Events and Programs

Click on the options below to learn more about various Events and Programs with RRCT.

Volunteer Trail Steward Program

As RRCT conserves more land in the watershed, dedicated volunteer presence on our preserves is more important than ever. Volunteer Trail Stewards have a rewarding role in which they become closely connected with a special place while acting as RRCT’s eyes, ears, and extra hands. Resources and more information here.

RRCT 400 Footer Club: Self-led trail challenge

RRCT 400 Footer Club is a self-led trail challenge. We’ve listed ten local conservation destinations each at an elevation near 400 feet above sea level. Complete them all, win a badge, and win membership in this growing club. Club members invest in cultures of responsible land stewardship, and inclusivity. More information: RRCT 400 Footer Club

Trail Crew: Wednesdays 10 am

Trail Crew features volunteers who gather each Wednesday at 10 am (and as scheduled) to work on RRCT trails and preserves — as well as RRCT’s many trail partnerships — in Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Durham, Gray, and Auburn. We are always welcome to new volunteers, one-time volunteers, kids, and more. Details and schedule here.

Land Use Forum: City of Auburn & Surrounding Communities, April 13, 2024 (Saturday), at 10 am

Wescustogo Treks: Pineland Public Reserve Land (Gray), April 20, 2024 (Saturday), at 10 am – Registration Required

Royal River Conservation Trust is pleased to host a series of three Wabanaki-led hikes, intended for indigenous and non-indigenous people alike, designed to explore and acknowledge the rich history of Native American culture along the Royal River (Wescustogo) and in Maine as a whole.

Join us April 20, 2024 (Saturday), at 10:00 am at Pineland Public Reserve Land (off-trail) on the Royal River (Wescustogo) in Gray. For more information and registration (required), click here.

Family Earth Day Trek: Talking Brook Public Land (Big Falls, New Gloucester/Auburn), April 21, 2024 (Sunday), 9am to 11 am

Join us as we observe spring as it emerges and celebrate an early Earth Day. Our trek will be led by volunteer Maine Master Naturalist Marie Reimensneider Camillo. We’ll trek the 1.5-mile Big Falls loop trail at Talking Brook Public Land. Plan on some spring mud on the trail, but otherwise it’s an easy beginner hike good for families. Meet at 9am at the trailhead at the end of Woodman Road in New Gloucester.

Get Out! Nature Walks: Riverfront Woods Preserve (Yarmouth), April 24, 2024 (Wednesday) at 2pm

Royal River Conservation Trust and Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust partner in sponsoring Get Out! Nature Walks. These walks are led by a Maine Master Naturalist or some other skilled and knowledgeable volunteer. Details and schedule here.

Our April 24, 2024, event is at Riverfront Woods Preserve in Yarmouth! Click above for details.

River Clean-up, Yarmouth @ Bridge Street, April 27, 2024 (Saturday), at 9 am to 2pm

Feathers Over Freeport (Birding events at Bradbury) – April 27 & 28, 2024 (Saturday & Sunday) all day

Royal River Conservation Trust is proud to again sponsor a kid-oriented birding weekend at Bradbury Mountain State Park and Wolfe Neck State Park. Events include Hawk Watch at the summit, bird walks for kids, bird-house building, and more. Park admission or passes required (free state park passes available for check-out at local libraries.) Event information here.

AMC Skill Building Training & Work Day: Pisgah Hill Preserve – April 28, 2024 (Sunday) at 8 am to 3pm (various shifts)

Royal River Conservation Trust is pleased to partner with the Appalachian Mountain Club for a trail skill-building training at work day at Pisgah Hill Preserve, New Gloucester. Registration includes options for various shifts between 8am and 3pm. Work (and training) will include especially some of the more rutted sections of the trails including relocation and drainage. With more rain and less snow, we’re grateful to AMC and volunteers helping us improve trail segments that have recently had challenges from a climate sustainability perspective.

Registration required: https://amcmaine.org/committees/trails/

Town of Pownal, Public Hearing re Conservation Easement – April 29, 2024 (Monday) at 6pm

The Pownal Select Board and the Pownal Conservation Commission propose that RRCT hold a conservation easement on a town-owned 90-acre woodlot on Elmwood Road, to “Keep Pownal Pownal.” The Select Board and Conservation Commission also propose to raise funds to survey a town-owned woodlot on Sweetser & Allen Roads, prior to 2025 discussion of a conservation easement. Both of these proposals will be on the June 17, 2024, Town Meeting Warrant, preceded by a public hearing on April 29, 2024.

The Elmwood Road conservation easement takes nothing away from current practice. The conservation easement would allow the town to continue to own the parcel, would allow the town to continue to raise funds by forest management of the parcel, and would allow the town to fully manage hunting and trails. Development of the parcel however would be limited to forestry and recreation. RRCT will be able to manage a “primary trail” that would better connect Bradbury Mountain to Pineland Public Lands, for hikers and trail runners, with trailhead parking on a parcel already owned by RRCT.

Proposed Elmwood Road woodlot conservation easement PDF

Map illustrating two Warrant Articles on two town-owned woodlots.

Wescustogo Treks: Spear Farm Estuary Preserve – May 4, 2024 (Saturday) at 10 am

Royal River Conservation Trust is pleased to unveil a series of three Wabanaki-led hikes, intended for indigenous and non-indigenous people alike, designed to explore and acknowledge the rich history of Native American culture along the Royal River (Wescustogo) and in Maine as a whole.

This Yarmouth trek – at Spear Farm Estuary Preserve on the Royal River (Wescustogo) – was scheduled for earlier this spring but rescheduled to May 4, 2024 due to inclement weather. Due to demand, registration has been closed but revisit this page from time to time as registration may be re-opened as the event date draws nearer.

RRCT Wescustogo Paddle: Friday, May 17, 2024 – Registration Requested

Free and welcoming, as we celebrate our conservation successes in the watershed.

We plan to host a river paddling trip from Wescustogo Park in North Yarmouth to East Elm Street in Yarmouth, on Friday afternoon May 17, 2024.

Stay tuned for details.

Wescustogo Treks: RRCT’s planned River Elf Preserve (New Gloucester), Date TBD

Royal River Conservation Trust is pleased to host a series of three Wabanaki-led hikes, intended for indigenous and non-indigenous people alike, designed to explore and acknowledge the rich history of Native American culture along the Royal River (Wescustogo) and in Maine as a whole.

The third of three treks will take place at RRCT’s planned River Elf Preserve (off-trail) on the Royal River (Wescustogo) in New Gloucester. STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION.

World Fish Migration Day: Saturday, May 25, 2024

Free and welcoming, as we celebrate our conservation successes in the watershed.

With the Royal River Alliance, we are supporting a World Fish Migration Day event at Royal River Park in Yarmouth on May 25th, 2024.

Stay tuned for details.

Town of Pownal, Town Meeting re Conservation Easement – June 17, 2024 (Monday) at 7pm

The Pownal Select Board and the Pownal Conservation Commission propose that RRCT hold a conservation easement on a town-owned 90-acre woodlot on Elmwood Road, to “Keep Pownal Pownal.” The Select Board and Conservation Commission also propose to raise funds survey a town-owned woodlot on Sweetser & Allen Roads, prior to 2025 discussion of a conservation easement. Both of these proposals will be on the June 17, 2024, Town Meeting Warrant, preceded by a public hearing on April 29, 2024.

The Elmwood Road conservation easement would allow the town to continue to own the parcel, would allow the town to continue to raise funds by forest management of the parcel, and would allow the town to fully manage hunting and trails. Development of the parcel would be limited to forestry and recreation. RRCT will also be able to manage a “primary trail” that would better connect Bradbury Mountain to Pineland Public Lands, for hikers and trail runners.

Proposed Elmwood Road woodlot conservation easement PDF

Map illustrating two Warrant Articles on two town-owned woodlots.

Get Out! Nature Walks: Thayer Brook Preserve, June 26, 2024, (Wednesday) at 2pm

Royal River Conservation Trust and Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust partner in sponsoring Get Out! Nature Walks. Our June event in Gray is also sponsored by Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. These walks are led by a Maine Master Naturalist or some other skilled and knowledgeable volunteer. Details and schedule here.

Our June 26, 2024, event is at Thayer Brook Preserve in Gray! Click above for details.

Annual Meeting of the Members, Tuesday, September 24, 2024

RRCT’s Annual Meeting is typically business-like, electing Directors and conducting other necessary business. Voting rights extend to all recent donors. This year’s meeting will be Tuesday, September 24, 2024, at 5:30 pm at Yarmouth’s American Legion Log Cabin (196 Main Street.) Stay tuned for more details!

13th Annual Pisgah Hill Preserve Full Moon Trek: TBD, 2025 – Registration Requested

Click here for details on our planned 2025 Full Moon Trek. Free and welcoming, as we celebrate our conservation successes in the watershed.