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, January 11th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saint Mary’s, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth (FREE).
Join us for award-winning Maine filmmaker Mark Ireland’s 2016 documentary “Community Conservation: Finding the Balance between Nature and Culture,” followed by open conversation and Q & A about strengthening the community conservation movement in Southern Maine. A social hour will follow the film.
The film profiles four land trusts in different regions of Maine — none of them the sponsoring land trusts on January 11th — demonstrating the variety of efforts to make conserved lands available to all community members.
Five land trusts working in Southern Maine are hosting this film as one of many steps to reach out to more people — working together as part of a coordinated effort to ask, listen, and respond. After the film, we’ll host a panel including the filmmaker Mark Ireland and senior staff from Royal River Conservation Trust, Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust, Falmouth Land Trust, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Community conservation begins by listening to many different voices in the community — then responding. Community conservation uses the strengths of land trusts to meet needs expressed by people in communities.
Our core question: How can land trusts in Southern Maine use land conservation resources to more deeply engage all people toward stronger communities and better quality of life?
Whether or not you can attend the film, we ask you to complete this survey in advance of January 11th, to help us shape our panelists’ responses, and to shape our work in 2018.
Free, but RSVP strongly suggested.
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), a feature length independent documentary film that tells the inspiring comeback story of Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey. Documentary award, Seattle International Film Festival. 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.
Join us for our 7th annual trek. 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. Doolittle who dreams of conserving this stunning but fragile region for future generations.
Details here. Our signature Run of the Royal canoe race in Yarmouth is popular for spectators, paddlers, and vendors.