Rain or Shine Club, Thursdays at 10am

Next outings:

Thursday, December 12, 2019, Spear Farm Estuary Preserve, GPS Address: 445 Bayview St. Yarmouth, ME.

Owned and managed by the Town of Yarmouth, the Spear Farm Estuary Preserve is protected by a conservation easement held by the Royal River Conservation Trust. The 55 acre preserve was conserved in three phases, along with an upriver 17 acre parcel. The most recent phase of conservation was a gift of land in 2011 by the Cattell family. The first two phases, in 2004 and 2005 were made possible by remarkably generous donations from neighbors and Royal River Conservation Trust members, the Land for Maine’s Future program, federal funds, and the Trust for Public Land. Join us for a 1.5 mile loop trail walk, with some steep places, but generally good footing. If it happens to be really cold, and the ice is good for skating, we will detour into the pond and skate and/or boot skate with the kids. Keep watching for updates!

Thursday, December 19, 2019, Knight's Pond Preserve, GPS Address: 477 Greely Rd Extension, Cumberland Center, ME.

Knight’s pond is primarily owned and managed by the towns of North Yarmouth and Cumberland. This is a short hike to the pond and then into the woods through oak-hickory forests. This will likely be a there-and-back hike, as the loop is a bit long for short legs, but we will see the pond from numerous vantage points, and if its nice and hard, we might be able to do some boot skating!

Thursday, December 26, 2019,Old Town House Park GPS Address: Route 9 (Memorial Highway) North Yarmouth, ME.

Join us for a holiday hike at Old Town House Park. This preserve is owned and managed by the town of North Yarmouth. The trails meander through open fields and into the woods along the Royal River. Royal River Conservation Trust holds conservation easements abutting Old Town House Park, creating more open space and conserved land. 

Thursday, January, 2, 2020, Fels Groves Farm Preserve, GPS Address: 211 Gilman Rd, Yarmouth ME .

Fels Groves Farm Preserve in Yarmouth is a 55-acre parcel of mature woods and open fields. It features 1.2 miles of trails and scenic views. The preserve was acquired in 2002 with the leadership of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. It is now owned and managed by the town of Yarmouth and protected by a conservation easement held by the Royal River Conservation Trust.  This is a great preserve for pulling kids on sleds as the trails are relatively flat. Join us for a romp in the fields and a walk in the woods. 

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 10 am 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