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2024 Preserve Activities

Reservations open:

Preserve members on May 6

Non-members on May 20

Activities by month:

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June 2024

June 5

A pair of common loons nest at Little mature.

9-10 a.m.

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July 2024

June 5

A pair of common loons nest at Little Long Pond. This series of three field walks will follow a loon family through chick rearing and provide insight into their ecology. Sign up for more than one

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July 11

Carriage Ride

Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride along the roads of the Preserve.

 

This activity is offered for Dahlia, Delphinium, Lily, Trillium, and Birch members.

9-11 a.m.

Register for this event

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July 18

Lantern Stroll

Delight in an evening at the Asticou Azalea Garden surrounded by the glow of Japanese lanterns.

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Register for this event

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Photo by Bob Thayer

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July 25

Carriage Ride

Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride along the roads of the Preserve.

 

This activity is offered for Dahlia, Delphinium, Lily, Trillium, and Birch members.

9-11 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 2024

June 5

A pair of common loons nest at Little Long Pond. This series of three field walks will follow a loon family through chick rearing and provide insight into their ecology. Sign up for more than one walk to see the chicks grow and mature.

9-10 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 8

Carriage Ride

Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride along the roads of the Preserve.

 

This activity is offered for Dahlia, Delphinium, Lily, Trillium, and Birch members.

9-11 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 15

Carriage Ride

Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride along the roads of the Preserve.

 

This activity is offered for Dahlia, Delphinium, Lily, Trillium, and Birch members.

9-11 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 22

Carriage Ride

Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride along the roads of the Preserve.

 

This activity is offered for Dahlia, Delphinium, Lily, Trillium, and Birch members.

9-11 a.m.

Register for this event

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September 5

Thuya Lodge Tour

Step back in time as you explore the historic Thuya Lodge, originally built in the early 20th century by Joseph Henry Curtis. Linda Thayer, lead greeter and docent, will share the rich heritage and stories of this cherished summer lodge.
This activity is for Forget-Me-Not members and up.

 

This activity is for Forget-Me-Not members and up.

9 a.m.

Register for this event

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June 5

Loon watching at Little Long Pond

A pair of common loons nest at Little Long Pond. This series of three field walks will follow a loon family through chick rearing and provide insight into their ecology. Sign up for more than one walk to see the chicks grow and mature.

9-10 a.m.

Register for this event

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July 3

Loon watching at Little Long Pond

A pair of common loons nest at Little Long Pond. This series of three field walks will follow a loon family through chick rearing and provide insight into their ecology. Sign up for more than one walk to see the chicks grow and mature.

9-10 a.m.

Register for this event

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July 17

What goes into trail building?

Explore the art of trail building within the Preserve. See what it takes to design and build a sustainable trail, learn some history of local trail building, look at our trail restoration projects, and experience a demonstration of stone shaping.

1-3 p.m.

Register for this event

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July 24

Trees & Shrubs

Wander the fields and forest of the natural lands and discover the diversity of trees and shrubs. Lead Land Steward Dave Ouellette will help you identify a variety of woody plants and learn more about their natural history.

9-11 a.m.

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July 30

Asticou Garden Walk & Talk

Garden Manager Mary Roper will lead a tour of the Asticou Azalea Garden, sharing the history, horticultural practices, and her garden expertise while addressing interests and questions of the participants.

This activity is for Forget-Me-Not members and up.

11 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 1

Carriage Ride

Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride along the roads of the Preserve.

 

This activity is offered for Dahlia, Delphinium, Lily, Trillium, and Birch members.

9-11 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 13

Asticou Garden Walk & Talk

Garden Manager Mary Roper will lead a tour of the Asticou Azalea Garden, sharing the history, horticultural practices, and her garden expertise while addressing interests and questions of the participants.

This activity is for Forget-Me-Not members and up.

11 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 21

Hemlocks at the Preserve: Ecology & management in the face of Hemlock wooly adelgid

Eastern hemlock trees (Tsuga canadensis) are as beautiful as they are ecologically important. An exotic insect – Hemlock Wooly Adelgid – is poised to dramatically impact Maine’s hemlock populations. Join us as we learn about hemlock ecology and discuss our plans to manage the adelgid at the Preserve.

9-11 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 28

Q&A walk on the natural lands

This informal walk with Tate Bushell, Director of Natural Lands, is a great opportunity to learn how we manage our natural lands. Bring your questions and hiking shoes.
 

We will walk on both trails and carriage road. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Walking distance: 2.5 miles

9-11 a.m.

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September 11

Meadows of Little Long Pond

Explore the 20-acre meadows at Little Long Pond with Director of Natural Lands, Tate Bushell. Learn about the meadows as a biological community, as well as the Preserve's restoration efforts and management plans for the meadows.

We will walk on both the carriage road and in the meadow.. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Walking distance 2.5 miles

2-4 p.m.

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June 26

Wildflowers of Little Long Pond

Wander the fields and forest of our natural lands and discover the diversity of wildflowers. Practice identifying what we find and learn more about the natural history of the flora at Little Long Pond.

1-3 p.m.

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July 10

Little Long Pond Ecology Paddle

Experience Little Long Pond from the water! Bring your own kayak or canoe and join Preserve staff to discover what flora and fauna call Little Long Pond home and learn more about our current conservation practices.

9-11a.m.

Register for this event

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July 18

Carriage Ride

Enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride along the roads of the Preserve.

 

This activity is offered for Dahlia, Delphinium, Lily, Trillium, and Birch members.

9-11 a.m.

Register for this event

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July 25

Woodland Paths at Thuya Garden 

Walk with a gardener and learn about the native flora used in the design of the Thuya landscape. Take a close look at the diversity of species and techniques to nurture the growth of native plants.

 

This activity is for Forget-Me-Not members and up.

9 a.m.

Register for this event

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July 31

Hemlocks at the Preserve: Ecology & management in the face of Hemlock wooly adelgid

Eastern hemlock trees (Tsuga canadensis) are as beautiful as they are ecologically important. An exotic insect – Hemlock Wooly Adelgid – is poised to dramatically impact Maine’s hemlock populations. Learn about hemlock ecology and discuss the Preserve's plans to manage the adelgid.

9-11 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 7

Loon watching at Little Long Pond

A pair of common loons nest at Little Long Pond. This series of three field walks will follow a loon family through chick rearing and provide insight into their ecology. Sign up for more than one walk to see the chicks grow and mature.

9-10 a.m.

Register for this event

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August 14

Little Long Pond Ecology Paddle

Experience Little Long Pond from the water! Bring your own kayak or canoe and join Preserve staff to discover what flora and fauna call Little Long Pond home and learn more about our current conservation practices.

9-11a.m.

Register for this event

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August 22

Border Gardens at Thuya Garden 

Join Head Gardener Wendy Dolliver to explore the colorful and fragrant border gardens planted with a combination of perennials and annuals. Enjoy the beautiful blossoms while learning about design, history, and horticultural practices. 

 

This activity is for Forget-Me-Not members and up.

5 p.m.

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September 2024

June 5

A pair of common loons nest at Little Long Pond. This series of three field walks will follow a loon family through chick rearing and provide insight into their ecology. Sign up for more than one walk to see the chicks grow and mature.

9-10 a.m.

Register for this event

June 2024 Activities
July Activities
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September Actvities
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