Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids
July 28, 2018
Sign up now for this 2.4 mile historic open water swim from Peaks Island to Portland’s East End Beach.
For more info or to register: ymcaofsouthernmaine.com
Exploring nature in a kayak is a healthy and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Join Stephens Memorial Hospital and Western Foothills Land Trust, for a 2-hour excursion on Hobbs Pond, also knows as Little Pennessewassee. Experience the natural beauty, the tranquility and peacefulness of gliding on the water while kayaking and looking for Painted Turtles along the way. Make sure to bring water, a snack, sun block, a hat and proper footwear.
PLEASE NOTE: Weather Permitting
Join Stephens Memorial Hospital for a nighttime hike up Streaked Mountain and watch the sunset and the stars and planets appear. Bring your flashlight, headlamps, and sense of adventure for this fun event. Then stay for a night of star and planet gazing with local experts Tom Hoffelder and Josh Davis who will have their telescopes ready and waiting for us. Roasted marshmallows and star-charts included. Weather permitting.
Meet at the Ripley Medical Building Parking Lot to carpool (Carpooling recommended)
PLEASE NOTE: This hike is very dependent on being a cloud free night. In the event too cloudy, we will postpone to Saturday, May 19, same time
Farms on Hanson Ridge and Deering Neighborhood Springvale (via one-day-only landowner permission and Sanford Trails).
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018
Self-guided walk through fields, orchards, pasture and woods beginning at McDougal Orchards and ending at Blueberry Bend. The route connects to 10 farms and measures 4.5 miles from start to finish. Want to make a day of it? Walk the full 9 miles and support your local farms and trails!
Dogs on leashes and owners who pick up after them are welcome.
Served by Three Rivers Land Trust from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at McDougal Orchards. Price is $8, children under 5 are free.
– Mousam Valley Mushrooms, 21-B Blanchard Road
– Rivard Farm, 110 Blanchard Road
(Drop a vehicle at Rivard Farm or Mousam Valley, catch a shuttle back to the start at McDougal’s, and walk toward your car: 4.5 miles)
– McDougal Orchards, 202 Hanson Ridge Road
(Park at McDougal’s, walk to Blueberry Bend, and then walk back the way you came to return to your vehicle: 9 miles)
Shuttle service is available and made possible by your generous donation. It is recommended that your group be prepared to wait at shuttle stops or plan ahead by dropping a car off in advance at Rivard Farm or Mousam Valley Mushrooms.
Bring a backpack, as each farm along the way sells their produce, meats, dairy, and/or prepared food. Most farms also provide their own unique, refreshing beverage! Lamb BBQ will be available for lunch purchases at Noon Family Sheep Farm from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Springvale Farm Walk is a one-day-only event – most of the Farm Walk traverses private property that is NOT available for recreation except for on this one day. Enjoy the walk, respect landowners, and pick up a Sanford Trails map at McDougal’s to find out where you can walk, bike, or ride in the future!
This event is held rain or shine – pack accordingly!