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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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  • September 13

    Casco Bay Sunset Cocktail Cruise
    Portland / 5:00 pm—7:00 pm / $35 Current Donors; $70 General Public

    We'll see it all - from the busy working waterfront of Portland to the beautiful islands scattered across lower Casco Bay! Come learn about ongoing conservation in this special place.

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    Odyssey Whale Watch of Portland has generously donated this cruise in support of land conservation in Casco Bay and on the Maine coast. Thank you!

    Join us for an early evening cruise through the beautiful islands of Casco Bay. Sip a glass of wine or enjoy a crisp Maine microbrew aboard the Odyssey, a comfortable and spacious vessel usually bound for offshore whale watches. We’ll be staying close to land for our tour - departing from the heart of Portland’s busy working waterfront with plenty of time to admire the city’s skyline as it gives way to the many islands of Casco Bay.

    MCHT staff will be aboard to share their knowledge about recent and upcoming conservation projects throughout Casco Bay. We’ll keep an eye out for the abundant bird and marine life that shares this special place. As we circle back to port, we’ll have the special treat of watching the sun set over the city to conclude a perfect late summer evening on the water.

    What to Expect:

    Dress is casual – you’ll definitely want to pack an extra layer for an evening on the water. The Odyssey features a comfortable cabin equipped with tables with some limited indoor seating, a small bar, and two restrooms.

    There is seating outside around the entire deck, plus a small top deck with bench seating. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars!

    The Odyssey is a smoke-free vessel and does not allow pets. The Odyssey is not wheelchair accessible.

    What to Bring:

    We will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres and maps. There will be a cash bar with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks available.

    Dress for cool weather. It is usually breezy on the water and temperatures will cool as the sun sets.

    • Bring an extra layer (windbreaker, rain jacket, fleece, etc.)
    • Hat and sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Camera
    • Binoculars

    Directions:

    From the North: I-295 to Exit 7. Follow Franklin Street (Route 1A) South to Commercial Street. Turn right onto Commercial Street +/- .2 miles to Long Wharf on your left. Look for the small building with the Long Wharf sign on top (second building past the DeMillo’s parking lot).

    From the South: I-295 to Exit 4. Take Route 1 North +/- 1.2 miles. Exit to the right and take Route 1A (Commercial Street). Follow 1A North for +/- 2 miles to Long Wharf on your right. Look for the small building with the Long Wharf sign on top just past Portland Lobster Company.

    Parking:

    Parking is challenging in Portland! Please allow plenty of time to park. There is no public parking lot for Long Wharf but there are several lots and garages within walking distance. Visit the City of Portland parking page for locations.

    Cancellation policy and weather:

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

    • In the event of rain, the trip will be rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. We will notify you by email 24 hours in advance of a weather-related rescheduling.
    • If it rains on September 20, the trip will be cancelled, you will be contacted by email, and your fee will be refunded.  
    • 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.
    • Last minute cancellations and no-shows will not be issued a refund.

     Questions?

    Contact us at events@mcht.org or call (207) 729-7366.

    Donor Discount

    Current donors receive a 50% discount on trip fees for themselves and three friends! To receive this perk, you must have made a donation in the past year. Or, you can donate today!

     

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  • September 15

    Treat Island Open House - Eastport Departure
    Eastport / 11:00 am—4:30 pm / $10 individual; $20 family (up to four people)

    Pack a picnic lunch and spend a day on historic Treat Island. You'll have lots of time to explore the pebble beaches, remnants of former homesteads, and even the site of an old fort!

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    Pack up the family or bring a friend, and join us for a day exploring Treat Island Preserve. Acquired by MCHT in 2009, Treat Island lies at the edge of easternmost Maine at the confluence of Cobscook and Passamaquoddy bays, a region known for its extreme tidal range, strong currents, and abundant wildlife.

    Treat Island has been a favorite destination for generations in the local community based on its exquisite beauty and close access from the mainland. Pack a picnic lunch and bring plenty of snacks! Take a hike or spread a blanket on one of Treat's little pocket beaches and enjoy the magic of a September afternoon in Cobscook Bay.

    Treat Island offers stunning views across the bay to Campobello Island and Canada, and you’ll find beautiful rolling meadows, spruce forest, and eight gravel beaches. 

    There will be plenty of time to explore the trails, beaches, and all the island has to offer. Look for ancient traces of use by Native Americans, cellar holes dating from the middle of the 19th century, and the ruins of a Civil War battery. Local legend includes stories of smuggling and privateering. Control of this region was contested by the British and the US for over a century and Treat Island was often at the center of it all!

    MCHT Washington County staffers Deirdre Whitehead, Melissa Lee, and Jacob van de Sande will join us and and be available to share their extensive knowledge of conservation efforts in the Cobscook Bay region. Steward Deirdre Whitehead will lead an optional history walk on the island and share her knowledge of the fascinating history of Treat Island.

    To register: Sign up for a family ticket (4-person limit) or a single ticket. This trip departs from, and returns to, Eastport. 

    Please plan to arrive at your departure point at least 15 minutes early to check in. We have a lot of people to get on and off the island! We will not be able to hold the boat for late arrivals.

    What to bring:

    Come prepared for the elements – weather, insects, uneven terrain, and time away from indoor plumbing – there are no bathroom facilities on the island. Wear footwear that is suitable for walking on beaches, rocks, and forest paths. Wear or bring footwear that can get wet getting out of the boat at the island. We recommend:

    • Appropriate clothing, hat, and extra layers (i.e. windbreaker, rain jacket, fleece)
    • Good walking shoes for hiking and exploring; a pair of shoes or boots that can get wet
    • Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water
    • Bring your own life jacket if you have one (particularly for children). We will provide them if you don’t have one. Please let us know the age/size of your children if they are under 12.
    • Towel and/or picnic blanket
    • Sunglasses and a hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Camera

    Cancellation policy and weather:

    The rain date for this trip is Sunday, September 16.

    • If we have to cancel due to foul weather predicted for Sept. 15, we will notify you by email 24 hours in advance and the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, Sept. 16 at the same time. Your reservation will automatically be transferred to Sunday unless you contact us prior to the trip for a refund.
    • In the event of the rescheduled date, refunds will only be issued if you notify us of your cancellation prior to the trip.
    • If your plans change and you can't attend the September 15 date, you must notify us at least 48 hours in advance 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.

    Questions?

    Please contact events@mcht.org or call (207) 607-4357.

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