Natural History Week at Bearnstow 2013

Held June 2427

Download the 2013 Natural History Week brochure (PDF)


Bearnstow was pleased to present four natural history programs in four days during the final week of June 2013. These included our local naturalist and a horticulturist from New York, two foresters from the Maine State Forestry Service, a freshwater biologist from the Nature Conservancy, and a local archaeologist. Photos in the slide shows below capture only a few moments of the presentations. Hold mouse over photos to pause slide changes.

Monday, June 24, Carol Gregory, Bearnstow Staff Naturalist, and Jack Gambino, Horticulturist, Former Parks Supervisor, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. See program (PDF).

Tuesday, June 25, Kevin Doran, Natural Science Educator, Maine Forest Service; and Morten Moesswilde, District Forester, Maine Forest Service. See program (PDF).


Wednesday, June 26: David Courtemanch, Freshwater Science and Policy Specialist, The Nature Conservancy. Assisted by Matt Scott, formerly of the TNC. See program (PDF).


Thursday, June 27: Mark Hedden, Archeologist, Vienna, Maine. Showing of the documentary, The Petroglyphs of Maine
See program (PDF).




Bearnstow lies on 65 acres of nearly pristine woodland alongside 2,400 feet of Parker Pond’s rocky shoreline. In a walk along the trails beside the lake and the brook, we can see a vast variety of vegetation—according to one state forester, “more than any other site I have visited.” Since 1922 the property has been carefully protected, first by Colby College biology professor Webster Chester, and then by Bearnstow.

We have a registered State of Maine “Big Tree” (an Alleghany service berry), erratic boulders, clay subsoil, ground pines, trailing arbutus, five kinds of native evergreens visible from one vista, reindeer moss, and lichen once used to make lavender dye. The pure water of Parker Pond is phenomenal: over the years it has never failed to test drinking safe.