Naturalist to talk about Baxter State Park

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BRUNSWICK — The Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club is offering a program on Baxter State Park with naturalist Jean Hoekwater on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Curtis Memorial Library.

Hoekwater will present a visual exploration of recreational opportunities and popular trips in the park, including back-country locations as well as short day hikes, and ideas for experiencing the park’s beauty with friends and families of all ages and abilities.

The presentation will introduce some of the wildlife and plants visitors can hope to encounter in the park and offer tips on how visitors can help the park’s preservation efforts. Questions will be taken.

Hoekwater has been coordinating information and education efforts at Baxter State Park since 1988. She also guided on Maine rivers, worked for the Atlantic Center for the Environment and the AMC at Pinkham Notch Camp.

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In the mid-1990s, she established and trained the first alpine steward positions to provide visitor contact and information above treeline on Katahdin. This program uses interns each summer to protect the wilderness resources and experience on Maine’s highest mountain.

Hoekwater oversees the Togue Pond Visitor Center, summer and children’s programs, outreach to schools, community groups and the Appalachian Trail through-hiker community, and serves as liaison for researchers and media projects.

There will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m. preceding the talk, which will start at 7 p.m. Please bring a food item to share and your own plate and utensils if attending the potluck.

The library is at 23 Pleasant St. in Brunswick. For more information or driving directions contact Fran Leyman at education@amcmaine.org or go to www.amcmaine.org and click on meetings and education.

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