Get Out! Nature Walks

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. Once-per-month on Wednesdays; always free; rain, snow, or shine. Check our detailed schedule (below) for specifics or updates. 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.

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. Nature walks typically involve getting on our knees with a hand lens, or standing still for ten minutes craning up at a treetop. Trips are great for kids, but inappropriate for folks under age 6. Our curriculum is targeted at adults and engaged youth. Because the purpose is nature observation, we ask that dogs do not join us.

The trips are volunteer led. Staff might be in the office or reachable with information if you are running late or need better driving directions, but our primary liaison between volunteer leaders and trip members is this email:

Our program is popular for new residents, neighbors, or folks of all ages who want to get to know our organizations and explore new preserves.  In addition to these trips, check out our Best Nature Walks webpage which includes many Master Naturalist guides and youth-oriented nature guides to our favorite trails.

Next trip: Pisgah Hill

Wednesday January 22, 2020

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The preserve includes old quarries, distinct and varied ledges, mixed forests, and beautiful ground cover of lichen and mosses. The ridgeline offers winter-time views, including beautiful sunsets and moonrises. The northern-most section of the preserve near the powerline includes a large wetland complex with several beaver ponds, significant vernal pools, and rich habitat.

Curriculum: Winter Tracking

Naturalist: Polly Haight Frawley and Karen Massey

Directions/Parking:  74 Dougherty Road: A 1.2 mile loop trail begins at a trailhead at 74 Dougherty Road in New Gloucester; the trailhead parking lot is off-road and plowed in winter. This primitive trail with rocks and roots includes one stream crossing and a few short steep ledges that require some agility. The trail is ideal for trekking or snowshoes with minor elevation gain. The trailhead on Dougherty Road (also known as Chadsey Road in Pownal) is 0.5 miles south of Route 231 (Intervale Road) on the left. Or from Allen Road in Pownal, follow Chadsey Road (becomes Dougherty Road) for 0.8 miles, and look for the trailhead and four car parking lot.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020  CCLT’s Rock Ridge

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Herold

Curriculum: Tracking

Wednesday March 25, 2020 CCLT’s Farwell Forest

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Massey

Curriculum: Tree buds/ID

Wednesday April 22, 2020 RRCT’s Big Falls Preserve

Volunteer Naturalist: Polly Haight Frawley

Curriculum: Signs of Spring/ Dam History

Saturday, May 16, 2020 RRCT & CCLT’s Knight’s Pond

Volunteer Naturalist: Chris Cabot

Curriculum: Warblers