A Bountiful Harvest from the Trails

Foraging on the Portland Trails? Who knew! By Aurelia C. Scott, chart and images by Denise Brautingham “Hey!” I glared at the thorny, arching canes. “That hurt.” They took no notice. So I reached out, plucked a fruit, and popped it in my mouth. Not quite ripe, but identifiably raspberry. Foraged on a Portland Trail.…


What’s SUP on Portland Trails

One outdoor enthusiast’s adventure by paddleboard on the Sebago to the Sea Trail by Tom Tero   The 28-mile Sebago to the Sea Trail begins at Sebago Lake and ends at Casco Bay, following the the Presumpscot River, and crossing a number of trails in the Portland Trails network. The idea for the trail was…


Playing and Learning in Nature: Our Future Depends On It

by Laura Newman, School Ground Greening Coalition “I love putting my feet in the soil…it makes me feel closer to the Earth.” -Dyer Elementary student. For the School Ground Greening Coalition, Nature Play is not just a buzzword. Outdoors, in natural settings, children learn important lessons about risk, resilience, and self-sufficiency, and develop a sense…

A volunteer sets up a monitoring box in a large patch of Phragmites to help measure the spread of this invasive reed.

Pretty flower or a gnarly pest?

Identifying invasive plants on the trails. by Emily Wiederkehr Rothschild and Phyllis Chinlund   THERE’S BEEN A LOT of recent buzz around invasive plants. In December, the State of Maine approved regulations to ban the commercial sale of 33 species of common invasive plants. These regulations beg the questions: What is an invasive species, and why…

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People Powered Commuting in Portland

People powered commuting gets locals from here to there with lots of benefits along the way. by Tom Tero According to city-data.com, over 30,000 people commute into Portland every weekday, a number that has grown significantly in the last two decades. As the pie chart from the same site shows, the vast majority of commuters are…


GORP Event Sponsorship

GORP: A Party to Support Portland Trails is our annual summer fundraiser, held on June 22 this year. A throwback to simpler times, GORP celebrates the delight of getting outdoors and enjoying friends, food, and drink on the trails and around the campfire. Now in its fourth year, GORP is not your average cocktail party. This…


Race Day (Maine Magazine)

Why Mainers hit the roading running by Dr. Lisa Belisle, January 2017   Most road races start early in the morning, and the Trail to Ale 10K is no exception. The sky is gray and a light mist clings to the crowd gathering on Portland’s Eastern Promenade. Several runners sprint over from the porta- potties,…