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October 2017

In Nature: Learning to Photograph with Heart and Mind Together

October 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ecology Center
FREE

“Landscape photography” seems a rather simple problem: You go out and make photographs of land and sky, water and shore, trees and fields ... the environment in which we live, a complex network of energy flows, water cycles and interrelationship between species. What could be easier? The ever-changing world outside our door beckons us with its beauty daily.  But as anyone knows who’s had the experience of photographing a beautiful sunset only to be disappointed with the end result, making…

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Mindful Nature Walk for Kids

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ecology Center
Free

Join Heather Goulette for some mindful walking, moving meditation, and nature mandala-making at the Cathance Preserve! Connecting with nature is a wonderful antidote to the busy and stressful pressures of our children's lives. Best for kids ages 6-12. Led by Heather Goulette, LMT, who has been studying, practicing and teaching mindfulness, internal martial arts, and yoga, in one form or another for 20+ years. Heather has spent much time in moving meditation in the Maine woods, rivers, lakes and coastline,…

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Nature Sketching for Everyone (Wait List Only)

October 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Ecology Center
FREE

Carol Evans will lead an introductory workshop for anyone who has thought of capturing nature with simple drawings and keeping a sketchbook for their own pleasure. Our goal is to learn to see more deeply or in a new way while experiencing nature. No previous drawing experience is necessary. Carol Evans has been painting watercolors and enjoying outdoor sketching for many years. She relishes the experience of interacting with nature in this way, which deepens our understanding and ability to…

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Inspired by Nature: Franklin Burroughs, Merrymeeting Bay, November: How Writing Sometimes Happens

October 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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 Franklin Burroughs taught English at Bowdoin College from 1968 until his retirement in 2002. He has written Billy Watson’s Croker Sack (1991); Horry and the Waccamaw (1992—subsequently republished as The River Home) and Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay (2006). In addition to these books, he has published a good many long essays in literary quarterlies. Two of these have been selected for the annual Best American Essays anthology; six others have received honorable mention there. In 2007, Confluence won the John Burroughs…

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A Lighthearted Look at CREA’s Lovely Local Lichens (Wait List Only)

October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Ecology Center
FREE

Take advantage of a crisp Fall morning to walk and learn about tree-hugging, rock-top dwelling and soil-loving lichens and their role in Maine's environment. Tom Burrage, a retired cell biologist and a recent admirer of lichen lore, will begin with a quick review of lichen basics and will provide a close-up look at lichen structure before heading out into the Cathance River Preserve. Along the Preserve's wide paths, Tom will point out the bold and shy among our Maine lichens…

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November 2017

CREA Under the Full Moon (FULL)

November 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ecology Center
FREE

Experience CREA by the light of the “Frost Moon”, also known as the “Beaver Moon”.  After our eyes adjust to the diminished light, we will walk down the dirt road to the Ecology Center by moonlight alone. We will explore our other senses after dark removes our sense of color.  In the diminished light of the Ecology Center, we will enjoy a glass of cider as we learn about a night creature. The experience will finish with the opportunity of…

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Meditative Walk and Mandala Making at the Heath – Rescheduled to November 26

November 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Ecology Center

This program is FREE but registration is required. Please email Andrea at crea@creamaine.org to save your place.   Immerse yourself in nature and create something beautiful!  Join Heather Goulette and Maria Castellano-Usery for a mindful meditative walk and some gentle stretching and breath work on the Heath Trail at the Cathance River Preserve. Throughout the walk, participants are encouraged to gather things in nature for mandala making back at the Ecology Center. Mandala making can be an opportunity to create…

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Inspired by Nature: Round the World Birding with Becky Marvil

November 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Curtis Memorial Library Brunswick, ME + Google Map
FREE

Co-sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon and the Cathance River Education Alliance.  Please Note Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room, Brunswick.  In the summer of 2015, Becky Marvil spent 30 days with her husband, Josh (a pilot), and two other couples traveling around the world in a private plane. From the volcanic islands of the Azores to the 106-degree heat of the Oman to the chilly, drizzly coast of Alaska, Becky will share her photos and stories of bird species from around the…

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December 2017

Celebrate CREA and the Season

December 7, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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Celebrate the season by joining CREA members and friends at Frontier Cafe to meet our new Executive Director, Wendy Van Damme. Wendy comes to CREA after more than 12 years in leadership roles with the Peace Corps, most recently as the Country Director of Peace Corps — Lesotho. Work with the Peace Corps also took her to Bolivia, Guatemala and Peru. Wendy and her husband return to Maine, where she formerly taught at Mt. Ararat MS and served the community…

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January 2018

Snowshoeing with Heather – CANCELLED

January 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Ecology Center

Join Heather Goulette for a gentle snowshoe walk along the trails of the Cathance River Preserve. Bring your own snowshoes or use ours (for free!). Dress warmly in layers (preferably not cotton), wear hiking boots, bring a backpack with extra clothes and water. All levels are welcome. This program is FREE, but please register with Andrea by email at crea@creamaine.org.   Heather led several mindful walks this past fall at the Cathance River Preserve. She has spent much time in…

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