Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust offers youth summer outings

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BRUNSWICK — School may be out for the summer, but a local land trust is making sure the educational opportunities don’t stop.

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is offering free outings each week to area youth and their families, allowing them to explore southern Mid-Coast waters, trails, and farms.

Wednesdays through August at 10 a.m., participants can hike trails, read stories and sing tunes with area educators and naturalists, according to a June 26 BTLT press release.

As part of this Young Explorer program, youths receive a “passport” with information and activities for each destination. The program encourages observations and questions from the children.

The July 15 outing takes place at Head of Tide Park in Topsham. Following that are tours of Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham (July 22), the south end of Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick (July 29), Bradley Pond Farm in Topsham (Aug. 5), the north end of Crystal Spring Farm (Aug. 12 and 26) and another trip to Head of Tide Park on Aug. 12.

BTLT created Young Explorers last year to “connect the youngest members of the community to the special places that the Land Trust works to protect, and to nurture healthy children who value the natural world and strong communities,” the press release said. “Research confirms that children who have a relationship with nature and community at an early age are more likely to be good stewards of the environment and civic leaders as adults.”

The program, which receives funding from the Senter Foundation, has expanded to include a plot at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, a farm tour and additional field resources.

Every outing is free. Log onto or call BTLT at 729-7694 for more information, or to RSVP for an outing.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.