Watershed Walks

The York River Study Committee, in coordination with local conservation and community groups, invites you on a walking tour to learn about some of the history and habitats of the York River watershed. Two events are organized for July.  Each begins at 4:30 p.m. and will last about 90 minutes. The walks are free, but registration is required as space is limited. Register by emailing jh.yorkriver@gmail.com (Jennifer Hunter, coordinator for the York River Study).

Thursday, July 13 – York’s working waterfront, past and present

During this riverfront walking tour, curator Mary Harding will speak about the history of the George Marshall Store Gallery and the John Hancock Warehouse, two of Old York’s properties with early ties to the river. Lobsterman Jeff Donnell will speak about York’s commercial fishing operations and working waterfront, including Hancock Wharf and Sewall’s Dock. Old York’s executive director Joel Lefever will guide attendees through Steedman Woods and back, highlighting some of York’s early business ventures that altered the banks of the York River. Park at York Golf and Tennis Club, walk across Lindsay Road, and meet at the George Marshall Store Gallery where the tour will begin and end. The walk starts at 4:30 p.m. and will cover up to 1.5 miles, traveling along the shoulder of the road and along the trails in Steedman Woods. 

Thursday, July 20 – York River estuary habitats and species: Smelt Brook Preserve 

During this walking tour, Joe Anderson, Stewardship Director for the York Land Trust, will discuss the diverse habitats of the preserve, with an emphasis on salt marshes and ongoing efforts to monitor and manage this important habitat in light of sea level rise.  A Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve biologist will discuss the recently conducted fish study and what some of the findings tell us about the condition of the York River. Park at York Land Trust’s Highland Farm Preserve parking lot, accessed from Route 91 about 1 mile west of the intersection with Scotland Bridge Road. The walk begins at 4:30 p.m. and will cover about 1.5 miles on the Smelt Brook Preserve Riverview Trail (level, but uneven ground).  

The event originally planned for July 27 has been postponed to a later date.

Please register for one or both of the July 13 and July 20 walks by emailing jh.yorkriver@gmail.com and indicate the number in your group and which event(s) you are interested in. You will be contacted closer to the event date with additional details, or in the case of cancellation due to weather.