Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Camden Conservation Commission have teamed up to co-sponsor monthly natural history walks in the Camden area.

July’s walk will take place Saturday, July 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Camden Snow Bowl and Ragged Mountain Preserve, about 4 miles from downtown Camden.

Early July is the peak of butterfly diversity in the Midcoast, so the focus of July’s walk will be butterflies, as well as dragonflies and wildflowers. The group will also identify any birds seen or heard.

To find the Camden Snow Bowl from downtown Camden, take Mechanic Street for about 1 mile until it merges with Upper Mechanic Street (the extension of John Street). After 0.3 miles, bear left on Hosmer Pond Road and then drive 1.9 miles to the Snow Bowl on the left. Participants should park in the lot near Hosmer Pond to avoid construction equipment near the ski lodge.

The naturalist walks explore land trust preserves and other local hiking spots to encourage natural history discussions and education. Participants should come prepared for an outdoor excursion, easy to moderate in pace. Bring binoculars if you have them. Please leave dogs at home. The walk will be facilitated by area naturalist Roger Rittmaster and will encourage experts and amateurs to discuss and share their knowledge of natural history.

Advance registration is not necessary. To learn more and to find notices of location, last minute changes and/or cancellation, visit Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s Events Calendar page at For more information about the land trust please visit or call 236-7091.