The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance (SWLA) is celebrating the Maine outdoors with its annual midsummer celebration on Saturday, July 14, in Montville. The celebration features two options for exploring nature followed by a potluck picnic with live music and the summer lottery drawing.

The event will include a walk and talk examining landscape and language with Kerry Hardy, ecologist, linguist eco-historian, and author of “Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki.” As participants journey to the Sheepscot River, Hardy will share and discuss the Algonquin names for the plants, animals and landscape features that participants encounter, offering a glimpse of the world as the Wabanaki ancestors saw it.

In addition, Milkweed Theater puppeteer Nancy Tyndall, a one-woman troupe from Montville, will offer the opportunity to make and present a wildlife puppet. Nancy has traveled throughout the state for more than 20 years, performing original, interactive shows and teaching puppetry. This activity is available to participants of all ages.

Registration for the event begins at 9:30 a.m. with both activities starting at 10 a.m. and ending before the potluck picnic at noon. The picnic will feature live homegrown tunes. The winning tickets for SWLA’s summer lottery will be pulled and announced at 1 p.m. during the picnic. The event will end at 2 p.m., and will be held rain or shine.

“This event provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the stunning landscape of the Sheepscot River headwaters in community. We hope that people will join us for this fun, educational event,” said Alysa Remsburg, SWLA president, from Unity.

The celebration will be held at 406 Halldale Rd., Montville. Wear weather-appropriate clothing for exploring and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and drinking water if you are joining Kerry Hardy for the walk.

This event is free to members and all are welcome come and join SWLA (for any amount). The Green Store in Belfast has generously donated a discount on store merchandise for first-time members joining at regular membership rates.

SWLA is a nonprofit land trust group working to protect the upper Sheepscot River watershed in Waldo County through conservation easements and land acquisition. For more information, go to www.swlamaine.org, find them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/swlamaine), or call 207-589-3230.