Merryspring Nature Center will offer Wildlife Detectives, a talk on pollinator-friendly perennials, a Party in the Park, and Nature’s Tea Party during the month of August

Friday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.,
Merryspring will host Wildlife Detectives as part of its Free Family Fridays series. In this program, children and their families will use their detective skills to look for clues hidden in bones and furs. The program, which is outdoors, is an introduction to the native mammals of Maine and their unique adaptations. In the event of heavy rain, this program will be canceled. Preregistration is necessary for this event, with limited space available. Guests may sign up by contacting Merryspring at 236-2239 or info@merryspring.org. Admission is free to all. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 at noon.
Maine Master Gardener volunteer John Fromer will lead an outdoor presentation on pollinator-friendly perennials. In this outdoor talk, John Fromer will focus about what species of butterfly and hummingbird can be found in Midcoast Maine, what they eat, and how to create habitat for them using the right plants in the right places. The program will also discuss how to care for pollinator-friendly plants to ensure these creatures visit the garden all season long. Following the lecture, guests can tour the Merryspring gardens to look for examples of pollinator-friendly plants. Fromer has been a Maine Master Gardener since 1998 and runs Appleton Ridge Flower and Vegetable Farm with his wife Kathy, also a Maine Master Gardener. He currently serves on the Merryspring board of trustees. This talk is part of Merryspring’s Outdoor Summer Talk series, which are held in the Hexagon at Merryspring. The cost is $5 for the public, with a free admission for Merryspring members. No preregistration is necessary for this event.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Merryspring will be holding a special “Party in the Park” to raise funds for general upkeep of the 66-acre Nature Center. This first-ever “Party in the Park” will feature live musicians, food trucks, a cornhole tournament, lawn games, a raffle, outdoor art unveiling, and lovely gardens. Admission entitles each adult to two free adult beverages provided by RAYR. Merryspring’s Party in the Park will start at 4 p.m. and go until 7:30 p.m. In case of rain, the party will take place at the same time on Thursday, Aug. 11. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, July 15 at merryspring.org. Tickets for the Party are limited and must be purchased in advance. The cost is $30 for Merryspring members and $35 for non-members. Children 12 and under are free. There is an additional $30 fee for entering a two-person team in the cornhole tournament, which will be run by the Cornhole Connection from Thomaston.

Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m.
Merryspring will host a program called “Nature’s Tea Party” as part of its Free Family Fridays series. This program will show children and their families how to identify and safely harvest plants that can be used to make summer drinks. Guests will be able to sample a variety of different teas made from plants growing at Merryspring. This program is outdoors. Guests must wear weather-appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes, and be prepared to walk for one hour. In the event of rain, this program will be canceled. Preregistration is necessary for this event, with limited space available. Admission is free to all. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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