The 2015 Natural History Week at Bearnstow

June 2226


Download Natural History Week Brochure (PDF)

Morning Lectures (10:30 a.m.) / Afternoon Nature Walks (1:30 p.m.)
Admission free. Call 207-293-2280 for reservations after June 15.



Monday, June 22:
Bob Cook, Wildlife Ecologist, National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore
     “Amphibians and Reptiles of Cape Cod National Seashore”Download PDF flier

Tuesday, June 23:
Justin Waskiewicz, Lecturer, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources,
University of Vermont
     “Forests as Dynamic Ecological Systems”Download PDF flier

Wednesday, June 24:
Julie Brigham-Grette, Dept. Head, Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
     “Understanding New Englandís Glacial Landscape”Download PDF flier

Thursday, June 25:
Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, University of Maine, Machias
     “Citizen Science: Using Natural History Skills to Support Scientific Research”Download PDF flier

Friday, June 26:
Kevin Doran, Natural Science Educator, Maine Forest Service
     “Maine Woods: Finding the Right Balance”Download PDF flier

Attend Natural History Week 2015

Activities are scheduled for June 2226. Join us for the entire weekor for as many days as you canfor an exploration of Bearnstow’s great biological and geological diversity. Walk the trails with visiting naturalists and attend their lecture presentations. The presentations and nature walks are free, but contributions are greatly appreciated. Lunch is also available ($10). Please call 207-293-2280 for reservations after June 15.




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), 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. Parker Pondís pure water is phenome­nal: over the years it has never failed to test safe to drink.

Review previous Natural History Weeks at Bearnstow