Walking in a Winter Wonder(Port)land.

Brace yourselves for winter…in a pair of snowshoes! by Alicia Asnault   SNOWSHOE POPULARITY IS SNOWBALLING AS PEOPLE ARE INTRODUCED TO the many benefits of this winter activity. Snowshoeing is fun, easy, and a great way to get your body moving and your blood pumping in the winter. With a pair of snowshoes, you can…

Updates and upgrades for Portland Trails in 2017

by Rachael Alfond  This year, Portland Trails made big strides with community collaboration and placemaking, conservation, and active transportation projects, and made significant trail improvements and upgrades. Community Collaboration and Placemaking Portland Trails supported three mini-grants this year focused on expanding placemaking efforts and empowering neighborhoods to activate local spaces. In collaboration with the South…

A Bountiful Harvest from the Trails

Foraging on the Portland Trails? Who knew! By Aurelia C. Scott, chart and images by Denise Brautigam “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

Because our Future Depends on It by Laura Newman, School Ground Greening Coalition Update: This summer, one of SGGC’s activities, “School Ground Community Design Workshop” was listed in the International School Grounds Alliance Activity Guide. You can check out the full guide here. “I love putting my feet in the soil…it makes me feel closer to…

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…

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…

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…

A sense of adventure and a sense of place

Portland Trails scavenger hunt inspires people to explore the “city at your feet” by Emily Wiederkehr Rothschild You’ve been hearing a lot about East Bayside from us, thanks to last year’s $75,000 Jane’s Trust grant which funded placemaking work in the neighborhood. July’s City at Your Feet Scavenger Hunt is an example of one of…