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October 2019

Pre-School StoryWalk & Fall Sensory Exploration

October 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States + Google Map
Free

Join CREA on Monday, October 28th for a morning of exploring the woods of the Cathance River Nature Preserve in all its Fall beauty with your little(s)! 10am-11:30am. In honor of National Reading Group Month we'll gather at 10:00am at the CREA Ecology Center, then head out on the Barnes Leap Trail of the Cathance River Nature Preserve to experience CREA's new Fall StoryWalk® as a group. We'll read the StoryWalk® book "Hiking Day" by Anne Rockwell while we walk…

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November 2019

Guided Late Fall Amble in the Preserve with Lisa Durrell

November 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States + Google Map
Free

A mix of autumn natural history, the human story of the Cathance River Nature Preserve, and the joy of being outdoors as winter settles in.  Low key, slowed paced, and peaceful. Cameras are welcome to record a browner, quieter time of year.  Please dress for the weather and for a bit of lingering at special spots.   Not strenuous, but the usual roots, rocks, and some incline. Lisa Durrell, Chair of the CREA Program Committee and former Massachusetts Audubon Field Teacher,…

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Fall Ecology Walk with Nat Wheelwright

November 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States + Google Map
Free

Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin Biology Professor Emeritus, will lead a fall ecology walk at CREA on Nov. 9 from 9:30-11:30 am. This will be an opportunity to identify woody plants by their twigs and learn about common mosses and lichens, shelf fungi, resident birds and whatever else the group happens upon. Professor Wheelwright will also discuss how animals and plants are adapted to survive our cold Maine winters. Professor Wheelwright is co-author (with Bernd Heinrich) of The Naturalist’s Notebook, and producer…

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Puffins and Terns: Restoring Maine’s Sea Bird Population on Eastern Egg Rock

November 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Free

Come and learn about our charismatic puffin friends who inhabit Maine islands and waters.  Hear about the forces, avian and human, which have affected their populations over the years, and what has been accomplished to increase the colony on Eastern Egg Rock.  A slide show with pictures is included. Susie Meadows, manager of The Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland, will discuss some of the impacts on Maine puffin populations and how techniques, developed by Project Puffin, have led to…

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January 2020

Family Full Moon Snowshoe — **EVENT FULL**

January 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Highland Green Golf Club, 114 Evergreen Circle
TOPSHAM, ME 04086 United States
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Free

This event is full - please sign up for our e-news to learn about future events with CREA! Join CREA for a family friendly snowshoe under the glowing full moon! REGISTRATION REQUIRED! The tour is guided through gentle-sloping beginner terrain and all ages and ability levels are welcome to attend. We’ll look for animal tracks under the moon-lit sky while roaming the snowy open fairways of the Highland Green Golf Course . The tour will end at The Duck Pub to…

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2019 Mt. Ararat Student Researchers – Projects on the Cathance River Nature Preserve

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Free

Throughout the fall of 2019, Honors Biology students from Glenn Evans's class at Mt Ararat High School made weekly visits to the Preserve to conduct research on a range of topics. Working in small groups, they chose research questions and collected scientific data. In November and December, students analyzed their data and organized their findings into posters that will be presented at CREA’s first monthly program of 2020 at the Topsham Public Library, January 28th. These reports will become part…

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February 2020

GMOW – Cathance River Nature Preserve Snowshoe or Hike

February 17
Cathance River Nature Preserve, 28 Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, Maine
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Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend (GMOW) by joining us for a fun afternoon winter outing in Topsham at the Cathance River Nature Preserve, co-sponsored by the Maine Appalachian Mountain Club. Maine AMC's Michelle will lead the group on a snowshoe or hike (based on conditions) on the Preserve trails, one of her favorite hikes in the area. Trails will lead us down to the river where ice formations can be magical in winter. We will follow the river, doing…

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Connecting to the Natural World with Nordic Skis and a Passport

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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Tyler DeAngelis, a Maine native, Bowdoin alum ('15), and CREA Board Member discusses how Nordic ski racing allowed him to explore his own backyard in Maine and the natural world abroad while ski racing across Europe and Asia. In addition to talking about nordic skiing, competitive racing, and travel in the context of nature, Tyler will also discuss what he learned from other cultures' relationships with the environment. This talk will include pictures, videos, and stories from Tyler's racing and…

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March 2020

Turtles of Maine – POSTPONED, to be rescheduled

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd
Topsham, ME 04086 United States
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This event has been cancelled. Please check back for updates as we will likely reschedule when conditions permit! Turtles have fascinated people for millennia and occupy a special place across many of the world’s cultures. They also occupy special places in their respective ecosystems and are considered to be the among the most threatened group of vertebrates globally. Maine is home to 7 species of freshwater turtles, from the small and secretive spotted turtle to the unmistakable and ornery common…

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Spring StoryWalk® Animal Tracks & Track Craft – POSTPONED, to be rescheduled

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
CREA Ecology Center, 28 Rensenbrink Way, Highland Green, Topsham ME 04086 United States + Google Map

  This event has been cancelled. Please check back for updates - we will reschedule when conditions are appropriate. CREA is posting outdoor and nature-themed activities to do with your children while you sequester at home. Find links to them on our social media and News. Join CREA on Thursday, March 26th for a morning of exploring the forest of the Cathance River Nature Preserve and the CREA Ecology Center with your little(s) from 10am-11:30am. We’ll gather at 10:00am at…

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