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Identifying Maine's Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms


Sep 27,2014 – Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Most people interested in learning to collect and identify mushrooms are driven more by a hunger for their great edible potential than curiosity about their ecology.  Maine’s wild mushrooms offer a great opportunity to sustainably collect world-class gourmet edible mushrooms as you enjoy a walk through the woods and fields.  The only thing standing in the way is having the knowledge and confidence to tell the good edible mushrooms from those toxic ones that can sicken you.   The good news is that there are a handful of common, easily identified, great edibles that can satisfy most peoples hunger for mushrooms. Join Maine’s most prominent mushroom expert for a day-long class devoted to building the skills needed to identify common mushrooms.  The class will combine lecture and outdoor experience to look at identification features, ecology and the seasonal occurrence of mushrooms.  We will look at edible as well as common poisonous mushrooms and may end the day by cooking some of the mushrooms we find.  Come prepared for a hike and to have a fun day. Greg A Marley  Greg Marley has been collecting, studying, eating, growing and teaching mushrooms for over 35 years.  Marley has spread his love of mushrooms to hundreds through walks, talks and classes held across the state over the past 20 years.  He is the founder of Mushrooms for Health, a small company providing medicinal mushroom education and products made with Maine medicinal mushrooms.  Marley is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi, (Downeast Books , 2009) and the award-winning Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystic of Mushrooms, (Chelsea Green, 2010).  A volunteer mushroom identification consultant to Poison Centers across New England,  Marley provides expertise in mushroom poisoning cases.  He is a frequent lecturer to college groups and a mushrooming foray faculty member.  When not mushrooming, Marley, is a clinical social worker and behavioral health consultant.

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd
Jefferson, ME 04535

Event Fees:

$ 50.00 Suggested Donation – HVNC Member
$ 60.00 Suggested Donation – Non Member


Registration is closed for this event.
For more information or questions, please email:
info@hvnc.org

Race through the Woods


Sep 28,2014 – Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Race in the fourth annual Race Through the Woods trail race! Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) is comprised of 1,000 acres of diverse terrain and forest knit together by more than 25 miles of trails. The Race Through the Woods will take runners across much of the property, up and down granite ledges, on the shores of a quiet Great Pond, and through miles of beautiful forest. This is the fourth year of the race and each year the numbers keep growing. So does the competition! Whether you\'re racing to win, or just out to challenge yourself HVNC provides a welcoming and enjoyable setting. Local food vendors will be there to dish out food, and you can celebrate after the race with a mug of local beer from Sheepscot Valley Brewing! Come for the race, but plan to stick around and enjoy HVNC. Racers can choose from the half marathon course, the 5.5 mile race, or the kid\'s obstacle course. Visit the official race website for details and registration information This event is sponsored by Trail Monster Running, Lamey-Wellehan Shoes, Liberty Graphics,  and Sheepscot Brewing.
This is the fourth year of the race and each year the numbers keep growing. So does the competition! Whether you\'re racing to win, or just out to challenge yourself HVNC provides a welcoming and enjoyable setting. Local food vendors will be there to dish out food, and you can celebrate after the race with a mug of local beer! Come for the race, but plan to stick around and enjoy HVNC.Racers can choose from the half marathon course, or the 5.5 mile race. This event is sponsored by Trail Monster Running and Lamey-Wellehan Shoes.
- See more at: http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=28193#sthash.pMGwe4ZY.dpuf

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, ME 04348

Event Fees:


Registration is closed for this event.
For more information or questions, please email:
info@hvnc.org

Timber Frame Construction


Oct 2,2014 – Oct 5,2014Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Students will work in small groups over the course of 4 days to learn the basics of timber frame construction, and ultimately to build and erect the frame of a small building. The class will be led by Bob Lear of Bob\'s Beams in Whitefield, ME along with assistance from several other experienced staff members. Students can expect to a thorough introduction to most aspects of building a timberframe, and several short presentations on interesting related topics. The class begins with a lesson on sustainable forestry and time spent with a saw mill operator in order to better understand why timber frame techniques are well suited to New England forests. Afterwards students will begin to review the building plans and design. Building plans will be given to students in advance and there will be time to discuss why certain joints are being used, and not others; why beams are sized a certain way; and how to begin drawing a plan for a simple, small building. By the end of day one students will have tools in hand, and will be laying out and cutting their first pieces. The pace of the rest of the workshop will be dictated by the students. Generally speaking, students will work in small groups with supervision to measure and cut pieces to plan. Periodically the whole group will check in to be introduced to another idea or technique, or to ask questions and review. By mid-morning Sunday the group will begin to erect the pieces of the frame. This is a hands-on, experiential workshop. Tools and equipment are all provided, but students should bring their own tools if they have questions about them. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Class will run 8am-4pm each day. Camping space is available, and HVNC huts are available at a discount to students.

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, ME 04348

Event Fees:

$ 450.00 HVNC/MOFGA Members
$ 500.00 Non-Member


Registration is closed for this event.
For more information or questions, please email:
info@hvnc.org

White Pine Ecology – Field Study


Oct 20,2014 – Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Join naturalist Erek Sherin for an in depth field study of Maine\'s most iconic tree. The Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) is not only the official state tree species of Maine, it is the stuff of legends. White pine played an immense role in the early years of Maine and continues to be a vital part of our ecology and economy in present day Maine. Sherin will lead participants on an interpretive tour of HVNC in order to understand white pine more deeply. Participants can expect to learn about the species\' life cycles, common habitats, associations with other plants and animals, and about threats to the species posed by the environment, insects, and humans. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Educators, naturalists, and woodlot owners will find this session especially fascinating. All participants are encouraged to sign up or the workshop immediately following this one entitled \”White Pine Management: A Field Study of Common Forestry Practices.\” The second workshop will build on this one.

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, ME 04348

Event Fees:

$ 15.00 Non-members
$ 12.00 HVNC members


Registration is closed for this event.
For more information or questions, please email:
info@hvnc.org

White Pine Management: A Field Study of Common Forestry Practices


Oct 20,2014 – Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join foresters Barrie Brusila of Mid-Maine Forestry and Andy Schultz, Landowner Outreach Director, of the Maine Forest Service for a field tour of creative and effective treatments for white pine. HVNC is the 2014 Outstanding Tree Farm for both Maine and the Northeast Region. Of the 150+ acres treated a a substantial portion is dominated by white pine. Brusila and Shultz will discuss general management practices and theory when dealing with white pine. Topics will include pre-commercial thinning options, the value of pruning, traditional and non-traditional markets for pine, and much more. They will also discuss and lead a tour of HVNC\'s practices. The afternoon session will feature a tour of a young white pine stand which has been treated once, and a more mature stand which has experienced several commercial thinnings. This session is intended for active woodlot owners, educators, naturalists, and conservation professionals. The workshop will build on the morning session dealing with white pine ecology, but participants are able to sign up for just one or the other.

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, ME 04348

Event Fees:

$ 12.00 HVNC members
$ 15.00 Non-members


Registration is closed for this event.
For more information or questions, please email:
info@hvnc.org

Chainsaw Safety Level 1


Oct 25,2014 – Oct 26,2014Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
 Chainsaw Safety Level I: This one-and-a-half day course is designed for beginners. Most participants have little or no experience with a chainsaw, though this course is also an effective refresher for more experienced individuals who have developed some bad habits with a saw. This is the gateway course to learning more advanced practices. The focus of this course is overwhelmingly on safety. Safe posture, safe practices, safe clothing, safe habits. The first half day session will be mostly indoors as we provide some basic information about chainsaws, maintenance, safety clothing, introduce you to good practices, and provide relevant background material. The second day is intended to be a full day of practice and application. Our goal is that each student will leave the course being keenly aware of how to evaluate practices, and equipment for safety. It is also our goal that each student will have the opportunity to operate a chainsaw in a controlled, and supervised setting. Most students in the course will practice starting a saw, making straight up-and-down cuts (bucking), felling a tree, and bore cuts. Students’ interests and aptitude always dictate the extent of the course. Some Level I students will practice directional tree felling techniques, but not all students feel comfortable at the end of the course to do so. Both days will be hosted at Hidden Valley Nature Center, located at 131 Egypt Rd Jefferson, ME. Driving directions are available on our website. HVNC is not providing overnight accommodations as a part of this workshop, but we do have primitive cabins and camping available for rent. Students should come prepared with all the food and water they will need.

Saturday Oct 25: 8am-Noon

Sunday Oct. 26: 8am – 4pm

All individuals are encouraged to register for this course. If you are under 18, or have a child under 18 who would like to apply, please contact Andy McEvoy (andy@hvnc.org). Please also contact Andy if you are interested in chainsaw training, but feel like you already have the fundamentals in place. Note that most students MUST attend Level I before taking any other chainsaw training courses at HVNC, but some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.

This workshop is being offered by Hidden Valley Nature Center with the support from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association\'s Low Impact Forestry Project (MOFGA LIF) and Jonsered Chainsaws.


Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, ME 04348

Event Fees:

$ 100.00 HVNC/MOFGA Members
$ 125.00 Non-Member


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