Spring hike series starts May 13

Frenchman Bay Conservancy and Downeast Senior College are organizing a spring hike series, which last fall drew a number of residents interested in getting exercise and fresh air. FBC PHOTO

HANCOCK — Frenchman Bay Conservancy and Ellsworth-based Downeast Senior College are teaming up to provide a series of four hikes this spring.

All of the hikes are free and open to the public and will be held at trails in Ellsworth, Lamoine and Hancock.

The four walks are easy to moderate difficulty level to accommodate a wide range of ability levels.

Each walk will be led by Frenchman Bay Conservancy volunteers or staff.

The first hike will be held on May 13 at the Old Pond Railway Trail in Hancock.

It will be a combination bird watching event and walk. The birding will be led by Fred Yost. Hikers interested in bird watching should bring along binoculars.

“We held a hike series with Downeast Senior College last fall and it was a great success,” said Eileen Hall, community outreach coordinator for Frenchman Bay Conservancy. “We are so pleased to again offer a series of events catered to those who perhaps can’t do a long, steep hike, but are still looking for ways to get outside and enjoy nature.”

All hikes begin at 9:30 a.m.

The May 20 hike will be on the Simon Trail in Lamoine; the May 27 hike will be at Indian Point Preserve in Ellsworth, and the June 10 hike will be in Branch Lake Forest in Ellsworth.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust whose mission it is to conserve distinctive ecosystems and landscapes for the benefit of all.

Downeast Senior College is part of the Hancock County Higher Education Center and offers local access to courses and programs of Maine’s seven public universities and Eastern Maine Community College.

Diowneast Senior College’s activities and courses are limited to persons 50 years old and older.

The curriculum is derived primarily from the land and the people that highlight Downeast Maine’s coastline, flora, fauna, and people.

For more information about the hikes, email Eileen Hall [email protected] or call her at 422-2328.

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