Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Cascade Foundation invite the public to participate in the inaugural Kites and Ice Cream event Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15.

The Land Trust welcomes children to come fly kites and eat ice cream at the top of Beech Hill Preserve. The event, sponsored by the Cascade Foundation, is free and open to the public. Kites will be provided at the bottom of the hill, and one free ice cream, provided by Stone Fox Farm Creamery, will be available for each child.

The event is free, but registration is mandatory and limited to 100 children. To register, call the Land Trust office at 236-7091. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants who do not register are welcome to join the kite flying with their own kite, and ice cream will also be available for purchase by those who did not register for the event, accompanying adults, and preserve visitors.

The Land Trust thanks the Cascade Foundation for sponsoring this event and for its offer to match any donations collected on the day of the event, up to $5,000, to support the Land Trust’s conservation program and ongoing stewardship of the preserve.

The Land Trust will designate appropriate kite-flying areas at the crest of the hill to protect the integrity of the blueberry fields. Visitors are reminded that fields are only open to the public in designated flying areas. At all other times, the Land Trust requests that the visitors please stay off these fields, which are managed as a commercial blueberry farm.