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

RRCT table at Gray Wild Blueberry Festival: August 13, 2022

RRCT table at Gray Blueberry Festival: August 13, 2022

Stop by RRCT’s table at the Gray Wild Blueberry Festival to meet RRCT staff and RRCT volunteers. We continue to unveil our new preserve in Gray — the Thayer Brook Preserve.

5th Annual RRCT Celebrates! August 18, 2022

5th Annual RRCT Celebrates! August 18, 2022

Join us for our signature annual summer celebration of conservation successes. In 2022 all proceeds from this event will go directly to land acquisition in the Royal River watershed. For more information visit: RRCT Celebrates!

RRCT Annual Meeting of the Members and Board; September 13, 2022

RRCT’s Annual Meetings of the Members and Board

5:30 pm Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, Yarmouth Town Hall

RRCT’s Annual Meetings are typically business-like, electing directors and officers. If you’re interested in becoming a director or learning about our recruiting process click here.

Voting rights (no proxies) are granted to all donors of any size having donated between Jan 1, 2021 and Aug 1, 2022.

RRCT bylaws posted here require supermajority membership votes for any disposition of RRCT conservation property rights, following specific notice to all members.

The board of directors is giving specific notice to all members of three ballots for the 2022 meeting. Those three ballots are: (1) to allow the board to transfer a private residential well easement on RRCT property on Long Hill Road in North Yarmouth, to benefit an abutter (existing residence) with a dry well; and (2) to allow the board to transfer an RRCT conservation parcel (Big Falls Preserve) in Auburn and New Gloucester to be known as Talking Brook Public Land to the State of Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands, by and through The Trust for Public Land; and (3) to allow the Board to release to Michael Fralich certain RRCT access and parking rights along Woodman Road (abandoned) in New Gloucester in exchange for restructured access and parking rights to be granted by Michael Fralich or other parties to the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands upon the creation of Talking Brook Public Land.

Information on the Big Falls Preserve transactions is posted here.

All three transactions remain subject to negotiation with proposed terms not yet finalized. The RRCT membership ballot in each case will be drafted to give RRCT’s Board and staff authority from the RRCT membership for Board and staff to complete the transactions, with the September 13th membership vote scheduled prior to final negotiations on terms.

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.