Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance invites the public to register for the Goosepecker Trekker Hike-a-Thon. The event will be Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Freedom and features a 3.5-mile family-friendly hike with shorter route options available. We conclude with a farm-fresh lunch celebration at Freedom Village Farm.

Registration is open at swlamaine.org/get-involved/goosepecker-trekker.

The Goosepecker Trekker Hike-A-Thon aims to raise funds for the maintenance of SWLA’s current trail system and the expansion of conserved lands in the watershed.

“The featured trail network is one example of the astounding diversity and majesty of Waldo County’s trails," Executive Director Anna Fiedler said. "This event will be an opportunity to experience and celebrate this wilderness and raise critical funds to ensure that lands in the region are protected for future generations to use."

Hike-a-Thon registration is $25/person and includes lunch. Participants are asked to raise an additional $50 through sponsorship. Registration Oct. 3 is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at Freedom General Store. Shuttle service will be provided for hikers from the registration area at the store on Route 137 in Freedom to the starting point on Goose Ridge Trail. After hiking back to Freedom General, participants are invited to a celebration lunch featuring farm-fresh food, music and fun at Freedom Village Farm, a premier CSA farm serving the local community. Lunch-only tickets are also available for purchase.

The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance is a nonprofit land trust working to conserve lands and waters in the upper Sheepscot River region of western Waldo County. Established in 1991, SWLA maintains 19 miles of publicly accessible trails, protects more than 1,500 acres of land, and sponsors educational talks and hikes throughout the year.

Special thanks to business supporters whose generous support is making the event possible: ReVision Energy, Cold Mountain Builders, GO Logic, Freedom Village Farm, The Green Store, Liberty Graphics, Johnny’s Select Seeds, Viking Lumber, and Worth Real Estate. Additional businesses interested in sponsorship can contact Fiedler.

For more information and to register, visit swlamaine.org, connect online through facebook.com/swlamaine, or call 589-3230.