Coastal Mountains Land Trust will celebrate the Summer Solstice on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. with an evening hike on its Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport. The outing is open to the public and free of charge. No advance registration is necessary, and please leave dogs at home.

Long-time Beech Hill volunteer Sonia Spalding and other volunteer docents will lead a moderate 3/4-mile walk up Beech Hill. Participants can meet at the Beech Hill Road trailhead or just head up to the top on their own. Beech Nut, the historic stone hut, will be open and land trust volunteers will be available to answer questions about the history of the preserve. Hikers are encouraged to bring a dinner picnic to enjoy after the hike. Sturdy hiking shoes, water, and bug repellant are also recommended. The preserve offers spectacular panoramic views, which will hopefully be accompanied by a glorious sunset to cap off this longest day of the year.

This year Coastal Mountains Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary of permanently conserving land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The land trust has protected almost 9,000 acres since 1986. For more information about the land trust, please visit or call 236-7091.