Freeport, Yarmouth land trusts challenge folks to take a hike

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FREEPORT — Challenges here and in Yarmouth in the coming weeks are designed to get people interested in exploring local trails.

The Freeport Conservation Trust is hosting its annual Freeport Trail Challenge in September and October. In Yarmouth, the Royal River Conservation Trust is hosting a treasure hunt as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

To participate in the Freeport Trail Challenge, participants must pick up a trail challenge passport at Town Hall, the Freeport Historical Society, or Freeport Community Services. As people visit each of the trails at Calderwood, Quarry Woods, Pettengill Farm, and Bliss Woods, they will receive a stamp in their trail passport.

Children and adults who get stamps at all four trails can turn their passport in to the Freeport Conservation Trust to be entered into a drawing for a prize. The conservation trust’s office is at Freeport Community Services.

People who want to participate without using a passport can post pictures of themselves on the trails to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #freeporttrailchallenge.

Freeport Conservation Trust President Kathy Damon said the challenge is a way to get people outdoors to have fun.

“As an avid hiker, I am a big fan of the Freeport Trail Challenge,” she said. “There are a variety of trails right here in Freeport, and this event is a great way to introduce local trails to people of all ages, as well as a fun activity for us regular trail-users.”

In Yarmouth, the Royal River Conservation Trust treasure hunt is scheduled for Sept. 16-18. Participants must visit Littlejohn Island in Yarmouth; Knight’s Pond, in North Yarmouth and Cumberland; Pisgah Hill in New Gloucester, and Chelsea Meadows at Runaround Pond in Durham.

At each location, participants must find and take pictures of the “treasure,” which is marked on maps that can be found on the RRCT website. Pictures should be posted on the RRCT Facebook page or on the participant’s Instagram account with the hashtag #royalriverconservationtrust. Photos can also be emailed to info@RRCT.org.

Participants who post or send photos of all four “treasures” will be entered into a drawing for various prizes. 

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

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