Trips & Events
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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September 22Special EventKid Friendly EventEasy Hike
September is a great time to find a huge variety of mushrooms and fungi throughout the woods. Join MCHT steward Kirk Gentalen for a fascinating, free walk in the woods. Party of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.Add to my calendar 09/22/2018 10:00 AM 09/22/2018 12:00 PM America/New_York Nature & Mushroom Walk/ Event details
Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host a Nature & Mushroom Walk on Saturday, September 22 at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street, Rockport. This free event takes place from 10 am to noon and is part of the statewide Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.
MCHT land steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will lead us on a guided hunt for the natural treasures of the forest and fields. A huge variety of native mushrooms appear throughout the woods and there’s no one better to excite an interest in these fascinating fungi!
Kirk loves to share his enthusiasm for the natural world with all ages. He has over 20 years of experience, leading hikes and sharing the fungal world with thousands of people from Alaska to Maine.
The natural history of mushrooms and their role in the ecosystem will be the focus of this day’s outing, but every species is different. “You can never tell what’s going to come up on a fungus walk,” says Kirk. “Having a group look for, find, and really discover the world of fungus is a unique setting for a walk – and there can be discoveries at every turn!”
This walk is suitable for all ages. Adults will learn just as much as kids!
Our walk will focus on non-edible mushrooms, but Kirk will also share his knowledge of birds, tracking, and the animal and plant life of Erickson Fields. “It will be awesome . . . " promises Kirk. "It could be epic!”
Registration is not required, but RSVPs are appreciated. Please email or call Joelle Albury at MCHT’s Aldermere Farm office at 207-236-2739.Rockport, ME Maine Coast Heritage Trust false MM/DD/YYYY
September 22Special EventKid Friendly Event
Join the James Beard award-winning chefs from Eventide Oyster Co., Hugo’s, and The Honey Paw for a bountiful feast on your favorite Casco Bay islands, The Goslings—and support coastal conservation while you’re at it!Add to my calendar 09/22/2018 01:30 PM 09/22/2018 06:30 PM America/New_York Maine-Style Island Clambake/ Event details
Summer’s not over yet! We’ve got an epic island clambake coming up (looks beautiful, right?) and you’re invited.
Join James Beard award-winning chefs from Eventide Oyster Co., Hugo’s, and The Honey Paw for a bountiful feast on your favorite Casco Bay islands, The Goslings—and support coastal conservation while you’re at it!
This one-of-a-kind event is brought to you by Big Tree Hospitality, Maine Beer Company, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s next generation of conservation supporters working to Keep the Coast Maine!
The highlights of this event include:
- Delicious food prepared Maine island-style, served on a beautiful Maine island, by James Beard Award-winning chefs.
- Dinner will be served at 4, but come early with your family and friends to enjoy and explore the islands.
- Bring the kids! Boat shuttles start at 1:30 to the islands. Play all afternoon before dinner.
- The finest Maine craft beer provided by our friends at Maine Beer Company
- Everything will be sustainably sourced and as fresh as it gets!
- Shuttle service runs from the Mere Point Public Boat Launch in Brunswick and will be nonstop throughout the event—you can arrive and depart at your leisure.
- The opportunity to get to know a great group of people who care as much as you do about conserving the Maine coast.
This event is a clambake and will feature the freshest Maine lobster, oysters, mussels, clams, corn, potatoes, and so much more! Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available upon request.
Maine Beer Company will be pouring all afternoon. Wine will be available with dinner only. No other adult beverages will be permitted on the islands.
- Current Donors: $75 per person - includes a sweet commemorative cup!
- General Ticket Price (21+): $150 per person - add $20 if you want a cup.
- Children under 12: Free
- Children 12 -20: $50
There's plenty of free parking at the Mere Point Public Boat Launch, 15 Birch Island Road, in Brunswick.
What to Bring
You know the drill, pack like you’re spending the day outside—bring towels, beach chairs, blankets, sunscreen, hats, bug spray, water, etc. And of course, layers are always a good idea. Be prepared to get your feet wet getting off and on the boat at the island. There is no dock on the island.
Please note: This is a rugged, uninhabited Maine island. There are no facilities here. We will have a small porta-potty but otherwise, be prepared to be one with nature.
Have questions? Email Kristen at or call her at 207-607-4367.
September 22Special EventFamily FriendlyVolunteers Needed
We'll clean up the beach and then celebrate with a cookout at one of MCHT's newest preserves! Bring the whole family and celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.Add to my calendar 09/22/2018 03:00 PM 09/22/2018 06:00 PM America/New_York Loring Cove Celebration & Work Party/ Event details
You're invited to a Celebration and Work Party at Loring Cove Preserve on the Gin Cove Road in Perry.
We will be gathering to clean up the beach and celebrate the new preserve with a cookout. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided.
Access to the beach is across a tidal inlet. Please come prepared to get your feet wet and to pick up nails, trash, and old wood.
The 12-acre Loring Cove Preserve provides historic working water access to local fishermen through a beautiful coastal marsh. The barrier beach is a favorite spot to learn about the unique geology of the area.
Please RSVP to Deirdre Whitehead at 454-5000 or e-mailPerry, Maine Maine Coast Heritage Trust false MM/DD/YYYY