Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association will host a nature walk on Friday, Oct. 12, starting at 10 a.m. on the Palermo Preserve on the Turner Ridge Road in Palermo. Naturalist and Regional Steward for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Kirk Gentalen, will lead participants around the preserve trails to look for mushrooms and more. Kirk is a passionate and very knowledgeable naturalist. The walk will take about 2 hours on easy to moderate trails.

From areas south take Route 218 North to Route 17. Cross Route 17 and take the Coopers Mills or Somerville Road (it will soon turn to gravel). Follow for 5 miles and cross Route 105. Continue straight on the Turner Ridge Road for 3 miles. Soon after crossing the Palermo/Somerville town line, you'll see the entrance to the parking lot on your right.

From areas north take Route 3 to Palermo and take the Turner Ridge Road going south. Travel approximately 2 miles. Look for Gore Road and the sign to the Palermo Fish Rearing Station on the left and continue straight for .25 miles to the parking area on your left.

The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is a member organization advocating shared stewardship of Maine’s 58-mile Sheepscot River since 1969. Today, more than 3,569 acres and 15 miles of riverfront are protected. The SVCA’s ongoing monitoring of water quality helps ensure the watershed’s ecosystems stay healthy, including its Atlantic salmon habitat. SVCA’s mapping services, technical support and educational programs encourage prudent land use so the resources people value today are conserved forever. Visit or call 586-5616 for more information.