Water conservation

Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District Events

PARIS — Spring workshops for the Oxford County Soil and Water District are continuing, and upcoming classes are filling up fast.

Upcoming courses are:

Maine Forestry for Birds, Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to noon: Join the OCSWCD and Maine Audubon to learn more about managing forests with birds in mind. The Forestry for Maine Birds approach integrates bird conservation into forest management and planning. In this workshop, you will learn how to improve habitat for priority forest birds and a variety of other wildlife, care for your woods, work with other forest management goals, and improve the value and enjoyment of woods. of Maine for many generations to come. .

This event, with participants meeting at the Tenmile River Demo Forest in Brownfield, is offered free of charge. Prior registration is required; please register no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6. This event must have 10 registered participants to take place.

Be Your Own Soil Detective, Wednesday, May 18, 2-4 p.m.: The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and OCSWCD will be offering a hands-on, in-person soil health workshop in Paris. Join Rebecca Long, Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture Professional with UMaine for “Be Your Own Soil Detective” to get dirt on dirt. Participants will learn how to assess their own soil and make the necessary improvements to maximize soil health and plant productivity.

Registration is mandatory and a sliding scale program fee of $15 per family is optional. Registration and payment information is available on the event webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Chantelle Hay at the OCSWCS at 207.744.3111, or [email protected] (preferably email). Please register no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

Natural landscaping: An ecological approach to landscaping, Friday, June 3, time to be determined: Create your own wildlife sanctuary in your backyard. Join Rebecca Long, Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture Professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Chantelle Hay, Education and Outreach Coordinator with OCSWCD, to learn how to work with nature to make your landscape more resilient, friendly to pollinators and wildlife, and easy to care for. We’ll discuss principles of green design, including using native plants, reseeding, and using natural materials to enrich your landscape. We will meet at the Cooperative Extension headquarters in Paris.


Fees are a sliding scale of $0-15 per family, payable at the event in cash or by check. Pre-registration is required as this event is limited to 30 participants. Please register no later than Thursday, June 2 at 5 p.m.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Gardeners, Thursday, June 16, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (rain date, June 17, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.): Sara King will guide participants through a flow of yoga inspired by the sun and the natural world in a setting outside. This session will include yoga poses, breathing exercises and mindful visualization, and is open to all levels of ability and experience. Sara King is RYT 200 and got her certification in Pokhara, Nepal in 2017. She is also a yoga and mindfulness instructor for children aged 5-18. Sara currently works full-time as a 4-H professional with UMaine Cooperative Extension in Oxford County, is a registered guide in Maine, and owns a small business making jewelry with wooden materials.

Fees are a sliding scale of $0-15 per person, payable at the event in cash or by check. Pre-registration is required as this event is limited to 15 participants. Please register no later than 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.

For more information or to register, go to: oxfordcountyswcd.org/workshops.

The OCSWCD’s Native Plant and Seed Sale is accepting orders through May 6.

This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and proceeds support educational programs in Oxford County. We are pleased to offer an amazing list of native and naturalized plants for beginners to advanced gardeners throughout Oxford County and surrounding areas. We will also be offering, for the first time, two different seed mixes with a variety of native and naturalized annuals and perennials to give your garden years of color.


Nearly 1,500 species of native plants are found in Maine. They provide food, fiber and habitat for wildlife and humans. The sale will include: annual and perennial flowers, vines, ground covers, edible plants, shrubs, trees (including evergreens), seed mixes.

The sale concerns only indigenous plants and seeds that have not been collected in the wild; no invasive non-native species

Learn more and download an order form at: oxfordcountyswcd.org/native-plant-sale.