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Merryspring offers August events

Jul 31, 2020
Pictured is a Sumac tree at Merryspring Nature Center.

Camden — Merryspring Nature Center is presenting a variety of activities in August.

Nature's Tea Party

This free program is set for Friday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.

A number of common backyard plants can be used to make tasty teas. This program will show how to identify plants that can be safely harvested and made into refreshing summer drinks. Guests will be able to sample a variety of different teas and take home cuttings of plants to create mixes of their own.

To keep groups small during pandemic conditions, Free Family Fridays have limited space available and guests must preregister. Families can sign up by contacting Merryspring at info@merryspring.org or 236-2239.

This program is outdoors. Families must wear face masks and adhere to safe social distancing guidelines. In the event of rain this program will be canceled. Guests should bring water bottles and be prepared to be outside for up to one hour.

Night Hike

This event, for families and children, will take place Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.

After the sun goes down, the natural world is still awake. This program will lead guests around Merryspring at dusk to discover nighttime ecology. The guided tour will allow guests to discover what happens at night, including listening for nighttime birds and owls, watching for crepuscular and nocturnal mammals, and looking for and detecting bats.

To keep groups small during pandemic conditions, limited space is available and guests must preregister for this program. Families can sign up by contacting Merryspring at info@merryspring.org or 236-2239.

This program is outdoors. Families must wear face masks and adhere to safe social distancing guidelines. In the event of rain this program will be canceled. Guests should bring a flashlight and be prepared to be outside for up to one hour.

Merryspring’s Herb Garden

Gardener and herbalist Denise DeSpirito will lead a walking tour of the herb garden Tuesday, Aug. 18 at noon.

Merryspring’s herb garden is in full bloom, and now is a great time to check out all the medicinal plants growing. For this program, DeSpirito will lead the group around the herb garden to see what’s blooming, check out recent additions, and speak about how to harvest different plants and their seeds at this point in the growing season. Guests are welcome to ask questions about the plants on display as well as their home gardens.

Denise DeSpirito is gardener and herbalist. She has grown herbs all over the Northeast, including Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York, and Farmacy Herbs in Rhode Island. She currently serves as Garden Manager at Merryspring.

This event is part of the Summer Talk series. Due to the on-going pandemic guests must take safety seriously during this program, and are advised to wear face masks. Seating for this event will be outdoors in chairs set-up a safe distance apart. This event is subject to change due to state and local regulations. In the event of rain this program will be canceled.

The cost is $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. Guests are encouraged to bring exact change to minimize cash transactions.

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

Night hikers will visit Merryspring at dusk.
Merryspring’s herb garden is in full bloom.
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