Events and Programs

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

The Habitat Bunch: Thursdays 10 am

Join RRCT staff and professional experts in weekly explorations on conserved lands in the Royal River watershed, weekly, on Thursday at 10:00 am. The purpose of these weekly treks will vary – one week focused on gathering neighborhood management plan feedback, the next showcasing recent habitat restoration, and the next a hike to watch a spring migration. Visit: The Habitat Bunch to learn more.

Trail Crew: Wednesdays 10 am

Trail Crew each Wednesday at 10 am  is a volunteer program each Wednesday (and as scheduled) working on RRCT trails and preserves — and helping support trail partnerships — in Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Durham, Gray, and Auburn. Details and schedule here.

Volunteer Steward Program

As RRCT conserves more land in the watershed, dedicated volunteer presence on our preserves is more important than ever. Volunteer 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.

Get Out! Nature Walks: Once per month

Royal River Conservation Trust and The Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust partner in sponsoring Get Out! Nature Walks. These walks are lead by a Maine Master Naturalist or some other skilled and knowledgeable volunteer. Details and schedule 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 seas level. Complete them all, win a badge, and win membership in this growing club. More information: RRCT 400 Footer Club

Wild Seed Project – 4 Seasons Walk at Knight’s Pond: 4-5:30pm, October 6, 2022

Wild Seed Project, based out of North Yarmouth, is leading the third in a series of 4 seasons walks at Knight’s Pond Preserve. Participants will learn about native plants along a short section of trail, getting the opportunity to see many of them through their different annual growth stages. Registration is required for attendance as there are limited spaces available. Please check WSP’s webpage for more information

Talking Brook & Big Falls Public Engagement Session: 4pm, October 20, 2022

Public Engagement Session: Talking Brook Public Land (Big Falls Preserve expansion-transition)

4:00 pm Thursday, October 20th, 2022, at the end of Woodman Road (park on road shoulders), New Gloucester.

Join RRCT and representatives of the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands to review details of the planned creation of Talking Brook Public Land, a 200-acre conservation property in New Gloucester and Auburn including the current 40-acre Big Falls Preserve.

The project is made possible by the robust work of The Trust for Public Land and the patience and vision of the Fralich family and Norumbega Cidery, LLC.

On-site discussions will include an overview of planned new parking, trail reconfiguration (new, relocated, and some closure plans), and planned uses. We are looking for your input.

Join us with your questions and teamwork, or contact info@RRCT for any reason.

Note also that RRCT’s Habitat Bunch and RRCT Trail Crew are hosting sessions at Big Falls-Talking Brook this fall. Join us at any of these venues, or reach out for specific input on any topic.

Detailed project maps and plans are at RRCT’s Big Falls Preserve website (scroll to the “Planned Expansion” tab).

Meet the Marsh: Cousins River Fields & Marsh (Yarmouth): 1 pm to 4pm, November 6, 2022

Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Royal River Conservation Trust, and Freeport Conservation Trust for an update on plans for the new Cousins River Fields & Marsh parcel along with abutting conservation land of Freeport Conservation Trust. Details here.

Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek Wednesday February TBD, 2023, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Free for everyone)

February TBD, 2023
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
74 Dougherty Rd., New Gloucester

Free! Come and hike Pisgah Hill to watch the moon rise over Bradbury Mountain. This year will be RRCT’s 11th year hiking Pisgah Hill to watch the moon rise. There will be a campfire at the summit, along with s’mores and hot cocoa. We hope you join us. For more information and photographs from past years, visit: Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek.

6th Annual RRCT Celebrates! August 2023

6th Annual RRCT Celebrates! August 2023

Join us for our signature annual summer celebration of conservation successes at a date to be determined. For more information and photos from 2022 visit: RRCT Celebrates!

Annual Meeting of the RRCT Membership: September 2023

RRCT is a membership-governed organization. Our annual meeting of the members is where we elect our Board of Directors, and conduct other business of the organization as required by our bylaws.