Morten Moesswilde, district forester with the Maine Forest Service, will lead a two-hour field workshop on tree and shrub identification at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden on Tuesday, March 9 from noon to 2 p.m.

The program will begin with a brief indoor introduction to identifying trees. Participants can then join Moesswilde on a walk through the wooded portions of Merryspring’s 66-acre park to practice identifying Maine’s common native trees and shrubs.

Moesswilde is a forester for the Midcoast District, which includes Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, and Kennebec counties. As the district forester he provides forest management and conservation information, education, and assistance to a wide audience, including landowners, school groups, loggers, foresters, and others interested in the diverse forests of Maine’s Midcoast.

Moesswilde has worked for the Maine Forest Service since 1999, previously serving as a landowner outreach forester and water resources forester. His background includes several years as a consulting forester in Midcoast and Central Maine. Previously he held positions with the Cooperative Extension and in environmental and outdoor education. He holds a master of science degree in forestry from the University of Maine in Orono, and a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Williams College. He also studied forestry for two years in Freiburg, Germany.

The program is limited to 25 participants, who should dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. Call Merryspring at 236-2239 to pre-register. Merryspring members and all children attend free, and there is a charge of $5 for non-members.

Merryspring is a member-supported, nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring or visit