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 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

 

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

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