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,…

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Let It Snow

Skip the slopes, hit the trails! by Tom Tero, Newsletter editor. THE SNOW WAS DEEP, powdery and perfect as I skied onto the Presumpscot River Preserve two winters ago. Starting at Oat Nuts Park at Summit Street, I cruised down to the river on trails packed down by snowshoers and hikers. Because the snow was…