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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 online (download a membership form to mail in here), volunteer, or donor.

What's New: (updated 7/15/2014)

DRA's Midcoast Music Fest – Summer Concert Series Begins Thursday, July 17th with the Jason Spooner Band: The Damariscotta River Association's Midcoast Music Fest - a Summer Concert Series - three concerts in July, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in Darrows Barn, DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, featuring Jason Spooner Band (7/17), David Mallett (7/19), The Mallett Brothers Band (7/24) and more. Maine's best music, food, beer and oysters in the Darrows Barn, one of the region's most memorable performance spaces. These events support the conservation and education work of the Damariscotta River Association. For tickets and more information see http://www.midcoastmusicfest.com/.

New – We have improved our online options for joining DRA or renewing your existing membership, and for donating online to support our programs and operation. Click "Join or Renew Now" or "Support DRA" — and Thank You!

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!

NEW THIS YEAR: DRA Teen Institute Offers Opportunities to Consider Conservation Careers and Develop Skills – July 28 through August 1: Registration is now open for Teen Institute for the Environment. This program is specifically geared for teens and pre-teens (ages 12 - 17). The entire week is focused on 'doing science' in a meaningful way that contributes data and information to on-going projects as well as developing personal naturalist skills such as journaling. Learn more on our Education page.

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 4/24/2014: Mighty Minnows, Wild About Wetlands, Marine Adventures, Amazing Avians, Eggs-cellent Eggs. 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.

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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.

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(109 - 110  Belvedere Road)
Damariscotta, ME 04543

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