Events and Programs

RRCT 400 Footer Club: Ten destinations for 2020

RRCT 400 Footer Club, Self-Guided (Free).  Join our new RRCT 400 Footer Club by conquering ten destinations on your own (self-guided, self-led) or join staffed and volunteer excursions to the same destinations through other events and programs described in tabs below.  RRCT 400 Footer Club details and map pack here.

Rain or Shine Club: Thursdays at 10 am
Rain or Shine Club every Thursday morning at 10 am is a free program to help you experience your neighborhood in new ways and learn where to explore across town. We visit different places each week across our service area: Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester,  Durham, Gray, and Auburn.

Details and schedule here

Trail Crew: Wednesdays at 10 am

Trail Crew each Wednesday at 10 am is a volunteer program each Wednesday (and as scheduled) working on RRCT trails and preserves — and helping support trail partnerships — in Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Durham, Gray, and Auburn.  Details and schedule here.

RRCT Outdoors: Many Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 am (Winter, Fall); 5:30 pm (Spring, Summer)

RRCT Outdoors: Many Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 am (Winter, Fall); 5:30 pm (Spring, Summer). RRCT Outdoors is our initiative to engage adults and able youth in RRCT’s mission, especially our Stewardship, Acquisition, and Partnership initiatives. RRCT Outdoors trips are open to the public. The target audience is neighbors of our properties, RRCT Board and Committee members, people interested in joining RRCT’s Board or committees, potential project donors, and RRCT partners (municipalities, NGOs, landowners, more.) The staffed trips (typically Stewardship Director Irene Syphers Flynn and/or Executive Director Alan Stearns and/or Development Coordinator Carrie Ridgway) include trips to properties where we are drafting new management plans, properties with complex management needs to scope, properties we are considering conserving/acquiring, or properties with established or evolving partnerships. Seldom are the trips simply hikes, but rather they might feel like committee meetings in the field, or orientation sessions in the field for RRCT members who want to dig deep into our work. As staff we have to get out in the field to plan and noodle anyway. We invite you to join us. Details and schedule here.

Once-per-month Wednesday afternoons: Get Out! Nature Walks

Beaver Stump credit Kevin Brusieme_knightspond_blueberryhill_06272014_058Get Out! Nature Walks, once-per-month on Wednesday afternoons, 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.  Jointly hosted by Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust, our nature walks might go to any of nine towns in the region. Check our Details and schedule here.

Once-per-month Thursdays at 7 pm: Royal River Film Series

Royal River Film Series, once-per-month on Thursdays at 7pm (Free), Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth. Our film series returns, jointly hosted by Royal River Conservation Trust and the Yarmouth Historical Society, sponsored by R.M. Davis and Maples.  Film details and schedule here.

March 14, 2020 (Saturday, 2pm: free): Artists Sing Out for Life and the Planet, Including Art, Poems and Essays from the New Anthology A Dangerous New World, Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis

March 14, 2020, Saturday, 2pm. Free. At Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth. 

Merrill Memorial Library (Yarmouth) and Royal River Conservation Trust, out of concern as well as a sense of excitement, invite you to the program of voice and image, including a selection of poetry, essays and art from the new anthology A Dangerous New World: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisiswhich hopes to encourage and inspire a more respectful, truer and deeper love for our source the earth.

Featured artists, poets and writers in the day’s program are Lori Harley, Cathleen Miller, Caitlyn Shetterly, Robert Shetterly, Martin Steingesser and Elizabeth Tibbetts.  Each inspire with their own song of praise and/or lamentation or protest.

Robert Shetterly writes in “Death of a Warbler” about a moment a migrating bird struck his window, the warbler’s song going on and on in him, “high pitched and joyous, it seemed to come from everywhere,” he writes. “We are all one, it sang. It’s call was both requiem and call to action. Grieve, it urged. Change the way you live, it demanded. Live with purpose, humility, connection and joy. A broken-hearted, back-broken world needs your love and care and courage as never before.”

For more information on the program, the poets, essayists and artists, download or view this PDF:  Artists Sing Out for Life and the Planet

To learn more about RRCT’s approach to climate resilience and library-based education, click here.

May 16, 2020 (Saturday morning): 5th Annual Run of the Royal Corporate Canoe Challenge

Join us on Saturday May 16, 2020, for RRCT’s signature Run of the Royal canoe relay race in Yarmouth — popular for spectators, paddlers, and vendors. The paddling race starts at 10:00 am, with paddlers’ meetings at 9:30 am, all at Yarmouth History Center on East Elm Street. Details here.

August 13, 2020 (Thursday evening): 3rd Annual RRCT Celebrates!

Join us for our signature annual summer fundraiser, celebrating our conservation successes. Learn more.

September 22, 2020 (Tuesday at 5:30 pm): Annual Meeting of the Membership & Board

Typically along-side a regular board meeting, our business-like annual meetings include the election of new directors and new officers. Unique issues like bylaw changes or disposition of conservation interests — if proposed — will benefit from specific notice to all members.  We welcome attendance and voting by any RRCT member, defined as any recent donor of $35.00 or more.  If you’re interested in how we recruit board members — for yourself or others — please view this RRCT recruiting web page.

February 27th, 2021 (Saturday evening, Free): 10th Annual Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek

February 27th, 2021 (Saturday Evening, Free)

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

10th Annual Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek

74 Dougherty Road, New Gloucester

Free! Join us for our signature event with a bonfire at the summit.

 More information here