We have a registered State of Maine Big Tree (an Alleghany service berry), erratic boulders, clay subsoil, ground pines, trailing arbutus, five kinds of native evergreens visible from one vista, reindeer moss, and lichen once used to make lavender dye. The pure water of Parker Pond is phenomenal: over the years it has never failed to test drinking safe.
Attend Natural History Week
Join us for a weekor for as many days of the week as you canof informal exploration and investigation of Bearnstows great biological diversity. Walk the trails with visiting naturalists and environmentalists and attend their presentations. A contribution of daytime guests is requested for the nature walks and presentations. Lunches and dinners are also available: lunch $10, dinner $15. Call 207-293-2280 for reservations.
Accommodations are provided for overnight guests (see Housing & Meals). Arrive on Sunday, June 23 (or later in the week), and stay for as many days as you wish through Saturday noon, June 29. Enjoy the other facilities Bearnstow has to offer cook hot dogs and smores outdoors, swim, canoe, and enjoy quiet time by the lake. Fees for overnight guests are: $75.00 first day per person, $60 per day subsequent days; children under 10 (housed with parents) half price. Register by downloading and printing the Guest Registration form: PDF version or MSWord version.
Watch this page for announcements of visiting naturalists and their pesentation topics as they become available.
Summer 2012 Naturalistsí Week at Bearnstow, Held August 26 to September 1.
Pete Warny (ecologist, New York City) and Alene Onion (invertebrate biologist, New York
State Department of Environmental Conservation) at the Naturalists Week at Bearnstow
The slide show gives highlights of the August 28 nature walk at The Ledges and along Uncle Daniels Brook, led by Pete Warny. Photos by Dasha Chernova
Alene is an employee of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. She lives in Albany, New York, with her daughter and husband and frequently travels to her familys home on Parker Pond. As a child she regularly attended day camp at Bearnstow.
On Monday, August 27, Alene brought us to the sandy beach at the cove, and our group found and identified numerous invertebrates in the sand and under rocks. The verdict: Parker Ponds water quality is excellent.