Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in Jefferson is excited to be offering another series of events as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend on Sept. 25-27. All events are free and open to the public. Here’s what we have in store:
Guided Morning Paddle (Sunday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to noon): Little Dyer Pond is a true Great Pond with no public boat launch and almost no shoreline development. This pristine pond is an amazing place to explore by canoe. Join us for a 1.5 mile walk to the pond, followed by a leisurely paddle around the pond. We’ll have a naturalist in the group to help bring to life the flora and the fauna along the way! Bring a lunch, some water, and a sense of adventure.
Full Moon Paddle (Sunday, Sept. 27, 7-10 p.m.): What could be a better celebration of the changing seasons and the Maine outdoors than a moonlit paddle on a quiet pond? Participants will meet at the main gate and walk about 1.5 miles to Little Dyer Pond. Then, two guides will lead the group on an exploration of the pond by the light of the moon. If we’re lucky we’ll be serenaded by coyotes and owls along the way. Don’t forget your headlamp!
For both events HVNC will supply the canoes, paddles, and life jackets. All ages are welcome! Participants should be comfortable in a canoe on flat water, able to steer a canoe, and able to walk three miles on moderate trails.
Space is limited by the number of boats available, and pre-registration is required. More information and registration is available online at http://www.hvnc.org/registration.
In case you cannot make either of those events, keep in mind that HVNC’s canoes are available to rent anytime. Just leave a $10 per boat donation at the Gatehouse and get out there and explore Little Dyer Pond.