Chainsaw Safety Level II is designed to give students more practice felling trees in an applied setting. Students are expected to be familiar and proficient with modern directional felling technique, and should demonstrate safe habits. Level II is a full day course in which students will work intimately… Read More
    Explore the beautiful mix of single and double-track trails over rolling terrain in this challenging race course. Enjoy hot food around the fire pit after the race. This year runners can choose between a half-marathon (13.1 mi) or a shorter 5.5mi race (8.8km). Race begins at 9am. Registration… Read More
    Increasingly, women are taking on the responsibilities for forest management and planning. Whether you work for a conservation organization, a municipality, or manage your family woodlot your role is essential to maintaining and improving Maine’s healthy forests. In order to be an effective manager you’ll need up to… Read More
    This one-and-a-half day course is designed for beginners. Most participants have little or no experience with a chainsaw, though this course is also an effective refresher for more experienced individuals who have developed some bad habits with a saw. This is the gateway course to learning more advanced… Read More
    Most people interested in learning to collect and identify mushrooms are driven more by a hunger for their great edible potential than curiosity about their ecology. Maine’s wild mushrooms offer a great opportunity to sustainably collect world-class gourmet edible mushrooms as you enjoy a walk through the woods… Read More
    The picture is bleak right now for bats in Maine and across the country. It’s expected that the little brown bat will be extinct in Maine (and everywhere else) and other Maine species are also threatened. The major culprit for these hard times is something called the White… Read More
    Learn timber framing basics in a hands-on setting where participants will experience the entire process from felling the trees to the finished product in this 4-day workshop. Timber framing will be taught by Bob Lear, who has 24 years of timber framing experience. Program cost is $450 for… Read More
    To benefit Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Come hear some fine music. Local musicians Dan Townsend, Pixie Laure, Chris Simpson, John Pranio, Toki Oshima, Jamie Oshima and Bertie Koller will play their hearts out. Outside in the field at Sheepscot General in Whitefield. Food and drinks available… Read More
    Hidden Valley Nature Center has received a grant to support a timber framing workshop for high school students. Learn timber framing basics in a hands-on setting where participants will experience the entire process from felling the trees to the finished product in this 4-day workshop. No previous experience… Read More
    Join Mike Fahey for a bird walk with a focus on early nesters and migrants. We’ll cover the bog, counting on breeding Canada Warblers, then head over to one or both ponds, to bird the edges. $5 suggested donation. FMI or to register, please visit or email… Read More
    Wanda Garland will lead a wildflower walk, exploring the bog and more. Wanda is a botanist, photographer, and long-time educator who aims to encourage people of all ages to get up close and personal with Maine’s native flora. Participants must be able to hike over rough terrain –… Read More
    Two day class (April 21 & 28)for those new to chainsaws, especially designed for women who want to use chainsaws for firewood, tree felling, brush cutting, carpentry, etc. Day one starts inside with topics including an overview of chainsaw nomenclature and safety features, saw chain… Read More
    Four day Timber Frame class at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Learn the basics of post and beam construction, starting with standing trees and ending with a finished handsome and rugged small building. Co-sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association which offers some scholarships ( Program cost… Read More
    Join naturalist Lynne Flaccus for an owl prowl under the full moon. Lynne will lead a short hike to call, look, and listen for local owls. Bring a small flashlight, binoculars and dress for the weather. Limited snowshoes available for use. $5 suggested donation. Read More