The end of summer is approaching, but there will be two more beach explorations offered at Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center at Pemaquid Beach Park. These will be “Fairy Houses” and “Monarchs at the Beach.” There will be another Touch Tank Tuesday at Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center as well, on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center is a collaborative effort between the Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission and Pemaquid Watershed Association, a volunteer-based, membership-supported nonprofit land trust that has been conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula region since 1966.
On Friday, Aug. 17, join Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center staff naturalist Melanie Nash in a fairy house workshop from 1-3 p.m. Participants will go out to the beach and collect materials to create fairy houses. Included will be a reading of Tracy Kane’s book “Fairy Houses.” Participants will also learn about how to protect the beach from litter and pollution and will learn why it is so important to keep places like the beach natural. All ages are welcome, but children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult.
The final workshop will be held on Friday, Aug. 24 from 1-3 p.m., “Monarchs at the Beach.” Learn about the life cycle of the beautiful monarch butterfly with educators, naturalists, and monarch mavens Fran Ludwig and Carol Andrews. There is a good possibility of seeing monarch butterflies in the air at Pemaquid Beach Park. Check out the butterfly garden just after the workshop both to see what is blooming and what type of plants attract monarch butterflies. It will be informative and fun for all ages. Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult.
The workshops are free, but participants must pay the town of Bristol’s admission fee to Pemaquid Beach Park. Meet at the entrance to Beachcombers’ Rest Nature Center on the right side of the park pavilion building. For more information, go to pemaquidwatershed.org.