KELT Offers Guided Walk at Thorne Head Preserve for Budding Botanists

Posted Feb. 01, 2013, at 3:51 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 9 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Location: Thorne Head Preserve, High Street, Bath, ME

For more information: Becky Kolak; 442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/winter-tree-id-hike

BATH- Reveal your inner botanist! The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) will offer a free Winter Tree Identification walk on Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at Thorne Head Preserve in Bath in celebration of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

How do you identify a tree if it has no leaves? With a little experience you can learn to use the clues of twigs, branch structure, and bark to figure out the trees of the forest, even without characteristic foliage. Participants will learn to recognize these hints and master a simple dichotomous key- a common identification tool used by experienced botanists. KELT staff member Chris Cabot will lead participants and share the knowledge he gained through years of walking in the woods of New England.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, started in spring 2012, is an array outdoor events across Maine on February 15-17. Its goal is to promote connection with the natural world, fun and physical activity, and good health.

Dress with warm outerwear and footwear, snowshoes are encouraged if conditions are appropriate. In the event of bad weather and poor driving conditions, the event will be rescheduled. To get to Thorne Head Preserve from downtown Bath, go north on High Street which dead ends into the parking lot of the preserve.

Reservations are encouraged for this free program and all ages are welcome. Please contact Becky Kolak 442-8400 or bkolak@kennebecestuary.org to sign up.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It holds easements on 2,000+ acres of private land and maintains eight preserves for public enjoyment. FMI contact www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.