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!
Join us as we 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 microspikes required…
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Sometimes we get to see these quilled creatures, but always we find signs they leave behind announcing that they inhabit Flat Hill. We’ll go on a porcupine prowl and see if we can piece together parts of their story, including hints of others who may also be looking for them (think maybe fisher or bobcat tracks). Join us to celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with this afternoon hike. Snowshoes a must.
Let’s explore the Bishop Cardinal Reserve and Wilson Wing Moose Pond Bog Preserve. Rather than follow a trail, we’ll look for tracks and see where they lead us and what we can learn about mammal behavior in this wetland/upland location. Snowshoes a must.
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.