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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 10, 2014
IHT Walks and Talks feature crafts, critters and pollinator plants

Come and bring your children (K-3rd grade) to Island Heritage Trust’s barn (Heritage House, Sunset Road) for a Story and Craft Hour, Friday, July 11, 9 to 11 a.m. As part of IHT’s new Family and Kids program, this regular Friday activity will feature a story hour followed by a craft activity designed to allow children to interpret the story they have just heard through fun and age-appropriate crafts.

Join us Saturday, July 12, 8 to 9:30 a.m., at Scott’s Landing, for a guided Birding Walk. If you’ve never gone birding before, join the fun and learn to identify the birds that visit our island this time of year as well as those that remain year round.

Ecologist Ken Crowell, otherwise known as the Mouse Man, will offer children (as well as their parents) an up-close, hands-on look at the lives of wild mice on Tuesday, July 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. You’ll delight in learning just how fascinating these creatures are when you join Ken at Barred Island.

Master gardener Lee Fay and naturalist Marnie Reed Crowell will offer a tour of the Period Gardens at the Historical Society, Thursday, July 17, at 10 a.m. Learn how horticulture and kitchen gardens evolved with our country. Discover the diversity of pollinators and their benefits to us as well as what we can do for them. Meet in the grassy parking area between IHT and the Historical Society.

Join Anneli and Dennis Carter at the Deer Isle Hostel for a guided tour of their homestead, named by Mother Earth News as its 2013 Homestead of the Year. You’ll learn about modern and traditional building and gardening methods as you tour the homestead and its orchard and gardens. See the shiitake mushroom production and the compost-heated outdoor shower, as well as the 17th century-inspired Garrison-style hostel and its constellation of outbuildings.

All walks and talks are free and open to the public. A donation, however, is suggested for the children’s Story and Craft Hour and for the Deer Isle Hostel Tour. For more information about IHT or any of its programs, call 348-2455 or visit