The Rain or Shine Club explores your backyard with a concise, thoughtful outing each week. Join the Club for a fun & well planned, no cost, guided adventure. Every Thursday, always 10 AM, (almost) always free; rain (or snow) or shine. Experience your neighborhood in new ways and learn where to explore across town. We will visit different places each week across our service area; in Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Durham and Gray. Check this page or RRCT’s Facebook page for details and schedule of locations.
The Rain or Shine Club is here to show you why we protect land, where to access it and the best way to use it. The club can be the perfect morning outing for young families, visiting friends, or anyone looking for the best places to explore near home. Load your babies into backpacks or come toddle along. Everyone from infants to grandparents are welcome. We keep the group together so everyone enjoys their trip into the wild knowing there’s a safe return as part of the plan.
Bring a friend and meet new ones. Adventures are typically an hour or two but we try to be flexible according to the group. The terrain is always pretty accessible but most trails are not suitable for wheeled travel. During the winter, snowshoes may be needed. The rest of the year we will be hiking, walking or just generally stomping about.
Be mindful of the weather, and dress accordingly. Bring appropriate gear, snacks and a thermos or water bottle. Check back here for any updates or changes. Well behaved dogs are usually welcome with a leash.
If you are running late or need better driving directions please call or text Kyle. We have cell service at nearly all of our trip locations. (207)632-6112.
It’s a great way to meet other young parents. It’s also popular for new residents, neighbors, or folks of all ages who want to get to know our organization and explore new trails.
Get Out! Nature Walks are volunteer-led regular trips with trained master naturalists and other skilled volunteer leaders. Join us for a well-planned, no cost, guided adventure. Free, rain, snow, or shine. Check our detailed schedule for specifics. Our program is jointly offered by both the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust and the Royal River Conservation Trust. Our nature walks are at preserves in the Towns of Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Durham, or anywhere else we decide to roam.
This new program started in early 2017 is popular for new residents, neighbors, and novices or experts of all ages who want to get to know our organizations and explore new preserves.
All summer long we’re promoting the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program, as part of its 30th anniversary. This funding program has made possible so many of RRCT’s conservation successes, and other success in our region and across the state.
LMF Passport with Prizes: the LMF Passport provides recommendations for destinations to explore this summer, making it easy to plan your family outing. As a bonus, passport holders who explore at least three LMF destinations this summer and upload a photo of their completed passport will be awarded a “LMF Works for ME” flashlight carabiner. Those interested in participating in the program can stop by the RRCT office (325 Main Street, Yarmouth, for a passport), pick one up at one of our Rain or Shine Club events, or visit www.landformainesfuture.org for more information and to request a passport by mail. The passport allows “wild card” sites — any site funded by LMF: all of the LMF sites funded in the Royal River region are listed just below (scroll down.) This summer of Rain or Shine Club will be handing out passports and visiting a half-dozen LMF-funded properties, more than enough to complete the passport.
LMF Works for ME Photo Gallery with Prizes: the LMF Works for ME Photo Gallery offers people who visit LMF destinations the opportunity to share their experiences and see how others are enjoying the more than 150 special places conserved over the past thirty years with support from LMF. Instagram users can post their images to the gallery by using #LMFWorksforME, while Maine residents who take a photo at an LMF destination and upload it directly onto the gallery at www.landformainesfuture.org will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win camping gear donated by L.L. Bean, an overnight stay at a sporting camp in the Maine Woods donated by the Appalachian Mountain Club, and other prizes. Visit www.landformainesfuture.org for guidelines, a complete list of prizes, and more information.
LMF-funded destinations in the Royal River region:
- Bradbury Mountain State Park: Route 9, Pownal. LMF has funded expansions of the park, and connecting trails.
- Bradbury-Pineland Corridor: 530 Lawrence Road trailhead, Pownal
- Spear Farm Estuary Preserve: 445 Bayview Street trailhead, Yarmouth
- Shaker Village & Sabbathday Lake shoreline: Shaker Road, Outlet Road, more, in New Gloucester
- Pisgah Hill Preserve: 74 Dougherty Road trailhead, New Gloucester
- Knight’s Pond Preserve: 477 Greely Road Extention trailhead, Cumberland Center
- Libby Hill Trails: 50 Libby Hill Road, Gray
- Other: Private farms with permanent agricultural conservation easements but no public access.
The Annual Meeting of the membership of the Royal River Conservation Trust will be held at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017, at a location TBD in Yarmouth, in conjunction with a regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The sole expected ballot for the membership is the election of new or renewing members of the Board of Directors.
Stay tuned for details, or check out the state-wide Great Maine Outdoor Weekend site.
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018. More details here.
Details here. More soon.