Monday, March 4
Instructor: Listed with each outing below
Wednesdays • 5/1-6/19 • First class is 12-4 PM
Class size 15-35 students
35 seats remaining
Location: Fireside Lounge
MAY 1 OVERVIEW – OUTING LOTTERY
7 Site Visits
Prior to each field trip, an agenda, maps and driving directions, along with other information pertinent to the day’s field trip, will be emailed. It is crucial that we have an accurate e-mail and phone number for each student. Each trip will have one or more trip instructors and either Kathy and/or Cheryl as the lead coordinator(s) for each trip.
TRIP 1: MAY 8 Meet at 10:00 AM at Dig Maine Gems
DIG MAINE GEMS AND TAMMINEN QUARRY
110 Bethel Road, West Paris, ME
Tour Guides: Steve Lemieux, Cheryl Fontaine
STEVE LEMIEUX graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in music education and went on to get a master’s degree from Thomas College. A life-long collector of minerals and fossils, Steve spent more than a decade doing natural science outreach and shares his knowledge with the students in Cheryl Fontaine’s Rocks and Walks Course. He is currently a division director at the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.
CHERYL FONTAINE graduated from University of Maine at Orono in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology. Cheryl retired from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as a Senior Geologist in 2016. While there, she advised technical staff on remediating underground oil and gasoline contamination and locating replacement drinking water wells.
After retirement Cheryl spent two years learning more about the origin of Maine’s bedrock and as a result now teaches “Rocks and Walks”, an outdoor class which offers participants an opportunity to both look at and understand the significance of the geology of many public parks.
TRIP 2: MAY 15 Meet at 9:00 AM at Wayne Memorial Church,
TOUR OF WAYNE MAINE: GLACIAL GEOLOGY
22 Old Winthrop Rd., Wayne, ME
Tour Guide: Tom Barden
TOM BARDEN has a wealth of experience volunteering for UMASC. Tom has taught one classroom class, Introduction to Windows 7, lead two Explore Maine classes: Geology and Explore Maine and Ice Cream Shoppes, and was an assistant instructor with Duane Prugh on the Explore Maine classes in lighthouses, waterfalls, State of Maine record trees and State of Maine interesting places.
TRIP 3: MAY 22Meet at 10:00 AM at McLaughlin Garden and Homestead,
LILACS AT MCLAUGHLIN GARDEN
97 Maine Street, South Paris, ME
Tour Guide: Corey Kotfila, resident horticulturist
COREY KOTFILA is in his fourth season as the horticulturist for McLaughlin Garden and Homestead, where he is responsible for maintenance of the gardens, as well as providing horticultural programming. He has a passion for wildflowers and terrestrial orchids. Cory graduated from University of Maine, Orono campus with a degree in Forestry.
TRIP 4: MAY 29Meet at 10:00 AM • Randall 250
LET'S LOOK AT LICHENS
Instructor: Andrea Ostrofsky
ANDREA OSTROFSKY has lived in New Jersey, New Hampshire, Oregon, Nebraska and Maine. Her background is in the biological sciences. She has worked in laboratories studying wood decay fungi for the USDA Forest Service and for the University of Maine.
She has had a long-term interest in fungi, lichens and algae and is an enthusiast, but not an “expert”. Fifty years ago in Oregon, she studied fungal spore germination in a lichen for her master’s degree and has since taken college classes on algae in New Hampshire and Oregon. In a class on seaweeds on the west coast, her professor warned “Never turn your back on the ocean!”
She moved to the Bangor area in 1982. After moving to Augusta in 2006, she began volunteer work with the Natural History collection at the Maine State Museum. She also enjoyed working the library at Cony High School for 9 years before retiring and is now enjoying UMA Senior College.
TRIP 5: JUNE 5Meet at 10:00 AM • Randall 250
Instructor: Merle Ring
MERLE RING is a Maine licensed forester with over 45 years of experience in forest management. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry, then worked for 42 years for the Maine Forest Service, mostly as a District Forester in Oxford County, retiring in 2019. Merle continues his forestry career as a private consulting forester. For many years he taught a six week forest management course for woodland owners at the Oxford Hill Comprehensive HS., Adult Ed.
TRIP 6: JUNE 12Meet at 10:00 AM at Spicer Bees, 463 Mills Road, Whitefield, ME
SO YOU WANT TO BE A BEEKEEPER!
Instructor: Brian Mason, Owner of Spicer Bees
BRIAN MASON has been keeping bees in Maine for 11 years. He strives to maintain a sustainable apiary and healthy Maine adapted bees. Brian is working to breed bees that are hearty to survive Maine winters, gentle for both new and experiences beekeepers, productive for honey and pollination, and finally, resistant to the varroa mite. In addition, Brian owns and operates Spicer Bees in Whitefield, supplying bees and beekeeping supplies to Maine beekeepers. Spicer bees also offers introduction to beekeeping classes every spring!
TRIP 7: JUNE 19Meet at 10:00 AM
EXPLORING NATURE AT REID STATE PARK
at Todd Point Parking Lot (Half Mile Beach) at Reid State Park
Instructors: Andrea Ostrofsky, Kit Pfeiffer, Merle Ring and Cheryl Fontaine