A Natural History Week at Bearnstow 2018 will be held the week of June 1723.
Presenters will be announced in early 2018. In the meantime please review our 2017 programs.

A Natural History Week at Bearnstow 2017

Held June 2023, 26 and 30

Lecture Presentations and Nature Walks by Visiting Naturalists
Morning Lectures (10:30 a.m.) / Afternoon Nature Walks (1:30 p.m.)
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Tuesday, June 20:
Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, University of Maine, Machias
     “Global Climate Change, Projections and Possibilities”Download PDF flyer



Thursday, June 22:
Justin Waskiewicz, Lecturer, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources,
University of Vermont
     “Forests as Dynamic Ecological Systems”Download PDF flyer



Friday, June 23:
Kevin Doran, Natural Science Educator, Maine Forest Service
     “Maine Woods: Finding the Right Balance”Download PDF flyer



Monday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.
Alene Onion, Invertebrate Biologist, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
     “Parker Pond’s Animals Without Backbones”Download PDF Flyer



Friday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Scott, former aquatic biologist for the State of Maine
     “Climate Change and Habitat Fragmentation of Maine Bees”Download PDF Flyer





Bearnstow lies on 65 acres of nearly pris­tine woodland alongside 2,400 feet of Parker Pond’s rocky shoreline. In a walk along the trails beside the lake and the brook, we can see a vast variety of vege­tationaccording to one state forester, “more than any other site I have visited.” Since 1922 the property’s natural environ­ment has been carefully protected, first by Colby College biology professor Web­ster Chester, and then by Bearnstow.

We have a registered State of Maine “Big Tree” (an Alle­ghany service berry), trail­ing arbutus, five kinds of native ever­greens visi­ble from one vista, rein­deer moss, and lichen once used to make lav­ender dye. Parker Pond’s pure water is phenome­nal: over the years it has never failed to test safe for drinking.