Seeing the Unseen

April 20, 2018

When: Sunday, July 7, 10 am to noon
Where: Circle Creek Conservation Center, Seaside
Led by: Neal Maine



Join naturalist Neal Maine to explore hidden wonders of a Sitka spruce swamp alongside the Legacy Loop trail. Trails have a tendency to draw us forward. Take the 0.8-mile Legacy Loop trail at Circle Creek, for instance; you could walk the whole thing in about 12 minutes. Or you could walk it with naturalist Neal Maine, and a 12-minute trail becomes a two-hour adventure. “There’s trail hiking, and then there’s trail observing,” as Neal puts it: walking slowly enough, and stopping often enough, to see what you might not otherwise notice, and to unspool the stories behind what you stumble upon.

Join Neal on a slow circuit of the Legacy Loop, with stops to contemplate and to share discoveries.

NEAL MAINE followed a thirty-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School with becoming the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he had co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion to make deeper connections to the coastal system, using photography to record some of his experiences and to develop greater public appreciation of living in what he considers paradise. Through his photography business PacificLight Images, a partnership Fairweather House and Gallery, he raises funds to support NCLC’s conservation mission and attempts to raise awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with which we share this region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands, and forests.

Outing info: We will be strolling on a footpath that is narrow and uneven in places. No toilets on site. No dogs allowed on site.

What to bring: Water and snacks. Wear waterproof boots or sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather. Bring a hand lens or magnifying glass if you have one; otherwise one will be provided. If you don’t want to be on your feet too long and have a portable stool to use along the trail, consider bringing it.

This program is free, but registration is required.

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