Nature center celebrates six years in operation

Posted Oct. 28, 2011, at 9:52 p.m.

JEFFERSON, Maine — Hidden Valley Nature Center recently celebrated its sixth year in operation with its annual open house.

High on the list of activities at the event were the fly-tying and casting demonstrations. Master Maine Guide Sean McCormick and his son Michael helped participants create their own flies. Doreen Conboy said, “I have always wanted to learn to tie flies, and it wasn’t as hard as I thought.” She walked away with her own unique “woolly bugger,” protected in a case. The woolly bugger is a popular and widely used pattern for freshwater and saltwater game fish and is listed as one of the top patterns to have in any fly box. They are tied in a variety of styles and colors to imitate a wide range of game fish prey.

McCormick will participate in the Maine Fly Fishing Show on Sunday, Nov. 6, in South Portland. The show supports Maine Council of Trout Unlimited 2012 Maine Trout Camp, a weeklong camp designed to build the next generation of conservationists. For information, visit

Timber framing students completed a four-day class with the erection of Hidden Valley Nature Center’s new education, welcoming and warming cabin. The center is holding a raffle to raise funds for a wood stove and a solar panel. A cord of wood, a picnic table and a pair of snowshoes are some of the top prizes.

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Roger Monthey of the U.S. Forest Service drew an enthusiastic crowd on his mushroom walk and talk. Local musicians John Pranio and Toki Oshima entertained the crowds with eclectic music.

For more information about the center and its activities, visit


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