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2019 Calendar of Events
Trail Work on Ledges Trail
July 13, 8:00 AM – Noon | Pleasant Mountain Preserve, Denmark
Loon Echo’s trails are “adopted” by many dedicated individuals and groups. The Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club adopts the popular Ledges Trail on Pleasant Mountain and will host a morning of trail work installing stone steps and brushing in “social” trails. If you want to learn basic trail maintenance skills and hang out with interesting people, please join us! Meet at the Ledges Trail parking at 8:00 AM. Tools and training will be provided. Pants, boots and gloves are required. Plenty of water and snacks encouraged. Strenuous
Forest Bathing at Intervale
July 20, 9:00 AM-Noon | Crooked River Forest, Harrison | Register Here
Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Jeanne Christie will lead a Forest Therapy Walk hosted by Loon Echo Land Trust in partnership with Bring Change to Mind. Forest Therapy Guided Walks (also called Forest Bathing and Shinrin-yoku) is a practice that is gaining recognition within the U.S. and abroad. A forest therapy guided walk is a gentle, slow walk interspersed with invitations to wander and share. This hike is brought to you in partnership with Bring Change 2 Mind: A Lake Region community campaign focused on encouraging conversation to build understanding and acceptance of mental health challenges and substance use disorders, as part of a wellness series. Rain or shine, free, however registration is required at www.lelt.org/events or (207) 647-4352. Easy
Trail Work at Raymond Community Forest
July 20 & 21, 8:00 AM-Noon | Raymond Community Forest
Meeting Location: Raymond Community Forest – Parking lot off Conesca Rd in Raymond
What: Help build bog bridging for our new mountain bike trail!
Friday, July 19: Clear temporary access paths to the bridge locations and begin staging materials
Saturday, July 20: Move the materials and start building!
Sunday, July 21: Rain date
Bring gloves, water, bug spray etc, no tools needed.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro to Trail Running
August 10th 8:00 AM | Bald Pate Preserve, Bridgton | Register Here
- Runners of all ages and experience levels are welcome!
- Run is free, however participants are encouraged to bring a $5 donation to contribute toward the maintenance of the trails.
Star Party at Hacker’s Hill
August 12, 9:00 PM-2:00 AM | Hacker’s Hill Preserve, Casco
Join us for a relaxing evening under the summer sky to view the Perseids Meteor Shower! At its peak, this shower seems to originate from the constellation Perseus, giving rise to the name Perseids. Bring your binoculars and telescopes. Make sure to bring a comfortable chair, bug spray, drinks and snacks. Come early to watch the sunset! Please park in the “Event Parking” area to the right of the summit. Easy
Sunset Concert with Bruce Marshall
August 14, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Narramissic Farm, South Bridgton
Loon Echo Land Trust’s famous Sunset Concert Series moves to Narramissic Farm in South Bridgton. This summer’s concert will feature the vocals and guitar work of nationally renowned musician Bruce Marshall. A tireless performer with great originals, an expressive, soulful voice and accompanying guitar style on acoustic and steel dobro, he’s earned a reputation as one of New England’s best. Bruce has opened for the likes of BB King and most recently, Jay Leno. Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic! Arrive at 5 for a walk to the granite quarry before the show. Suggested donation: $10/person. Proceeds to benefit Peabody-Fitch Woods and the Bridgton Historical Society.
Maine Outdoor Film Festival
Friday, August 16, 7:45PM – 10:00 PM | Hacker’s Hill Preserve, Casco | Facebook Event
Join the Maine Outdoor Film Festival & Loon Echo Land Trust for an evening of Outdoor Films, shown outdoors at Hacker’s Hill Preserve.
Show Time: 30 minutes after sunset (about 8:15)
Admission: Free, suggested donation $10
MOFF Website Link: http://maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com/2019-casco/
Films to be screened will be announced by late July.
Evening of Geology
August 21, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM | Hacker’s Hill Preserve, Casco
Spend an early evening with Maine State Geologist Robert Marvinney to look back in time at the northern Sebago Lake region from a geological standpoint. The land between the west shore of Sebago Lake and the White Mountains offer an interesting story of ancient ocean shorelines, glaciers and multiple ice ages. Hacker’s Hill provides a terrific vantage point and signs of geological events of the past. Meet at 5:00 PM at Hacker’s Hill parking area. Please park in the “Event Parking” area to the right of the summit. Feel free to bring a picnic and stay for the sunset! (Sunset will be around 7:35 PM). Easy
Sunday, August 25, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Winona Camps, Bridgton | Register Here
Join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a BBQ dinner! This is your opportunity to meet LELT’s new Executive Director, hear about new projects and initiatives, and elect officers on the shores of Moose Pond. Sponsored by Maine-ly Foam, Geary Brewing Company and Winona Camps.
$35/person. Registration required.
Hawk Migration Watch
September 7 (rain date September 8), 9:00AM-12:00PM | Hacker’s Hill Preserve, Casco
Dick Anderson, former Director of the Maine Audubon, brings his enthusiasm for the southern hawk migration back to Hacker’s Hill. The ideal conditions for migrating hawks are a northwest breeze with clear skies. Bring your comfy chair, binoculars, water and snacks. In the past, many species of hawks have been observed along with bald eagles and osprey. Please park in the “Event Parking” area to the right of the summit. Easy
Loon Echo Trek
Saturday, September 14th 7:30 AM | Shawnee Peak Ski Area, Bridgton | Register Here
Hike or Run from Denmark to Bridgton over Pleasant Mountain, Southern Maine’s tallest mountain! A 10k (6 mile) course starts with a shuttle bus ride from Shawnee Peak Ski Area to the trailhead for the Southwest Ridge Trail in Denmark. The route crosses over the entire ridge of Pleasant Mountain, passing three rest stops and finishes at the base of Shawnee Peak Ski Area. At the end of your trek you will be greeted with the food, BEER, a t-shirt, and a chance for some great prizes— all included as part of your entry fee! All proceeds from the Trek support our conservation work in the Lake Region. FMI, click here.
A Walk Back in Time
October 5th, 10:00 AM – Noon | Narramissic Farm and Peabody Fitch Woods
LELT will lead a unique tour of one of Bridgton’s most important cultural resources, the site of the former Peabody-Fitch Farm. Once having the distinction of being the highest cultivated land in Cumberland County, a diverse forest now fills the old pastures and meadows. Now efforts are under way by LELT to conserve the 252-acre “Peabody-Fitch Woods,” which surrounds the Bridgton Historical Society’s Narramissic Farm, a wonderful museum set on the eve of the Civil War. Please meet us at Narramissic Farm at the end of Narramissic Road off of Ingalls Road in South Bridgton, and we will set out from there.
December 12, 3:00 PM– 5:00 PM | Bald Pate Mountain Preserve, Bridgton | Register Here
A 30-minute scramble to the rocky summit is followed by a gorgeous sunset over Hancock Pond. Moments later, the full moon will rise in the east. The group will hike back to the cars by headlamp. Meet at the main parking area on Route 107 at 3:00 PM. Sunset is at 4:05 PM and the moonrise at 4:40 PM. Snowshoes or traction devices may be required. Plenty of warm layers, water and snacks are always encouraged. This event is free, but registration is required here or by calling 207-647-4352. Moderate