CAMDEN — Merryspring Nature Center will offer an ecology walk and a fall foliage walk during the month of October.

The autumn ecology nature walk for families will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. All ages are invited on this guided tour to see fall foliage and learn about the ecology of autumn. Guests will learn how and why leaves change color, identify trees, look for evidence of animals and learn how they prepare for winter, and watch for other signs of the changing season. This program is part of the Free Family Programs series at Merryspring and is free to all ages. Space is limited, and guests must preregister by contacting Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org. Guests should wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes and be prepared to walk for one hour. In the event of heavy rain, this program may be rescheduled.

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District will offer a Forestry and Foliage Walk and Talk Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Alyssa Gregory, forester with the Maine Forest Service, will identify the various tree species; Joseph Roy, wildlife biologist with the Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, will educate participants on best practices to create a healthy habitat; and Louisa Crane, MCC Americorps volunteer, will share her experience working with invasive plant species on the property. Participants are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early so the group can cover as much material as possible in two hours. Rebecca Jacobs, program manager at KLSWCD, and Brett Willard, program director at Merryspring Nature Center, will be on hand to discuss upcoming programs and answer any questions. The group will follow the Maine CDC regarding mask requirements. Space is limited; registration for this free event is greatly appreciated. Register at knox-lincoln.org/fall-foliage-walk-and-talk or call 596-2040. For more information, call 596-2040 or email info@knox-lincoln.org.

Merryspring is located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 in Camden, behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information, contact info@merryspring.org or call 236-2239.