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DAMARISCOTTA — Tour Muscongus Bay in a sea kayak 1-4 p.m. Friday, July 22, with instructor Glenn “Mitch” Mitchell, co-owner of Midcoast Kayak. Midcoast Kayak will supply kayaks and gear that program participants will need for the tour. Before embarking on the tour of well-protected coastal waters, Mitch will cover the basics of sea kayaking. The trip is open to beginners, as well to those with some kayaking experience.
The tour will launch from Midcoast Kayak’s touring facility at Muscongus Harbor, two miles north of Round Pond, just off Route 32. The family-run harbor provides ample parking and is easily accessible. Participant fee is $30; advance registration is required by calling 563-1363 by Thursday, July 21.
Free snorkeling class
JEFFERSON — The Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association will offer free snorkeling classes for children and adults on Saturday, July 23, at the association office, 38 Lake Farm Circle. Youth snorkeling class will be held 9-11:30 a.m. and the adult class will be held 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Children are required to bring a life jacket to class and must be comfortable in the water to participate in the event.
The adult snorkeling class will travel to a nearby island by boat. Participants will learn how to use and care for snorkeling equipment, to identify common animals and plants seen in the lake, and to spot invasive plants and animals underwater. Snorkeling equipment will be available for use; however, participants must bring a life jacket.
Advance registration is required by contacting Julia McLeod at 549-3836 or Julia@dlwa.org.
BELFAST — Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will co-host an insect safari 9-11 a.m. Friday, July 22, at Head of Tide Preserve. The outing is open to the public and free of charge. No advance registration is necessary.
Dr. Kathy Murray, entomologist for Maine Department of Agriculture, will lead the exploratory workshop for insect lovers of all ages. Nets will be provided for a catch-and-release bug quest. Participants should dress for an outdoor exploration.
JEFFERSON — Join mushroom expert Greg Marley for a walk through Hidden Valley Nature Center and acquire some of the skills needed to identify common mushrooms. The focus will be on identification features, ecology and the seasonal occurrence of mushrooms, and addressing edible as well as common poisonous mushrooms. Come prepared for a hike and a fun morning, 9 a.m.-noon Friday, July 29.
Suggested donation is $5 for center members, $10 others. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information, visithttp://www.hvnc.org/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 586-6752.