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 2014
Scheduled for June 2228, join us for the entire weekor for as many days as you canof informal exploration and investigation of Bearnstows great biological diversity. Walk the trails with visiting naturalists and attend their presentations. Contributions by daytime guests are requested for the nature walks and presentations. Lunches and dinners will also be available: lunch $10, dinner $15. Call 207-293-2280 for reservations.
Accommodations are provided for overnight guests (see Housing & Meals). Arrive on Sunday, June 22 (or later in the week), and stay for as many days as you wish through Saturday noon, June 28. 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.
Natural History Week 2013
Bearnstow was pleased to present four natural history programs in four days during the final week of June 2013. These included our own local naturalist and a horticulturist from New York, two foresters from the Maine State Forestry Service, a freshwater biologist from the Nature Conservancy, and a local archaeologist. Photos in the slide shows below capture only a few moments of the weeks presentations. Hold mouse over photos to pause slide changes.
Naturalists Week at Bearnstow Summer 2012
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.