Join us to learn about the amazing history of the Gambo Preserve. This program is a collaboration with Gorham Recreation. Former land trust board member Don Wescott will be leading this walk. He will share about the C & O Canal and Towpath, the Gunpowder Mill, and the Gambo Dam, all of which figured prominently in the 19th century in our region, and remains of which can still be seen along the Gambo Trail. This will be an easy one mile walk over mostly flat terrain with lots of stops to learn about the history of the region. Click here to RSVP.
Join us on a five-mile round trip guided bicycle tour along the Sebago to the Sea Trail. The tour destination will be Orchard Ridge Farm, a family owned farm along the Sebago to the Sea Trail. Steven (pictured on the left) and Amy Bibula will guide us on a farm tour and provide a free tasting of cider and donuts from their market. Click here to RSVP.
Join us to learn about and see up-close the incredible migration of thousands of alewives up Mill Brook on their way to Highland Lake while also hiking on the beautiful Mill Brook Preserve trails. This two hour event will be led by a local alewife expert. Click here to RSVP.
For the youngest nature enthusiasts, we will be holding another alewife walk as part of our new family friendly programs initiative. These are designed for kids aged 4-12 years old, although families with kids of all ages are welcome. This program will be led by Rachelle Curran Apse, director of the land trust and former environmental educator. The program will be 90 minutes and will involve about one mile of walking with several stops for exploration.
The Presumpscot River is a fantastic place to learn to paddle a canoe. Join us at Shaw Park on the Sebago to the Sea Trail, where boats will be available for rent. We will provide a one hour lesson on how to paddle flat water. This event is part of our new family friendly programs initiative and is designed for kids aged 6-15 years old. Following this will be the Paddling the Presumpscot program.
Join us for a celebration of conservation in our region at our annual meeting at Randall Orchards in Standish. Come early and enjoy apple picking and tractor rides. Join us at 5 pm for live music, appetizers and a cider pressing and tasting tour. This will be followed by a program summing up the many exciting accomplishments of the past year, a short annual meeting, and will then end with priority projects for the coming year. The event is free and open to the public.
The celebration will be at Randall Orchards, which is owned by the Randall family. As of 2014, the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust now holds a 500 acre conservation and agricultural easement on the orchard and surrounding forest.
Join us, Portland Trails, and Friends of the Presumpscot River to celebrate World Fish Migration Day and Earth Day with a spring walk to Presumpscot Falls led by USM Professor Theo Willis. While the fish will not migrate up the Presumpscot River until May, Theo will share the history of fish migration and dam removal at Presumpscot Falls. This will be a two hour walk over mostly flat terrain with plenty of time to view the falls. Please note that alewife are not expected to be part of this migration event, and we will still be holding our annual alewife event on Saturday, June 2nd (see below). Click here to RSVP.