Unassuming Undergrowth Series

Join KELT to discover the forest floor organisms that often go overlooked. Adults and children 10 years old and older will enjoy learning about these unassuming and intriguing species that are a common sight in the New England wooded landscape.

Past Events:

Cancelled! Woody & Shelf Fungi of Bonyun Preserve

When: Saturday, August 19 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Where: Bonyun Preserve on Westport Island

Join Maine Master Naturalist Alan Seamans to discover the world of these often overlooked fungal organisms. Shelf fungi are woody, above-ground, fruiting bodies and Seamans will lead hikers throughout the preserve looking for and identifying common species. Learn the basics about these spore-bearing bracket fungi (did you know the parts we see are called conks?) and their important roles in the forest habitat. Please register by Friday, August 18 at 4:00pm! Cancelled due to not meeting a minimum number of registrants. We’re working with Alan to try and reschedule. Details to follow!

Ferns of Merrymeeting Fields Preserve

When: Saturday, September 9 at 9:00am – 11:00am

Where: Merrymeeting Fields Preserve in Woolwich

Join Maine Master Naturalist Richard Brown to explore the feathery and fascinating species of ferns found throughout the preserve.

Ferns are a common sight in the woods and field landscapes of Maine and KELT’s Merrymeeting Fields Preserve boasts both types of habitats. Brown will lead hikers throughout the preserve looking for and identifying common fern species, like the interrupted fern, lady fern, and cinnamon fern. Participants will learn to ‘read’ the fern’s frond (or leaf) to get important clues for identification, to observe the variety of mechanisms ferns employ to disperse their spores (reproductive bodies), and to discover the ferns’ role in a forest or field habitat. The walk will include helpful handouts to take home and tips to encourage ferns to take root in your own backyard.


Free! These are light rain or shine events. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for hiking in the woods.

Registration is required by filling out the Google Form below or calling 207-442-8400.

**For the Woody Fungi walk: Registration is needed by Friday, August 18 at 4:00pm!


Questions? Ask Becky at bkolak@kennebecestuary.org or 207-442-8400.

These events are generously sponsored by