Events

Introducing the Conservation Book Club and much more in 2024! 

Spring Trail Clean Up

Date: April 14, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Moses Woodman Preserve- 405 Simpson Rd, Buxton, ME 04093
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Help us clean up the trails at Moses Woodman!

It’s time to get to work and make sure these paths are clear from debris after several winter storms. We will be lopping branches, sawing fallen logs, and removing obstacles.

Please bring your own tools including hand saws, loppers, work gloves, trimmers, and chain saws.

Email Abby to RSVP!

Conservation Book Club- April Meeting

Date: April 4, 2024
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Dyer Library 371 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Book Club
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Our second title of 2024 is Barkskins by Annie Proulx. Our next meeting is 5:30 pm on Thursday April 4th. We will meet in the Dyer Library periodical room.

Sign up for the book club by emailing Abby! awilson@sacovalleylandtrust.org

The Conservation Book Club meets every other month to discuss science, climate, and nature topics. This club features fiction and nonfiction titles which are provided by the library.

2024 Conservation Book Club

Date: February 1, 2024
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Dyer Library 371 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
Book Club
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The Conservation Book Club will meet every other month to discuss science, climate, and nature topics at the Dyer Library.

This club will feature fiction and nonfiction titles which will be provided by the library. You do not need a library card to sign them out.

Our first title is The Overstory by Richard Powers. Check out your copy starting January 1st, 2024. Our first meeting is 5:30 pm Thursday February 1st. We will meet in the library periodical room.

Sign up for the book club by emailing Abby!

Energy efficiency and electrification in Maine

Date: November 30, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Dyer Library 371 Main St, Saco, ME 04072
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Maine Won’t Wait is Maine’s four-year climate plan packed with actionable strategies and goals to emit less carbon, produce energy from renewable sources, and protect our natural resources, communities, and people from the effects of climate change. This climate action plan identified that heating, cooling, and lighting of buildings are responsible for almost one-third of Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions. Maine is a national outlier for its overreliance on delivered fuels with 58% of homes relying on fuel oil (i.e., heating oil and kerosene) for home heating compared to 4% nationally, making it the most residential fuel oil dependent state in the country (US EIA). Furthermore, Maine has an aging housing stock of roughly 550,000 homes, with over half of owned and two-thirds of rented dwellings built in 1960 or earlier suffering from energy inefficient weatherization (US ACS). Energy efficiency and beneficial electrification are important and economical tools to reduce energy costs, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, manage energy demand, and create clean energy jobs. Efficiency improvements in energy consumption for heating, cooling, weatherization, appliances, and lighting technologies can aid in reducing energy needs, costs, and associated emissions.

 

During this presentation, Ross Anthony, who serves as the Buildings and Energy Efficiency Analyst for the Maine Governor’s Energy Office, will provide an overview of energy efficiency and beneficial electrification initiatives, policies, programs, and goals. There will be a particular focus on heat pump, weatherization, and heat pump water heater benefits, incentives, and environmental impact.

 

About the speaker: The Maine Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) is the designated state energy office and serves as the primary advisor to the Governor on energy issues. The GEO seeks to advance energy solutions that are clean, affordable, and dependable for the benefit of all Maine people. Ross Anthony serves as the Buildings and Energy Efficiency Analyst within the GEO. In this capacity, he tracks and advises on buildings and energy efficiency programs, policies, and opportunities needed to meet Maine’s energy and climate requirements, reduce emissions and energy costs, and strengthen Maine’s clean energy economy.

Work Day at Woodman Preserve

Date: November 12, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: 405 Simpson Rd, Buxton, ME 04093
Trail work
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Join us for a Work Day at Moses Woodman Preserve located in Buxton. We will be clearing trails, cutting branches, and reconstructing a new bridge.

Bring your own loppers, gloves, and other hand tools.

Email awilson@sacovalleylandtrust.org to sign up.

Biddeford City Tree Walk

Date: October 22, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Elements: Books Coffee Beer, 265 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005
Nature Walk
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Join Maine Master Naturalists, Raquel Miller & Gracie Ballou, for a Biddeford City Tree Walk.

Participants are encouraged to grab a beverage at Elements Books Coffee Beer and meet outside the café at 10 AM on Main Street.

We will then walk down Main Street and explore the coniferous and deciduous trees. We’ll learn how to use leaves, twigs, bark and more to identify these species.

No registration required. RSVP on the Facebook event!

Hosted by Saco Valley Land Trust and Heart of Biddeford. Email awilson@sacovalleylandtrust.org with questions.

Saco History Walk

Date: September 23, 2023
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: 742 Portland Rd, Saco, ME 04072
Nature Walk | Presentation/Lecture
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A History Walk presented by the Saco Museum.

Learn about the families that used to live along Goosefare and Innis Brook and what they used to do for fun- like ice skate!

The walk will consist of a short (less than 0.5 mile) stroll down the trail system. Some paths are uneven and feature small hills. Hiking poles for balance are recommended for those that need them.

Meet at Middle Goosefare North parking area (behind the Citgo Gas Station), located at 742 Portland Rd, Saco, ME 04072.

This is a rain or shine event and will only be canceled if there is severe weather.

Hosted by Saco Valley Land Trust and Saco Bay Trails

Email awilson@sacovalleylandtrust.org with questions.

Work Party at Middle Goosefare

Date: August 12, 2023
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Middle Goosefare trail
Trail work
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Saco Bay Trails will be leading a trail work party at Middle Goosefare.

This trail is located on SVLT’s Mobil and Brandt Donation parcels. The property is very unique with meandering woods paths, a picnic area, and an overlook of a beautiful ravine. We’ll be joining forces to improve the trail system!

Essential tasks include weed whacking, clipping, raking, and general trail maintenance. Please bring your boots and work gloves to protect yourself during work. Bring water, insect repellant, snacks, and sunscreen.

Volunteers should meet at the trailhead adjacent to the Eastern Trail/John Andrews pedestrian bridge at 9 am.  Parking is limited, so carpooling or arriving early is advised.

Tree Walk at Moses Woodman Preserve

Date: July 9, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Moses Woodman Preserve- 405 Simpson Rd, Buxton, ME 04093
Nature Walk
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Learn about deciduous and coniferous trees at the Moses Woodman Preserve! We will identify trees and shrubs using leaves, bark, and other features. This walk will be led by SVLT Event and Outreach Organizer, Abby Wilson, plus board members and a local forester.

We may also discuss land conservation, look for wildflowers, and observe birds and other wildlife. Total distance covered will be about 1.5 miles with some hills, bridges, and uneven terrain.

Depending on conditions, you may need to wear boots for muddy walking. Bring a tree field guide as reference, or download your favorite nature ID app! Water and snacks are also encouraged. This property has limited parking off the road, but you can park on the shoulder if needed. Consider carpooling!

History Hike – Thurston Mill Site

Date: June 10, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Thurston Mill Site 95 Watson Mill Rd, Saco, ME 04072
Nature Walk
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Saturday, June 10th, 10 a.m. – Hike at Thurston Mill Property

The Dyer Library/Saco Museum and the Saco Valley Land Trust are partnering together to offer free History Hikes where we hike and learn about Saco area nature preserves! Our first History Hike will be at the Thurston Mill Site off Watson Mill Rd. in North Saco. We will have a brief history presentation on the Thurston family and their sawmill business on Thursday, June 8th in the Deering Room of the Dyer Library, then we will hike the actual property on Saturday June 10th.

No registration required.

Please consider carpooling. Parking is very limited.