Calendar of Events

The spectacular colors herald the natural beauty of Maine in the autumn.  The Orono Land Trust has a full calendar of events for member participation and enjoyment over the next few weeks. See below for descriptions:


OLT welcomes any and all volunteers to assist on a project of their choice this fall trail day. All work will begin at 8:30 a.m. Please wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Please choose from one of the sites below and join others in the work which equals fun.

  • Piney Knoll Conservation Area – Leader: Mike Opitz. Please meet at the parking lot of the reception building of The Avenue student housing complex (Washburn Drive). Volunteers will
    improve the trail from The Avenue towards Sally’s Memorial removing some roots and rocks and pulling invasive plants near the trail. Please bring a pickax or mattock, saw or clippers, if you
    can. We’ll supply some tools.
  • Veazie Land Committee – Leaders: Linda Swackhamer and Dave Wardrop. Please meet at the new Davis Forest parking area on Davis Drive in Veazie. We will create new walking trails, including lopping, dragging brush, moving chips from a chip pile to trails and painting blazes. Recommend bringing loppers, shovel, and wheelbarrow (if able).
  • OHS Eagle Scout Trail – Leaders: Nancy and Glenn Rampe. Please meet at the back of the OHS football field. Leaders will take you up the hill where wheel barrels will be provided to haul gravel from the top of the hill down to the wet areas on the Eagle Scout Trail. If you own a shovel and a wheel barrel, please bring them if you can. Leaders will be available to lead workon Sunday if Saturday has heavy rain.
  • Frog Pond – Leader: John Maddaus. Please meet on the cul-du-sac on Shadbush Lane (located about 3/4 mile from the center of Orono off Forest Ave). 3-5 volunteers are needed to pull buckthorn from the trail to make the trail passable. Clippers and saws may be helpful if you can bring them.

Work on the trail days is so important to keeping trails open and passable. Volunteers are truly appreciated. We hope you will consider helping.


Fun for the entire family: see the new beaver deceivers and the rich variety of wildlife, trees, and plants in this ecologically diverse nature area. Meet at the trailhead parking area on Putnam Rd (just before the Orono Landfill, aka the dump).

 Halloween at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge: Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 2 -5 pm.

Program includes nature-based craft including building and raising a share crow. Spider Walk with Donne Sinderson and Trunk & Treat in the Pine Tree Parking Area with the Montessori School. Bring your decorated trunk and join the fun. Best Costume & best Trunk reward. Program takes place at the Parker Reed shelter. Suggested donation $5 per carload.

Directions for Gate 1: From the South – Take the I-95 N to ME-43 exit 197 to Old Town/ Hudson. Turn left onto Rt. 43 (Hudson Rd). Go west 4.75 mi and look for the large red signs on your right. Take Gate 1 off Rt. 43 and follow the dirt road for ~1/2mile to the Pine Tree parking area. The Parker Reed shelter is 100 m further on the left. Street address is 1107 West Old Town Rd. Old Town.

Halloween at Hirundo Questions: Deanna Fahey,, 207-817-0356