Midcoast Conservancy hosts Pancake Breakfast to Support Local Outdoor Programs

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 19th, 7:30-10:30am, for Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center annual Pancake Breakfast at the Alna General Store. Everyone is invited to attend; it is a great opportunity to meet other members of the outdoor education and recreation community!

A $10 donation buys a stack of pancakes (blueberry or plain) with coffee and a side.

Hidden Valley Nature Center Welcomes Responsible Dog Owners


With spring hiking season in sight, Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center is a popular destination for many, including those who consider their dogs to be indispensable trail companions. HVNC has always welcomed furry visitors to its nearly 30 miles of trails and for many years there were no leash requirements for the four-footed set. That changed somewhat last fall when the guidelines were modified to include all dogs being leashed on the major trails into the nature center.


This change was in response to situations where unwanted interaction with unleashed dogs made some visitors to HVNC feel uncomfortable or even threatened. In order to ensure that HVNC is welcoming to all who come there, dog owners are asked to keep dogs leashed on the major trails and have leashes with them at all times on hikes deeper into the woods, since even the best behaved dogs can share unreciprocated enthusiasm when in the throes of a romp in nature. In addition, spring brings with it sensitive vernal pools, increased wildlife activity and delicate plants sprouting—further incentive to keep dogs on trails where they can’t interfere with HVNC’s wildlife habitat. To learn more about vernal pools, wildflowers and more, check out upcoming naturalist events at HVNC here: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/explore/events/.


Trails which require leashing are marked with signage to that effect. All dog owners must bring bags for scooping any pet waste, and pack those bags out to take home as HVNC is not equipped to dispose of pet waste. All of Midcoast Conservancy’s preserves are meant to be enjoyed by all who visit them and the cooperation of dog owners makes that possible. To learn more about HVNC, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/preserve/hidden-valley-nature-center/.