Rain or Shine Club, Thursdays at 10am

Next outings:

Thursday, July 11th, 2019 Rain or Shine Takes a Break!

Rain or Shine Club will not run this week. Staff are taking a break! We hope you get out and enjoy yourselves in the beautiful summer weather and hope you join us next week at Bradbury Mountain Berry Farm!

Thursday, July 18th, 2019,Bradbury Mountain Berry Farm

Royal River Conservation Trust helped to expand Bradbury Mountain State Park five different times. The wood lots behind the Berry Farm were conserved in 1999, expanding the park and making it so that the berry farm abuts the park. The farm is conserved with an agricultural conservation easement held by RRCT. This Thursday we will visit the berry farm and hopefully be picking strrawberries! Watch this site and facebook for updates. This is a tentative plan! Visit: Bradbury Mountain Berry Farm to learn more about the farm.

Thursday, July 25th, Old Crow Ranch, GPS Address 427 Durham Rd, Durham ME.

Old Crow Ranch is a fully working farm raising pork and beef.  As they say “Meat so good a vegetarian would eat it”. The farm is protected by a  Forever Farm conservation easement held by Royal River Conservation Trust and is not otherwise open to the public. We recently helped Old Crow expand their farm land along with the expansion of the Chelsey Meadows Preserve this past spring. Come and see the animals, learn about the farm and meet the farmers. Join us, get to know us, and learn about forver farm conservation easements and the work that RRCT does with farms. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019, Pisgah Hill Preserve, GPS Address: 74 Dougherty Rd, New Gloucester ME

Pisgah Hill Preserve in New Gloucester is a 1.5 mile loop trail to a summit, about 500 feet of elevation. There are old quarries, distinct and varied ledges, mosses and lichens and mixed forest. Its a good shady hike in the summer. There is a stream crossing and the trail is primitive with rocks and roots which requires some agility. Its a good, fun hike and often we signs of wildlife along the way. Come join us and get to know us and some of the projects we are working on. 

Program Details:

The Rain or Shine Club offers a family-friendly and new-neighbor-friendly introduction to our favorite places with a focus on our active land stewardship projects. Learn how and why we work to protect land, and to protect and develop access to land. Each week we celebrate our successes with a variety of guided and self-led tours. Please join us Thursday mornings at 10am for a well-planned, no-cost adventure. Outings are typically an hour or two long. This five minute video describes the program and experience from one family’s perspective.  

We head out rain (or snow, or wind…) or shine! Please be mindful of the weather, and bugs, and dress accordingly. Bring appropriate gear, snacks, and thermos or water bottle. Well-behaved dogs are usually welcome with a leash and bags. Check this site regularly to stay updated. Any updates or changes to an event will be posted here by 7 am on the day of the outing.

Contact us at (207) 847-9399 with questions about gear, driving directions or anything else.

Here are some more press articles describing Rain or Shine Club:

May 2017, Bangor Daily News:  Kid-friendly Rain or Shine hiking club

January 2017, Maine Women Magazine:  Take the kids on an outdoor adventure with the Rain or Shine Club

October 2016, Maine Magazine: Enjoying the Royal: Communities Collaborate to Create Access to Nature