Rain or Shine Club, Thursdays at 10am

Next outings:

Thursday, March 28, 10am The Intervale Preserve,

GPS Address: 642 Intervale Rd New Gloucester ME .

The Intervale Preserve in New Gloucester, owned and managed by the Royal River Conservation Trust  can be accessed by two separate trailheads. We are going to meet at 642 Intervale Rd for a short hike. The Intervale provides some of the Royal River watershed’s most valuable habitat for migratory birds, waterfowl and game birds. All are welcome, well behaved dogs on leash or by voice command, with strict attention to waste removal. 

Check out: Best Birding in the Royal River Watershed for more information on birding. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019 10 am Knight's Pond Preserve GPS Address 477 Greely Rd Extention, Cumberland Center ME .

Owned and managed primarily by the Towns of Cumberland and North Yarmouth, the 334 acre Knight’s Pond Preserve is popular for bird watching, fishing , dog walking, running and hiking. The preserve includes most of the shoreline of a 46 acre pond. There is a good network of trails and the preserve is also a critical wildlife habitat.  The conservation of this preserve was a joint effort between Royal River Conservation Trust and the Cumberland Chebeague Land Trust.  The project was supported by hundreds of private donors and the Lands For Maine’s Future program. 

Thursday, April 11 2019 10 am Old Town House Park, 1/2 Mile South of North Rd. in North Yarmouth, .8 miles north of Sligo Rd .

Old Town House Park is owned and managed by the Town of NOrth Yarmouth. The park is comprised of 62 acres of open space in the center of town that includes a 3.1 mile trail neetwork.  The park was purchased in 1997 and is procted by a conservation easement held by the US fish & Wildlife Servece (Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge). The park is partially buffered by a conservation easement held by the Royal River Conservation Trust. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019 10 am Elmwood Trails, GPS Address 854 Elmwood Rd Pownal, ME .

The Elmwood path is a series of trail easements across four private landowners; Dogs are welcome under very strict control.  The trail wanders along the edge of Chandler Brook, and connect to the Bradbury-Pineland Corridor. 

Program Details:

The Rain or Shine Club offers a family-friendly and new-neighbor-friendly introduction to our favorite places with a focus on our active land stewardship projects. Learn how and why we work to protect land, and to protect and develop access to land. Each week we celebrate our successes with a variety of guided and self-led tours. Please join us Thursday mornings at 10am for a well-planned, no-cost adventure. Outings are typically an hour or two long. This five minute video describes the program and experience from one family’s perspective.  

We head out rain (or snow, or wind…) or shine! Please be mindful of the weather, and bugs, and dress accordingly. Bring appropriate gear, snacks, and thermos or water bottle. Well-behaved dogs are usually welcome with a leash and bags. Check this site regularly to stay updated. Any updates or changes to an event will be posted here by 7 am on the day of the outing.

Contact us at (207) 847-9399 with questions about gear, driving directions or anything else.

Here are some more press articles describing Rain or Shine Club:

May 2017, Bangor Daily News:  Kid-friendly Rain or Shine hiking club

January 2017, Maine Women Magazine:  Take the kids on an outdoor adventure with the Rain or Shine Club

October 2016, Maine Magazine: Enjoying the Royal: Communities Collaborate to Create Access to Nature