The Habitat Bunch

Discover what’s hidden or what’s next, Thursday at 10:00 am

The Habitat Bunch invites you to join RRCT staff and professional experts in weekly explorations on conserved lands in the Royal River watershed. Each week has a varied topic – spring migrations, connectivity planning, successful restorations – but the common theme is an opportunity to walk and connect with RRCT, neighbors, and our conserved lands. We see these treks as a critical way in understanding how to be our best version of a community-aligned land trust. Treks are typically one to three miles, and sometimes include off-trail excursions to see emerging projects or emerging destinations.

We look forward to seeing you soon. And don’t forget to always bring water, a snack and bug repellent. Wear appropriate gear and always invite neighbors and interested parties, and expect a little bit of wonder.


RSVPs are not required. These events occur irrespective of the weather, cancelled only by notice on this webpage, and only with a downpour or other extreme weather. Vote with your feet!

Riverfront Woods (Yarmouth)

Thursday May 26th, 2022 10:00 to 11:30 am

Join us for a lovely loop at one of Yarmouth’s newest preserves, acquired and conserved with charitable support from RRCT. The Town of Yarmouth has been building a wheelchair-accessible trail and although it will not be completed by our walk, we’ll be able to see the progress and hard work of making our open spaces more accessible.

Difficulty: Easy, ~ 1.5 miles with roots

Directions: Trailhead parking at the end of Riverfront Drive, Yarmouth (Riverfront Drive is a new street, and not yet in all GPS systems. It leaves East Elm Street near the intersection of East Elm and North Road.)

Preserve map, website, interpretation: here

Contact: Carrie Ridgway | | (207) 615-7824

Mèmak Preserve, North Yarmouth

Thursday June 2nd, 2022 10:00 to 11:30 am

Join us for a short loop trek at a preserve donated to RRCT in 2020. Trails were created by Adopt-a-Trail sponsor Summit Utilities and Trail Crew volunteers. Look at the Preserve website for indigenous and settler history, including Lufkin Road’s “Circle of Song” around 1900. The preserve’s trails go through a mature mixed forest with trees of an age and health not typically remaining in Cumberland County.

Difficulty: Easy, 1 mile loop

Directions: Trailhead parking at 78 Lufkin Road, North Yarmouth (off Route 231).

Preserve map, website, interpretation: here

Contact: Alan Stearns | | (207) 215-8315

Chandler Mill Pond, New Gloucester

Thursday June 9th, 2022 10:00 to 11:30 am

Join us for a short loop trek at a state fish & wildlife area created with the assistance of RRCT in 2016. A new parking area, boat ramp, and shoreline trail allow easy access to this fishing pond with its entirely undeveloped shoreline.

Difficulty: Easy, 1 mile trek

Directions: Trailhead parking at Snow Hill Road, New Gloucester (far side of Turnpike).

Preserve map, website, interpretation: here

Contact: Alan Stearns | | (207) 215-8315