2017 Events & Schedule

Below are our events for 2017. All events are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of our members! To learn more about becoming a member, click here.



5/13 10AM- Group Hike with Hans Carlson at the New Surry Forest. Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s new Executive Director Hans Carlson on a guided walk of the Surry Forest property. Come learn about the property, now that we own it! This will be a 3-mile walk on dirt roads, and will likely take about 2 hours of walking and talking, so bring appropriate footwear and supplies.


5/18 Thursday 7PM – Spring Speaker Series: Tick Talk. BHHT will host a panel discussion on Ticks with some of Maine’s leading scientists in the field from: University of Maine, Maine Medical Center and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Light Refreshments and free childcare will be provided. The talk will be held in the Blue Hill Consolidated School Cafeteria.

5/20 Saturday 10AM – Vernal Pool Party. It’s a Vernal Pool Party at Patten Stream! Spring has arrived so let’s go investigate the magic and excitement of the annual cycle of salamanders, frogs, fairy shrimp, and other amphibious life! Kim Ridley will lead this exploration starting at 10am. We will begin at the Gatherings Community Center across the street where Kim will read and sign copies of her award winning book “The Magic Pool” and will have a few copies on hand to sell as well. Then we’ll head across the street and venture out on the Patten Stream Trail to a fabulous vernal pool for a “show and tell” with Kim. Join Us!  Free and open for all ages.

5/21 Sunday 3PM – King Hill Farm Tour. In collaboration with the Blue Hill Co-op, join us for a Farm Tour at King Hill Farm with Paul Schultz and Amanda Provencher. Blue Hill Heritage Trust holds agricultural easements on King Hill Farm, protecting the land forever. The farm tour is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Sponsored by BHHT and the Blue Hill Co-op.

5/24 Wednesday 7PM – Spring Speaker Series: Telling Our Story. Blue Hill Heritage Trust is at a moment of great change. With a new office, new Executive Director and major new conservation lands, it is important to tell the story of how we got here. Join us, and special friends Ann Flewelling and Tate Yoder, to see how they are telling stories like ours through their art form.

5/30 Tuesday 6:30PM – Spring Speaker Series: Building a Trail. Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust for a presentation on how conservation groups design and build new trails, with experts George Fields of Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Caleb Jackson of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Pete Coleman of Acadia National Park. Held at the Blue Hill Library and refreshments will be available. Open to the public.


6/10 Saturday 10AM – Horseshoe Crab Walk & Talk. Want to learn about our very own living fossil that comes specifically here to Maine’s Bagaduce River? The horseshoe crabs are here to spawn once again and our very own board member and local naturalist Sarah O’Malley will teach us about the wonders and share latest information about them. Join us at Snow Natural Area at 11am. Free and open for all ages.

6/11 Sunday 7AM – *Members Only* Bird Walk. BHHT is pleased to invite Downeast Audubon President Leslie Clapp to lead a birding walk at Carter Nature Preserve in Surry. If you would like to become a member, please contact our office. Space is limited, please pre-register for this event.

6/12 Monday 10AM – Ladyslipper Walk & Talk. Join our naturalist Merrie Eley and volunteer Laurie White on the Becton Trail of Blue Hill Mountain. We will begin the hike at 10am and learn about the showiest orchid in the Eastern United States.

6/17 Saturday 10AM – Summer Tree ID W&T with Sarah O’Malley. Now that trees are in full foliage, join our Board Member and Local Naturalist Sarah O’Malley for a guided Tree ID W&T at Greenbie Natural Area in Castine. Learn how to distinguish species in the spring/summer in this diverse landscape.

6/21 Wednesday 7PM – Guest Speaker Tom Wessels “Co-evolution: Nature’s Model for Sustainability.” The organizing principle that has allowed life to exist on this planet for 3.8 billion years is co-evolution—a process that creates an incredibly complex web of mutually beneficial relationships. This talk will explore how co-evolution works, using lots of examples that occur in nature, as a model for creating human systems that not only sustain themselves, but thrive as well. Open to the public at Emlen Hall, Bay School.

6/23 Friday 4-7PM – Membership Open House & New Trail Guide Celebration! Join the staff and board of BHHT for a “Member’s Only” Open House and New Trail Guide Celebration. We’ll have refreshments and complimentary copies of our new Regional Trail Guide for BHHT Members. For more information contact our office.

6/30 Friday 1PM – Quill’s End Farm Tour. In collaboration with the Blue Hill Co-op, join our second farm tour of the year at Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot with the Retburg family. Blue Hill Heritage Trust holds agricultural easements on Quill’s End Farm, protecting the land forever. The farm tour is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Blue Hill Co-op. For more info, directions, or to register for the event please contact the BHHT office.


7/3 Monday 3-5PM – Blue Zee Farm Tour. In collaboration with the Blue Hill Co-op, join us for a Farm Tour at Blue Zee Farm with Mark and Renata Scarano. Blue Hill Heritage Trust holds agricultural easements on Blue Zee Farm, protecting the land forever. The farm tour is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Sponsored by BHHT and the Blue Hill Co-op.


7/8 Saturday 10AM – Kid’s Walk: Hiking With All the Senses. Bring the young hikers and join our local naturalist Merrie Eley in Brooksville at the Ferry Landing Natural Area as she guides them along using all the senses to discover and understand their environment. The fun and educational hike will be limited to 15 children with accompanying adult.

7/17 Monday 10AM – Kid’s Walk: Secrets and Surprises of the Forest. Get the young ones outside with our local naturalist Merrie Eley as she guides them on a hike at Snow’s Cove. They will discover the secrets and delightful surprises of their environment and learn while having a great time! Limited to 15 children with accompanying adult.

7/20 Thursday 5:30-7pm- Volunteer Appreciation Party at BHHT! BHHT Volunteers are invited to join us for a party to celebrate… them and all they do for us! Stay tuned for more info on BHHT’s website.


7/29 Saturday 10AM – Tide Pooling. Explore the tide pools at Carter Nature Preserve in Surry with local naturalists. We’ll catch the tide just right and learn about the fascinating creatures that are found within! Great for children and adults. Please wear appropriate footwear for potentially slippery shore rocks and wet seaweeds.


8/9 Wednesday 9:30AM- (Member’s Only Event) Native Plant Walk with Heather McCargo! Join Heather McCargo of Wild Seed Project for an I.D. walk and discussion of native plant species on BHHT’s Snows Cove Trail in Sedgwick.  This is a member’s only event. If you would like to become a member you may do so by contacting our office! Reservations for this event are limited, please reserve your spot by contacting our office.

8/21 Monday 5PM – Picnic Supper, Night Hike, and Partial Solar Eclipse. Come join us for a hike up John B. Mountain in Brooksville and bring your picnic supper- we have entertainment of stellar quality! Starting at 5:30pm, we will experience a partial solar eclipse positioned in the beautifully picturesque direction over Cape Rosier and Penobscot Bay! Plan on at least 10 minutes to hike to the top, the maximum eclipse will occur at 6:47pm. The sun is set by 7:31pm. So bring your supper, solar viewing filters, and headlamp (for your hike down) for this awesome event! Stay tuned for more info regarding parking and shuttles.

8/23 Wednesday 5:30PM – 32nd Annual Meeting. Join BHHT for our 32nd Annual Membership Meeting at the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin. The meeting is open to all and you can purchase tickets to join the BBQ dinner catered by Bianco Catering. Contact BHHT info & tickets.


9/9 Saturday– Hike & Ice Cream Celebration of Brooksville’s Bicentennial! Join BHHT for a hike on our Snow Natural Area Trail off the Young Pt Rd in Brooksville for a hike, followed by an ice cream party along the Bagaduce. Stay Tuned for more info on the time & ice cream!

9/16 Saturday 1-2:30PM – Fairy House Festival. Come celebrate the magic of fairies with Blue Hill Heritage Trust! Merrie Eley will begin our festival with a story about how to build fairy houses, then we will venture outside to build some for the fairies living in the woods behind Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s new office! Space is limited, please pre-register.

Date TBD – Bagaduce, Beer & Burritos! Join BHHT & MCHT for a celebration of conservation in the Bagaduce Watershed! The celebration will include a month-long challenge to the community to hike every trail in the Bagaduce Watershed and end with a get together at Strong Brewing Co in Sedgwick on Rope Ferry Road. Participants may purchase beverages and burritos from El El Frijoles, and celebrate our shared love of this amazing natural resource with staff and board members of Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.


Date TBD – Mushroom Walk & Talk w/David Porter. David Porter will once again lead the very popular Mushroom ID Workshop at our Weinland Nature Study Area in Penobscot. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot for this great event!

10/15 Sunday 2PM– Fall Foliage Hike up John B Mountain. Join BHHT Membership Coordinator Laura Blandford and Volunteer Barbara Kourajian for a gorgeous foliage hike up John B Mountain in Brooksville. After a short hike to the top, enjoy breathtaking views across the Penobscot and take in Maine’s most beautiful seasonal colors!

10/14 Saturday 11am-3pm- Peninsula Harvest Festival at Mainescape. Admission is free and all are welcome to this celebration of all our peninsula has to offer. Area vendors will be there sampling and selling a variety of items. Farmers Market – Live Music – Kid’s Activities – Scarecrow Contest – Food – Beer – Coffee – Crafts & Much More! This event is hosted by Mainescape with help from Blue Hill Heritage Trust.


12/7 Thursday – Blue Hill Tree Lighting, co-hosted by BHPChamber of Commerce & Blue Hill Heritage Trust


3/4 Saturday 1PM – Tree Tapping and Maple Syrup Making. Join local tree tapping expert and syrup enthusiast Tim Laflam at the new BHHT headquarters for a family fun afternoon celebrating maple syrup season! Get lessons on how to tap trees, see “boiling” demonstrations and even get to taste the finished product! Free for all. Inclement weather day will be Sunday the 5th.

3/20 Monday 10AM – Welcome Spring! Group Hike. Join our volunteers Barbara Kourajian and Merrie Eley, a Maine Master Naturalist, for a “Welcome Spring!” Group Hike at Furth Wildlife Sanctuary and Talalay Nature Sanctuary in Surry. We’ll begin hiking at 10am and will have hot beverages and refreshments to keep you going! Each trail is a one-mile loop, so you can choose to attend one or both with us! Free and open for all ages.

3/25 Saturday 10AM – *Members Only (BHHT & IHT)* Spring Tree ID Workshop. BHHT & IHT are hosting Val Libby, a local landscape historian, for a member’s only Spring Tree ID workshop at the new BHHT headquarters on the Hinckley Ridge Rd. Val will lead a workshop with specimens and knowledge to help participants learn how to identify shrubs and trees in the early spring season. Space is limited, please pre-register by calling BHHT.



4/9 Sunday 1PM- (Postponed from the original 4/1 date) Early Spring Woodie ID Walk & Talk. Local landscape historian Val Libby will lead a Shrub and Tree ID walk at Kingdom Woods Conservation Area. Come and learn the secrets to identifying early spring vegetation! Join us at 1pm at the KWCA Woods Road off the Kingdom Road (where the pavement ends) in Blue Hill. Free and open for all ages.

4/15 Saturday 8:15AM – 2nd Annual HOP! Trail Run & Egg Hunt. The Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Blue Hill Peninsula Community Compass & Blue Hill YMCA are teaming up to host the 2ndAnnual HOP! Trail Run & Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15th at the Blue Hill Town Park. The race starts at 9am, the Egg Hunt at 10am. Please visit our website for more information about the schedule.