Great Maine Outdoor Weekend!

This coming weekend, we have THREE opportunities this weekend to get outside, learn more about PRLT’s work, and connect with others while supporting local conservation. The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events lead by outdoor oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. Our goal is to connect our friends and neighbors with the natural world, to promote fun, physical activity, & good health.

Friday, September 27, 9 AM – 3 PM: Stewardship Day at Hawkes Towpath – Hawkes Towpath Property behind Great Falls Elementary School (end of Justice Way off Rt. 237)
We’re kicking off the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with a day of stewardship at the Hawkes Property, a dense 42-acre hemlock forest along the Presumpscot’s western shore. Join us for a rewarding day of trail and property maintenance under the guidance of PRLT’s Stewards. The level of the work to be done will be determined by the skills and experience of participants and recently assessed needs; may include clearing brush, trailbed restoration, erosion and invasives control, sign improvement, moving stewardship materials (gravel, soil, wood, etc.), and pedestrian bridge reconstruction.

Saturday, September 28, 10 AM: Hike to Sebago Lake via Sebago to Sea Trail
Join PRLT’s new Executive Director, Stefan Jackson, and our Stewards-in-Training for a hike along Section 1 of the Sebago to Sea Trail. We’ll meet at the Portland Water District Kiosk on Rt. 237 (White Rock Rd.) at 10:00 am and choose either a 2.8 mi (5.6 RT) or 1.5 mi (3.0 RT) trip to a sand beach on Sebago Lake. Swimming is allowed; expect crisp, clear waters! Please arrive in time to don hiking gear, sign a waiver, and introduce yourself to the group. Bring snacks, water, and swimsuits. Note: no restrooms are available. Visit www.sebagotothesea.org for a map of Section 1.

Sunday, September 29, 2 PM: History Walk at Oriental Powder Mill site (Gambo Property).
Travel with PRLT Steward Don Wescott along the shore of the Presumpscot River exploring the history of Maine’s Oriental (Gun) Powder Mill. The group will gather at Shaw Park off Rt. 237 in Gorham and walk 1/4 mi along the river to the Gambo Property. Once there, we’ll follow a 3/4 mi interpretive path connecting the original mill site to the Cumberland-Oxford Canal. Expect to walk at least 1.5 miles. Bring water, snacks, and curiosity about our region’s human and natural history. **This event follows a kick-off event for the “Local and Legendary: Gorham-Windham in the Civil War” year-long series, starting at 1:00pm at Great Falls Elementary School, Justice Way, Gorham (for more, visit: http://www.gorhamartsalliance.org/maine-in-civil-war.html).