Summer is a great time to enjoy the Maine outdoors. The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance invites everyone to celebrate summer by exploring the lands it protects at SWLA’s Midsummer Celebration on Saturday, July 23. The Midsummer Celebration features a selection of four guided explorations followed by a potluck picnic with live music.

The four exploration options are:

• “Woods Lore and Homemade Ponds” begins at 9:30 a.m. on Howard Road in Montville, in the field about a half-mile up that road from Halldale Road. This exploration will be led by forester Moe Martin.

• “Discovering Dragonflies and Damselflies” begins at 10 a.m. at Bog Brook Trail, on Halldale Road, with Alysa Remsburg, assistant professor of biology at Unity College. If you opt to take this exploration, consider bringing binoculars, an insect net, and/or shoes that can get wet.

• “Doing Archeology: Digging Ruins” also begins at 10 a.m. Christopher Marshall, professor of anthropology at Unity College, will lead this exploration, in which participants will dig in a Waldo County ruin. The activity begins at the Northern Headwaters parking lot on Halldale Road in Montville. If you select this option, you might want to bring a pair of garden or work gloves. All other tools will be provided.

• “Who Lives Here?” is an exploration designed for families. It will explore Halldale Spur Trail, which starts on Halldale Road in Montville. Heidi Brugger and Joanna Greenwood will familiarize participants with trail markings and their meaning while they explore life in the woods. This exploration includes time for a short game of Camouflage and constructing small homes for wood sprites using materials at hand. Participants might want to bring a small bucket to aid in collection of construction materials. This exploration begins at 10 a.m.

All explorations end in time for the potluck picnic at 406 Halldale Road in Montville. The picnic will feature locally prepared and shared foods and live and lively homegrown tunes. The fun here starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.

“People can pick an exploration and then relax and have fun at the picnic, or they can come for just one or the other. The main thing is to come and enjoy the region and some of the people who protect it,” said Joanna Greenwood, SWLA board member from Brooks, in a press release. “We will be celebrating midsummer rain or shine, so we hope that people will join us for education, exploration, and just plain fun in the headwaters of the Sheepscot River.”

SWLA will have signs posted at both intersections of Route 220 and Halldale Road as well as at the starts of each exploration and the picnic. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing for exploring and bring insect repellant, sunscreen, and drinking water for the event. For more information, call Larkspur Morton, SWLA board member, at 342-2459. This event is free and all are welcome.

Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance is a nonprofit land trust that protects the headwaters of the Sheepscot River in Waldo and parts of Kennebec County. For more information or to become a member, find the organization on the Internet at, or on Facebook.