The Habitat Bunch

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

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!

Sandy Point Beach & The West Side Trail

Thursday October 21, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Sandy Point Beach and the West Side Trail are both owned and managed by the town of Yarmouth. The trail is a multi-use trail for hikers, walkers, runners and bicyclists. The trail is continually improving and expanding each year. We’ll spend some time on Sandy Point Beach and walk a section of the West Side Trail. Bill Dunn who has been part of the West Side Trail committee will be joining us and talking about some of the challenges and successes of building the West Side Trail.

Directions: Take Gilman Rd. towards Cousins Island. After crossing the bridge, Sandy Point Beach is on your left. There is a dirt parking area with plenty of room for everyone to park.

Contact: Carrie Ridgway | 207-615-7824

Chandler Brook Preserve, (North Yarmouth)

Thursday October 28, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Chandler Brook Preserve is owned and managed by the town of North Yarmouth and was acquired with the financial support of the Royal River Conservation Trust and it’s members and donors. This 65 acre preserve borders Chandler Brook, one of the major tributaries of the Royal River. Join us for a pleasant walk and a discussion on conservation in North Yarmouth. Chandler Brook Preserve is also a potential link to the planned Rail Trail. We’ll be discussing the Rail Trail and what is might look like. We’ll also talk about municipalities and the land trust working together to create preserves like Chandler Brook. Visit Chandler Brook Preserve to learn more.

Directions: GPS: 1409 North Rd. North Yarmouth, ME

Contact: Adam Pereira, | (207) 809-9103

Knight’s Pond Preserve (Cumberland and North Yarmouth)

Thursday November 4, 2021, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Knight’s Pond Preserve is owned primarily by the towns of Cumberland and North Yarmouth with conservation and management support from Royal River Conservation Trust and the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust. We’ll be meeting at the parking area on Greely Rd. Extension and walking into the pond from there. We’ll talk about the many parcels that it took to preserve Knight’s Pond and how the land trust’s work together along with the municipalities. All are welcome! Please remember to wear your blaze orange, as hunting season is well under way. We’ll look for birds and wildlife and enjoy the Autumn air. Visit: Knight’s Pond to learn more.

Directions: GPS Address: 477 Greely Road Extension

Contact: Adam Pereira, | (207)-809-9103

Runaround Pond and Chesley Meadows Preserve (Durham)

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Runaround Pond’s conserved landscape in Durham includes 374 acres of conserved land. The conserved landscape is comprised of RRCT’s Chesley Meadows Preserve, the Town of Durham’s Runaround Pond Recreation Area, and Old Crow Ranch – a conserved working farm and nearby conserved pasture. There are great trails, historic observation, hunting and fishing access, and ample paddling and skating opportunities. We’ll be talking about RRCT’s past work in Durham and our hopes for the future.

Directions: GPS Address: 315 Runaround Pond Rd. Durham, ME

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

Pisgah Hill Preserve ( New Gloucester)

Thursday November 18, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

This preserve is owned and managed by the Royal River Conservation Trust. The preserve includes old quarries, distinct and varied ledges, mixed forests, and beautiful ground cover of lichen and mosses. The ridgeline offers winter-time views, including beautiful sunsets and moonrises. The northern-most section of the preserve near the powerline includes a large wetland complex with several beaver ponds, significant vernal pools, and rich habitat.

Directions: GPS Address: 74 Dougherty Rd. New Gloucester ME.

Contact: Carrie Ridgway (207) 615-7824