Patti’s June 21 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Pineland farmyard educators Nora Laprise, left, and Jennifer Sawtelle lead a Story Walk on June 10. This free one-mile stroll on the trails starts at the Pineland Farms Market and Welcome Center every Monday at 10 a.m. through September.

Get Out! Nature Walk

Naturalist Polly Haight Frawley will lead the next Get Out! Nature Walk from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. The location is Big Falls Preserve, near 381 Woodman Road. The curriculum is ferns/ethnobotany.

This preserve is owned and managed by the Royal River Conservation Trust, donated in late 2018 by the Fralich family. Ongoing major trail rehabilitation in 2019 has opened up the 1.5 mile loop trail along the banks of Meadow Brook, including a 10-foot waterfall as a destination. The event is free.

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