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 (usually), 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 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, November 28, 2018

Sandy Point Beach Cousins St. Yarmouth ME

Curriculum: geology.

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Massey.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Rines Forest: 352 to 362 Range Rd. Cumberland ME

Curriculum: ice.

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Herold.


Archive of past Get Out! Nature walks

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Skyline Farm 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth ME

Curriculum: seasonal change.

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Herold.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester.

Curriculum: Mushrooms & Wildflowers.

The 1700 acre Sabbathday Lake & Shaker Village conservation easement was one of RRCT’s early successes, working with the New England Forestry Foundation, the Trust for Public Land, and more.

Meet at the picnic tables across from the yellow garage.

Directions: Shaker Village is located on Route 26 in New Gloucester, approximately 8 miles north of Gray village.

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Massey

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018:  1:30 pm. 

Cumberland’s Waterfall Trail, 4 Blanchard Road.

Curriculum: stream life, ferns.

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Herold.

We had a great turn out of 25 people of various ages from Cumberland and North Yarmouth.  Karen Bruder showed a red eft (orange salamander) to the group, which we discovered on our pre-walk.  We later released the eft where we had discovered him. Karen also shared the monarch butterfly eggs she has been raising and gave them to some of the children who joined us to take home and care for.  We had three leaders on this trip and were able to break into groups allowing people to move at their preferred pace. We had wildflower enthusiasts who spent a lot of time in the fields identifying different species, while others walked directly to the falls.  There were a number of irresistible sites along the way including: coyote scat, a monarch butterfly, ripe strawberries and a turkey dust bath. People also found snakes, toads, a jack-in-the-pulpit and an ebony jewel-wing damselfly. When we arrived at the waterfall there was some overflow despite the drought and the children enjoyed wading while everyone relished in the cool of the river glen.