Volunteer Opportunity in support of GSB School: Four Winds Nature Program

kids collecting specimens

Would you like to share your joy for learning and exploring the outdoors? You can be a volunteer! DRA is supporting Great Salt Bay (GSB) Community School in their NEW endeavor to bring more outdoor education to all classrooms. One way GSB is doing this is by working with Four Winds, a Vermont–based organization that provides natural science education curriculum and volunteer training. We are looking for about 10 volunteers to help bring the Four Winds Nature Program to k-2 students at Great Salt Bay School. Adult Volunteers meet for two hours every month at Great Salt Bay school for

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DRA’s wide open spaces broaden GSB Cross County Program

running the trails at DRA

At the fire of the starting gun, a crowd of forty boys in multi-colored jerseys launches into motion. They charge downhill, past a cheering crowd of parents, grandparents, coaches, and schoolmates, and follow a broad mown trail winding through rolling fields, past a freshwater marsh and along Great Salt Bay. From their vantage on the hill above the fields at Damariscotta River Association’s (DRA’s) Great Salt Bay Farm, a public preserve in Damariscotta, spectators can see almost every moment of the race, with an expanse of Great Salt Bay as a sparkling backdrop. They yell and clap as the leaders

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Thank You from DRA

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We invite you to take a moment and see what your support has made possible over the last year!

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A Great Boat for a Great Cause.

The Miss B at anchor

Thanks to a generous DRA donor, we now have the opportunity to sell the lovely boat, “Miss B,” in support of our lands and programs! The Miss B is a 2001 Shew & Burnham-built 28′ St. Pierre Dory. Water designed the dory and water hasn’t changed. A true cruising dory for a discriminating buyer. Professionally built by the acclaimed team of Dick Shew and Cecil Burnham – need we say more? Miss B (slightly modified from the Emme, WoodenBoat no. 35, pp.41-43), is 20′ on the waterline, 28′ LOA, with a 9′2″ beam and 2′ draft. She is an eel at

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A Spring Walk – Notes From The Trail

Dear Friends, Yesterday I walked the trail from the DRA Trailhead at Round Top Farm to Whaleback and back with my family. This peaceful walk took us just over a half hour and was just right for our 5 and 7 year old kids. The trail has been recently cut and is in all its glory right now, thanks to the thoughtful care of steward Pete Noyes and a recent Trail Tamers volunteer effort. As we walked the trail, we were treated to a spectacle of busy bobolinks flying around us. The bobolinks recently arrived from South America and have

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Gardening done right

horse plowing the garden

Student gardeners from Great Salt Bay Community School (GSB) were treated to a magnificent horse plowing demonstration in the spring of 2017, thanks to a collaboration between the school, Twin Villages Foodbank Farm (TVFF), Chewonki, and Damariscotta River Association (DRA). Newly established last fall, the student garden is located behind the old ice cream shack at DRA’s Round Top Farm, within easy walking distance from the school. Students and teachers worked with GSB’s Agriculture Coordinator Margaret Coleman and Twin Villages Foodbank Farm Manager Sara Cawthon to prepare the plot and plant part of it with garlic in November. The rest

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GSB Third Graders Learning Math in the Woods With DRA

3rd graders learning Math in the Woods

It’s a different take on equivalent fractions, numerators, denominators, addition, and division. It combines learning basic math skills with a 45-minute walk in the woods to explore, collect, and observe part of the natural environment. And it’s something Jennifer Gregg’s third graders at Great Salt Bay Community School (GSB) look forward to every week. On most Wednesday mornings throughout the past winter and early spring, DRA Education Director Sarah Gladu has taught math outdoors under the trees behind the school building. “We’re out there every week the schedule permits, rain or snow or shine,” explained Gregg. “The kids love Sarah.

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Wabanaki Technology Brought to Life through DRA/Lincoln Academy Partnership

Steve Cayard bends the ribs

The Native American Wabanaki tribes, or “People of the Dawnland,” have inhabited the coastal and riverine environment of this region for at least the last twelve thousand years. Their primary means of transportation, the birchbark canoe, is a reflection of their intimate knowledge of the woods and waters through which they traveled. The superbly adapted craft is sturdy and flexible enough to be handled offshore or on the big lakes, yet light enough to be carried by one person. This month DRA and Lincoln Academy are offering a special program to construct a birchbark canoe using traditional Wabanaki methods, with

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Stewardship Update – New trail in the works at Salt Marsh Cove Preserve

Sign at Salt Marsh Cove Preserve

A new trail is in the works at Salt Marsh Cove Preserve in Bristol. Lands and Stewardship Director Jesse Ferreira reports a lovely trail around the cove has been scouted out and flagged. Cutting will begin once weather permits in the spring, with the goal of opening the trail to the public this summer. Winding through mature hardwood forest, and skirting an expansive salt marsh, the trail culminates at picturesque “swim rock,” offering sweeping views of the cove before looping back through the woods. The trail will be fairly easy, and the marsh is an ideal spot to observe wading

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Remembering Huston Dodge

Huston Dodge

Huston Dodge was a good friend to DRA, a lover of the Damariscotta River, and a teacher of history. Few people personified our three-part mission of preserving natural, cultural and historical heritage as he did. Many not be aware that Huston also left us with a lasting legacy, Huston Landing 1740: a DRA Heritage Preserve, a 10-acre property on the east bank of the Damariscotta River in Damariscotta. The preserve is open to the public, and we invite you to explore it! Read more about Huston in the February 8, 2017 Lincoln County News article. Click on any image for

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