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. Fourth Wednesdays, always 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, always free (unless park fees); 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 will be 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.
Wednesday April 26, 2017: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Rines Forest & Frog Pond, Cumberland. Meet at the kiosk at 352 Range Road, Cumberland. Additional parking on Idlewood Drive, right next to the frog pond. Polarized sunglasses are incredibly helpful to help see egg masses under the water’s surface; the eggs “pop” with sunglasses. Waterproof rubber boots also help folks more easily explore the pools. Curriculum: Vernal Pools. Volunteer: Karen Massey.
Wednesday May 24, 2017: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Chandler Brook Preserve, 1409 North Road, North Yarmouth. Curriculum: Ferns & Birds. Volunteer: Karen Massey. For birdwatching, consider bringing binoculars. Waterproof rubber boots will also help folks explore the ferns.