Explore Squam Creek Preserve this Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

Get a sneak-peek look at an upcoming public preserve!

When: Saturday, February 4th @9:30 am

Where: KELT’s upcoming public preserve at Squam Creek on Westport Island

The Squam Creek property is in the process of being acquired by the land trust. Be the first to see this future preserve by joining us for sledding, snow-play, or a guided snowshoe through the preserve. Free and open to all ages.

Because winter weather can be unpredictable, in the case of insufficient snow, hikers are still welcome to walk the trails and explore the property. Please RSVP to Becky Kolak at bkolak@kennebecestuary.org or call 207-442-8400.

Participants will enjoy roaming this new preserve’s trails on snowshoes led by KELT Board Members and island residents, Dennis Dunbar and Archie Bonyun. Dunbar and Bonyun will share local land history and the property’s conservation story. Folks can also join KELT staff in the preserve’s field with gentle hills for sledding, snowman or fort building, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing. Hot cocoa, light refreshments, and a bonfire will be available to help keep spirits high and bodies warm. Don’t forget to bring a sled, snowshoes, or skis!

Beginning in 2016, KELT has worked to protect the 144-acre preserve, one of the largest remaining undeveloped coastal parcels on the island. The property is near the historic center of Westport Island and has trails for a plethora of recreational activities including hiking, biking, dog walking, birding, and kayaking (from an existing put-in for non-motorized boats). Ecologically, the property is rich with tidal waterfowl and wading bird habitats as well as woodlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. Shellfish habitat snakes along Squam Creek’s shores and is used for local, commercial oyster harvesting.

If interested in helping KELT to preserve this wonderful, new preserve, go to www.worthwild.com/initiatives/62 to visit the Squam Creek crowdfunding page.

Please donate and share with friends. Every gift will help make this new public preserve a reality for all!

 

To get to Squam Creek Preserve (Click HERE for a Google map): from Route 1, take ME-144 South for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn right on West Shore Road (Upper) and drive about 0.5 miles to the property. The gated entrance is located on the left after crossing the causeway over Squam Creek. Parking is along the roadside.