just notice a leap in the woods or plop into the water, we’ll have fun with our local amphibians.

Location: Fairburn parking lot, just after the boat launch, Slab City Road, Lovell.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Thursday, July 19, 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
Colonial Walls of Lovell
Maine Master Naturalist Cheryl Laz will lead us along the Homestead and lower part of the Amos Andrews Trails at Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve, pointing out clues that hint at the role stones played in Lovell’s history. She will also lead us in an exploration of the animals, plants, and lichens that use these old stone walls as shelter from a storm or a substrate for growth.

Location: Gallie Trail parking lot, Route 5, Lovell.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate


Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:30am-noon
Wild About Wildflowers
Native wildflowers add color, beauty, and texture to our woodland treks. Some may seem like weeds to you, but along this
walk we’ll share their survival secrets, including natural history, habitats, and even folklore related to some of the most common plants we encounter in Maine. You’re guaranteed to come away with a greater appreciation of the stars at your feet.
Location: John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge West, New Road, Lovell.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy


Thursday, August 2, 2018, 9:30am – noon
Hawk Watch
Long Meadow Brook Reserve provides a varied habitat for mammals and birds, including nesting sites for Northern Goshawks. Travel the trail with us to observe their preferred trees and look for evidence of feeding. If their young haven’t fledged, we’ll need to keep our distance and walk in a different direction.
Location: Long Meadow Brook Reserve, Creeper Hill Road, Stow.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy.


Friday, August 3, 2018, 9:30am – 12:30pm
A’pondering We Will Go
Get inspired by the beauty of the trail at the John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge East. This will be a stop-and-go walk as we pause frequently to sketch, photograph, and/or write about our observations. Perhaps you just want to sit and ponder each time we stop. The choice is yours.
Location: John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge East, Farrington Pond Road, Lovell.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy.


Thursday, August 9, 2018, 9:30am – noon
In the Footsteps of Our Young Adults
The Greater Lovell Land Trust’s interns have spent the summer getting to know all of the reserves and preserves. As they approach the end of their work season, they’ll lead us on a walk along their favorite trail and share interesting tidbits about nature, as well as their experiences with the land trust.
Location and Degree of Difficulty: TBD


Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 9:30am – noon
Loon Spotting on Trout Lake
In a joint effort with the Kezar Lake Watershed Association, Researcher Lee Attix will lead us around the loop trail at Camp Susan Curtis and help us spot loons that spend the summer on Trout Lake. Along the way, we’ll also note various natural points of interest. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and/or spotting scopes with tripods.
Location: Meet at the Charlotte Hobbs Library, Route 5, Lovell, to carpool.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy.


Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:30 am – noon
Mushrooms of Lovell
We’ll meet the most common families of mushrooms (fungi) in our area and find out more about their natural history and many ecological functions. The focus will be on fungi’s important and under-appreciated role in forest ecology; this is not a forage. Due to the popularity of mushroom walks, registration is required.
Location: To be announced upon registration.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.
NOTE: Registration is limited to 20. Email: [email protected] to register.


Thursday, August 23, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Mushrooms of Lovell
We’ll meet the most common families of mushrooms (fungi) in our area and find out more about their natural history and many ecological functions. The focus will be on fungi’s important and under-appreciated role in forest ecology; this is not a forage. Due to the popularity of mushroom walks, registration is required.
Location: To be announced upon registration.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.
NOTE: Registration is limited to 20. Email: [email protected] to register.


Thursday, August 30, 2018, 9:30 am – noon
Insects of Lovell
Michael
Stansky, Forest Insect Ecologist with the Canadian Forest Service, will lead us on a walk along the trail at a private property under conservation easement with the Greater Lovell Land Trust. While we’ll stop frequently to look for insects, we’ll also take advantage of Mike’s knowledge about goldenrods.
Location: Meet at Long Meadow Brook Preserve to walk to property, Creeper Hill Road, Stow.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy.


Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Meet the Evergreens
Evergreen trees and ferns are just that—forever green. We’ll point out family traits and variations as we examine needles, cones, conifer bark, and fern fronds. If trail conditions are good, we’ll climb to the summit of Flat Hill, otherwise, we’ll circle Perky’s Path.
Location: Flat Hill parking lot, Heald Pond Road, Lovell.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.


Saturday, September 29, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Great Maine Outdoor Week

In celebration of Great Maine Outdoor Week, we’ll venture afield and paddle through Brownfield Bog with our friends from Upper Saco Valley Land Trust. Bring your own kayak, paddle and pfd to explore the wetland habitat with us. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, camera, and binoculars, plus a snack, lunch and water.
Location: Major Gregory Sanborn Wildlife Habitat (aka Brownfield Bog), Bog Road, Brownfield.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy.


Saturday, October 13, 2018 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Colors of Western Maine

A sea of autumn awesomeness will await us at the summit of Whiting Hill. With our friends from Western Foothills Land Trust, we’ll hike up the Hemlock Trail and descend via part of the red loop back to the Gallie Trail. Bring a camera, plus a snack, lunch and water.
Location: Gallie Trail parking lot, Route 5, Lovell.
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate.


Saturday, November 10, 2018 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Pondering the Past at Pondicherry Park

It’s hunting season and so our journey will take us to a woodland park where hunting is not allowed. Our friends from the Lakes Environmental Association and Loon Echo Land Trust will join us to host a walk through history as we point out key features in the park.
Location: Pondicherry Park kiosk behind Reny’s, Depot Street, Bridgton.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy.


Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:30 – noon
Christmas at Ladies Delight
The Maine Christmas Tree Hunt is a fun holiday scavenger hunt to find decorated trees in western Maine. We’ll search for the decorated tree along the Bill Sayles Loop at the Chip Stockford Reserve and may add a few of our own biodegradable ornaments along the way.
Location: Chip Stockford Reserve, Ladies Delight Road, Lovell.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Third Annual First Day Hike
Join the Greater Lovell Land Trust to ring in the New Year. Participants will warm up with a climb to the summit of Sabattus Mountain and toast Lovell with hot cocoa and a sweet treat while enjoying the view from Kezar Lake to the White Mountains. Snowshoes or micro-spikes required.
Location: Sabattus Mountain parking lot, Sabattus Trail Road, Lovell.
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate.

Evening Programs

May 23, 2108 – Wednesday – 7:00 PM
The Wonders of Whitney Pond
The GLLT owns an Off-the-Grid rental cabin on Whitney Pond in Stoneham. Through a powerpoint presentation,  Maine Master Naturalist  Mary Anderson Ginder,  will share information about the history of the property, its pond details, and the diversity of wildflowers found near the cabin, the surrounding woods, and at the water’s edge.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


July 10, 2018 – Tuesday – 7:00 PM
Reptiles and Amphibians of Maine
Reptiles and Amphibians rarely get center stage in people’s hearts. Hidden under rocks or in thick woods, we walk by them without thought of their existence even though Maine is home to a variety of frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes with fascinating lifestyles beautifully adapted to live here. Maine Master Naturalist Bryce Hach will share his life-long enthusiasm of reptiles and amphibians and their conservation. A few of Bryce’s amphibian friends will join him for the presentation.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


July 18, 2018 – Wednesday – 7:00 PM
Stories in Stone
Stone walls are windows through which we can learn about human history and natural history. Maine Master Naturalist Cheryl Laz will help us understand why there are so many stones and stone walls in Maine, as well as what the walls and surrounding terrain can tell us about human settlement and land use. We will also examine the role of stone walls in the natural landscape as habitat for animals and plants.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


July 24 – Tuesday – 7:00 PM
Connecting to the Landscape —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 1, 2018 – Wednesday – 7:00 PM
Stories in Stone

Did you know that the Northern Goshawk is such a fierce hunter who when in pursuit of prey will stalk quarry on foot as well as from the air? Join us to see and hear about the many wonders of this remarkable and canny creature as Bonny Boatman leads us into the world of Accipiter gentilis, aka, the gentle hawk. Interestingly, the name derives from Accipiter (accipere: to grasp) meaning hawk, and gentilis meaning noble or gentle. Together, they refer to the Middle Ages when only nobility were permitted to own goshawks for falconry.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


August 8, 2018 – Wednesday – 7:00 PM
Through Youthful Eyes
The GLLT’s Interns and Lovell Rec Summer Campers are our future. We’ll listen to the story of their summer adventures and appreciation of the natural world. The evening will conclude with an ice cream social and an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of these dynamic young people.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


August 14, 2018 – Tuesday – 7:00 PM
Loons in the Kezar Lake Watershed
Lee Attix, lead researcher, will present preliminary results of the 2018 loon monitoring project sponsored by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation on Kezar Lake and the surrounding ponds within the watershed. Join us to learn what the monitors discovered, what it means, and how you might be able to help with future research efforts. The presentation will include photos, and likely stories, which loons always seem to give us. The talk is co-sponsored by the Greater Lovell Land Trust and Kezar Lake Watershed Association.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


August 22, 2018 – Wednesday – 7:00 PM
Fungi and Maine Forests
Despite their importance in ecosystems worldwide, Fungi remain some of the most overlooked and understudied organisms. Mycologist Jimmie Veitch of White Mountain Mushrooms will highlight local mushrooms and some of the critical roles they play in Maine forests.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library


August 29, 2018 – Wednesday – 7:00 PM
A Conflict of Scales
How to manage forests and their insect pests in a changing environment: Increasingly, the forests of the Northeast face climate change, novel pests, and multiple land-use pressures. Forest Insect Ecologist Michael Stastny will explain how the ecological dynamics are becoming more complicated, and old knowledge and approaches may no longer apply. In the light of these challenges, is it time to re-evaluate our vision and stewardship of this natural resource?
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library