Tree Walk in Kennebunk’s Hope Cemetery with Eileen Willard

11/17, Saturday 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Hope Cemetery

Would you like to know more about our local trees, and improve your tree identification skills?  On Saturday, November 17th, York County Audubon is pleased to sponsor a tree walk at Kennebunk’s Hope Cemetery led by Eileen Willard, an Instructor in Dendrology at the University of New Hampshire.

Eileen notes, “I recently discovered the lovely Trails of the Hope Cemetery & Woods. Although the more formal parts of the Cemetery afforded interesting old trees planted near gravesites, I was delighted to find the woodland trails brimming with native species of trees and shrubs including graceful witch-hazel blooming with yellow flowers in October and towering eastern hemlocks.”

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 17th, York County Audubon will venture into these quiet places just when most folks think there isn’t much to see during “Down-leaf Time” in Maine. However, Eileen will do her best to dispel this notion with observations about how trees survive winter, how they restore nutrients to the soil, how the promise of spring is visible before leaves turn green and flowers bloom in May. We will find 6” evergreen shrubs living close to the ground providing food for wildlife and smelling like Teaberry gum. What’s the connection between all those squirrels and the number of acorns in 2017?

Join us for a 2 hour walk in the Hope Woods and delight in Kennebunk’s quiet Crown Jewel smack in the center of our bustling downtown.   FMI on the Cemetery:

Please park in the back of Hope Cemetery. The entrance to the parking area is on Barnard Lane, past the Unitarian Church going North on Route 1. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended as the footing is somewhat uneven.  This event is free of charge and open to all.  Reservations are not required.  In the event of rain, the walk will be postponed to the following day, Sunday, November 18th.  Please check our website, for confirmation of a postponement.

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