Nelson Preserve Grand Opening
Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Nelson Preserve Grand Opening

Join us on Saturday, December 2nd at 1pm for the Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting and Guided Walk at the new Nelson Preserve. The Preserve was gifted to the Land Trust by the late Jane Nelson and now offers a peaceful recreation opportunity near downtown Gorham. The terrain is gentle and the land includes diverse habitat and scenery from wetlands to forest, with majestic old growth oak trees throughout. The guided walk will follow the new 1.5 mile loop trail and the program will last about 2 hours. This trail and the stewardship of the land was made possible by individual gifts and the Town of Gorham Open Space Fund. 

This program is free, but space is limited. Registration is required, click here to register.

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Full Moon Snowshoe at Randall Orchards
Jan
19
4:30 PM16:30

Full Moon Snowshoe at Randall Orchards

Join us for a full moon snowshoe at Randall Orchard – the farm we helped protect as farmland forever. We will meet at the farm at sunset and split into two groups for the walk. We will then head out to explore the 500-acres of conserved orchard and forest while snowshoeing in the moonlight. After the walk, we will be serving hot cider from apples grown and pressed on-site at the orchard. The snowshoe will be about one mile and the program will last two hours. The walk will be led by Maine Master Naturalists Jeanne Christie and Joan Lundin.

This program is free, but space is limited. Registration required, click here to register.

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CANCELLED: Mill Brook Family-Friendly Trail Grand Opening
Nov
18
1:00 PM13:00

CANCELLED: Mill Brook Family-Friendly Trail Grand Opening

Join us at Mill Brook Preserve on Sunday, November 18 at 1pm to celebrate the grand opening of the new family-friendly trails.

We will provide two guided programs and participants can choose which to join:

1. Family friendly guided walk that will include a nature scavenger hunt and last about one hour.

2. Guided two mile walk that will stop at scenic vistas and focus on the natural history and wildlife in the area and will last about two hours.

This new family friendly trail expansion is made possible thanks to the City of Westbrook Recreation and Conservation Commission. This program is free, but space is limited. Registration is required, click here to register.

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Beginners Guided Mountain Bike Ride
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Beginners Guided Mountain Bike Ride

Join the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, Greater Portland NEMBA and the Gorham Recreation Department for a non-technical, casual and guided mountain bike ride on the beautiful Frazier Preserve and adjoining town trails. Wendy Clark of NEMBA will be the guide. This is a perfect way to discover this great trail close to downtown Gorham and to learn about safe trail riding. Participants of any age are welcome, but all will need a helmet and real mountain bike tires (hybrids and road tires will not be good on the trails).

This program is free, but space is limited. Registration is required, click here to register.

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Randall Orchards Trail Opening & Annual Meeting
Sep
16
5:00 PM17:00

Randall Orchards Trail Opening & Annual Meeting

Join us for a celebration of conservation at Randall Orchards in Standish. Come early and enjoy apple picking. Join us at 5pm for the Randall Orchards trail opening, ribbon cutting and trail walk. Social hour will begin at 6pm with appetizers and fresh cider followed by a slideshow presentation of highlights from the year along with annual meeting elections. The event will wrap-up in time to watch the sunset over the Orchard. Randall Orchards is owned by the Randall family and the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust holds a 500-acre conservation and agricultural easement on the orchard and surrounding forest. This event is free, but registration is required due to limited space. Please click here to register.

 

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Paddling the Presumpscot
Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

Paddling the Presumpscot

Hop in a canoe or kayak to spend a warm summer afternoon on a guided paddle to explore the nature and history of the Presumpscot River from the water. We will be meeting at Shaw Park on the Sebago to the Sea Trail, where boats will be available for rent. This event is free, but registration is required due to limited space. Click here to register.

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Intro to Paddling the Presumpscot for Families
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Paddling the Presumpscot for Families

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 6-16 years old. Following this will be the Paddling the Presumpscot program. This event is free, but registration is required due to limited space. Please click here to register.

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Explore For Local Mushrooms: Guided Walk
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Explore For Local Mushrooms: Guided Walk

Come learn about the wide diversity of mushrooms in the Presumpscot region, the ecological role that fungi play, and how to identify some common Maine mushrooms on this two hour walk led by Alan Seamans of the Maine Mycological Association. This event is free, but registration is required due to limited space.  Please click here to register.

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Spring Run Fish Migration Walk
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Run Fish Migration Walk

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. This event is free, but registration is required due to limited space. Click here to register.

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Spring Run Fish Migration for Families
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Run Fish Migration for Families

For the youngest nature enthusiasts, we will be holding a fish migration program as part of our new family friendly programs initiative. This program is designed for kids aged 4-12 years old, although families with kids of all ages are welcome. The program will be 90 minutes and will involve about one mile of walking with several stops for exploration.  This event is free, but registration is required due to limited space. Click here to register.

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Sebago to the Sea Bike to Local Food
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Sebago to the Sea Bike to Local Food

  • Sebago to the Sea Trail, Windham and Gorham (map)
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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. This event is free, but registration is required due to limited space. Click here to register. 

 

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Gambo History Walk
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Gambo History Walk

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. This event is free and registration is required due to limited space. Click here to register.

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World Fish Migration Day Hike
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

World Fish Migration Day Hike

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). 

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