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:

Wednesday June 26, 2019, 1:30pm to 3:00pmBig Falls Preserve

GPS Address: 381 Woodman Road, New Gloucester

This preserve is owned and managed by the the Royal River Conservation Trust, donated in late 2018.  Ongoing major trail rehabilitation in 2019 has opened up this 1.5 mile loop trail along the banks of Meadow Brook (a tributary to the Royal River), including a ten-foot waterfall as a destination.

Curriculum: Ferns/ethnobotany

Naturalist: Polly Haight Frawley

Wednesday July 24, 2019, 7:45am to 12:30pm: CCLT’s Deer Point Chebeague Island ME.

This nature walk will be scheduled for a 9:00 am start due to the Chebeague Transportation Companies ferry schedule. Participants will take the bus from the CTC parking lot at 7:45 am and board the 8:15 ferry to the island. Transportation to the trailhead for Deer Point will be provided, and participants will be back to the ferry to depart on the noon boat.

Deer Point is privately owned and protected by a conservation easement held by the Cumberland and Chebeague Land Trust. With a strip of gray ledge separating its thatch of dark spruce from the ocean, Deer Point is reminiscent of a typical downeast Maine island. It is a wild place, exposed to the open ocean, and it has been a favorite spot for picnics for generations.  Thanks to the generosity of its owner this spot will stay in its wild and scenic condition and be accessible to the public forever.

Curriculum: Maine’s Rocky Coast

Naturalist: Caitlin Gerber

Wednesday August 28, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00pm  Old Townhouse Park.

The trailhead is on Route 9 (Memorial Highway) in North Yarmouth, approximately 1/2 mile south of the North Road intersection or 0.8 miles north of Sligo Road.

Old Townhouse Park is owned and managed by the Town of North Yarmouth. Located off Memorial Highway, the park is comprised of 62 acres of open space in the center of town that includes a 3.1 mile trail network. It’s 25 acres of upland fields along with 30 acres of seasonal flood plain and freshwater wetlands make this a recreational centerpiece for the town. The trails at Old Town House Park meander through wide, open fields, along the Royal River and through some riverside woodlands, and provide primarily easy walking opportunities.

Curriculum: Goldenrod and Wildflowers

Naturalist: Karen Bruder

Wednesday September 25, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00 pm  CCLT’s Berkovich Property

The easement on this property does not allow for public access, but ensures that the property will be available for educational and scientific study with permission by the family. This parcel is 22 acres of undeveloped forest consisting primarily of mixed hardwoods and softwoods and borders a large field area to the north.

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Herold

Curriculum: Chestnut Trees or Fungi

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00 pm Spear Farm Estuary Preserve

Owned and managed by the town of Yarmouth, Spear Farm Estuary Preserve is a scenic 55-acre property with diverse habitats, ranging from stately oaks and pine forest to the open salt marshes of the Royal River estuary and a small freshwater pond with a fringing marsh.

Spear farm is know for its Birding, and naturewalks.

Volunteer Naturalist: Ron Dupuis

Curriculum: TBD

Wednesday November 27, 2019 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm CCLT’s Bruce Hill Preserve

Bruce Hill is located partly in Cumberland and partly in North Yarmouth. The property is most easily accessed from the east via Henry Rd and Tower Roads off route 115 in North Yarmouth or from the adjacent Knight’s Pond Preserve.

There are two nearly one mile long trails on the property. These trails are open for hiking, walking, running, mountain bikng, picknicking and skiing.

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Massey

Curriculum: Winter Adaptations