Get Out! Nature Walks

Get Out! Nature Walks are volunteer-led regular trips with trained master naturalists and other skilled volunteer leaders. Join us for a well-planned, no cost, guided adventure. Once-per-month on Wednesdays; always free; rain, snow, or shine. Check our detailed schedule (below) for specifics or updates. Our program is jointly offered by both the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust and the Royal River Conservation Trust. Our nature walks are at preserves in the Towns of Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Durham, or anywhere else we decide to roam.

Be mindful of the weather, and dress accordingly. Bring appropriate gear, snacks and a thermos or water bottle. Check back here for any updates or changes. Nature walks typically involve getting on our knees with a hand lens, or standing still for ten minutes craning up at a treetop. Trips are great for kids, but not ideal for folks under age 6. Our curriculum is targeted at adults and engaged youth. Because the purpose is nature observation, we ask that dogs do not join us.

The trips are volunteer-led. Staff might be in the office or reachable with information if you are running late or need better driving directions, but our primary liaison between volunteer leaders and trip members is this email:

Our program is popular for new residents, neighbors, or folks of all ages who want to get to know our organizations and explore new preserves.  In addition to these trips, check out our Best Nature Walks webpage which includes many Master Naturalist written guides and youth-oriented nature written guides to our favorite trails.

Next Program:

Wednesday September 28, 2022: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Sam Ristich Trails (North Yarmouth). Meet in the dirt parking lot for the baseball diamond off Parsonage Road. Parsonage Road runs between Routes 9 and 115, near the center of North Yarmouth village.

Master naturalist: Karen Massey

Curriculum: Fungi. The mushrooms are great. With the rains there will be new wonders each day.

Wednesday October 26, 2022: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: The Read Easement

Master Naturalist: Chis Cabot

Curriculum: Waterfalls and Invasive species

Wednesday November 23, 2022: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Big Falls Preserve

Master Naturalist: Karen Herold

Curriculum: Winter Adaptations

Wednesday December 21, 2022: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Riverfront Woods Preserve

Master Naturalist: Beth Sturtevant

Curriculum: Holiday Tree