GRAY – Expert native landscaping staff from Skillin’s Greenhouses will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26.

Songbirds, small mammals and even some reptiles and amphibians can benefit from providing the proper food, water and shelter in “micro-habitats” around your home. In addition, these plantings can beautify and provide windbreaks or heating/cooling benefits to your home.

Fall is a good time to transplant new shrubs and trees.

Skillin’s will have a selection of potted native shrubs, trees and plants suitable for planting in yards, and great for wildlife food and shelter, available for purchase. It will also have handouts and other native “wildscaping” information to share. Visitors can also visit the wildlife park’s Demonstration Wildlife Garden and Wetlands and Wildlife Trails to see and learn more about native plants that benefit Maine wildlife.

Also scheduled

Sunday, Sept. 7, will be Grandparent’s Day at the wildlife park, when admission will be free for grandparents.

One of the park’s final season events, the popular Halloween Night Hike, is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct 24.

The park, which has more than 25 species of native wildlife on display, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Nov. 11. Visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m.

Admission is free for ages 3 and under; $4 for ages 5-12; $6 for adults; and $4.50 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are charged $3 per person. Visitors are urged to bring a picnic and spend the day.

For more information, call 657-4977 or log on to www.mainewildlifepark.com or www.mefishwildlife.com.


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