Guided bog walk at Hidden Valley Nature Center

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 8:15am

Join Hildy Ellis, recently-retired coordinator at Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, as she leads participants on a walk along the margins of the bog at Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center on Wednesday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. A 220-foot boardwalk extends into the heart of the wetland, making it possible for visitors to interact with a fascinating, but incredibly delicate ecosystem, and to witness the spring explosion of plant life there.

The bog biome is an iconic piece of Maine’s natural landscape. These wetlands have been forming over millions of years in a completely unique fashion. Much of the flora and fauna found in the bog is distinct to this area and other places like it. The HVNC kettle hole bog is home to many beautiful flowering plants, including several varieties of orchids, and uncommon bird species like the yellow-bellied flycatcher.

Participants should meet at the HVNC gate promptly at 10 am for an easy 10-minute walk to the bog. They are encouraged to dress appropriately for possible buggy conditions, bring binoculars if desired, and leave dogs at home. A $5 donation is requested for non-members. Register at

For more information, go to or call (207) 389-5150.