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. Fourth Wednesdays, always 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, 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 will be popular for new residents, neighbors, and novices or experts of all ages who want to get to know our organizations and explore new preserves.
April 29 – 30, 2017: Bradbury Mountain State Park, and Wolf Neck Woods State Park. Sponsored by Royal River Conservation Trust and others.
All events free but require park entry. The full schedule of events for this year’s 5th Annual Feathers Over Freeport: A Birdwatching Weekend will soon be posted. New events for this year include a program on soft shell clam biology and ecology and…FOOD TRUCKS! Free birdwalks will be offered at 8:00am each day, and there will be a Hawkwatch Workshop at the summit of Bradbury Mountain on Sunday, among many other events, walks, and programs.
For a full schedule of this weekend full of fun, birds, and family-friendly events, check out:
The Royal River Conservation Trust is a strong supporter of the Maine Island Trail. We are proud to be the “Honored Guest” as the Trail comes to Yarmouth for its annual fete, from 6pm to 9pm at East Coast Yacht Sales in Yarmouth Harbor. Details and tickets here.
Stay tuned for details, or check out the state-wide Great Maine Outdoor Weekend site.