Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) will sponsor a hike this weekend; the third hike of the new Nature Explorations series. The hike will be on Saturday, May 30 at 1 p.m. and is called Spring Wildflowers with Wanda Garland at Dodge Point Public Reserved Land. Wanda Garland is a local naturalist and former Biology teacher who loves to share her knowledge. As a child at her parents’ dairy farm in northern Maine, she watched and tracked wildlife, becoming totally familiar with the natural world. Earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology, she taught high school biology for many years. An experienced wilderness hiker, Wanda hikes daily with a camera to discover and photograph wildflowers. A member of the Josselyn Botanical Society of Maine, she has participated in several field research courses at Humboldt Field Research Institute in Steuben.
Dodge Point was once an award winning tree farm owned by the Freeman Family. The State of Maine purchased it in 1989, with help and funding from the Damariscotta River Association, the Maine Coastal Program, and the Land for Maine’s Future Program. Dodge Point boasts an extensive trail system, is the northeast terminus of the River-Link Trail, and consists of over 500 acres with more than 8,000 feet of frontage along the Damariscotta River. Directions: From Damariscotta, follow River Road for approximately 2.5 miles. From the north: Take the Newcastle exit off US Route 1 and turn left on Mills Road. Follow the road for 0.5 miles. At stop sign, head straight following River Road for approximately 2.6 miles. The parking lot and trailhead will be on the left. Meet at the trail kiosk.
There are six other hikes and events in the PWA Nature Explorations series through the summer and autumn. This series was put together by the newly re-formed PWA Education Committee, dedicated to fulfill the educational mandate of the PWA mission. Check the new PWA website for more information. A convenient card has been created with all the PWA Nature Explorations events listed. Stop by the PWA office to pick one up.