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!
It’s become a yearly tradition to check on the ephemeral pool at the Heald and Bradley Ponds Reserve. We’ll dip small containers and see what aquatic insects we might find, taking a closer look through hand lenses and a field microscope. If time allows, we’ll walk to Otter Rock as well.
This will be a silent walk for some of the way as we’ll check on a heron rookery from a distance. We won’t want to disturb the adults or young as they feed, so we’ll stay hidden among trees and spy on them with binoculars. At the same time, we’ll also note other birds that enjoy the wetland location. Binoculars and bug repellant a must for this hike.
Alternative Education Day at New Suncook School
Breeding Birds: The Maine Bird Atlas is a citizen science project that depends on volunteers to collect data. Several of our docents are involved in this important conservation project and they’ll help us hone our birding skills, while at the same time explaining the work they’ve been conducting to help update Maine’s Bird Atlas.
Amazing Wetlands: Join the Lakes Environmental Association and the Greater Lovell Land Trust as we embark on a field trip exploring and comparing different watery places. Wetlands provide a myriad of vital ecosystem functions and unparalleled wildlife habitat but are often considered wasted space or places that need filling in. We will visit a floating bog, forested swamp, vernal pool and other wet places to learn about how they function, how they differ and why they are so special to Maine wildlife and to us. Space is limited. We are going to make a mess mucking about, please come prepared with shoes and clothing that can get wet and dirty, as well as drinking water, snacks and a lunch as we are making a day of it!
Lakes Environmental Association and the Bridgton Historical Society will bring Bridgton's manufacturing past to life as they step along the Stevens Brook Trail and view the remnants of former mill sites.
Beavers are really important! Believe it or not, some of our country's current problems can be best understood by learning more about these natural architects. We all know a lot about them by witnessing their activities, so we are going to take a different approach. Instead of a lecture, we want to hear your "beaver stories,” and your questions and concerns. We also have some questions for you to ponder as we jointly investigate the popular mythology and search for what is real. Please join us as we pool our knowledge and enjoy the process….
Join us for a guided hike through woods and beside streams inhabited by beavers. Along the way, we’ll talk about how the beavers have modified the area as we look at dams, lodges, ponds and the final stages when the dam is gone and the natural community changes…
Predators: The Balance of Nature: The Chewonki Traveling Natural History Program will present a program about predators in the context of food webs and natural cycles. We learn some commonly-held myths about predators, and what problems do they face. Discussion of current events will emphasize the importance of predators in maintaining the world’s ecological balance. As a special treat, participants will have the opportunity to study mounted animals and see three live, non-releasable predators.
As part of our wellness series, we’ll explore and reflect on our personal connections to the environment through the elements, seasons, birds and other wildlife. With inspiration from our surroundings, and short pieces in various styles and forms by poets and naturalists, we will draft our writing and share with the group. Adults and teens welcome. This poetry workshop is sponsored by the Greater Lovell Land Trust, Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, and Hewnoaks Artist Colony…
PBS and the BBC Wildlife Unit joined forces last fall to film in New England. Moira Yip helped the BBC team plan their locations, and some of the footage was filmed at her house here in Lovell. The shows were broadcast both in the US and in the UK. She shares her story of how this came about, illustrated with her photos and with some BBC footage