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We keep the coast accessible

Maine Coast Heritage Trust offers you opportunities for fun, inspiration, and education on field trips and events at our preserves along Maine’s incredible coast. Join us, and invite your friends and family, to discover and explore the eclectic beauty of Maine's coastline and wildlife and learn about the rich history of Maine’s coast and its people.

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  • June 29

    Marshall Island Hike
    Bass Harbor / 8:00 am—4:30 pm / $70 general public | $35 MCHT donors | Complimentary - The President's Circle

    We'll take a five-mile hike on this beautiful, rugged, and remote island preserve.

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    Tucked between Swan’s Island and Isle au Haut on the eastern edge of Jericho Bay, MCHT’s Ed Woodsum Preserve encompasses all 985 acres of Marshall Island, one of the largest undeveloped islands on the eastern seaboard.

    Our day will include a five-mile hike along wooded shoreline paths, rocky coves, and through the interior of the island. We’ll visit Popplestone Cove, Boxam Cove, and stop for a picnic lunch along the way. We’ll leave time to enjoy the beach at Sand Cove - arguably Maine’s most spectacular sand beach – and definitely one of the most remote!

    Marshall Island was acquired by MCHT in 2003. The preserve includes 10 miles of hiking trails that connect four campsites, open meadows, spruce forest, an abandoned airstrip, and a shoreline ringed with hidden sand beaches and bold rock ledges.

    What to expect:

    This trip includes an extended hike in a remote location with no cell service and no bathroom facilities. You must be physically fit to participate. We will maintain an active pace on our five-mile route when hiking on rugged trails. Expect uneven footing over tree roots, rocks, and through wooded gullies. The trail will pass over bog bridging that can be slippery when wet.

    Be prepared for a one-hour boat ride to the island. We’ll shuttle to the island in a small dinghy. Participants must be able to climb over the side of the boat into the dinghy and then climb out and into the water at the shore. Pack a pair of rubber boots or sandals that can get wet, and dry footwear and socks to change into for the hike. You do not want to spend the day hiking in wet shoes!

    This trip is not recommended for children under the age of ten.

    Two boats:

    We’ll be running two boats for this popular trip. Please sign up for either the 8:00 am departure or the 8:30 am departure. Due to strict capacity limits, you must travel on the boat you sign up for. We will be leading a separate hike for each boat. Due to the remote nature of our destination, there will not be an opportunity for solo hiking. Use the orange buttons to register for the departure of your choice.

    What we provide:

    • A bagged lunch, one bottle of water, and a map
    • What to bring:
    • Appropriate clothing and extra layers (i.e. windbreaker, rain jacket, fleece)
    • A small backpack for your lunch and belongings
    • Good walking/hiking shoes; must be closed-toe with sturdy soles
    • Rubber boots or sandals that can get wet getting out of the dinghy
    • Lots of water and snacks
    • A hat and sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Camera
    • Binoculars

    Cancellation policy and weather:

    We want you to have the best possible experience on this trip!

    • If we have to cancel due to weather, you will be contacted by email 24 hours in advance and issued a full refund. 
    • If your plans change, you must cancel at least 48 hours before departure time to qualify for a refund and to make room for others on the waiting list.
    • Last-minute cancellations and no-shows will not be issued a refund.


    The trip departs from the public float beside the Maine State Ferry Terminal for Swan’s Island. A limited number of parking spaces are available for $10 in the small Ferry Terminal parking area. Park and then pay inside the terminal.

    We recommend the free parking available in the post office parking lot at the corner of Harbor Road and McMullen Avenue. This will require a short walk to the ferry terminal. Allow extra time! Due to limited parking, we recommend car-pooling!

    Contact us at or call (207) 729-7366.

    Donor Discount:

    Donors who have made a gift in the past twelve month receive a 50% discount on trip fees for themselves and one guest. There’s still time to get this perk - donate today!

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  • July 21

    Monroe Island Celebration
    Owls Head Harbor / 11:00 am—2:00 pm / Free. Advance registration required.

    Pack a picnic and catch a free shuttle boat for the quick trip to Monroe Island - Maine Coast Heritage Trust's newest preserve in the Midcoast.

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    Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust to celebrate our newest Midcoast preserve! Pack a picnic and catch a free shuttle boat for the very short trip across the harbor to Monroe Island.

    We’ll be gathering at 1:00 p.m. on the small pebble beach at the southern end of the island to raise a toast to celebrate this beautiful 225-acre island that is now open to the public – forever! (Family-friendly treats provided.) There will be plenty of time to explore the island on your own.


    Free shuttle boats will depart from Owls Head Harbor between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Passage over will be given in order of arrival. All ages are welcome. Life jackets will be provided – they are required for children 12 and under. (If you have your own youth-sized life jackets, please bring them.)


    One of the wonderful features of Monroe Island is its proximity to the mainland. Experienced kayakers are encouraged to paddle over. BYOK (bring your own kayak) and we’ll meet you on the island (we will not be providing a guide). If you are going to kayak, please contact Ceci at and we will send you launch details along with a map of suggested landing spots.

    What to expect:

    Parking on the mainland will be clearly marked. Sign in at the registration table to get on the list for a shuttle. People will be taken to the island in order of arrival. At the island, you are free to explore on your own. We will provide maps of the island. The last shuttle back departs from the island at 2:00 p.m.

    There are no facilities at Owls Head Harbor or on the island. Please be prepared to carry off all trash and waste.

    Although we allow dogs on most of our preserves, we ask that you leave your four-footed friends at home for this event.

    What to bring:

    • A picnic lunch, snacks, and lots of water
    • Extra layers (i.e. windbreaker, rain jacket, fleece)
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Shoes or sandals that can get wet if you want to explore the shoreline
    • Insect repellent and sunscreen
    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • Children’s lifejackets if you have them (we will have loaners)

    Cancellation policy and weather:

    • If foul weather is forecast, we will cancel the event 24 hours in advance and notify you if you have pre-registered. Cancellations will be posted on this page.
    • If your plans change and you can’t make it, please let us know.


    Contact us at  or call (207) 729-7366.

    Make a donation to MCHT today and support conservation on the coast of Maine. Your contribution helps us protect and steward special places like Monroe Island.

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  • August 11

    Aldermere Art Show & Sale
    Aldermere Farm, 20 Russell Ave, Rockport. ME / 11:00 am—2:00 pm

    Visit Aldermere Farm in Rockport for a show and sale of art by local artists.

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    Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the staff at Aldermere Farm Preserve for the annual Art Show and Sale on Saturday, August 10 from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday, August 11 from 11 am to 2 pm, located at the historic farmhouse located on the Aldermere Farm, 20 Russell Ave in Rockport.

    The art show raises funds to support agricultural programming for local youth and highlights local artists who capture the beauty of Maine’s coastal lands through original paintings and prints of coastal and pastoral vistas, Aldermere Farm and its world-renowned Belted Galloway cattle.

    For more information, call 207-236-2739 or email .

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