Members of the public are invited to join in the fun this summer at Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center, which is run by Pemaquid Watershed Association. The fun at this nature center starts the week of Tuesday, July 3 with touch tank experience every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Friday, July 6, the first beach exploration event will occur. People should meet at Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center and join Melanie Nash, returning for her fourth summer as staff naturalist, for the fairy houses beach exploration. One can create a fairy village at Pemaquid Beach Park from 1-3 p.m. There will be a reading of the book “Fairy Houses,” by Tracy Kane, along with a beach walk to collect materials to build the houses, and an arts and crafts station. All ages are welcome; children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. This beach exploration will be canceled if it rains, as Pemaquid Beach Park is closed during rain.
On Friday, July 13, from 1-3 p.m., the beach exploration will be a beach scavenger hunt and beach tour. Join Nash for a guided tour of the different parts and features of Pemaquid Beach Park and a beach scavenger hunt. All ages are welcome. This beach exploration will be canceled if it rains.
There will be many other beach explorations all summer. The family fun time will happen every Friday from 1-3 p.m. through Aug. 24, depending on the weather. Some other explorations scheduled are “Fish Printing,” “The Darling Divers Under the Seas,” “Seabirds!,” and “Lobster Tales.”
Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center opened for the 15th season on July 3. The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays through Aug. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Located in the pavilion at Pemaquid Beach Park, this nature center is full of hands-on ways to learn about the stunning Maine coastline. Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center was initiated in 2003 as a collaborative effort between Pemaquid Watershed Association and the town of Bristol. Along the 4,500 miles of Maine coast, there are only three seaside nature centers, and Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center holds the unique position of being the only one on a sandy beach.
Since 1966, the Pemaquid Watershed Association has been a member-supported, volunteer-driven nonprofit organization and has been a land trust since 1988. PWA’s mission is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula region through land and water stewardship and education. For more information about PWA, go to pemaquidwatershed.org, visit the office at 584 Main St. in Damariscotta, or call 563-2196.