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The Damariscotta River Association (DRA) is a non-profit community-supported land trust working in the greater Damariscotta River region. DRA conserves critical land and water resources, including outstanding wildlife habitat, public access, and cultural treasures like oyster shell middens.

We invite you to visit our preserves, take part in our events and programs, and to join our efforts as a member, volunteer, or donor.

What's New: (updated 4/20/2014)

Check out the information on our Education Page for Public Programs, Wild Encounters (Home School), E.A.r.t.H. - Ecology for Advanced Homeschoolers, Frogs and Pollywogs (Preschoolers), Jr. Naturalist After-School Program (Grades 1-5). All have programs in January and February – and beyond!

Camp Mummichog Registration is Now On-Going.
     Visit the DRA Education Page for more information and the new 2014 Camp Mummichog Brochure and forms for registration. Early registration is strongly encouraged as sessions generally fill quickly. Limited scholarships are available.
(NOTE: The following programs are "full" as of 3/27/2014, but applications will be accepted to a Wait List: Mighty Minnow, Wild About Wetlands, Amazing Avians. See the Education Page for more details.)

Outdoor Fun & Learning at Camp Mummichog        Outdoor Fun & Learning at Camp Mummichog
Kids have a great time learning at Camp Mummichog!

Calendar of Events: By Day/Week/Month/Listclick on the link at the top of the calendar to come back here. Also, be sure to check on the Events page for additional opportunities and activities.

  • April Vacation Day Camp: Wade into Wetlands (Ages 5 - 10): April 22 to April 25 (four days), 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Explore fresh and saltwater wetlands with a naturalist, catch and study a variety of aquatic creatures including marine worms and horseshoe crabs, create art projects, keep a nature journal, play nature-inspired games. Registration required. Health form required. Fee: $176/$156 members (limited scholarships available)
  • “Earthfest” Shoreline Clean-Up Friday, April 25, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Meet at the Damariscotta Mills Sanitary District parking lot (Route 215/Mills Road) to clean a portion of Great Salt Bay shoreline. Adults only due to huge amount of glass at site. Bags provided. Registration required.
  • Frog Walk, Saturday, April 26, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    “Love is in the air.” Hear some of the region’s tuneful amphibians sing their mating songs. Naturalists will provide a brief lesson on frog call identification and information about amphibians common to the area. Bring a flashlight.
    Registration required. Recommended donation: $5.00/members free.
  • Birch Bark Etching with David Moses Bridges Saturday, May 3, 12:30 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Join renowned Passamaquoddy Birchbark artist and canoe-builder David Moses Bridges for a weekend of learning about native motifs, stories, and birch bark etching technique. Participants will take home their own artwork – an etched birchbark panel. Participants bring their own lunch. Appropriate for ages 15 and up. Limited space and registration required. Fee: $85/$75 member (limited scholarships available).
  • Check back often to see what's happening!

DRA to Apply for National Land Trust Accreditation: The Damariscotta River Association is pleased to announce that it is applying for accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. A public comment period is now open.
    The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Damariscotta River Association is seeking accreditation in order to confirm that it is maintaining the highest standards and that its policies and procedures conform to “best practices.”
    The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Damariscotta River Association complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices
    To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrust accreditation.org or email you comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on the Damariscotta River Association’s application will be most helpful if received by October 28, 2013.

Oyster Gardening — Spaces Available For Spring 2014 Class
     This 2-year program offers participants the opportunity to grow oysters for non-commercial use. The Damariscotta River Association and Maine Sea Grant are teaming up to offer an Oyster Gardening program which provides participants with the opportunity to grow oysters for personal use with support from professional aquaculturists and industry experts. See our Education page for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: Check out our Volunteer Opportunities Page for the latest ways for you to become more involved.

Round Top Farm: Information regarding usage and rental of the Barn and the Gallery at Round Top Farm is available here.

Information about our Board of Directors is available on our "Who We Are" Page – where you also will find information on our staff and on the scope of the work done by DRA.

Phillips Farm is now "for sale as farmland": Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) and Damariscotta River Association (DRA) are working together to conserve this 68-acre Damariscotta property along Route 1 as farmland forever. MFT's acquisition of the land is a big step forward in the campaign. Fundraising to complete the project is making strong progress, with less than $75,000 to go as of early August. The goal is to sell the land to a farmer at farm price with an agricultural conservation easement on it to be held by DRA.
     In the video below, Jim Philips, John Reny and Christine Preston roll out the new banner announcing the partnering of DRA with MFT on the Phillips Farm Campaign.
     Channel 2 (WLBZ) and Channel 6 (WCSH) also have a multi-media report for you to view.

TICK ALERT. Ticks are out in force this year - even Fall and Winter! Please remember to tuck in pants, apply appropriate repellent, and above all do a nightly tick check. Please visit Maine CDC for more information and resources.

Damariscotta River Association
P.O. Box 333
(109 - 110  Belvedere Road)
Damariscotta, ME 04543

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