BLUE HILL, Maine — “The Ocean and Us: Caught In The Same Net” is the title of a lecture by noted author, ecologist, and environmental activist Dr. Carl Safina, to be given at the Marine Environmental Research Institute Center, 55 Main St.,Thursday, May 27. The event is part of MERI’s ongoing Ocean Environment Lecture Series. Admission is free with a reception for the speaker at 6 p.m. followed by his lecture at 7 p.m. For information call 374-2135, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit MERI at www.meriresearch.org.
BROOKS, Maine — Growing shiitaki mushrooms at home is a simple process that is fun for the whole family. At 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, Bill Errickson will lead a mushroom cultivation workshop at Newforest Institute. Participants will learn about the nutritional and medicinal benefits of mushrooms commonly cultivated or growing wild in Maine and will create their own shiitaki mushroom log to take home and grow. The cost of the workshop is $25-50 on a sliding scale. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information and to register, please contact Newforest at email@example.com or (207) 722-3625.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Piscataquis Regional YMCA is offering a Summer Adventure Camp Open House 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at 48 Park St., Dover-Foxcroft. The event will give interested parents and kids a chance to meet the camp staff, learn more about the program, and speak to the Camp Director, Andrew Walker. Registration is now open and space is limited. For more information, stop by the Y, call at 564-7111 or visit www.prymca.org.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Co-authors Jill Webber, Sally Rooney and Glen Mittelhauser will present the book ‘Plants of Acadia National Park” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Ellsworth Public Library. The authors will discuss the work of the Rand and Redfield’s Champlain Society and the changes in plant composition between 1894 and now. For more information contact the library at 667-6363.
JEFFERSON, Maine — Four Saturdays, May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug. 20, Dr. Dan Townsend will conduct classes on plants at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Each session will focus on either a different group of plants or a different aspect of plant biology and ecology. The price for the entire series is $75 for Hidden Valley Nature Center members, $90 for all others. Membership is open to all. For individual classes, the price is $25 for members, $30 for non-members.
ORLAND, Maine — Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and the Penobscot Valley Star Gazers Club are hosting an evening of spring stargazing Saturday, May 21, in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Come to the South Gate on Route 1 just south of the Route 176 intersection in East Orland at 8 p.m. and drive in; leave anytime you wish. Bring a blanket or light chair and plenty of warm clothing, binoculars, star charts, telescopes, planispheres and other astronomical gear is welcome. Carpooling is recommended. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 469-2008 for weather updates or more information.
ORLAND, Maine — Enjoy an early morning walk in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands with Connie Tuller at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22. Meet at the Dead River Gate (Don Fish Trail, 0.5 miles beyond Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland) for this 2-mile moderate walk to the lovely Dead River picnic point and back. We’ll be walking on gravel roads except for the 0.3 mile descent to the river, which is relatively steep but grassy. Bring sturdy footwear and breakfast. All ages welcome. For more information call Connie at 223-5039.