Adult Walks and Talks


IIT Nature Walks & Talks

Summer 2016

Please join us for another season of nature walks! All of our programs are free and open to the community. Families are welcome, but the pace and content are geared toward adults.  Walks are held rain or shine. Please contact Chloe Joule by email, or call (207) 734-6907 for more information or to RSVP.

Come Paddle Along! – July 16th, Saturday Big Tree Beach 9:00am – Join us for a group kayaking adventure! IIT has a fleet of eight ocean kayaks ready to be used.  We’ll put in at Big Tree Beach and explore the nearby coves and islands while learning about local history and wildlife. We will have a brief training session to brush up on our skills before hitting the open water. Boats are limited, so please RSVP – or if you have your own kayak, bring it along!

Slide with the River Otters – July 30th, Saturday The Hutchins Preserve 10:00am – Kirk Gentalen, Wildlife Biologist with Maine Coastal Heritage Trust and River Otter expert, will lead us on a walk around IIT’s Hutchins Marsh. IIT recently discovered a healthy and thriving population of River Otter at our Hutchins Preserve! What does that indicate about our marsh?  What makes a habitat ideal for these slippery, playful little weasels?

Night Hike!  Delving Into the World of Bioluminescence! – August 8th, Monday Warren’s Landing 7:30pm – Join us for our Second Annual Night Hike! Dr. Michael Lomas, Bigelow Laboratories’ phytoplankton ecologist will lead us into the night to discover the glowing world of bioluminescence!  We’ll take a walk to the water’s edge to discover how, when and why the ocean lights up at our touch!

Can We Fish Forever? – The Future of Fisheries in Penobscot Bay – August 16th, Tuesday The Islesboro Community Center 5:30pm – Fishing is a long-standing and proud part of our heritage on Islesboro – from the ancient shell-middens left by Native Tribes to today’s Lobstermen. But with rising tides and temperatures, every season is a gamble. Robin Alden, Executive Director of the Penobscot East Resource Center, will explain how we may be able to keep fisheries in the bay a sustainable and viable profession.

Clamming: A Pastime’s Possible Future – August 22nd, Monday –The Hinkle Preserve (Point Comfort Road) — 10:00am – Islesboro Shellfish Conservation Committee member and local biologist, Jon Kerr will get down in the mud and show us techniques and acceptable practices when harvesting shellfish. We’ll learn about the history of this pastime as well as the problems and hopeful solutions that shellfish are facing in Penobscot Bay.



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