April E-News
Checkerberry Trail Opening

Join GWRLT for a celebration of the opening of the Checkerberry Trail, connecting Orris Falls Conservation Area with the conservation lands surrounding Mt. Agamenticus and all the way to the York River. The trail passes through 33 acres between Emery's Bridge Road and Bennett Lot Road in South Berwick, protected by conservation easement in 2020 by landowners Sandy Agrafiotis and Carl Phersson. The trail begins a bit up the road from Orris Falls Conservation Area parking lot on Emery's Bridge Road and later continues onto Maine IF&W land before connecting and finishing at the Normal Mills Trailhead on Benett Lot Road.

Join us for a few words, followed by trail tours. No reservations necessary.
Become a Pledge Partner
Celebrate Earth Month and become a pledge partner. Contribute to local land conservation efforts on a monthly basis.

Benefits include:
  • Free beanie with a donation of $15 or more (pictured).
  • Automatic membership renewal
  • GWRLT decal or sticker
  • 10% off GWRLT merchandise
  • GWRLT Newsletter mailed to you three times per year
  • Free participation in most GWRLT guided outings
  • Annual Meetings, with an opportunity to vote on land trust matters

It's easy and simple, just be sure to choose your amount and then click the "donation schedule" button and choose, "monthly."
Native Plant Fair
May 21st, 10am-2pm
Beach Plum Farm
(610 Main Street, Ogunquit)

In partnership with Healthy Rivers of Ogunquit, GWRLT will be hosting the second annual Native Plant Fair. The fair will showcase examples native plant species to view, attendees will be able to order and purchase their plants, with pick up scheduled for the following week.
Plein Air Art Day
June 18th, 9am-1pm
Beach Plum Farm
(610 Main Street, Ogunquit)

Artists! Join us for a morning of painting 9am-1pm, followed by a reception for artists at the farm 1-2pm.

Community members, come and take in the view and watch the artists at work, 9am-1pm.
Volunteer News
Upcoming Opportunities.

HUGE thank you to Claudia Rundlett, Joanne Lamothe, Pam & Matt Kryskow for picking up 11 bags of trash, weighing 300 lbs!!!! along of Hubbard Rd. between Tuckahoe & Keay Brook Preserves. (Trash bags pictured).

Thanks to Marshwood Interact Club for their work on invasive species removal at the Old Boston Land!



Participate in a Stewardship workday, clear a trail, build bog bridging and more! 9 am -noon each day.

  • April 23, Newichwannock Woods (Saturday)
  • April 26, Checkerberry Trail (Tuesday)
  • May 5, Orris Falls (Thursday)
  • May 10, Beach Plum Farm (Tuesday)
  • May 21st, Goodwin Forest (Saturday)
  • May 24, Orris Falls or Goodwin Forest (Tuesday)

Sign up for a work day email Property Steward: Donovan Spaulding
Visit our Volunteer on the Land page for the most up-to-date work day information.

Preserves that need roadside clean up. Grab a trash bag and collect litter along a preserve roadside and then hike the trail after!

Wanted: Cork Board
Our office is looking for a cork board donation, size
4 x 3 ft

Between 4x3 - 3x2 ft will work.

If you have a cork board available for donation please email bcrothers@gwrlt.org
Upcoming Outings
& Events
Spring programming.
Thursday April 21st:

Join volunteer Scott Richardson for a birding walk at Savage Wildlife Preserve with its woods, field, and tidal river frontage (the Salmon Falls River), a diverse habitat for birds!

Join Outreach Coordinator, Brenna Crothers, for a book read-a-loud about the hidden world of vernal pools. Following the book Brenna will guide participants on a vernal pool exploration.
2022 Spring Outings continued...
April 23, 9am-noon, South Berwick

April 30, 10am, South Berwick

May 4, 10am-1pm, South Berwick

May 5, 7am, Berwick

May 7, 10am-noon, North Berwick

May 14, 7am Birding, 9-10am Family Program, South Berwick

May 19, 10-11am, South Berwick
*Partner program with SBPL

May 21, 10am-noon, Berwick
Outings are limited to 25 participants. Sign up for hikes by email or call 207-646-3604.
Spring programming.
Kids Corner
Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt!
Go on a signs of spring scavenger hunt! Visit a GWRLT preserve and see how many different signs of spring you can find on your walk.

1) Listen for wood frogs or spring peepers. Now is the time to listen. Wood frogs when warm rainfall (above 40 degrees at night) thaws them. 

2) Red Maple Tree Buds: Look for a red maple flowers on the tops of trees. Red maples are distinctive in having red flowers that emerge a week or more before the leaves.

3) Listen and look for migrating birds: Spring Migration officially begins in early February and continues through May in Maine. Each species has its own migratory schedule, timed for when its favored food is available. 

4) Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers, Spring ephemeral refers to the perennial plants that emerge quickly in the spring and die back to their underground parts after a short growth and reproduction phase.

Additional Scavenger Hunt Downloads:
Images from the Trails
Spring programming.
From left to right: Tree ID Walk at Orris Falls Conservation Area (Thank you to Eileen Willard for leading), History Hike at Kenyon Hill Preserve (Thank you to Joe Hardy & John Demos for leading), our annual vernal pool exploration at Tatnic Woods Preserve (Thank you to Sue Bickford for leading).
Quick and easy ways to give:
Great Works Regional Land Trust