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, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
February 22, 2023, 2pm, Wednesday: RRCT’s Old Harris Road Preserve, Pownal. Trailhead location: Elmwood Road across from Pownal Elementary, beside the Cemetery. Curriculum: Winter Identification. Master Naturalists: Polly Haight-Frawley & Beth Sturtevant. Leaves are helpful when identifying trees, but what about when the branches are bare? We will learn how bark, buds and branches can help us identify a tree in winter. In addition, lichen are more apparent in the starkness of a winter forest. We will try to identify some of the more common examples.
March 22, 2023, 2pm, Wednesday: Rines Forest, Cumberland Center
April 26, 2023, 2pm, Wednesday: Sweetsir Farm, Yarmouth. (End of Old Field Road, off Sweetsir Farm Road, in turn off North Road. Curriculum: Vernal Pools. Master Naturalists: Karen Massey & Beth Sturtevant.
May 25, 2023, 2pm, Wednesday: Knight’s Pond Preserve, Cumberland Center trail-head. Curriculum: Bird Migration. Master Naturalist: Michael Boardman.
June 28, 2023, 2pm, Wednesday: Chandler Brook Preserve, North Yarmouth. Curriculum: Bobolinks.