Land trust hosts trail walks and picnic

Posted July 18, 2011, at 4:47 p.m.

MONTVILLE — The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance invites the public to celebrate summer by exploring the land it protects at the Midsummer Celebration 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The celebration will feature a selection of guided explorations followed by a potluck picnic with live music at 406 Halldale Road in Montville.

The exploration options are:

• “Woods Lore and Homemade Ponds,” 9:30 a.m. on the Howard Road in Montville, in the field about a half-mile up that road from the Halldale Road. It will be led by forester Moe Martin.

• “Discovering Dragonflies and Damselflies,” 10 a.m. at the Bog Brook Trail, on the Halldale Road, led by Alysa Remsburg, assistant professor of biology at Unity College. Bring binoculars, an insect net and shoes that can get wet.

• “Doing Archeology: Digging Ruins,” 10 a.m. Christopher Marshall, professor of anthropology at Unity College, will lead the exploration in which participants will dig in a Waldo County ruin. The activity begins at the Northern Headwaters parking lot on the Halldale Road in Montville. Bring garden or work gloves. Other tools will be provided.

• “Who Lives Here?” at 10 a.m. is an exploration designed for families. It will explore the Halldale Spur Trail, which starts on the Halldale Road in Montville. Heidi Brugger and Joanna Greenwood will familiarize participants with trail markings and their meaning while they explore life in the woods. The exploration includes time for a short game of camouflage and constructing small homes for wood sprites using materials at hand. Bring a small bucket to aid in collection of construction materials.

The picnic will feature locally prepared and shared foods and live and lively homegrown tunes. The fun starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.

The alliance will post signs at both intersections of Route 220 and the Halldale Road as well as at the starts of each exploration and the picnic. Wear weather-appropriate clothing for exploring and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and drinking water for the event. For more information, call Larkspur Morton, SWLA board member, at 342-2459. This event is free and open to all.

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