Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust’s Salt Bay Farm, at 110 Belvedere Road in Damariscotta, is a nature center and hub for outdoor education. The building will be open to the public at certain times through the winter; visitors are encouraged to visit coastalrivers.org for nature center hours. In January and February, the center will be open most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3 to 5:15 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 4:15 p.m., and closed on holidays.

When the center is open, a volunteer docent will be available to answer questions and offer suggestions for hikes, paddles and other recreational opportunities on Coastal Rivers’ properties. Visitors are invited to browse a selection of books, preserve brochures and maps. Sleds and snowshoes in a variety of sizes are also available to borrow while visiting the farm.

Docents offer monthly “topic table” displays and interactive activities for children. January’s topic is birds. Visitors of all ages can dissect an owl pellet and learn about winter birds in Maine.

The nature center is occupied during school hours by school groups and by Coastal Rivers’ regular after-school, preschool and homeschool programs.

Walking trails at Salt Bay Farm are open to hikers and other visitors every day during daylight hours.

Visitors are welcome at Coastal Rivers’ many properties throughout the region. For more information, call 563-1393, email info@coastalrivers.org or visit coastalrivers.org