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 inappropriate 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: thundersnow6@gmail.com

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 guides and youth-oriented nature guides to our favorite trails.

Get Out! Nature Walks are postponed until further notice.

For a great list of self led nature walks and some good reading on ecology and habitat in the Royal River watershed visit: Best Nature Walks in the Royal River Watershed

Some of the information and walks are authored by our volunteer naturalists. We’re all glad to share.

Next trip: Wenesday March 25, 2020 CCLT’s Farwell Forest

This parcel is part of a farmstead laid out and settled by the original proprietors during Colonial Times. The Farwell family has owned it since 1850, and various family members actively farmed the land for nearly 150 years. The family generously agreed to grant an easement on most of the land to ensure that it would remain largely intact while also being made available for public low impact recreation. In lieu of “forever wild” they chose to establish a forestry management plan that would focus on creating a healthier forest while also providing enough income to minimize the financial burden on future owners.

This parcel is entirely forested and the topography is mostly flat with some rolling hills and gullies and a few small brooks. The woodland is part of a much larger, undeveloped forest block and a key link in a developing a conservation and recreation corridor across Cumberland and neighboring towns.

Getting There: Accessible from Blanchard Road in Cumberland along a right-of-way on the northeast side of the Blanchard Road about 3/10 mile southeast of the intersection with Bruce Hill.  The right-of-way follows the southeastern edge of a large field before linking to the trail network on the protected property.

Volunteer Naturalist: Karen Massey

Curriculum: Tree buds/ID

Wednesday April 22, 2020 RRCT’s Big Falls Preserve

Volunteer Naturalist: Polly Haight Frawley

Curriculum: Signs of Spring/ Dam History

Saturday, May 16, 2020 RRCT & CCLT’s Knight’s Pond

Volunteer Naturalist: Chris Cabot

Curriculum: Warblers