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.
Thursday, September 21st, 7:00 pm, Yarmouth History Center, East Elm Street, Yarmouth (FREE). Our film series is jointly hosted with the Yarmouth Historical Society. Our September film is: Voyagers Without Trace (2015). Trailer here.
In the summer of 1938, newlyweds Genevieve and Bernard de Colmont and their friend, Antoine de Seynes, set off from France on the biggest adventure of their lives. They had a bold, perhaps even foolhardy plan: be the first to take kayaks down the mighty Green and Colorado rivers. Genevieve, just age 21, became the first woman to paddle any own boat on these rivers. They vividly documented their travels on 16 millimeter color film—a year before Hollywood’s first color movie.
During the month of October, we have a special contest for everyone to win 2018 Maine State Park passes, by visiting conserved land up and down the Royal, with a focus on the history of the river. We’re kicking off the contest as a Great Maine Outdoor Weekend event, with a free welcome station at Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street, on Saturday, September 30th 10am to 5pm. All month long you can find information, contest rules, maps, and more are here.
Saturday, September 30th, 9am to 1pm. Stay tuned for more details on a volunteer work day to help start PHASE 2 of the West Side Trail. We’ll likely meet at the I-295 Park & Ride. Details on the work day coming soon, details on Phase 2 are here.
Thursday, October 19th, 7:00 pm, Yarmouth History Center, East Elm Street, Yarmouth (FREE). Our film series is jointly hosted with the Yarmouth Historical Society. Our October film is: Overburden (2015). Trailer here.
When a coal mine disaster kills her brother, Betty, a pro-coal activist, joins forces with Lorelei, a tree-hugging environmentalist, to take on the most dangerous coal company in the United States. This feature film premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival in 2015.
Thursday, November 9th, 7:00 pm, Yarmouth History Center, East Elm Street, Yarmouth (FREE). Our film series is jointly hosted with the Yarmouth Historical Society. November’s film is Keepers of the Trail (2007). Trailer here.
Maine Wilderness Guide Garrett Conover will join us, to introduce the film.
Keepers of the Trail is a documentary film by David Hartman that follows a group of nine winter travelers as they walk north between Canada’s two great rail lines. The group travels by traditional methods handed down by those who used this land to survive. These methods have been developed and fine-tuned for centuries and they simply work better than anything else in this landscape. Garrett Conover is an underground legend among those who still travel the boreal forest in this manner. Keepers of the trail silently witnesses him passing on the torch to the next generation as the group navigates a harsh and beautiful winter environment.
Thursday, January 18th, 7:00 pm, Yarmouth History Center, East Elm Street, Yarmouth (FREE). Our film series is jointly hosted with the Yarmouth Historical Society. January’s film is: The Great Alone (2015). Trailer here.
WINNER – Grand Jury Award – Seattle International Film Festival WINNER – Grand Jury Award – Banff Mountain Film Festival WINNER – Grand Jury Award – La Costal Film Festival WINNER – Audience Award – Flixx Film Festival WINNER – Audience Award – Homer Documentary Film Festival WINNER – Best Exploration & Adventure FIlm – Banff Mountain Film Festival WINNER – Best Score – Flixx Film Festival WINNER – Best Sports Documentary – Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
The Great Alone is a feature length documentary shot in the arctic wilderness of Alaska that captures the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer, Lance Mackey. From his sunniest days as a boy by his famous father’s side to cancer’s attempt to unseat him, The Great Alone pulls viewers along every mile of Lance’s emotional journey to become one of the greatest sled dog racers of all time.
Thursday, February 1st, 2018. More details here.
Thursday, February 15th, 7:00 pm, Yarmouth History Center, East Elm Street, Yarmouth (FREE). Our film series is jointly hosted with Yarmouth Historical Society. February’s film is: The Song of the Sea (2014). Trailer here.
Nominted for an Oscar, this Irish animated film tells the story of Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, as they go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.
Thursday, March 15th, 7:00 pm, Yarmouth History Center, East Elm Street, Yarmouth (FREE). Our film series is jointly hosted with the Yarmouth Historical Society. March’s film is: The Penguin Counters (2017). Trailer here.
Armed with low tech gear and high minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world’s most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. Famed as a place that wants you dead, this film follows a rag tag team of field biologists to some of the harshest corners of the planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health by counting penguin populations. From the tip of Argentina to the ominous Deception Island, ‘The Penguin Counters’ is a treacherous, heart warming journey by a 21st century Dr. Doliitle who dreams of conserving this stunning but fragile region for future generations.
Details here. More soon.