Activity note: Plan your arrival in this coastal community in time to take in this picturesque country and its bounty
Dinner: Enjoy dinner at The Commons, the campus dining room, with your guide and land trust steward.
Evening: Following dinner, Maine guide and land trust stewards will discuss the activities planned for the week and discuss Monday's activities in detail
Activity note: Begin maintenance on this Preserve, a wonderful mix of beautiful cobble beaches, rocky headlands, blueberry fields, bogs and spruce forests.
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Heartwood Lodge dining hall.
Morning: Head out with your Maine Guide for the Hamilton Cove Trail where you will join land trust stewards. Hamilton Cove Preserve is a stunning property on the Grand Manan Channel. Besides its beauty, the preserve has an interesting history of water and ship building. Help Maine Coast Heritage Trust steward Melissa Lee clear a cellar hole of one of the Hamilton brother's homes and put up a sign if time allows. There are numerous trails on the preserve with a short trail leading to the cobble stone beach at Hamilton Cove. You will be replacing several sections of bog bridging along this trail. Carrying the wood is heavy, but building the sections happens quickly making it a rewarding task. We'll put down chicken wire to create a no-slip surface. A 200 acre fire raged through this preserve in May of 2015. The effects of the fire, plus interesting history of water power and ship building will give us plenty to talk about. The guides and stewards will discuss the historic use of these lands and the vegetation and landscapes that need to be preserved in making all properties accessible to the public.
Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail.
Afternoon: After cleaning up today's trail work, we will head to West Quoddy Head State Museum and Park, the easternmost point of land in the continental U.S. There is a beautiful trail which stretches long a rugged coastline and offers magnificent views of Grand Manan. You can also visit the lighthouse museum and get a good grasp of the maritime history of the lighthouse and channel.
Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Heartwood Lodge dining hall.
Evening: Enjoy a presentation by a member of a long-time fisherman's family.
Activity note: Please note a U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.
Breakfast: Enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast at The Commons. You will be served a robust selection of good breakfast stuff.
Morning: Head out with your Maine Guide to Bog Brook Cove Preserve in Trescott. This is a 1750 acre preserve with varied habitats. We will walk through a meadow and organic blueberry field, across a bridge spanning Bog Brook and down a steep trail to beautiful Bog Cove beach for a beach clean-up. We will be able to use a much shorter route as we returning the trash. Your guide and trust stewards will discuss the characteristics of this piece and talk about what they do to preserve the integrity of this place.
Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail.
Afternoon: After finishing up the morning's bog bridging project, we'll head to Campobello Island where we'll visit Roosevelt Cottage International Park, the summer home museum of FDR and Eleanor. We'll also stop by Herring Cove Beach to enjoy a look at Fundy Bay. IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: A U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.
Dinner: Enjoy dinner with fellow participants at The Commons.
Evening: Enjoy an evening of local entertainment at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott.
Activity note: Clearing trails at Sipps Bay tucked in Cobscook Bay
Breakfast: Enjoy a delightful breakfast at The Commons.
Morning: Head out with Maine Guide for Sipps Bay Preserve where we will meet up with the land trust stewards. This is a new trail built just this year on the back land of this 92 acre preserve in the heart of Cobscook Bay. We will work at trimming and clearing along this brand new trail corridor.
Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail..
Afternoon: When the trail work for the day has been accomplished, we will return you to Heartwood Lodge and you can spend a few hours of free time.
Dinner: Enjoy a supper with guests at The Commons dining room
Evening: Enjoy a session with the "Pink Capos" entertaining through the evening.
Activity note: In Eastport, board the lobster boat "Miss Patricia" through Head Harbor; and help with clean up at State park, Shackford Head
Breakfast: Enjoy a nutritious continental breakfast at the Commons dining hall.
Morning: Morning will find us heading to Eastport to catch a ride on "Pier Pressure" a lobster boat that will take us out into Head Harbor waters to search for whales, porpoise, and extensive marine life. It's a beautiful ride with lots of great exposure.
Lunch: Lunch in Eastport on your own. Enjoy a lobster roll at Quoddy Bay Lobster or get a hot dog at Eastport's famous Rosies
Afternoon: Gathering after lunch, we'll head back to the campus of Cobscook Community Learning Center where we will work at reshaping the trail that last year's program began. There's a lot of trimming to be done, and perhaps another bog bridge. Also a lot of planting that needs to happen on the campus.
Dinner: Return to Heartwood where we will enjoy a fantastic lobster dinner made just for us!
Evening: Graduation Festivities
Activity note: Make sure you check out anything you may have missed in this community before you leave town.
Breakfast: Enjoy one last full breakfast of pancakes or French toast, sausage, bacon, eggs, hash brown patties and fruit at The Commons.
Morning: Bid farewell to your new friends and partners and journey safe to your home.