Summer Explorations with KELT in July & August

Posted June 28, 2013, at 5:44 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location: Throughout the Kennebec Estuary, See details below...

For more information: Becky Kolak; 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/summer-explorations

KELT offers monthly summer explorations to experience the Kennebec Estuary

BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) this July and August are offering a series of ‘Summer Explorations’ for folks to get outside, get a little dirty, and get curious about the amazing natural landscape. The events are free and open to the public.

Botany Walk with Willow Schwartz

On Wednesday, July 10 from 10am to 12pm meet at Bonyun Preserve on Westport Island and join landscape gardener and native plant connoisseur, Willow Schwartz, on a walk through the preserve. Enjoy the lovely coastal views and learn more about Maine’s native (and some non-native) plants. Meet at the preserve kiosk. Wear hiking shoes, long pants, and bug dope. Bring a small note pad and pencil for notes and a camera!

Geocaching along the Whiskeag Trail

On Saturday, July 20 from 9:30am to 11:30am meet at the Whiskeag Trail kiosk at the Bath YMCA to brush up skills or learn the art of geocaching! Fun for the whole family; join us to search the Whiskeag Trail for tricky and creative caches hidden by a local expert geocacher, Joan Janowski. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing. Bring a GPS handheld unit (not a unit used exclusively for navigation in an automobile). There will be a limited supply of GPS units to borrow- please indicate at registration if you need to borrow a unit.

Nature and Marine Sketching with David Wheeler

On Saturday, August 10 from 10am to 12pm at Thorne Head Preserve in Bath, join David Wheeler to discover how art and nature go hand in hand! Wheeler, a practitioner of illustration-based marine education, will lead participants to observe and measure the forms and structures of species and biospheres. Intriguing! Adults and families with children over 6 years old welcome. Meet at the preserve kiosk.

Clam Digging with Jon Hentz

On Tuesday, August 13 from 9:30am to 12pm at Reid State Park in Georgetown, this is a favorite summer exploration! Come traverse the softshell clam flats of Reid State Park with Georgetown’s Shellfish Warden, Jon Hentz, and learn to dig a clam or a dozen. This event is great for kids!

Summertime Hikes at KELT preserves

This summer KELT is planning hikes to fun places with new faces by offering a series of short notice, rain or shine hikes throughout the Kennebec Estuary. Join KELT’s email list or become a KELT fan on Facebook so you can be alerted to where and when the hikes will be. KELT will only give a week or so notice so keep your walking shoes at the ready!

Registration is strongly encouraged and any questions can be directed to Becky Kolak at 442-8400 or bkolak@kennebecestuary.org.

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 1,087 acres of private land and maintains eight preserves for public enjoyment. FMI contact www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.