Living in Midcoast Maine can bring unexpected surprises and this year is no exception. As the trees turn brilliant colors of red, orange and yellow, local residents look forward to cooler temperatures and the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District annual bus tour.

On Oct. 7, this year’s Conservation Bus Tour will feature Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery in Union and Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary in Rockport. More exciting destinations within Knox County are currently in process and are especially designed for people to experience local activities while being able to sit back and relax, get reacquainted with old friends, meet new friends and experience the breathtaking landscapes of Knox County.

The cost of the tour is $30 per person and includes a morning break with homemade breads and muffins, plus a picnic lunch. Pre-registration and payment is required to reserve your spot and space is limited. The bus will depart promptly at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot at the Warren USDA Service Center on Route 90 with an estimated return time of 4 p.m.

To register for the tour or for more information, please contact District Office Manager Katherine Ward at 273-2005, ext. 101, send an e-mail to Kathy.ward@me.nacdnet.net, visit the District’s Web site at www.knox-lincoln.org or stop into the office located on Route 90 at 191 Camden Road in Warren. The bus tour is conducted by the Knox-Lincoln SWCD in partnership with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service the Knox-Lincoln Farm Bureau and the Farm Service Agency.