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.

Upcoming Nature Walks

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Join us at Rines Forest to explore the expansive woodland with diverse wildlife, vernal pools, waterfalls, and streams that flow to the East Branch of the Piscataqua River.

Rines Forest: 352 to 362 Range Rd. Cumberland ME (1.2 miles NW of the intersection with Winn Road)

Curriculum: Trees in Winter

Volunteer Naturalist: Travis Sparks

Rines Forest is a magnificent 216-acre woodland in the heart of Cumberland. The town of Cumberland purchased the property in 2003 from the Rines family, and in 2005 crafted a conservation easement with CCLT to ensure that the forest would remain a natural area managed for wildlife habitat and public enjoyment forever. This beautiful and tranquil setting provides visitors with cascading waterfalls, well-maintained trails, and places of solitude.