Georges River Land Trust will host a medicinal plant walk at the Appleton Preserve on Thursday, July 13, at 10 a.m. to identify and discuss native and invasive plants found in the Midcoast.

The walk will help people improve their confidence in identifying plants and how some common invasive plants have medicinal properties. With an increase in Lyme disease awareness and fear of ticks, trip leaders will also discuss ways to dress tick bites in the field with common medicinal plants as well as other ways to improve immune resilience.

The trip will be lead by Steve Byers, a Clinical Herbalist based in Belfast at the Herbal Medicine Wellness Clinic at 96 High St. His training is in western herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine. He works with an apothecary of over 150 plants and is collaborating with local farmers in this bio-region to make organic medicinal plants more available to the community.

Those interested should meet at the Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife gravel parking lot on the west side of the Georges River on Route 105 in Appleton at 10 a.m. Participants should dress for an easy walk through the woods and bring water and bug spray. This event is part of a free series of Walks and Talks, programs about local resources open to the public.

For more information about programs, trails, events, and membership visit or call the Land Trust office at 594-5166.