Rain or Shine Club, Thursdays at 10am

Next outings:

Thursday, May 16, 2019,10 am, Skyline Farm, GPS Address: 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth ME.

Skyline Farm is a non-profit organization that maintains a sleigh museum and trail network on a 54 acre historic farm property. Royal River Conservation Trust holds the conservation easement that protects the fields and woods around Skyline Farm.  RRCT also holds a summer celebration at Skyline Farm which is family friendly and a lot of fun. Join us for a short hike on the trails, a romp in the field and you can learn more about RRCT Celebrates! as well!

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 10 am, Runaround Pond & Chesley Meadows Preserve, GPS Address: 315 Runaround Pond Rd. Durham ME.

Runaround Pond’s conserved landscape in Durham includes 374 acres of conserved land. This is comprised of RRCT’s Chesley Meadows Preserve, the Town of Durham’s Runaround Pond Recreation Area, and Old Crow Ranch – a conserved working farm and nearby conserved pasture. The walking trail is wide and flat and generally suitable for baby carriages and gentle walking. Small and large loop trails allow exploration of the shoreline of the pond and the shoreline of Chandler Brook. The large loop trail is 0.6 miles.  

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10 am, Dunn's Depot Trail, GPS Address 512 Memorial Highway, North Yarmouth ME

Parking for the Dunn’s Depot Trail is available at the town’s Route 9 boat launch; the trail begins on the opposite side of Route 9 leaving the shoulder of Route 9 or leaving from the paved staging area for the fire departments dry hydrant on the edge of the river. Do not park in the dry hydrant area. 

This trail is maintained as a snowmobile trail and is good for walking, following the river bank. There are a few bridges with open grids; due to the openings, these bridges are tricky for dogs to navigate. You might want to leave your dogs at home for this one. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 10 am, Bradbury-Pineland Corridor, from Lawrence Rd. GPS Address 500 Lawrence Rd

Trails in the Bradbury-Pineland network are primarily for hiking, trail running and mountain biking. RRCT has spur trails that head north and south along Chandler Brook, we will be walking one of these trails, where there will be no mountain bikers. Join us for a fun filled hike! Dog are welcome. 

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