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Pond Ecology
Open Seats 19
2014-7-28
9:00 am
-11:00 am
Freshwater Macroinvertebrates at HVNC
Open Seats 19
2014-8-3
1:00 pm
-3:00 pm
Wetland Plants: A Closer Look
Open Seats 17
2014-8-10
1:00 pm
-3:00 pm
Tree Farm Field Days, Music Festival and Carnival Games
Open Seats UNLIMITED
2014-9-6
8:30 am
-6:30 am
Bird Banding
Open Seats 20
2014-9-16
9:00 am
-11:00 am
Identifying Maine's Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
Open Seats 24
2014-9-27
9:00 am
-3:30 pm
Race through the Woods
Open Seats 100
2014-9-28
8:00 am
-2:30 pm
Timber Frame Construction
Open Seats 4
2014-10-2
8:00 am
-2014-10-5
4:00 pm

Pond Ecology


Jul 28,2014 – Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson is home to many unique natural features, some common and some rare. At a glance, the lake which forms the western border of HVNC, called Little Dyer Pond, looks like any other lake. It is large enough – at almost two hundred acres – to be deemed an official “Great Pond,” but otherwise it might at first appear to be just another lake. In fact, it is incredibly unique. There is no public access to Little Dyer Pond, and there are only a small handful of homes and camps, few of which are used frequently or visible from shore. In other words, HVNC is home to one of the few truly secluded, quiet Great Ponds in all of mid-coast Maine. On Monday July 28, 9am-11:30am join HVNC naturalist Chuck Dinsmore for a class called “Little Dyer Pond Ecology.” The course is meant to be a general overview of common pond ecology in Maine, but will rely extensively on field observations and site specific findings at HVNC. Visitors will learn about common plant and animal associates in freshwater ponds and lakes, and will have a chance to observe and collect specimens both in the water and on shore. Abutting the open water at Little Dyer Pond are several other wetland habitat types. The group will visit some of the adjacent wetlands to learn about how they influence lake ecology and vice versa. This class will lay the ground work for the final two classes in HVNC’s summer naturalist series. On Sunday August 3, 1-3pm, visitors are invited to a naturalist session entitled “Freshwater Macroinvertebrates at HVNC” with Dr. Dan Townsend, and Sunday August 1, 1-3pm, join Ted Elliman of the New England Wildflower Society for a session called “Wetland Plants: a Closer Look.” As a capstone to the summer naturalist series at HVNC Elliman will offer some deeper insight into wetland associated plants and their adaptations.

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, 04348

Event Fees:

HVNC members $ 10.00
Non-members $ 12.00

Freshwater Macroinvertebrates at HVNC


Aug 3,2014 – Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join Dr. Dan Townsend, ecologist and author of HVNC's Moose Alley trail guide, for an exploration of macroinvertebrates living in the water at HVNC. This is the third offering in our Summer Naturalist series featuring wetlands at HVNC. We’ll search some of HVNC’s aquatic habitats for the myriad invertebrate life forms that call such environments home. Most of these are insects, such as the larvae of dragonflies, damselflies, stoneflies, and mayflies (often called nymphs), larvae of a variety of true flies, and the larvae and adults of some beetles and true bugs. There are others as well, like isopods (sowbugs), leeches, and snails. We’ll look at diagnostic characteristics of each group, and consider some of their adaptations and aspects of their ecology. If time permits, we might put a few of our finds under a dissecting microscope. Bring a hand lens if you have one, and be ready to wade (boots or waders could be useful). HVNC is home to an array of wetland habitats. The Summer Naturalist series will take visitors to the kettle hole bog, to the beaver ponds, to vernal pools, and to Little Dyer Pond, a Great Pond.

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, 04348

Event Fees:

Suggested Donation – HVNC Member $ 10.00
Suggested Donation – Non Member $ 15.00

Wetland Plants: A Closer Look


Aug 10,2014 – Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join Ted Elliman from the New England Wildflower Society for a closer look at wetland plants and wetland communities. This class is part of HVNC's Summer Naturalist Series highlighting wetland ecosystems. During this class participants will survey several wetland types (beaver meadow, bog, lake shore, etc.) learn to identify some of the more common plant associates, discuss the physical characteristics of each community,  and learn about adaptations to each environment. Elliman will draw connections between various wetlands that have been featured during the Summer Naturalist Series as well as describe and explain differences in species composition. Students will work with several different guide books and keys throughout the class. Ecologist Ted Elliman is Vegetation Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower Society, where for the past six years he and his dedicated corps of volunteers have located, documented, and controlled invasive species in natural areas across the New England landscape.  In his present position he also conducts botanical inventories, rare plant and natural community documentation. He has been a natural history tour guide to western China for the last 16 years.

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, 04348

Event Fees:

Suggested Donation – HVNC Member $ 10.00
Suggested Donation – Non Member $ 15.00

Tree Farm Field Days, Music Festival and Carnival Games


Sep 6,2014 – Time: 8:30 am – 6:30 am
Sept 6,2014 – Time: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm. Join Hidden Valley Nature Center to celebrate Maine's forests! HVNC, alongside co-founders Tracy Moskovitz and Bambi Jones, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year for the State of Maine and the 12 state Northeast Region. Each year in conjunction with the Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM), the American Tree Farm System, and the Maine Forest Service the Tree Farmers of the Year host a Field Days event to showcase diverse forestry practices, hands-on techniques, new research, and to celebrate Maine's working forests. This year's HVNC Third Annual Music Festival will follow the Field Days program at the new barn at HVNC! Exciting bands, great food, beer, and an entire tent filled with fun and challenging games created by Aaron Weissblum just for HVNC's fans, with a chance to win prizes! The day is FREE! Join us on September 6, 2014 for a great party and a great day in the woods. Bring the whole family!

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, 04348

Event Fees:

Tree Farm Field Days $ 0.00
Music Festival and Carnival Games $ 0.00

Bird Banding


Sep 16,2014 – Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join HVNC and the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for a discussion of local avian ecology and a demonstration of mist-netting, a common method for capturing birds. Patrick Keenan, Outreach Director at BRI, will lead a discussion of local bird ecology with a special emphasis on annual migrations, diseases and other threats to bird populations, and modern methods for tracking and studying Maine's bird populations. Keenan has been capturing birds at HVNC and several other locations in Maine to measure the prevalence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Maine's songbirds. He will demonstrate how he uses a mist net to capture and sample target species. RAIN DATE: Thursday Sept. 18, 9am -11am.

Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, 04348

Event Fees:

HVNC members $ 10.00
Suggested Donation – Non Member $ 12.00

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, 04535

Event Fees:

HVNC Members $ 55.00
Non-Members $ 60.00

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, or the 5.5 mile race. This event is sponsored by Trail Monster Running, Lamey-Wellehan Shoes, 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.
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Location

Hidden Valley Nature Center
131 Egypt Rd.
Jefferson, 04348

Event Fees:

Timber Frame Construction


Oct 2,2014 – Oct 5,2014 Time: 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, 04348

Event Fees:

HVNC/MOFGA Members $ 450.00
Non-Member $ 500.00

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