Thursday, May 23, 2013; 10:30 a.m.
Location: Shorebird Quest, Village Trail, Thomaston, Maine
Contact: Georges River Land Trust; 207-594-5166
Georges River Land Trust along with Lura Libby School 4th grade class will host a family event in Thomaston at the Village Trail from 10:30 AM to noon on Thursday, May 23rd. The 4th grade class will guide participants along the Shorebird Quest, which highlights the myriad shorebirds that use the St. George River. Families are invited to meet at the north end of the Strong Agency Parking Lot on Main Street, next to the Thomaston Town Green for an exploration along Thomaston’s waterfront. Following the walk at noon, participants may bring their picnic lunch to eat at the Public Landing and review their sightings with the students.
The Quest, designed by students at the Lura Libby School, takes participants along the Thomaston Village Trail, a section of the Georges Highland Path, starting at the Village Green overlooking the St. George River and finishing at the Town’s Public Landing. The Quest guide is available in advance at www.georgesriver.org/quests. The students have been preparing for the Quest by researching some of the birds along the river and creating a bird guide.
The Muscongus Bay Project of Quebec Labrador Foundation operated this place-based education program from 2009-2011, and Georges River Land Trust is now stewarding four Quests throughout the watershed. Commonly written in rhyming verse, a Quest contains movement clues and a map to get you from one place to the next, while learning about the natural resources and local history. Quests always end with the discovery of a “treasure” box that has a Quest stamp and log book, intended for users to sign and stamp. Questing is an effective way to encourage families and/or school groups to explore and use places in a way that would inspire learning and interest about the natural world and its history.
Georges River Land Trust along with other midcoast organizations (Medomak Valley Land Trust, Chewonki Foundation, Damariscotta River Association, Hardy Boat Tours and Warren Public Library) is working to encourage Quest use as a new family-oriented outdoor recreational activity in Knox and Lincoln Counties. This summer explore the region by going on a Quest in the Georges River watershed which can be found at www.georgesriver.org/quests.
Georges River Land Trust is committed to encouraging citizens to discover the river and care for the land throughout the 14 communities in the St. George River watershed. For further information on the Georges River Land Trust, its programs and upcoming events visit www.georgesriver.org or contact them at email@example.com or (207) 594-5166.