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 (and other special dates as announced); 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 and when in Gray — the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. Our nature walks are at preserves in the Towns of Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, Gray, New Gloucester, 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:

May 22, 2024, 2pm Wednesday, Broad Cove Reserve, Route 88, Cumberland Foreside. Curriculum: Horseshoe Crabs. Join us at Broad Cove Reserve to witness a 445-million-year-old phenomenon—horseshoe crabs emerging from the ocean to lay their eggs on a sandy beach. 

June 26, 2024, 2pm, Wednesday, Thayer Brook Preserve, Ramsdell Road trailhead, Gray. Curriculum: Marsh and Bog Habitat. Master Naturalist: Karen Herold. Special guest: Will Sedlack, new Executive Director, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust (PRLT). Both RRCT and PRLT work on land conservation in Gray.

July 24, 2024, 8:00 am to 9:30am: Shorebird walk at Indian Point on Chebeague Island. Trip leader: Krista Hayward. There has been significant erosion and other damage at this preserve so we’re also planning on using the opportunity to discuss the effects of sea level rise on the island and its bird populations. More details here:

August 22, 2024, 2pm Wednesday, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. Curriculum: Wildflowers & Monarchs. Master Naturalist: Karen Bruder

September 25, 2024, 2pm Wednesday. CCLT TBD at Longwoods (Massey)

October 23, 2024, 2pm Wednesday, Sam Ristich Trails, North Yarmouth. Curriculum: Mushrooms. Master Naturalists: Karen Massey, Beth Sturtevant. 

November 27, 2024, 2pm Wednesday, Rines Forest, Cumberland Center (Karin Herold) 

December 18, 2024, 2pm Wednesday, CCLT location TBD, Curriculum: Solstice Tree