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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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  • TODAY
    May 24

    Workshop: Staying Above Water: Land Protection in a Changing Coastal Zone
    Bath / 9:30 am—4:00 pm

    Join us for a day-long workshop that looks at the coastal impact of rising sea levels, marsh migration, and learn about useful online mapping tools.

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    Presenter: Mark Anderson

    Are you looking to…

    • Understand where to protect coastal land in the face of rising sea levels and storm surges?
    • Learn which salt marshes will continue to support plants and animals as the climate changes?
    • Gain experience with online mapping tools and help prepare for these changes?

    Join us for this workshop at the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street in Bath, with Mark Anderson, Director of Conservation Science at The Nature Conservancy. This workship is presented jointly by Land Trust Alliance, Open Space Institute, The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Land Trust Coalition, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and NH Extension.

    This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. To register, contact Donna at dbissett@mcht.org or 207-607-4577.

     

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  • May 26

    Down East Spring Birding Festival: Hike at Western Head Preserve
    Cutler / 1:00 pm—4:00 pm

    MCHT's regional steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will be leading two hikes  at the MCHT Western Head Preserve in Cutler...

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    MCHT's regional steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will be leading two hikes  at the MCHT Western Head Preserve in Cutler as part of the annual Down East Spring Birding Festival.

    There is no charge for this hike, but participants must be registered for the Birding Festival - either with a day pass or for the full festival. More information about the Down East Spring Birding Festival here.

    The 250 acres that make up MCHT's Western Head Preserve offer an array of habitats and spectacular vistas for any observer. For this nature walk, we’ll explore the preserve’s spruce forests, beaches, and views looking for mushrooms, slime molds, marine mammals, and, of course, birds. Birdwise, an active Bald Eagle nest will be observed, and songbirds including Blackpoll Warbler will be part of the search. We'll check out whatever we can find. This trip offers a great way to see the beauty of Maine’s Bold Coast.

    Participants should expect easy to moderately difficult trails that will include moderate inclines, uneven footing, rough terrain, cobble beach, and boulders. The walk will be three miles round trip. Wear footwear that will provide a measure of protection from the wet undergrowth and will provide good footing.

    Directions:

    Meet at Western Head parking area. From the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Lubec (hub of the Birding Festival), turn left onto Rte 189 east toward Lubec. After 3.9 miles turn right onto Rte 191 (Dixie Rd) and proceed south 14 miles to Cutler Village. From the village center continue south on Rte 191 for 1.3 miles to Destiny Bay Rd which is on the left at a crest in the road immediately after you see a monumental stone wall on the right. Turn left and follow Destiny Bay Rd for 1.0 mile to the fork at the end of the paved section. Bear right and continue straight for another 0.2 mile to the parking lot on the right. If the lot is full, park along the road shoulder.

    There are no restrooms at the parking lot or on the trail.

    For more information, contact the Down East Spring Birding Festival. Call 207-733-2233 or email Jeanne Guisinger, Festival Coordinator at birdfest@thecclc.org.

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  • June 16

    Whaleboat Island Beach Clean-Up
    Brunswick / 10:00 am—1:00 pm

    It's been a long winter and we need a few good volunteers for a one-day clean-up. Let's get the beach on Whaleboat Island in Casco Bay ready for summer visitors!

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    This event is sold out, but you can sign up for the wait list below!

    It's been a long winter and we need your help! It's time to get our preserves in tip-top shape and ready for summer visitors. Southern Maine Regional Steward Caitlin Gerber is looking for volunteers to help clean up the beach on Whaleboat Island in Casco Bay.

    Limited spots are available and boat transportation is provided. The group will leave the Mere Point boat ramp in Brunswick at 10 am and return by 1 pm.

    Please pack your own food, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and shoes that can get wet and are suitable for walking on uneven surfaces. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Participants must be physically able to climb over rocks and ledges, in and out of the boat at the island, and lift moderately heavy bags of trash.

    To sign up, please email Caitlin Gerber at cgerber@mcht.org.

    Thank you! 

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  • June 21

    McKenney Preserve Clean-Up
    Tremont / 10:00 am—2:00 pm

    Volunteer with MCHT for a spring clean-up of beautiful Tinker Island in Blue Hill Bay. Pack a picnic lunch too!

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    It's been a long winter and we need your help! It's time to get our preserves in shape for summer. Regional Stewardship Manager Douglas McMullin is looking for volunteers to help remove trash and spruce-up the campsites at the McKenney Preserve in Tinker Island in Blue Hill Bay.

    Event will be limited to 12 participants and boat transportation is provided. The group will leave the Seal Cove boat ramp in Tremont at 10 am and return by 2 pm.

    Please pack your own gloves, picnic lunch, snacks, water, a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and shoes that can get wet and are suitable for walking on uneven surfaces. We will have trash bags and rubber gloves that can be worn under the work gloves you bring.

    Participants must be physically able to climb over rocks and ledges, in and out of the boat at the island, and lift moderately heavy bags of trash. 

    Pre-registration is required.

    To sign up, please email Douglas McMullin at dmcmullin@mcht.org.

    Thank you!

     

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  • June 30

    Merchant Row Sunset Cocktail Cruise
    Stonington / 5:30 pm—7:30 pm / $35 Current Donors; $70 General Public

    Cruise through the breathtakingly beautiful collection of islands between Stonington and Isle au Haut where MCHT manages 10 island preserves.

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    Join us for an early evening cruise through this breathtakingly beautiful collection of islands between Stonington and Isle au Haut. Sip a glass of wine or enjoy a frosty Maine microbrew while you learn about the conservation history of many of these iconic Maine islands. Pre-registration is required for this trip.

    Maine Coast Heritage Trust manages ten island preserves in Merchant Row including Saddleback Island, Green Island, Sand Island, Gooseberry, Bills Island, Nathan and Little Nathan Islands, Little Camp Island, and The Fort. These beautiful islands are open to the public for picnicking, exploring, and swimming. Nathan and Saddleback Islands have campsites.

    Two-thirds of the islands in Merchant Row are conserved. Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Acadia National Park; Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry; Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Chewonki Foundation; and Island Heritage Trust are among the organizations and agencies that share in the protection of this unique scenic and ecologically-rich archipelago.

    This event is limited to people 21 years of age and older.

    What to Expect:

    We'll travel aboard the Otter (the Isle au Haut ferry during the day) which comfortably seats 55 people. The top level (with stellar views!) is only accessible by a steep stairway. There is comfortable bench-style seating in the open air on the main deck and some limited seating inside the cabin. You will be outside in the elements on this trip! Please dress accordingly and bring an extra layer – it cools off quickly as the sun sinks.

    We will be serving complimentary beer and wine on board as well as a non-alcoholic selection. Our superb local caterer will be circulating hors d’oeuvres.

    What to Bring:

    Casual dress. Please dress warmly! It is cool in the afternoon on the water. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and an extra layer or windbreaker. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars if you have them.

    Weather and Cancellation Policy:

    In the event of rain, this trip will be cancelled and your fee will be refunded. There is no rain date. We will notify you by email 24 hours in advance of a weather-related cancellation.

    Directions:

    From Points South - take Interstate 295 and 95 to Augusta, pick up Rte. 3 to Belfast, and then take Rte. 1 & 3 east through Bucksport to Orland, follow Rte. 15 south to Stonington.

    From Points North - take 95 to Bangor then 395 to Brewer, then take Rte. 15 south to Stonington.

    Just before the center of town in Stonington, take a left on Seabreeze Ave. Park immediately on the left in the parking lot (look for the MCHT parking sign). The dock is a short walk down the hill on Seabreeze Ave. at the intersection with Bayview Ave. Look for the MCHT check-in table on the dock.

    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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  • July 8

    Black Island Hike
    Bass Harbor / 8:30 am—4:30 pm / $35 Current Donors; $70 General Public

    A Maine island adventure! Hike through an old abandoned quarry to enjoy your picnic lunch on Little Black Island - only accessible at low tide.

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    A favorite picnic and hiking destination for generations, 451-acre Black Island has pink granite bluffs, cobble beaches, and a rich history as a bustling granite quarry. We’ll explore it all in this day-long excursion.

    While the island hasn’t had year-round residents since the 1930s, it supported a thriving community in the late 1800s, complete with its own schoolhouse. The trail that runs through the now quiet interior of the island is an overgrown track that ran granite from the quarry site in the middle of the island to the old stone wharf where we'll be landing.

    Our day on the island will include an exploration of the quarry and a hike across the interior of the island to the south end. Once there, we’ll cross over the gravel bar which is exposed at low tide to enjoy our picnic lunch on Little Black Island.

    What to expect:

    Black Island is a remote island with no facilities. We will be spending a long day there! The hiking is strenuous in some spots with uneven footing and large granite blocks that must be climbed over in the old quarry section. We will shuttle to the island from our boat in a small dinghy. Participants must be agile enough to climb from the boat into the dinghy and from the dinghy onto the shore at the island. Pack a pair of rubber boots or sandals that can get wet getting out of the dinghy and a pair of dry footwear for the hike. You do not want to spend the day hiking in wet shoes!

    What we provide:

    • A bagged lunch, one bottle of water, and a map

    What to bring:

    • Appropriate clothing and extra layers (ex: wind breaker, rain jacket, fleece)
    • A small backpack for your lunch and belongings
    • Good walking/hiking shoes (must be closed-toe - not sandals)
    • A hat and sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • Lots of water and a snack

    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.

    Parking: The trip departs from the public float beside the Maine State Ferry Terminal for Swans 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 Ave. This will require a short walk  to the ferry terminal. Allow extra time!

    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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  • July 13

    Cobscook Bay Boat Tour
    Eastport / 10:00 am—1:00 pm / $35 Current Donors; $70 General Public

    Join us for a picnic cruise and tour of Cobscook Bay and its many tidal inlets, deep coves, and wildlife-rich islands.

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    Join us for a picnic cruise and tour of Cobscook Bay and its many tidal inlets, deep coves, and wildlife-rich islands. We will witness the spectacular views and abundance of marine life and wildlife in one of Maine’s great unspoiled coastal regions.

    The name “Cobscook” is derived from the Passamaquoddy word for “boiling tides.” With an average 18-foot tide, strong tides flow in and out of the bay, nourishing one of the most productive, unspoiled, and species-rich marine ecosystems in the state.

    This extensive tour will pass MCHT preserves on Treat Island, Matthews Island, Lincoln Cove, and Sipp Bay as well as conservation easements on Crow Neck and the Straight Bay Islands. We’ll make note of anadromous fish runs and their importance for commercial fishing in the Bay. .

    The Cobscook Bay area hosts the highest concentration in Maine of nesting bald eagles per square mile in Maine. Ospreys, seals, and otters are a common sight. Over 200 bird species live here or migrate through, seeking out the protected coves and abundant food sources. In the summer, minke, fina, and right whales venture into the Bay to feed in the nutrient-rich waters.

    We’ll meet in Eastport (the easternmost city in the United States!) and join Captain Butch Harris aboard his comfortable 47-foot lobster-style boat for our picnic tour. MCHT steward and local resident Deirdre Whitehead will share her knowledge of the natural and human history of the bay, along with the extensive conservation work that has been completed here. Lunch is provided.

    What to bring:

    We will spend the full three hours on board the boat. It can be significantly cooler on the water. Please dress warmly. There are simple bathroom facilities on board. We recommend bringing:

    •    Appropriate clothing and extra layers (i.e. wind breaker, rain jacket, fleece)
    •    Hat and sunglasses
    •    Sunscreen
    •    Insect repellent
    •    Camera
    •    Binoculars
    •    Field guide
    •    Water

    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 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.
    •    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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  • July 20

    The Goslings Open House
    Brunswick / 10:00 am—3:00 pm / Free. Pre-registration is not required - but we recommend it so we know how many people to expect!

    Pack up the kids or your best friend and come explore these two island gems in Casco Bay - linked together by a sand bar at low tide!

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    East Gosling (8.6 acres), West Gosling (4.1 acres), and tiny Irony Island ring one of the sandiest, most protected anchorages in upper Casco Bay. Connected by a sand bar at low tide, small beaches on the two Goslings offer a perfect place to soak up the sun or search for treasures carried in on the tide. Explore the shady island interiors or climb around the perimeter of the islands and bring your binoculars to spy on the seal colony on the nearby rock ledges.

    We’ll be grilling hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway and laidback vibe of a visit to The Goslings. The large cove is often scattered with local boaters rafted together to enjoy the great pleasure of a warm summer day in Maine. If you have your own boat, meet us there!

    In 2014, thanks to the support of a large number of local residents, MCHT was able to raise close to $1 million in a few short months to purchase The Goslings and protect public access forever.

    Boat Shuttles:

    Our volunteer ShoreKeepers will be running shuttles from the Mere Point public boat launch in Brunswick aboard open skiffs which can accommodate 5-8 people at a time. The ride to the Goslings is approximately 15 minutes. We will provide mandatory life vests or bring your own if you have one.

    Participants must be agile enough to step off the dock into a small boat and then climb out over the side of the boat onto the beach at the island. At The Goslings, be prepared to get your feet wet as we bump up on the beach to disembark. This trip is appropriate (and encouraged!) for children.

    The shuttles will depart from the boat launch approximately every 15 minutes between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. The last boat will depart from The Goslings at 2:45 pm.

    We will be sending people to the island in order of arrival. Please sign in with the MCHT greeters upon your arrival at the dock. 

    What to Bring:

    Wear footwear appropriate for climbing along on the rocky shoreline, sandy beaches, and paths. Be prepared to get your feet wet disembarking from the boat at the island. Wear a bathing suit and bring a towel if you’d like to swim.

    There are no bathroom facilities on the islands or boats. Please be prepared to carry any waste off the island. There are bathroom facilities at the boat launch on the mainland.

    Although we allow dogs on The Goslings, we ask that you leave your pets at home for this event, given the small boats and the large number of people we will be hosting on the island.

    • Appropriate clothing, hat, and extra layers (windbreaker, rain jacket, fleece)
    • Bathing suit and towel if desired
    • Shoes, sandals, or rubber boots that can get wet getting on and off the boat. Bring a dry pair to change into if you wish.
    • Sunglasses and a hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • Water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (You will need to carry off all trash.)

    Directions:

    • From Rt. 295 north and south, take exit 28 to merge onto US Rt. 1 north. Continue straight through 4 lights to Maine Street, Brunswick.
    • Take a left on Maine Street and travel approximately 6 miles to left on Birch Island Road and sign for Mere Point Boat Launch.

    Questions?

    Please contact us at events@mcht.org 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 The Goslings.

     

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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. wind breaker, 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) 729-7366.

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  • September 15

    Treat Island Open House - Lubec Departure
    Lubec / 12:15 pm—5:30 pm / $10 individual; $20 family (up to 4)

    Departing from Lubec, join us for 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 Lubec 

    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. wind breaker, 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 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) 729-7366.

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