May E-News
2022 Summer Outings & Events
Summer is around the corner and we've scheduled some fun summer programming!

Beach Plum Farm

Join us for a day of painting at Beach Plum Farm! Artists register here to paint. Community members, come and walk the farm and watch the artists at work. Painting from 9-1pm. Reception for artists, 1-2pm.

New this year, kids art kits! Families come and paint and make! We will have a number of artist kits available for budding young artists to participate!
Ogunquit River Hike/Paddle
Saturday, July 16th & 23rd, 2pm & 10am

GWRLT and HeRO (Healthy Rivers Ogunquit) are partnering on a two-part walk/paddle on July 16th and 23rd to help connect watershed residents to their river. The paddle will be on the 16th, from 2-4pm. This outing may have a fee (tbd), boats will be available for rent; this outing will also include a registered guide. The hike, at Beach Plum Farm, on the 23rd at 10am, is free and limited to 35 people.  To register for these events click here, to read more about this series click here Spring/Summer newsletter.
Summer calendar continued...

Wednesday Wandering: Keay Brook Preserve

Stories in the Woods: Payeur Preserve

Plein Air Day at Beach Plum Farm Preserve
Artists come and paint, friends come and watch!

June 25th, 9am-3pm, South Berwick
Strawberry Festival, South Berwick

Wednesday Wandering: Payeur Preserve

Paddle the Ogunquit River with HeRO

Stories in the Woods: Savage Wildlife Preserve

Hike Beach Plum Farm with HeRO

Wednesday Wandering: Negutaquet Conservation Area

Stories in the Woods: Beach Plum Farm Preserve

Wednesday Wandering: Checkerberry Trail

September 10th, North Berwick
Mill Field Festival

Stories in the Woods: Keay Brook Preserve

September 24th, Eliot
Eliot Festival Days
Outings are limited to 25 participants. Sign up for hikes through our hike registration form, FMI email or call 207-646-3604.
June 1st- September 1st
2 Categories of Submission:
Photo & Creative
Theme: What is your favorite GWRLT preserve?

Submit a photo (up to 3) in the photo category or submit a video, painting, collage into the creative category.

1st place (both categories), $50 gift card to LL Bean and artwork displayed at GWRLT office: Beach Plum Farm
2nd place (both categories), GWRLT merch
3rd place (both categories), GWRLT sticker

Bonus! Kids category (under the age of 18): Every kid who submits artwork will receive a GWRLT sticker & Trail Guide!

Submit up to 3 photos or 1 creative category submission by emailing Every submission must include an artist’s statement explaining which GWRLT Preserve is your favorite, why, and how you chose to represent it. For more information click here.
New merch alert! Represent your local land trust with one of our new GWRLT logo trucker hats.

$35 | | available in glacier, navy and cobalt.
Volunteer News
Upcoming Opportunities.

Thank you for all the volunteer support this Spring!

Weeding and preparing for Pollinator Garden: Anita and Shaun Hayes

Spreading manure on Beach Plums: Jackie Quinton, Jackie Danner, Susan Wiswell

Museum cleaning and hanging “stained glass”-Rick Smart and Joe Rickert

Scraping to prep for painting: Susan Wiswell

Serve with Liberty: Nick Crombie, Zach Walker, Savannah Riley, Dan Cronin, Mike Schiavone.

Trail work days: Jude Boucher, Paul Callnan, John Chagnon, Rob Cavanaugh, The Danner-Wilson Family, Mark Dail, Steve Harriman, Bill Hills, Richard Holmes, Felicia Johnson, Beau Lambert, Carl Pehrsson, Jackie Quinton, Joe Rickert, Susan Wiswell, Rick Smart, Gary Wetzel

Thank you to Denise Houde-Forsyth for the cork board!


UPDATED spring/summer trail work days! 9 am -noon each day.

  • June 8, Goodwin Forest, Eliot (Wednesday)
  • June 16, Newichawannock Woods, Berwick (Tuesday)
  • June 21, Desrochers Memorial Forest, South Berwick (Saturday)
  • June 25, Bauneg Beg Mountain, North Berwick (Wednesday)

Sign up for a work day through Volunteer on the Land page for the most up-to-date work day information.

Mailing Party for Spring/Summer Newsletter: May 31st, 9:30 -11:30am, South Berwick Community Center, 71 Norton St, South Berwick. To volunteer email Office Administrator: Jane Adams.

Summer Festival booth help:

  • June 24 & 25, South Berwick Strawberry Festival: hulling strawberries, booth help, and bucket cleaning.
  • September 10, North Berwick Mill Field Festival: booth help
  • September 24, Eliot Festival Days: booth help

Sign up for a 2 hour window of booth help email Office Administrator: Jane Adams.
Seeking office desk: 5ft wide
We are in search of and office desk, maximum length is 5ft (would prefer an L shape/corner desk). Contact if you have a desk candidate. THANK YOU!
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It's easy and simple, just be sure to choose your amount and then click the "donation schedule" button and choose, "monthly."

Become a PLEDGE PARTNER today!
Staff picks for environmental news.
Kids Corner
Spring birding with kids.
Spring migrations are a great time to hit the trails and do some birding. Different ways to engage young kids in birding: start with a book read aloud, bring along some binoculars, and stickers!

1) Choose a place to go birding, great GWRLT preserves to bird at:

2) Begin your birding adventure with one of these great childrens books:

3) Find a good sit spot and practice a sensory sit: look & listen ... What birds do you see right away? Now close your eyes, what birds can you hear? Some great resources to help bird ID: Merlin Bird ID App (has a bird song identifier tool), The Sibleys Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North American

4) Record what you find: depending on the age of your birders, stickers and drawing can be a great way to engage them. Bring a pad of paper, some crayons, and bird stickers. For every bird found add a sticker. Take some time to do some observation drawing as well.

Remember its all about keeping the experience positive, if birding only last 5 minutes, it's a win!
Images from the Trails
Spring programming.
From left to right: Berwick Academy students survey a vernal pool at Orris Falls and teacher training about vernal pools: Tatnic Woods. Checkerberry Trail opening, Stories in the Woods at Kenyon Hill with South Berwick Public Library, and the Global Big Day bird count at Savage Wildlife Preserve.
Quick and easy ways to give:
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