Learn trail-building skills with Midcoast Conservancy

Posted:  Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 7:45am

On Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers are invited to join Midcoast Conservancy to build a new hiking trail at the Jump Pond Preserve in Palermo. Jump Pond Preserve is a small but lovely preserve with frontage along the Sheepscot River. In addition to views of the river, the Preserve includes a peaceful wooded knoll and a hidden spring, both of which will be featured along the proposed trail route. The new trail will be a one mile loop for hiking, dog walking, skiing, snowshoeing, and nature observation along the river. It is convenient to Route 3 and is close to John’s Ice Cream Factory and Lori’s Café in Liberty.

A portion of the Preserve was donated to Midcoast Conservancy by Carlton Lindell in honor of his late wife Janet, who loved the outdoors.

If you are interested in the new trail or would like a hand in building it, we would welcome new volunteers to join us for the work day. This is a great opportunity to learn some new trail skills from seasoned trail builders, and to get outside and meet new people. No experience is required; just wear long pants, boots and work gloves, and come with a willingness to do some moderate physical activity. Don’t forget a water bottle, and snacks if desired. The first five people who show up to help at the work day will receive a voucher for a free small ice cream at John’s Ice Cream Factory!

Directions to the Jump Pond Preserve: Heading east on Route 3, take a left onto Level Hill Road just past Sheepscot Pond. Drive 0.7 miles, then take a right onto Hostile Valley Road. The pull-off is on the right in about 1 mile.

For more information, get in touch with Jess Richards at mcc@midcoastconservancy.org or call (207) 389-5150.