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 March 22nd, 2017: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Broad Cove Reserve, 179 Foreside Road, Cumberland. Curriculum: Geology. Volunteer leader: Karen Herold. We’ll look at the geology and whatever nature offers. We’ll see how alders are announcing spring, and we’ll ID some lichens. Bring binoculars if you have them: we saw bluebirds there yesterday. We recommend snowshoes, shoe grippers, or ski poles for the icy walk down to the shore. To get there: take Route 88 south from Yarmouth. After you pass Tuttle Road, continue along the stone wall and take the first left.Then stay to the right to climb the hill and drive in to find us. GPS: 179 Foreside Road. Please, no dogs. For questions: call Karen at 207 200 5803.
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. Curriculum: Vernal Pools. Volunteer: Karen Massey.
Wednesday May 24, 2017: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Chandler Brook Preserve, North Yarmouth. Curriculum: Ferns & Birds. Volunteer: Karen Massey.