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!
Moderated by Bob Katz: We all have a deep connection to our agricultural heritage. But . . . have you ever wondered what a typical day is like in the life of a local farmer? What worries and challenges do farmers face? What sustainable agricultural practices do they employ? How do these factors affect the health and productivity of the land? Joining us for a panel discussion will be representatives from four local farms: The Wards of Fly Away Farm; Roy Andrews, president of the Fryeburg Fair; Steve and Jeanne Eastman of Chester Eastman Homestead; and the Westons of Weston’s Farm and Market.
Join us for a tour of a local farm that follows sustainable agricultural practices. Learn what is involved in growing food, and how important farms’ sustainable methods are to the health of the Earth and our Greater Lovell community. The farmers will be available to describe their site and answer questions.
As part of our wellness series, Pamela Moulton, visual artist and Hewnoaks Resident Manager, will lead an indoor/outdoor sketchbook journaling workshop that will offer a peek into Hewnoaks secret places. We will explore nature and Hewnoak’s hidden corners through observation, intentional curiosity, and focused awareness. We will look at inspiring Artist sketchbooks and experiment with mark making using traditional and scavenged drawing materials, so be prepared to forage and get creative. This workshop is open to all ages and no experience necessary. This walk is limited to 15 participants.
As part of our wellness series, we’ll listen to the inspiring poems written by participants of the Hewnoaks Poetry Workshop. Even if you couldn’t attend the workshop, you are welcome to join us and listen, or share a poem of your own. Light refreshments will be served.
Recent censuses show the smallest Monarch butterfly populations in Mexico and the west coast hibernacula in recorded history. Why is this happening? Is there anything we can do? Are drastic declines in the Monarch populations a sign of something more insidious? Come listen to Don Bennett and discover why this is such an important message for all of us.
Monarch butterflies need milkweed plants to survive - their caterpillars only eat milkweed and Monarch moms lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. We’ll take a walk along a dirt road that abuts a farm field and river, where milkweed grows in abundance and search for Monarchs and other butterflies.
As part of our wellness series, certified yoga teacher Deborah Nelson, Ph.D., will lead us through a gentle to moderate yoga experience under the trees. Ever wonder what it would be like to take your yoga practice outside? Or what it would be like to do a tree pose under a tree? Here's your chance. As this is a gentle class, no yoga experience is necessary and modifications to poses will be offered. All ages are welcomed and all that is required is a willingness to have your body, mind and spirit be in union with nature (the word yoga means union, after all). We will walk, perform some poses, practice reflection, and listen to a poem or two to connect our yoga practice to the outdoors.
The GLLT’s Interns and Lovell Recreation’s 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 to celebrate the accomplishments of these dynamic young people…
The American Chestnut was once an important tree in the northern forest, though it has largely disappeared following the introduction of a fungus blight in the early 1900s. A few chestnut holdouts, however, remain in part due to natural variation and human efforts to bring them back. And the tallest one in North America happens to be located in Lovell. District Forester Shane Duigan of the Maine Forest Service will share the story of how it was discovered. We'll then hike to view some other chestnut trees at the Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve.
The Sound of the Wild Snail Eating, Author Elisabeth Tova Bailey will read from and discuss her natural history/memoir with us via Skype. “An exquisite meditation on the restorative connection between nature and humans . . . As richly layered as the soil she lays down in the snail’s terrarium: loamy, potent, and regenerative.” —The Huffington Post This event is co-sponsored by the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and the GLLT.
Did you know that the Northern Goshawk is such a fierce hunter who stalks prey on foot and in the air? And yet, its scientific name, Accipiter gentilis, means 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. Join us to see and hear about the many wonders of the remarkable and canny bird.
Join the GLLT as we celebrate our accomplishments, and discuss our plans for the future.
Birds of Namibia by Bonny Boatman: Due to the diversity of habitat in the Namibia region of southern Africa, 644 species of birds reside there. We will get to know several of these species and the fascinating behaviors that help them to survive the challenges of their particular habitat. You will leave this presentation amazed and feeling that...just for an hour..."We are not in Lovell anymore, Dorothy." Join us to learn about a bird that stomps to death its prey and another one that imprisons his mate.
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Route 5, Lovell
Due to the diversity of habitat in the Namibia region of southern Africa, 644 species of birds reside there. We get to know the fascinating behaviors that allow at least seven of them to adapt to their particular natural community. You will leave this presentation amazed and feeling that...just for an hour..."We are not in Lovell anymore, Dorothy." Join us to learn about a bird that stomps to death its prey and another one that imprisons his mate.
As part of our wellness series, Sun Style Tai Chi instructor Pam Katz, R.N., will introduce the opening move with its eight parts that are low impact and put little stress on muscles and joints as we circle around Perky's Path at the Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve. Be sure to wear loose-fitting clothing for easy movement. Pam has been teaching Tai Chi in Florida for the past twenty years and Lovell for the last two.