The Rain or Shine Club explores your backyard with a concise, thoughtful outing each week. Join the Club for an educational adventure introducing you to RRCT’s recent work and successes. 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: Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, 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 new neighbors or anyone looking for new places to explore near home. Everyone from infants to grandparents are welcome. We often explore places where we have recently improved trails, recently enhanced habitat, or are working on conservation projects.
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.
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 program 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.
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. Doolittle who dreams of conserving this stunning but fragile region for future generations.
Monday, March 26, 2018The State of the River: Water QualityYarmouth’s Log Cabin (American Legion Hall), 196 Main Street, Yarmouth2:30 Arrive & Meet3:00 pm to 5pm: Presentations & DiscussionPresenters:
Angela Brewer & Rob Mohlar, Maine DEP: Results of recent ambient sampling (including nitrogen), Royal River, Cousins River, and Estuaries
Ivy Frignoca, Friends of Casco Bay
Kathy Thornton & Damian Brady, University of Maine: Recent nitrogen sampling, Royal River compared to other Casco Bay tributaries.
Curtis Bohlen, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership: Baywide and historical context of Royal River water quality.The panel will be hosted and moderated by the Royal River Conservation Trust and the Royal River Alliance. Please join us for presentations and discussion on most recent studies of water quality data — especially nitrogen sampling in the estuary and the fresh-water mouth of the river. As towns in Cumberland County are exploring ordinances and practices on fertilizers, and as urban areas in Casco Bay are facing green algae blooms, what risks are faced by the Royal River, the Cousins River, and the estuaries? What is the contributing effect of upriver towns (the watershed), as compared to ocean and bay dynamics?Before the panel, we’ll post the panelists’ recent research and presentations. For numerous older reports on water quality and fisheries of the Royal, Cousins, and Casco Bay click here.
Stay tuned for future “State of the River” session later in 2018 and 2019 addressing fisheries, land use, and more.
Saturday & Sunday, April 28th & 29th, 2018, 8am to 4pm each day at Bradbury Mountain State Park (Saturday) and Wolfe’s Neck State Park (Sunday). The Royal River Conservation Trust is proud to sponsor the annual birding festival at Bradbury Mountain and Wolfe’s Neck State Parks with activities for all ages — live birds of prey, owls, bird walks, hawk watch and more. Activities are all weekend long; park entrance fees are required.
Details here. On Saturday May 19th, our signature Run of the Royal canoe race in Yarmouth is popular for spectators, paddlers, and vendors. The paddling race starts at 10:00am, with paddlers’ meetings at 9:30am, all at Yarmouth History Center on East Elm Street.