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“Turtle” Walk in the Georges River Watershed for Kids and Grandparents with the Land Trust

Kids and grandkids take a barefoot “turtle” walk on the Georges Highland Path.
Kids and grandkids take a barefoot “turtle” walk on the Georges Highland Path.
Posted July 17, 2013, at 1:58 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: Georges Highland Path, West Rockport, Maine

For more information: Georges River Land Trust; 207-594-5166; georgesriver.org

The Georges River Land Trust will reprise its popular “Turtle” Walk for kids and grandparents on Wednesday, July 31, on the beautiful Thorndike Brook Trail section of the Georges Highland Path. Land Trust staff will lead the “turtle” walk – so-called because it is slow and easy (and barefoot!) — beginning at 10 a.m. The walk is free and open to the public, but registration is required; please call the Land Trust office at 594-5166.

Participants are asked to meet at the Thorndike Brook trailhead on Hope Street off Route 17 in West Rockport. Those attending should dress appropriately for a woods walk and bring a snack and water. The trail is relatively gentle, and the walk will take about two hours.

The “turtle” walk, as its name implies, is definitely not a race to reach the end! The barefoot walk on the Thorndike Brook section of the Georges Highland Path in West Rockport provides a perfect setting for Land Trust staff to point out local wildlife and interesting plants that can heighten youthful appreciation of surroundings.

This trail is part of the Georges Highland Path, built and maintained by the Georges River Land Trust. The Path is a 40-plus-mile system of “conservation trails” that gives hikers a unique look at the St. George River watershed. The goal of the Path is to help people forge a close relationship with the land and to develop an active interest in protecting this wonderful region.

This walk is part of Land Trust’s continuing series of activities connecting the public with the vast resources of the watershed and surrounding areas. On September 14, Eric Evans, Vice-President of the American Chestnut Foundation, will lead a hike/lunch on Frye Mountain to find American Chestnut trees.

Organized in 1987, the Georges River Land Trust is committed to protecting the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed, which extends from Montville in the north to Port Clyde and Cushing in the south and includes streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands, farms, hills, mountains, blueberry barrens and forest, as well as a rich tidal estuary of salt marsh, clamflats and productive fishing grounds.

For further information on the Georges River Land Trust and its programs, check the web site at www.georgesriver.org, email info@grlt.org or phone 207-594-5166.

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