Explore the Fernalds Neck Preserve in Lincolnville this summer with Fernalds Neck Seasonal Steward Randy Fein. Fein will be leading nature walks on the following Wednesdays this summer: July 1, July 15, July 29 and Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Wednesday Walks will be about two miles in length and will explore different trails throughout the forested preserve. They are open to the public and free of charge; simply meet Fein at the trailhead parking area at the end of Fernalds Neck Road. (Car-pooling is suggested, as parking is limited and is not permitted along the road.) Find directions at coastalmountains.org/downloads/preserves/fernaldsneck.pdf. In case of uncertain weather, contact Fein at 841-0013.

Having been a seasonal steward of the 273-acre lakefront preserve for the past three years, Fein knows its landscape very well. On these walks she will share the preserve's history and point out local flora and fauna, including loons, locally nesting eagles, various wildflowers and indigenous trees, as well as the large glacial erratic known as Balance Rock. The terrain is gentle and the walks will be appropriate for all ages. Dogs are not allowed on Fernalds Neck Preserve.

Fernalds Neck Preserve, which is located on a peninsula that extends into Megunticook Lake, was first conserved in 1969. In 2007 The Nature Conservancy transferred its ownership to Coastal Mountains Land Trust, the local land trust. The property, which includes open fields, a bog, pine forest, and 60-foot cliffs, hosts a diversity of wildlife, in addition to a well-marked set of trails that enable easy exploration.

For more information visit coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091.