Friday, June 9, 2017

Join Loon Echo Land Trust for a kayak tour and more


On Saturday, June 10 join Loon Echo Land Trust (LELT) staff for a fascinating paddle along the shores of Hancock Pond in Denmark. This pristine lake lies near Loon Echo’s Bald Pate Preserve in Bridgton and the 1600 acre Perley Mills Community Forest, owned by the Towns of Denmark and Sebago.

Bring your kayak or canoe, a picnic lunch and meet at the public boat launch on Hancock Pond Road at 10 a.m.  While drifting about, Loon Echo Stewardship Manager, Jon Evans and Staff Biologist, Paul Miller, will touch on a number of topics including wildlife and habitat as well as land conservation and environmental protection of the region’s forests and watershed. This enjoyable 3-hour program is an easy to moderate activity level, free and open to the public. Registration is required by calling 207-647-4352 or emailing Jon Evans at stewardship@lelt.org

On Wednesday, June 21, celebrate the long awaited Summer Solstice on Loon Echo’s annual hike up Bald Pate Mountain at Bald Pate Preserve in Bridgton.  This annual trek has been a Loon Echo tradition for nearly 20 years and is a great way to welcome summer’s arrival. Bring your hiking boots or sneakers, water and plenty of snacks. This moderate hike will last approximately 2 hours. Hikers will meet at 3 p.m. at the Bald Pate Preserve parking area on Rt. 117, just south of Five Fields Farms Apple Orchard.

Loon Echo Land Trust's popular Acoustic Sunset Concert Series, on top of Hacker's Hill Preserve on Quaker Ridge Road in Casco, ME returns June 23 for its 6th season. This summer's opening 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. Accessible by car, the open, grassy fields of Hacker’s Hill’s beautiful land allow for comfortable seating and extraordinary sunset views of the Lakes Region and White Mountains acting as a backdrop to the performance. Bring a picnic dinner, a lawn chair or blanket and soak up the splendor of the sunset while listening to the music. 

The concert will run from 6 to 8 p.m. with a suggested donation of $10/Adults and $5/Child to benefit the ongoing stewardship efforts of Hacker's Hill. Hacker's Hill is car accessible. Parking is available by driving to the road into Hacker's Hill Preserve on Quaker Ridge Road in Casco, approximately one mile south of the Route 11 intersection and four miles from the Route 302 intersection. Parking at Hacker’s Hill is limited so carpooling is advised.  

For more information about upcoming events or ways you can support Loon Echo Land Trust, go to their website www.lelt.org or call 207-647-4352.