Throughout the year, we offer opportunities to explore the coastal mountains landscape with natural historians and others, and to discuss and learn about conservation issues important to our region. For updates on events listed below, please also check local newspapers and villagesoup.com. All our events are open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, free of charge. For those events indicating group size limitations, advance registration is necessary. To register for such events, or for further information on any event, please contact us.
* Indicates a child-friendly event. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
2014 Events Calendar
For additional outings and events, please continue to revisit this page and check our Facebook page.
- Monthly Natural History Walks, co-sponsored by the Camden Conservation Commission
- 2014 Beech Nut Open House Calendar
- The Birds of Beech Hill, presentation by local photographer Brian Willson at the Camden Public Library, Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Co-sponsored by Mid-Coast Audubon.
photo by Brian Willson
- Main Stream Preserve Exploration, Saturday, February 15, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Join the winter excursion as a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Call ahead for directions. Co-sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
- Signs of Spring, presentation by Rebecca Jacobs at the Camden Public Library, Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 -8:30 PM. Co-sponsored by the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District.
- Volunteer Orientation Sessions: Interested in volunteering for the Land Trust? Join us for an introductory session designed to provide new volunteers with an overview of the Land Trust and the various volunteer positions available, inside and outdoors.
- Land Trust office, 101 Mount Battie St., Camden, Wednesday, April 2, 5:00 - 6:30 PM.
- Belfast Free Library, Wednesday, April 16, 5:00 - 6:30 PM.
- Survival Skills Workshop, Meadow Brook Preserve, Saturday, April 12, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Maine Master Naturalist Jason Chandler teaches participants useful tips. Co-sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
- Astronomy on Beech Hill*, Beech Hill Preserve, Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Children's librarian Miss Amy will share an evening of stories and stars. Co-sponsored by the Camden Public Library.
- Earth Day Poetry Reading, Camden Public Library, Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Celebrate Earth Day with us! Published poets Kristen Lindquist and Gary Lawless will share nature poetry written by themselves and others. All are encouraged to bring two nature poems appropriate to the occasion to share during the open mic session between the two readings: an original poem of your own and a favorite poem by someone else. Co-sponsored by the Camden Public Library.
- Introduction to the new Head of Tide Quest *, Head of Tide Preserve, Saturday, May 3, 10:00 - 11:30 AM. Membership Coordinator Ellen Skoczenski has been working with Maine Master Naturalist student Cheryl Morin to create a fun and educational Quest for children on this Belfast preserve. For kids age 6 - 11.
- Celebrate the Centennials: Beech Nut & the Rockport Public Library, Rockport Public Library, Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. To celebrate the 100th birthday of both Beech Nut and the Rockport Public Library, architect Meg Barclay will give a talk about the history, architecture, and rehabilitation of Beech Nut.
- Spring Bird Walk, Ducktrap River Preserve, Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 - 9:30 AM. Staff member Kristen Lindquist and Cloe Chunn of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition guide this annual bird outing along the Ducktrap River and into the forested uplands. Co-sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
- Summer Solstice Walk*, Beech Hill Preserve, Friday, June 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Celebrate the longest day of the year! Bring a sunset picnic, blanket and flashlight.
- Beech Nut Birthday Party*, Beech Hill Preserve, Friday, June 27, 4:00 PM. Join us at the stone hut for birthday treats (including ice cream for sale by Stone Fox Creamery) and entertainment as we celebrate the historic building's 100th birthday.
- Arts on the Hill Opening, Beech Hill Preserve, Wednesday, July 2, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. We'll have an opening reception for local artist George Mason, who has installed his relief tapestries in Beech Nut as a part of our innaugural Arts on the Hill summer program.
- Fern Walk, Stover Preserve, Friday, July 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Hildy Ellis leads this walk to identify different fern species. Co-sponsored by the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District.
- Insect Safari*, Head of Tide Preserve, Thursday, July 24, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Entomologist Kathy Murray leads a hands-on exploration of forest and fields in search of critters.
- Beech Hill Blueberry Picks*, Beech Hill Preserve
Members Only Free Pick, Saturday, August 2, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Current members are invited to pick our organic blueberries. Not a member? Make a donation at the registration table to join the fun!
Public Free Pick, Sunday, August 3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. All are invited to pick blueberries at this annual event.
- Pollinator Walk, Beech Hill Preserve, Tuesday, August 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM. Master gardener and beekeeper Amy Campbell will lead this walk up Beech Hill to discuss native pollinators and their importance to our blueberry fields and beyond.
- Annual Meeting, Belfast Boathouse, Thursday, August 28, 5:00 - 7:00 PM. All members are encouraged to join our Board and staff to celebrate the year's successes.
- Kites and Ice Cream on Beech Hill*, Beech Hill Preserve, Sunday, September 14, 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Our second annual kites and ice cream extravaganza featuring free kites for kids and ice cream from Stone Fox Creamery!
- Mushroom Walk and Talk, Friday, October 3, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Land Trust office and Saturday, October 4, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fernald's Neck Preserve. Kirk Gentalen will lead a Friday evening slideshow and a Saturday morning hunt for mushrooms. Join one or both portions of this two-part event.
- Contours Benefit Art Show and Auction, Friday, November 7 - Sunday, November 23. Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland. This benefit art show featuring works by various artists inspired by Beech Hill will kick off during November's First Friday Art Walk and conclude with an exclusive brunch/auction of select items from the show. Net proceeds will benefit the Land Trust.
Interested in learning about birds, trees, flowers, insects, animal tracks and other areas of natural history? Coastal Mountains Land Trust will co-host monthly natural history walks with the Camden Conservation Commission.
Walks take place on the first Saturday or Sunday of each month. Registration is not necessary - simply show up and see what you can learn!
Monthly naturalist walk: Saturday, August 9 , 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Merryspring Nature Center
Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport
Beech Nut, the historic, sod-roofed stone hut atop Beech Hill on our Beech Hill Preserve, is open to the public two days/month from May through October each year. During these open houses, a volunteer docent is on hand to answer questions about the history of the building and the preserve, and field guides and other informational materials are available for visitors. Restored in 2007, this special building is well worth a visit by young and old alike--the views alone make the walk up the hill worthwhile!
- Saturday, May 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Wednesday, June 11, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Friday, June 27, 4:00 - 6:00 PM: Beech Nut's 100th Birthday Party!
- Wednesday, July 2, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Opening reception for Arts on the Hill
- Saturday, July 19, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Saturday, August 2, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Members' Blueberry Pick
- Sunday, August 3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Public Blueberry Pick
- Wednesday, August 23, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Sunday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Kites & Ice Cream Event
- Wednesday, September 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 - 8:00 PM: Full Harvest Moon
- Saturday, October 25, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Arts on the Hill: Artists and musicians are invited to share their work with the public in Beech Nut for one month's time between May and October. Specific guidelines apply, please contact the office for more information and instructions on how to apply.
- July - Local artist George Mason will install his relief tapestries in Beech Nut to invite a conversation between color, texture, and tranquility. Visit during these special open houses to view George's work and speak to the artist.
- Wednesday, July 2, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Opening reception
- Saturday, July 5, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Wednesday, July 9, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Saturday, July 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Sunday, July 27, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Wednesday, July 30, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM