Environmental Education...


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 18, 2017, 10am-noon
Change and Transformation—Poetry Workshop
Poet Judith Steinbergh will conduct our third annual workshop co-sponsored by the GLLT, Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and Hewnoaks Artist Colony. Together we will read and discuss lyric poems in various styles, and draft poems or short prose connected to our natural world, and our own lives and relationships. Adults and teens are invited to attend. Space is limited, please sign up at the library.
Location: Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Route 5

July 25, 2017, 7-8:30pm
Change and Transformation—Poetry Reading
Enjoy the inspiring poems written by participants in the Hewnoaks Poetry Workshop. Even if you couldn’t attend the workshop, you are welcome to join us and listen, or to share a poem of your own. An open mic for children and adult writers will conclude the evening.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

August 11, 2017, 1-2pm
Wild Turkeys are More than Just Big Chickens
Have you noticed all the wild turkeys strutting about in our woodlands? That’s because
they have made a remarkable comeback from near extinction and now number in the millions. Did you know that you can distinguish a turkey’s sex by the shape of its poop? Bonny Boatman will provide a lighthearted pictorial tour of facts and stories about this ubiquitous creature with which
we share our outdoor space.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

August 18, 2017, 1-2pm
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 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. In 2017, tree, lichen and plant signs will be sited on Perkey’s Path at the Flat Hill property from July 1st thru Labor day for a self-guided tour. Directions to the parking lot can be found at gllt.org.

Walk on Perkey’s Path to read about the various species. Each plant label shows a picture of the tree, lichen or plant, plus the key identifying characteristics you will observe. Many of these species may be found on other GLLT properties as well.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Guided Walks

June 21, 2017, 6:30-8pm
Longest Day Hike
Celebrate the longest day of the year with a hike to Otter Rocks at Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve. Bring a picnic supper to enjoy beside the pond as we celebrate the summer solstice. Trailhead: Fairburn parking lot, Slab City Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

June 24, 2017, 9:30am-1:30pm
Stop and Smell the Flowers (and Ferns)
This hike will take a bit longer than usual, so pack a lunch and plenty of water. We’ll walk along the Homestead Trail, stopping frequently for flowers and ferns. Participants may choose to turn around at the end of the trail or join us for a climb up Amos Mountain, where the crème de la crème should be the blooming wild columbine at the summit.
Trailhead: Gallie Trail parking lot, Route 5.
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate/ Difficult

July 6, 2017, 9:30am-noon
The History and Future of Forest and Wildlife Management at Long Meadow Brook
The recently acquired Long Meadow Brook Reserve hosts a mixed forests and an array of wildlife habitats that have been molded by the forces of nature and human intervention. We will witness the evidence of this historic relationship and learn of the GLLT’s future management goals for the reserve.
Trailhead: Creeper Hill Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

July 15, 2017, 9:00-noon
Lookin’ for Lichens
Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel will show us how to examine the unique and colorful miniature forms of lichens. We will attempt to identify the species and also discuss their many unique reproductive structures. Bring a hand lens if you have one, 10X is ideal. We will have a few loaner lenses as well.
Trailhead: Kezar River Reserve, Rte. 5 (across from Wicked Good Store)     
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

July 20, 2017, 9:30am-noon
Native American Medicinal Plant Walk
See the woods in a different light with the help of Kerry Hardy, author of Notes on a Lost Flute. We’ll explore the medicinal power of native woodland plants and their practical uses as we follow the Homestead Trail.
Trailhead: Gallie parking lot, Heald & Bradley Ponds Reserve.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

July 27, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
Exploring a Black Spruce Peat Bog
We’ll walk on the seldom explored east side of the Kezar River Reserve and wander the section of forest that is approaching old growth conditions, including a black spruce peat bog. Along the way, we’ll look for evidence of pileated woodpecker works.
Trailhead: Meet behind Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library to carpool.
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

August 2, 2017, 9:30am-noon
Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts
We’ll hike with Ralph Pope, author of Mosses, Liverworts, and Hornworts, A Field Guide to Bryophytes of the Northeast, and try out some field identification techniques. If you have other bryophyte identification references, feel free to bring them along. (Copies of Pope’s book will be available for sale or loan.)
Trailhead: Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve, Westways Trail, Route 5 
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

August 10, 2017, 9:30am-noon
Mushrooms of Lovell
Beside Sucker Brook, 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. Note: The focus of our walk is fungi’s important and under-appreciated role in forest ecology, not the edibility of particular species of mushrooms.
Trailhead: Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog Preserve, Horseshoe Pond Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

August 12, 2017 12:30-3pm
Take a Walk With Lovell Kids
The GLLT interns and Lovell Recreation Summer Campers have spent the summer learning about all things nature related. You are invited to join them as they share their knowledge of the land trust and the natural world.
Trailhead: To be decided by the kids. Location will be  announced via the newspaper, e-mail, GLLT and Lovell Rec Facebook pages.

August 17, 2017, 9:30am-noon
Pollinators and the Pollinated
On property under conservation easement with the Greater Lovell Land Trust, local beekeeper Guy Pilla will share the inner workings of his hives. We’ll then walk the surrounding forest and created meadows as we examine plants the bees utilize for nectar and pollen, and discuss how to best increase the bee friendliness of your own property. The crème de la crème—sampling local honey!
Trailhead: Meet at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library to carpool
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

August 24, 2017, 9:30am-noon
This and That
While most of our walks have a theme that we try to stick to, today, we’ll journey along the trail
at the Chip Stockford Reserve and enjoy whatever tickles our fancy.
Trailhead: Ladies Delight Road
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

September 2, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm
A’journaling We’ll Go
Get inspired by the beauty of Back Pond Reserve and reflect on the natural world around you. Bring your own journal and writing tools. This will be a stop-and-go walk as we pause frequently to sketch, draw, photograph and/or write about our observations.
Trailhead: Ron’s Loop, Back Pond Reserve, 5 Kezar Ponds Road, Stoneham
Degree of Difficulty: Easy

September 23, 2017, 9:00am-12:30pm
GLLT & UPSVLT co-sponsored paddle on Kezar Lake and Old Course of Saco River. 


As the early fall foliage begins, the Greater Lovell Land Trust and Upper Saco Valley Land Trust team up for a joint paddle in western Maine where their service areas meet. Each invites its members to come explore the spectacular scenery around Kezar Lake. As we float from the lake down to the outlet, and finally to the Old Course, staff and naturalists from both land trusts will be on-hand to answer questions. The early fall colors and wildlife should add to the show. Come wander with us!
Please bring the following: your own boat, lifejacket, sunscreen, snacks, and water!
This trip is free for members of either land trust—email [email protected] or i[email protected] or visit our websites: http://www.gllt.org/join-us/become-a-member/www.usvlt.org/support-our-work/ to become a member of either or both organizations today.
Please RSVP for more details, including directions to the put-in site, by emailing [email protected] or calling (207) 925-1056 for the GLLT; [email protected] or calling the USVLT office at (603) 356-9683.

October 21, 2017, 9:30am-2pm.
Shell Pond Spectacular
As we circle Shell Pond, we’ll pause periodically to take in the glory of the autumnal display and enjoy the view of the White Mountains from the air strip. Bring water, snacks and lunch—and your camera!
Trailhead: Shell Pond Road/ Evergreen Valley Road, Stow (not at the gate on Stone House Road)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

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

Evening Programs

July 5, 2017, 7:30pm
The Art of Preserving Land in Perpetuity
Executive Director Tom Henderson will kick off our summer talk series by explaining the art of preserving land in perpetuity. What is a conservation easement? What makes it such a powerful tool for land conservation? The GLLT holds conservation easements on 36 properties—a total of 2,508 acres—nearly 50% of the land conserved. Participants will be introduced to the structure, strength, nuances and potential pitfalls of such perpetual agreements.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

July 12, 2017, 7:30pm
Lookin’ at Lichens
Lichens are a combination organism that occur in large numbers in Maine. They come in a huge variety of colors with odd and remarkable forms. They are often overlooked because of their small size and challenging identification. Maine Master Naturalist Jeff Pengel will share photos and discuss some of the peculiarities of lichen biology. He’ll also show specimens of many common and unique lichens.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

July 19, 2017, 7:30pm
Native American Medicinal Plants
Kerry Hardy, author of Notes on a Lost Flute, will combine photos of native plants with a sampling of the written accounts of dozens of the earliest explorers, missionaries, historians and researchers, telling how Native Americans used the plants. He’ll include a bit of linguistic analysis, showing how a plant’s name can provide clues to its perceived medicinal importance. The discussion will include the ritual and spiritual importance of some plants.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

July 26, 2017, 7:30pm
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 1, 2017, 7:30pm
Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts, Oh My!
Ralph Pope will introduce mosses and their close allies, liverworts and hornworts, with a discussion of how they fit into the larger scheme of biodiversity. The evening will include a look at bryophyte ecology, and finish with a primer on collection and identification. Copies of his recent book, Mosses Liverworts and Hornworts, will be available for purchase.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

August 9, 2017, 7:30pm
The Youth Among Us
For the last few years, the GLLT has sponsored interns who learn about land conservation and work with the education department. The land trust has also hosted a weekly nature program for the Lovell Recreation Summer Camp. Join us to listen as the interns and summer campers share their learning experiences about nature and the Greater Lovell Land Trust.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

August 16, 2017, 7:30pm
Beekeeping in a Changing World
Local beekeeper Guy Pilla will discuss hive management and the impact of world trade on hive sustainability. He’ll also show us some of the beekeeping equipment he uses for his hives.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library

August 23, 2017, 7:30pm
Evolution of the Maine Lake Science Center
In this talk co-sponsored by the GLLT and KLWA, Dr. Ben Peierls, research director of Lakes Environmental Association’s Maine Lake Science Center, will share the journey that brought him to the Center. He’ll also discuss the latest activities and research the Center is undertaking and how our local water resources compare to others in Maine and beyond.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library