Winter Solstice: December’s Trees And Wildlife HikeHosted By Damariscotta Lake Watershed AssociationIn Collaboration With Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center

Community Happenings
Dec 20, 2012
1:45 PM

The winter solstice is a great time for exploring as daylight turns to dusk and the sun disappears into the night sky! Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center thinks that the eve of the winter solstice is the perfect time for community members of all ages to put on their warm clothes and to come outside to enjoy a winter walk/hike with Rob Stenger, Stewardship Coordinator and Educator for the Damariscotta Lake Watershed. On December 20, under Rob’s guidance, look for signs of animals, listen for birds, learn to identify trees in their winter garb, and have fun outside.  This will be an easy to moderate hiking tour of the northern end of the preserve, culminating in a stop at the new DLWA lean-to camping site, where a bonfire, hot cocoa, and cookies will help hikers to stave off the darkness and chill of one of the shortest days of the year. 

Solstice observances are an ages-old way to look forward to the rebirth of spring and the return of the sun. Walk with Rob and friends along the trails of the West Branch Preserve as the sun sets and the light of the day fades if you yearn for an expedition to test your senses and begin to explore how nocturnal animals use the darkness to survive.

Gather at DLWA’s office at 38 Lake Farm Circle in Jefferson at 1:45 P.M. on December 20 in order to car pool to the trailhead. Wear layers, gloves, scarves, hats and dress your feet in gear appropriate to the day’s weather conditions and ground cover. Remember to bring your camera. To register call 563-1363 by December 19.  Although the hike is free, donations in support of the programs and services that Spectrum Generations and the DLWA offer are always appreciated.