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Going Native with The Wild Seed Project


with Heather McCargo, BA, MA

Calendar Oct 29, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join the re-wilding movement! Transform conventional gardens and suburban landscapes, and support ecosystem health, wild plant reproduction, pollinators and wildlife - by incorporating native Maine plants. View a slide show on why native plants matter, how native plants have surprisingly different needs from the flowers and vegetable plants you know, and why late fall is the time to sow. Cover the seeds of wildflowers, shrubs, and trees with an emphasis on outdoor seed sowing in pots or growing beds. Discuss ecologically-responsible seed collection and storing procedures, view a demonstration, then gets hands-on sowing native seeds. All materials included; return home with several pots sown with native seeds. Partial proceeds benefit The Wild Seed Project. Heather is founder and Executive Director of The Wild Seed Project; an educator with 30 years of expertise in plant propagation, ecological design and conservation; was head plant propagator at the New England Wildflower Society’s Garden in the Woods; has lectured nationally; and is widely published.

Mon, 10/29/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, $30

Instructor: Heather McCargo, MA

 landscape design, BA plant ecology

Personal Safety for Regular Folks: Just for Women


with Sergeants Paul Fenton and Ben Macisso

Calendar Nov 15, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Always a popular class! You don’t have to work out at a gym, or have much physical strength, to protect yourself. But everyone should have an overall personal safety strategy in place, before they need it. Learn personal safety tips and techniques to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. Topics include personal, home, college, parking lot, auto, travel, and workplace safety. Learn tips on listening to your sixth sense, how to make yourself an unappealing target for suspects, and simple moves to help you get away if attacked. Perfect for seniors citizens, moms, high schoolers, and those about to attend college. Half classroom, and half demonstration, physical participation is fully optional. Partial proceeds go toward purchase of equipment for community safety classes. Sergeant Fenton serves with the Cape Elizabeth police department, is a certified self-defense instructor with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, was a detective for 15 years, and serves on the SWAT team. Sergeant Macisso also serves on the SWAT team and is a defensive tactics instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Offered as a community service.

Thursday, 11/15/2018, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, $25

Instructors: Sergeants Paul Fenton

and Ben Macisso

Reuse and Recycling and Your Triple Bottom-line


with Katrina Venhuizen

Calendar Oct 24, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Is it possible to make simple daily reuse and recycling choices to save money, care for the environment, and also help those around you, including future generations? Learn ways to think differently, change your habits, become more ecologically-mindful, and adopt a variety of thrifty, “use this, not that” options for a greener life – greener in more ways than one! Attendees will receive a few giveaways and information, including tips for the holidays. May be videotaped for future showings, but participants will not be shown. 

ecomaine is your community-owned nonprofit waste management company, providing long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally-responsible, economically-sound manner; they’re leaders in sustainable waste management strategies and offer this as a free community service.


Wednesday, 10/24/2018, 6:00 to 7:00 pm

$5 adult ed administrative fee

Instructor: Katrina Venhuizen, ecomaine Environmental Educator

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