Earth Days Waldo County!

Events and Activities from April 15-23

Sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. Outings and programs are free and open to all, more information online at BelfastBayWatershed.org or call 338-1147.

Sat. 4/15, 10am-12pm Geology of the Belfast Rail Trail. Join Amber Whittaker of the Maine Geological Survey for a walk along the Rail Trail. Meet at the High Street parking lot about ½ mile out past Rt. 1. Bring warm layers, water, snack, rain gear.

Mon. 4/17, 10am-2pm Map and Compass training. Meet outdoor educator and Maine Guide Nancy Zane at the Head of Tide Preserve, Doak Road, Belfast. Learn to use topo maps and a compass to navigate in the woods. A fun activity for youth on school break! Bring your own compass (or use a class compass), water, bag lunch, and protection from rain and ticks. Ages 10-99. Questions? Contact Nancy at 568-4502 or nancyszane@gmail.com.

Tue. 4/18, 10am-2pm Earth Skills with Jason Chandler and Caitlin Thurrell. Meet at 10 am at 210 Oak Hill Road, Swanville. Bring water, lunch, sharp knife, backpack. All ages. In this outdoor skills workshop, learn from Jason, a Maine Master Naturalist and guide, how to make a fire with a bow drill. Caitlin, a farmer and educator, will share her knowledge of emergent early Spring edible and medicinal local plants. Photos. Co-sponsored by the Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

Thurs. 4/20, 6:30-8pm “The Evil Twin of Climate Change—Ocean Acidification, and Other Human-Caused Phenomena Affecting the Gulf of Maine”
At the Belfast Free Library, State Representative Mick Devin of Newcastle will speak about the growing effects of ocean acidification on Maine’s fishing and aquaculture industries, along with the impacts of rising seawater temperatures and marine debris. Read more about this event.

Sat. 4/22, 9am-12pm Earth Day Hike. Meet at the Oak Hill Road train station outside of Belfast for a 4.5 mile hike on the Hills to Sea Trail. Bring water, lunch, rain gear.

Sat. 4/22, 9am-12pm Bike Fix-it Clinic at the Belfast YMCA, sponsored by Belfast Community Works.

Sat. 4/22, 6:30-8:30pm At the Belfast Free Library will be a free screening of “A Climate of Change,” a series of four films which examine the effects on the fishing industry associated with climate change, including warming waters, lack of biodiversity, and ocean acidification. Discussion between each film will be led by Susie Arnold, Ph.D., marine scientist, at the Island Institute, which is co-sponsoring this event.

Sun. 4/23, Earth Days Waldo County and BBWC will honor the art and science of permaculture. Starting at 2 pm, tour the permaculture site at Head of Tide Preserve with local educator and gardener Karin Wittmann, then spend some time on the beautiful trails of this site on Doak Rd., Belfast. Plan to head over to the Belfast Library at 5 pm for a potluck dinner (drinks provided, but your own plates & utensils are encouraged). Stay at the Library, because at 6 pm will be a showing of the film, Inhabit, which offers a beautiful portrait of permaculture’s potential in both rural and urban settings throughout the US. Film showing co-sponsored by Sierra Club/Maine.

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