Land Trusts Celebrate the Season
Maine land trusts are celebrating the season in myriad ways this December, and we hope you’ll take part in the fun!
Balsam Fir Tipping and Wreath Making
On December 1st, Kennebec Land Trust will offer a Sustainable Balsam Fir Tipping and Wreath Making workshop with Dave Fuller from UMaine. On December 2nd, Downeast Lakes Land Trust will host a Tipping Field Trip in their Community Forest, where they’ll
gather fir boughs for their December 4th Evergreen Extravaganza! Participants can make their own wreaths, centerpieces, balsam sachets, and more. Several holiday craft stations will be set up for all ages.
Sunset – Moonrise Hikes
Both Midcoast Conservancy and Loon Echo Land Trust will be leading seasonal hikes. Loon Echo offers their Sunset/Moonrise Hike each month, but you know there’ll be something special about the December 22nd event at Bald Pate! Midcoast Conservancy’s full moon hike will take place December 20th at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. If there’s snow, make it a snowshoe! You can even reserve a pair to borrow if you don’t have your own.
Looking for a seasonal activity that is a little out of the ordinary? How about trying Forest Bathing on the eve of this year’s Winter Solstice (Dec. 21st)? Boothbay Region Land Trust will introduce you to this new/old idea at its Hendricks Head Preserve. Discover the health boosting benefits of moving slowly and mindfully through the forest, and opening your senses to the natural world. Feeling creative? Harpswell Heritage Land Trust wants to help you make your own Winter Solstice lantern at one of their community workshops. Then, bring it with you for the December 21st Lantern Walk at Houghton Graves Park in Orr’s Island. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Beltie Holiday at Aldermere Farm in Rockport on December 1st. This event is a true community favorite! Families can come see the calves born this summer and fall, make a special Beltie ornament, and get their picture taken with one of the unique “oreo cookie” cows. Admission is free but you are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food for the local food pantry.
If none of these events is in your area, find a land trust near you and see what they are cooking up this winter, and have a safe and joyful holiday season.
Aldermere Beltie Holiday photo by Emily Higgins McDevitt.