Participants get ready to view the solar eclipse at Roberts Farm Preserve. Photo: WFLT files.

 

NORWAY — Spring into the outdoors with Western Foothills Land Trust’s 2024 Spring Program Schedule! As the days grow longer and the earth reawakens, Western Foothills Land Trust is thrilled to offer a diverse lineup of outdoor activities designed to engage, educate, and inspire our community. From crafting pinhole eclipse viewers with the Town of Norway and exploring the wonders of vernal pools with Lakes Environmental Association to learning how to nurture native pollinators at Mclaughlin Garden, there’s something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready to explore the great outdoors with friends and family!

All programs are free unless noted otherwise, to register,  please email info@wfltmaine.org to let the staff and volunteers know how many folks to expect.

Western Foothills Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native ecosystems, farm and forest lands, watersheds, and scenic landscapes for the benefit of wild and human communities in western Maine. To learn more visit www.wfltmaine.org

 

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Western Foothills Land Trust 2024 Spring Program Schedule

April

Saturday, April 6 / 4-6 p.m. /Pinhole Eclipse Viewer Making
Norway Town Hall, 19 Danforth St, Norway
Join WFLT and Norway Recreation to make a simple pinhole eclipse viewer and learn more about the programs we offer the community. Free. Registration required.

Monday, April 8 / 3-4 p.m. /Eclipse Viewing Party
Roberts Farm Preserve, 58 Roberts Rd, Norway
Bring your eclipse glasses or pinhole viewer to Roberts Farm to watch this exciting event. Weather permitting. Free. Registration required.

Thursday, April 11, 18 /9:30-11:30 a.m./ Woodland Wonderplay
Shepard’s Farm Preserve, 121 Crockett Ridge Rd, Norway.
Join us for nature exploration & play! Educator Lisa Henderson will guide little ones and their caregivers. Geared toward 3-5 year olds, older and younger siblings welcome. Free. Registration required

Saturday, April 20 / 10 a.m.-2 p.m. / Earth Day Trailhead and Garden Clean-up
Alan Day Community Garden, Whitman Street, Norway
Give back to celebrate Earth Day by helping us clean up the Farm to Town Trailhead and the Alan Day neighborhood. Afterward, come back to the garden for lunch and afternoon activities. Wear safety vests, work gloves, and boots. Free. Registration required. Meet in the Garden.

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Sunday, April 21 / 10 a.m.-12 p.m. / Vernal Pool Explorations
Smith Bridge  Preserve, 577 Allen Hill Road, Norway
Learn to identify vernal pool species: wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and the elusive fairy shrimp with our partners at Lakes Environmental Association. Free. Registration required.

Wednesdays in April / 9:30-10:30 a.m. / Mindful Yoga at the Warming Hut
Roberts Farm Preserve, 58 Roberts Rd, Norway.
Led by Kat Larsen E-RYT500. Mats and water will be provided. There will be space for up to 12 mats. First come, first serve. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Donations welcome. Starting 4/17!

Thursdays in April / 9:30-11 a.m. / Weekly Nordic Walk
Farm to Town Trailhead, 22 Water Street, Norway.
Join WFLT and the Norway Recreation Department for Nordic walking on the Farm to Town Trail.   Nordic walking is a total-body version of walking that can be done using specially designed walking poles similar to ski poles. Free. Registration required. Email info@wfltmaine.org if you need poles. Starting April 11.

May 

Thursday, May 2, 16, 30 / 9:30-11:30 a.m. / Woodland Wonderplay
Shepard’s Farm Preserve, 121 Crockett Ridge Rd, Norway.
Join us for nature exploration & play! Educator Lisa Henderson will guide little ones and their caregivers.  Geared towards 3-5 year olds, older and younger siblings welcome. Free. Registration required.

Saturday, May 11 / 7:30 a.m. / 37th Annual Spring Bird Walk
Roberts Farm Preserve, 58 Roberts Rd, Norway
Help us identify year-round residents and spring migratory species and learn about how we track migratory species with MOTUS*. Free. Registration required.

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Thursday, May 16 /6 p.m. / Nomad Trail Series: May-October
Farm to Town Trailhead, Water Street, Norway.
Monthly 4.2 mile race series. Register for one ($10/ $15 on-site) or all six ($50) races. Register: www.runsignup.com.

Sunday, May 19 / 9 a.m.-12 p.m. /North Pond Paddle

North Pond boat launch, Round the Pond Rd, Norway.
Birdwatch while canoeing/kayaking through a magnificent bog. Bring water, a boat, & PFDs.
Free. Registration required.

Wednesdays in May / 9:30-10:30 a.m. / Mindful Yoga at the Warming Hut

Roberts Farm Preserve, 58 Roberts Rd, Norway.
Led by Kat Larsen E-RYT500. Gentle flow yoga in the peaceful setting of the warming hut. Mats and water will be provided. There is space for up to 12 mats. First come, first serve. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Donations welcome. No class on May 8.

Thursdays in May / 9:30-11 a.m. / Weekly Nordic Walk
Farm to Town Trailhead, 22 Water Street, Norway.
Join WFLT and the Norway Recreation Department for Nordic walking on the Farm to Town Trail.   Nordic walking is a total-body version of walking that can be done using specially designed walking poles similar to ski poles. Free. Registration required. Email info@wfltmaine.org if you need poles.

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June 

Saturday, June 1 / 9 a.m. / National Trails Day Work Party
Twin Bridges Preserve, Route 117, Otisfield.
Join us for a morning of re-blazing and signing the trails. Wear work gloves & boots. Bring water & bug spray.  Free. Registration required.

Thursday, June 20 /11-3 p.m. / Supporting Native Pollinators
McLaughlin Garden, 97 Main Street, South Paris
Join local environmental organizations as they host U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist Hannah Mullally who will talk about the breadth of Maine’s native pollinators, their importance in the ecosystem and food supply, and how individuals can support them using native plants in creating pollinator habitat. The talk will begin at 11 a.m. with an expert pollinator panel at 2 p.m. Free. Registration required.

Thursday, June 20 /6 p.m. / Nomad Trail Series: May-October
Farm to Town Trailhead, Water Street, Norway.
Monthly 3.1-mile race series. Register for one ($10/ $15 on-site) or all six ($50) races. Register: www.runsignup.com.

Friday, June 21 / 5 p.m. / Longest Day Paddle
Public boat launch area on Crockett Ridge Rd, Norway.
Enjoy the summer solstice as we paddle on Lake Pennesseewassee. Bring water, a boat, & PFDs.
Free. Registration required.

Wednesdays in June / 9:30-10:30 a.m. / Mindful Yoga at the Warming Hut
Roberts Farm Preserve, 58 Roberts Rd, Norway.
Led by Kat Larsen E-RYT500.  Gentle flow yoga in the peaceful setting of the warming hut. Mats and water will be provided, with space for up to 12 mats. First come, first serve. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. Donations welcome.

Thursdays in June / 9:30-11 a.m. / Weekly Nordic Walk
Farm to Town Trailhead, 22 Water Street, Norway.
Join WFLT and the Norway Recreation Department for Nordic walking on the Farm to Town Trail. Nordic walking is a total-body walking style using specially designed walking poles similar to ski poles. Free. Registration required. Email info@wfltmaine.org if you need poles.

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