Coastal Mountains Land Trust hosts three events in July, with details as follows:

Free blueberry picks at Beech Hill Preserve

CAMDEN — The “Blues” will be ready early this year. Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the public to participate in the 20th annual free blueberry pick. Just like last year, instead of selling blueberries, we offer over a full week of community free picks, from Sunday, July 24 (members only in the morning), to Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Pre-registration is required in order to keep the number of participants per time slot manageable. Go to our website and look for the big blue button on the homepage to register. No phone calls.

Participants should bring their own drinking water and containers.  Raking is not permitted. Hand washing stations will be available.

Dogs are not allowed in the fields. For questions or concerns, email

Coastal Mountains Nature Program walk: Botany Bonanza

ROCKPORT — Coastal Mountains Nature Program presents Botany Bonanza Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport. The popular Coastal Mountains Nature Program is a series of monthly naturalist-led walks and talks exploring the natural history of Midcoast Maine.

Dr. Eric Doucette, assistant professor of biology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, past-president of Maine’s Josselyn Botanical Society, will lead us on an exploration of the plants found in the fields and woods on Beech Hill. Meet at Beech Nut — the hut on top of Beech Hill — and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the view after the walk.

Directions to Beech Hill Road: From Route 90 in Rockport, go south on Route 1, taking first right onto Beech Hill Road. Parking lot on the left in 1.6 miles.

Coastal Mountain’s Trails Challenge Kickoff

Camden — Come join the celebration as we launch Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s fourth annual Trails Challenge at the Thorndike Brook Trail Head in Hope Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  There will be a group run, bike and hike led by the trail runners of Midcoast Maine, Midcoast Maine New England Mountain Bike Association, and Coastal Mountains Land Trust staff. Snacks, games for children, and a raffle at the start will be available. The Village Soup food truck will be on site for lunch when participants return.

Directions to Thorndike Brook Trailhead: 223 Hope Street in Hope — Google maps does not show this accurately — to get to the Thorndike Brook Trailhead, turn onto Hope Street from Route 17 — eight miles north of Rockland — or from Gillette Road. The new parking lot is just past the existing parking lot for the Georges Highland Path — ¾ miles from Route 17. The new Round the Mountain Trail can be accessed directly from the parking lot, including a quarter-mile accessible, stone dust path.

From July 30 through Sept. 10, any time you hike, run, bike or paddle you can log your miles as part of Coastal Mountain’s Trails Challenge. Every mile logged will be matched (1 mile = $1) by local businesses to support trail stewardship and development.

For more information, or to log your miles, stay tuned at