Coastal Rivers baseball caps in navy and clay

These handsome hats are embroidered with Coastal Rivers’ colorful kingfisher logo and the words “Damariscotta-Pemaquid Region” above the opening on the back. They are one-size-fits-all, heavy duty cotton with an adjustable closure. Available in two colors, navy or clay. Click to find out how and where to get them.

Boy holding feather toy and birch bark

Coastal Rivers’ Wabanaki program has been a fixture for schools all over Maine for many years. Every October, busloads of schoolkids spend one or more days at Salt Bay Farm learning about Wabanaki material culture from a Wabanaki educator – listening to traditional stories, playing Wabanaki games, tasting wild edibles, etching birch bark, and helping to build a wigwam.

Teachers place a high value on this unique program that offers an immersive experience like no other.

But how to make it available to schools during a pandemic?

rustly old garden tiller

Take a road, any country road, and follow it into November’s landscape, over the hill and into the next valley and the next. Listen to the leaves whispering in your wake and let your eye roam over the fields, from house to house, past farms and through the woods. The lay of the land is bared once more. A black stream winding through alders flows into the distant tawniness of dead sedges and grasses, like a black jewel, beckoning to throbbing flights of migrating fowl to join the muskrat. A heavy rain borne on a cold wind has whipped gray branches clean in the night, and (…)

Ground-mounted solar array in a field

Coastal Rivers is working toward a goal of achieving carbon neutrality within the next 5 years. A major step toward this goal was to install energy-efficient heat pumps to heat and cool the renovated Denny Conservation & Education Center at Round Top Farm. The next step is to power those heat pumps – and the bulk of our electrical needs overall – with solar-generated energy. Joining with Kieve-Wavus in a Power Purchase Agreement has moved us closer to that goal.

Sherman Marsh in the fall

Thanks to the combined efforts of Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), the Sherman Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Newcastle has gained 48 acres as well as more permanent protection.

fall foliage at Sherman Marsh

Despite the many challenges we’ve faced in 2020, you’ve helped make it a great year for land conservation, water quality, public access, and education in the Damariscotta-Pemaquid region. This video highlights just a few of the many projects we’ve been working on.

tall ferns turning gold in fall

Tawny, golden, geometric grace on the damp and luxuriant forest floor – thus we have ferns, so close to perfection in their form and habit that I am hard-pressed to fashion a deserving description of the soft, leaning stands of paling plants that greet my wanderings in October’s woods. I have marveled at them since I was a kid, and I still do. There are others of the same mind.

I stood in the woods only yesterday, preparing to cut more firewood. Reluctant to break the stillness (…)

aerial view of tractor in the fields

Twin Villages Foodbank Farm’s success is rooted in partnerships and strong support from the community. Although a few things are different this year with Covid, the farm is on target to grow 50,000 pounds of food to donate to Lincoln County food pantries, and to aggregate another 20,000 pounds from other growers in its food storage hub.

badly eroding bank

One of the most important things every property owner can do is to have a great buffer between your home and lawn and any stream, lake, pond, estuary, or ocean. Join Sarah Gladu for slides, video and conversation about how to create a great buffer.

common plantain with seed stalks

Are you wondering how to make good use of the wild plants around your home? Naturalist Sarah Gladu, Coastal Rivers’ Director of Education and Citizen Science, can help you to get started. Follow along as she points out greens, bark, berries and tubers that are commonly found in midcoast Maine and shares some basic recipes.