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Families get set for a wagon ride at last year's Woods, Water and Wildlife Festival at Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills. (Jenn McKown photo)

MILTON MILLS - Moose Mountains Regional Greenways and Branch Hill Farm will present the 17th Annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival on Saturdayfrom 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills. This family friendly celebration of the great outdoors provides children and adults an opportunity to enjoy, understand and appreciate the natural world.

An abundance of activities are available for grandparents, parents and other family members to enjoy time outside with kids, with an emphasis on having fun, exploring and getting a close look at nature. Families get to watch rescued wild animals and learn about their habits, try fishing in the pond, or take a hayride to the Salmon Falls River. Kids can venture on a discovery walk to find natural treasures in the woods, try out a logger's crosscut saw, meet Sunsquatch and Smokey Bear, build a bee house for native pollinators, or swing on a rope swing in the woods.

There's lots to learn for adults too, with demonstrations and information on permaculture gardening, apple tree grafting and cider-making, beekeeping and collecting honey, low impact horse logging, food composting, solar power, landscaping for pollinators and wildlife, controlling invasive species, and more topics in forestry, agriculture, and sustainability. Live fiddle and guitar music will highlight the entertainment.

The festival takes place rain or shine. Admission is $5/person or $10/family and free to ages 12 and under; all events included; food concessions available. Rest rooms and most events are wheelchair accessible. No pets, please. A program of the day's activities is at www.mmrg.info/festival.

Branch Hill Farm is located at 307 Applebee Road.

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