Nature Workshop: Springtime Walk in the Woods

Hidden Valley Nature Center | Sat, Apr 24 | All Ages

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Time: Sat, Apr 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center

Description:

Select trails at Hidden Valley Nature Center will be explored at a ‘naturalist’s pace’ with Chuck Dinsmore, a graduate of the Maine Master Naturalist Program, with a mind to how the ’wood wide web’ we enter creates and supports a healthy environment.  Take the opportunity to see emergent nature, smell the delightful fragrance of the forest’s trees and ephemeral flowers awakening after a winter’s sleep, hear the avian and amphibian symphonies heralding the the arrival of courting and parenting season and taste (judiciously and with guidance) some of the gifts that nature offers for free and that we should accept with humble gratitude and reciprocity.

Chuck Dinsmore is a retired educator having been associated with HVNC, since 2009, where he served on its board. Since its merger with 3-now-4 other conservation organizations to create Midcoast Conservancy, he continues to serve now on the board and to share his enthusiasm for nature on frequent walkabouts at Midcoast Conservancy preserves, especially the trails at HVNC.

Suggested readings:

Kimmerer, Robin Wall (2013) Braiding Sweetgrass.  Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.  Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN.

Leopold, Aldo (1949) A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There. Oxford Univ. Press. reissued 2020 with a new introduction by Barbara Kingsolver.

Sheldrake, Merlin (2020) Entangled Life. How Fungi Make our Worlds, Change our Minds & Shape our Futures. Random House, New York.