September 9th, 11:00am, 5/10K Trail Race at Surry Forest:Blue Hill Heritage Trust will host a 5k race and a 10k race at their Surry Forest Preserve, off the Toddy Pond Rd in Surry. The races begin at 11:00 AM and cover gravel road. The race will be timed, and awards will be given out. Participants are invited to stay for lunch and a prize drawing after the race. RUn/Walk/Kids 1Miler! TO REGISTER FOR THE BHHT RACE VISIT: https://www.runreg.com/blue-hill-heritage-trust-surry-forest-5k–10k
September 15th, 2-3:30pm, Fairy House Festival: Come celebrate the magic of fairies with Blue Hill Heritage Trust, so bring your wings and fairy dust if you have them! 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 call to pre-register at 374-5118.
September 15th, 9:00am, Collaborative Beach Clean Up: The Shaw Institute and BHHT invite you to join us Saturday, September 15th for a Beach Cleanup Day at Carter Nature Preserve on the Cross Road in Surry. Be a part of the Ocean Conservancy’s Global Trash Free Seas Day, and Maine’s Coastal Cleanup Day by helping to clean this beautiful property which is under conservation with BHHT. Participants should arrive at 9:00am. We will provide materials and assign paired volunteers specific areas and duties including data collection. This data will be shared with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal CleanUp Program. Participants will receive coupons for Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop as a special reward for a job well done. Family friendly, and please bring water bottles, wear durable work gloves, sunscreen and sturdy shoes. For further info or to sign up, contact the BHHT office or Madelyn Woods (email@example.com 374-2135) at Marine & Environmental Research Institute.
September 22nd, 10am-Noon, Open Air Arts Initiative Winter Bird Habitat Workshop: The Open Air Arts Initiative will host its third workshop of the season during the Great Maine Outdoors Weekend! The workshop will be held at the Kingdom Woods Blueberry Field off the Woods Road in Blue Hilll. Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Cynthia Winings Gallery, with friends from the SEED Barn, for this fun event and workshop on native seeds, and natural sculptures for winter bird habitat. Participants will create seed bombs and paper to spread around their own homes to encourage native plants for birds and pollinators, as well as build sculptures out of found objects at Kingdom Woods to serve as critical winter bird habitat. Open to all- materials provided!
October 28, 1-3pm, Mushroom ID Workshop with David Porter: David Porter will once again lead the very popular Mushroom ID Workshop at our Greenbie Trail off 166 in Castine. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot for this great event! Register by calling our office at 374-5118.
Past 2018 Events:
February 14, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Winter Hike Series #2: Join BHHT for the second Winter Hike of the season at Peters Brook Trail in Blue Hill. We’ll leave from the trail head off the East Blue Hill Rd at Peters Cove at 10am on Valentines Day, February 14th. Treats and warm beverages provided. Bring your creepers or poles in case of ice. Open to all!
March 3, 1:30pm, History of Maple Sugaring: A talk on the history and science of maple sugaring in Maine with Lynn Havsall at the Blue Hill Public Library.
March 4, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Tree Taping & Open House: Join local tree tapping expert and syrup enthusiast Tim Laflam at the 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! We’ll have warm beverages and refreshments inside the office as well. Free for all. Please pre-register by calling BHHT at 374-5118 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 15, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Winter Hike Series #3: Join BHHT for the third and final Winter Hike of the season at Kingdom Woods in Blue Hill. We’ll leave from the trail head off the Kingdom Road at 10am on March 15th. Treats and warm beverages provided. Bring your creepers or poles in case of ice. Open to all!
March 24, 10:00am – 11:00am HOP! Egg Hunt & Spring Carnival at The Town Park: Blue Hill Heritage Trust will host the 3rd Annual HOP! Egg Hunt Saturday, March 24th at the Blue Hill Town Park from 10-11am. This year BHHT will be joined by the YMCA, Nichols Day Camp, Camden National Bank, the Blue Hill Co-op and other community partners. The Egg Hunt, open to children 12 and under, will begin at 10am prompt, followed by a fun Spring Carnival with spring themed games, activities and refreshments. Like last year, several of the eggs will have fabulous prizes! All are welcome- Please bring your own basket or bag for the egg hunt. Hope you’ll join us! For more information please contact Blue Hill Heritage Trust at 374-5118 or email@example.com
April 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Conservation Lecture Series – #1 Community Forestry in the Downeast Lakes with David Montague of Downeast Lakes Land Trust: Join BHHT at the Blue Hill Public Library for the 1st in their three part Spring Conservation Lecture Series. David Montague has been the Executive Director of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust since 2014. Prior to joining DLLT, he worked in the outdoor recreation industry in Maine, Wyoming, and Virginia and conducted wildlife research in the northern Rockies, Appalachia, and Africa. He is a Registered Maine Guide and has degrees in wildlife biology from Colorado State and Virginia Tech. He lives in Grand Lake Stream with his wife and assorted animals, and in his spare time he enjoys hunting, sailing, gardening, and renovating his 150-year-old farmhouse. Learn about the Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s efforts to conserve more than 370,000 acres of forest land in Downeast Maine and manage the 56,000-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest for wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and a sustainable forest economy. The presentation will describe grassroots efforts to secure forests and lakes for future generations, using conservation to protect a way of life and drive the economic well-being of a small community. This case study will explore the crucial role of forests in our region and offer ideas and inspiration for conservation efforts on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Reception 6:30, Talk 7pm.
April 23, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Conservation Lecture Series – #2 The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods with Doctor Andrew Barton of University of Maine Farmington: Join BHHT, the Blue Hill Garden Club and Downeast Audubon at the Blue Hill Public Library for the 2nd in our three part Spring Conservation Lecture Series. Raised in the southern Appalachians of western North Carolina, Andrew Barton is a forest ecologist, science writer, and professor of biology at the University of Maine at Farmington. His research focuses on how forests are responding to changing climate and wildfire in the Sky Islands of the American Southwest. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods, and the upcoming Ecology and Recovery of Old-growth Forests in Eastern North America from Island Press. Drew co-founded the Michigan National Forest Watch and the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, and was a key player in the Mt. Blue-Tumbledown Conservation Alliance, which protected 30,000 acres of forestland in western Maine. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Barton will present a lively powerpoint presentation on Maine forests: how they’ve changed over the past 10,000 years, their remarkable diversity across the state, and the challenges and possible solutions for the future. Reception 6:30, Talk 7pm.
May 2, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Conservation Lecture Series – #3 Horseshoe Crabs: Their history, uses in medicine, and science with MMA professor and BBHT board member Sarah O’Malley: Join BHHT at the Blue Hill Public Library for the 3rd and final lecture in their Spring Conservation Lecture Series. Sarah O’Malley, MMA Professor and BHHT Board Member will discuss these fascinating creatures, why they migrate to the Bagaduce River during their spawning season, how they are being used in science and medicine, as well as environmental changes that may impact this species. Reception 6:30, Talk 7pm.
June 2, 11:00am – 3:00pm, Penobscot Fishway “Open-Stream” Event: Celebration and Open-House at the new Pierce Pond Fishway in Penobscot! Meet the organizations who have working collaboratively around our region to help restore these historic runs, and get up close and personal with the fish themselves! Food and activities at Pierces Pond, as well as guided tours of current and future restoration projects in a few other locations (Wights, Walker and Parker Pond). All are welcome!
June 2, 3:00pm – A Walk In The Woods With Hans: Join BHHT’s Executive Director for a guided walk at our lesser known Parker Pond property in the Bagaduce Watershed in Brooksville. Parker Pond has recently been identified as a critical site for a future fishway restoration site to aid in the migration and spawning of Alewives. Please register for this walk by contacting our office.
June 9, 10:00am – BHHT MEMBERS ONLY Naturalists Walk: Join BHHT’s resident Maine Master Naturalists George Fields, Merrie Eley, and a special guest for a guided walk at Weinland Nature Study Area in Penobscot. Along this wonderful wooded trail participants will learn how to i.d. several different types of mosses, lichens, ferns, trees and birds. This is a “members only” event. If you are not currently an annual supporting member of BHHT, but would like to become one, please click here.
June 23, 10:00am – Open Air Arts Initiative at Bluffhead: The Open Air Arts Initiative will host its first Young Artists Workshop at Bluff Head in Sedgwick. Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Cynthia Winings Gallery for this fun event and creation of the Bluff Head Poetry Trail. Local poetry experts will join us for a hike and workshop along the trail where participants will write their own poems and make water color creations to be displayed along the trail for the summer season. Open to all- materials provided!
June 24, 5:30 & 7:30pm- Caterpillar Hill Benefit Dinner at El El Frijoles: Our friends at El El Frijoles are generously donating a “Sunday Supper for a Cause” to the Caterpillar Hill Campaign. For more information on this wonderful event, to see the menu, or to make a reservation, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
June 26, 7:00pm- Patrick Cullina Talk: Join 10 area organizations at Emlen Hall at the Bay School in Blue Hill for a presentation by Patrick Cullina. Patrick Cullina is an award-winning horticulturist, landscape designer, photographer, lecturer, and organizational consultant with more than twenty years of experience in the landscape field. He runs a design and consulting business based in Manhattan that is dedicated to the innovative and sensitive integration of plants and materials into a diverse range of compelling designs–drawing inspiration from both the natural world and constructed environments alike. This talk is brought to you by: Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Blue Hill & Brooklin Garden Clubs, Colloquy Downeast, Downeast Audubon, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Island Heritage Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Native Gardens of Blue Hill, and Wild Seed Project.
July 5th, 5:00pm – Skip Hobbs Climate Change Talk & Reception: Blue Hill Heritage Trust is pleased to host a talk: THE FUTURE OF PLANET EARTH: A Changing Biosphere – Humans and Global Stewardship, by Geologist, Farmer and Conservationist Skip Hobbs at the Castine Historical Society on July 5th at 5pm. The talk is open to all and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.
July 7th, 8:00am – Citizen Science Training at Carter Nature Preserve: Join BHHT Volunteer and Maine Master Naturalist Susan Guilford for a guided walk and training on the Carter Nature Preserve Phenology Trail, which is a part of the Schoodic Institute’s Downeast Phenology Trail Network. Learn about the global reasearch being done on migratory birds, the important data being collected around the region, and most importantly- how you can help! Bring your Smart Phone, we will have paper copies of the data sheets on hand, as well as iPads, and get ready to become a Citizen Scientist! This eent is free, but space is limited, so please call BHHT to register and for important information to help you prepare for the event.
CANCELLED!! July 8th, 8:00am – Bird Walk with Arn Krugman: Our apologies but this event has been cancelled.
July 10th, 3:00pm- Horsepower Farm Tour: In collaboration with the Blue Hill Co-op, we are pleased to present our first farm tour of the season at Horsepower Farm in Penobscot. Join the Birdsall family for a tour of their wonderful farm. Blue Hill Heritage Trust holds agricultural easements on Horsepower 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.
July 21th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Summer Kids Day: Join us at Barret Farm, on Rt 15 just across the Penobscot/Orland town line, in Orland to explore one of BHHT’s conserved farms and enjoy family friendly activities all afternoon! Some of the activities will be: Bug Investigation Station with Lynn Havsall, Secrets & Surprises of the Forest with Merrie Eley, Seed Bomb Making Station with Chrissy Allen, and much more!
July 28th, 6:30pm- Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Open air community screening of the Wild with a focus on rivers at the Knowlton Park in Ellsworth. This event is free and open to the community and family friendly. Please contact us for more info!
July 30th, 3-5PM, Caterpillar Hill Blueberry Day: Join BHHT and SUFU for a community celebration and blueberry picking party at Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick. We will have containers on hand for folks to pick berries to take home, as well as some to donate to the Tree of Life Food Pantry! Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!
August 6th, 3:00pm, Farm Tour – King Hill Farm: In collaboration with the Blue Hill Co-op, please join the Provencher / Schultz family for a tour of their wonderful farm.
August 9th, Night Sky: The Surry Conservation Commission, in collaboration with Blue Hill Heritage Trust, invites you to join them for a celebration of the night sky! We will begin the evening with an indoor planetarium presentation at the Surry School, then once the sun goes down we’ll head outside for a guided tour of the night sky. All are welcome and all events are free. FREE Planetarium shows at 4 and 5:15 at Surry Elementary School. Open to all, kid friendly!!! Then come back at 7:30 to learn about dark sky and get an outdoor guided tour of the night sky by astronomer John Meader.
August 15th, BHHT Annual Meeting, 5:30pm: Join us for our 33rd Annual Meeting and BBQ at Central Hall in South Blue Hill. We will begin the evening with light refreshments, followed by a presentation on the status of BHHT, as well as some exciting updates on our work around the Peninsula. Following the presentation folks are invited to purchase a ticket and stay to break bread with the staff and board of BHHT. Kids eat free!! For more information on menu and tickets, please contact BHHT.
August 18th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Open Air Arts Initiative Workshop: The Open Air Arts Initiative will host its second Young Artists Workshop at Tim Trelease’s studio, at the base of the Becton Trail in Blue Hill. This workshop is not just for kids, but welcomes all ages! Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Cynthia Winings Gallery for this fun event and workshop in nature sketching and locally inspired art. Local artist Tim Trelease is opening his studio to the community and welcomes all ages for a presentation on rusticator inspired art, as well as a class in nature sketching. Folks will also be invited to take materials onto the neighboring Becton Trail to do some creations in nature as well. Refreshments provided. Open to all- materials provided! Space is limited, please call to register.
August 20th, 7:30pm, Flash! In The Pans Benefit Concert: Flash! In the Pans Street Dance at the Blue Hill Town Park to benefit BHHT! We are honored to have been selected for the 8/20 Flash! street dance. This concert’s proceeds will go to supporting our educational programming in the 10 local schools on the peninsula. We hope you will come and dance the night away, while supporting nature based education on the peninsula!
August 25th, 5-7pm, 7 Town Hiking Challenge Celebration: Then 2nd Annual BHHT Hiking Challenge begins in July and ends with a celebration on August 25th. This year’s challenge: Hike the Peninsula! Participants will hike seven specially selected trails across all of the towns on the Peninsula in search of the “secret image”. Those who complete the challenge may enter into a drawing for fabulous prizes. The challenge will end with a celebration of conservation on the peninsula at Strong Brewing Co. All are welcome to join us for some local beer, food and celebration of this special place we all love! Prizes will be drawn at the celebration. For more information, please contact BHHT!