June E-News
Lobster Dinner for 10 at Beautiful Beach Plum Farm in Ogunquit.

Tickets: $10 each or 3 for $25
Date: Late Sunday afternoon, September 25, 2022

Treat your friends to a complete lobster dinner, served by cheerful volunteers, with lobsters and steamers. Start with a stroll around our own lovely Beach Plum Farm. The dinner will be accompanied by live music from the York River Ramblers.

Drawing August 18, 2022. Raffle to benefit land conservation. Purchase tickets online or mail in a check made out to GWRLT.
June 1st- September 1st
2 Categories of Submission:
Photo & Creative
Theme: What is your favorite GWRLT preserve?

Submit a photo (up to 3) in the photo category or submit a video, painting, collage into the creative category.

Prizes: 1st place (both categories), $50 gift card to LL Bean and artwork displayed at GWRLT office: Beach Plum Farm 2nd place (both categories), GWRLT merch
3rd place (both categories), GWRLT sticker

Bonus! Kids category (under the age of 18): Every kid who submits artwork will receive a GWRLT sticker & Trail Guide! Submit up to 3 photos or 1 creative category submission by emailing gwrlt.outreach@gmail.com
Chestnut Tree Plantings
GWRLT is participating in the planting of three American chestnut trees on GWRLT preserves by The American Chestnut Foundation. TACF is an organization with the mission to return the American chestnut tree to its' native range. American chestnut trees were introduced to a fungal pathogen in the late 1800s that eliminated most of the trees by the 1950s.

There were three trees planted at Beach Plum Farm Preserve in Ogunquit, Negutaquet Conservation Area in North Berwick, and the Chadbourne property in South Berwick. At a later date these trees will be cross-pollinated with disease resistant chestnut trees pending FDA approval.
New merch alert! Represent your local land trust with one of our new GWRLT logo trucker hats.

$35 | gwrlt.org/shop | available in glacier, navy and cobalt.
Volunteer News
Upcoming Opportunities.

Thank you for all the volunteer support this Spring!

Native Plant Fair: Cathy King & Sandy Agrafiotis

Trail Work: Jackie Quinton, John Hake, Paul Callnan, Rick Smart, Susan Wiswell, The Danner-Wilson Family, Bill Hills, Levi Lambert, Matt Charbono, Elizabeth Massidda

Newsletter Mailing: Amy Picotte, Karen Eger, Elizabeth Massidda, Nancy Dennett, Linda Posson, Marilyn Ladner, Susan Berman, Mary Fusconi, Nancy & Joe Geneseo, Patti Mitchem, Sally Hunter, Margaret Miller-Weeks

Beach Plum Farm stewardship: Rick Smart & Ken Johnston

Invasive Species Remover: The Danner- Wilson Family

Plein Air Day: Doug Mayer & Cathy King

UPDATED summer trail workdays! 9 am -noon each day.

  • June 25, Bauneg Beg Mountain, North Berwick (Saturday)
  • July workdays for national trail month, tbd.

Sign up for a workday through Volunteer on the Land page for the most up-to-date workday information.

Summer Festival booth help:

  • June 25, South Berwick Strawberry Festival: bucket cleaning & booth help.
  • September 10, North Berwick Mill Field Festival: booth help
  • September 24, Eliot Festival Days: booth help

Sign up for a 2 hour window of booth help email Office Administrator: Jane Adams.

Auction Volunteers:

Upcoming Outings
Join us on the trails this summer!

GWRLT and HeRO (Healthy Rivers Ogunquit) are partnering on a two-part walk/paddle on July 16th and 23rd to help connect watershed residents to their river. The paddle will be on the 16th, gather at World Within Kayaking at 1:30pm, with the paddle 2-3pm.  Boats will be available for rent; guides will be present along the river. The hike, at Beach Plum Farm, on the 23rd at 10am, is free and limited to 35 people.  To register for these events click here.
2022 Summer calendar ...

Wednesday Wandering: Payeur Preserve

Paddle the Ogunquit River with HeRO

Stories in the Woods: Savage Wildlife Preserve

Hike Beach Plum Farm with HeRO

Wednesday Wandering: Negutaquet Conservation Area

Stories in the Woods: Payeur Preserve

Wednesday Wandering: Checkerberry Trail

September 10th, North Berwick
Mill Field Festival

Stories in the Woods: Keay Brook Preserve

September 24th, Eliot
Eliot Festival Days
Outings are limited to 25 participants. Sign up for hikes through our hike registration form, FMI email or call 207-646-3604.
Staff picks for environmental news.
Kids Corner
Marshes & Water Quality
Early summer is a great time to go out explore and learn about Salt Marshes. The grasses turn a vibrant green and the birds return to feast on the many species of fish that utilize these habitats.

Wetlands provide three major benefits:
1) Filter pollution from water.
2) Great habitats for fish, birds and wildlife.
3) Prevent flooding

GWRLT Preserves with Salt Marshes: Beach Plum Farm Preserve & Savage Wildlife Preserve, Keay Brook (freshwater estuary), Beaver Dam Heath (freshwater wetland).

To begin this lesson start with a book A Day in the Salt Marsh or A Day in a Forested Wetland by David Kurtz.

Some guiding questions for your lesson: What is a wetland? How does it function?

1 bottle, 2 jars, large rocks, small rocks, dirt, sand, plant material, water

1) Cut your bottle bottom off.
2) Students will build a wetland in a bottle with supplies listed. Students will place large rocks in the soda bottle first, then small rocks, sand and dirt, finishing with some plant materials on top.
3) Place a clean empty jar under the bottle with the wetland on top, spout down.
4) Pour the dirty water into the top of your wetland bottle and observe how it filters the water!
Images from the Trails
Early Summer programming.
From left to right: Artists participating in our Plein Air Day at Beach Plum Farm, Ogunquit. Lady Slipper and Pink Cordyalis at Kenyon Hill Preserve, South Berwick.
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