Winter Ecology Festival set for Merryspring

Jan 20, 2013
Barbara Tomlinson with her falcon.

Camden — Merryspring Nature Center will hold its annual Winter Ecology Festival on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The yearly festival celebrates the best of winter in Maine and will feature both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, including a sugar maple tapping demonstration by Sarah Post of Aldemere Farm, a talk on groundhogs by USM Professor Christine Maher, and a falconry demonstration by Barbara Tomlinson of Wild Haven. In addition to guest speakers, the Winter Ecology Festival will offer children’s crafts, guided nature hikes, and other activities throughout the day.

The Winter Ecology Festival is open to the public and free of charge. Guests should wear weather-appropriate clothing, and those who wish to go snowshoeing should provide their own equipment. Light refreshment will be provided.

Schedule of events:

10 to 10:30 a.m. – Maple Sugar Tapping Demonstration - Outdoors

10:30 to 11 a.m. – Ground Hog Presentation - Inside the Ross Center

11 a.m. to noon – Nature Hikes, children's crafts, outdoor activities

Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Falconry demonstration- Outdoors

Merryspring is a member-supported, nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the website at



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