Calendar

Upcoming Events 
Organized by the South Portland Land Trust





Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6-8PM
South Portland Land Trust Annual Meeting & Social
Fore River Brewing, 45 Huntress Ave, South Portland
South Portland Land Trust members and other members of the public are invited to attend our social gathering and annual meeting. It's a great opportunity for SPLT members and non-members alike to get to know each other, hear a great presentation, and learn more about what we do and how we function as an organization.  University of Southern Maine Professor of Environmental Literature, Dr. Owen Grumbling will give a talk about the intersection of human and wildlife needs for land conservation.  Dr. Grumbling received lifetime achievement awards from the US Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 and from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust is 2015.

There will be social time and refreshments as well as a short business meeting to elect new members to the board of directors.  

In order to help us get an idea of how many guests we can expect, please RSVP to sopolandtrust@gmail.com. You don't need to register or commit, but we need help deciding how much food to bring!




December date TBA, 2017
Get to Know Your Trails
Location TBA
South Portland Land Trust board members Sarah Stickney and Heather Drake will lead an informative walk along a trail in South Portland to be announced later.  This walk will be geared toward the whole family, from infants to grandparents -- well-behaved dogs included!  The walk will be fairly easy.

This event is part of the Get to Know Your Trails series.




Some Past Events



Sunday, October 8, 2017
Bug Light 5K Run/Walk
Starts at Bug Light Park
This annual event is a shared fundraiser with the South Portland Historical Society.  Advance registration is recommended.  Register by September 15 to receive a complimentary t-shirt!  See the Bug Light 5K website for more information and to register.



Monday, October 2, 2017, 3-9PM
Pizza Fundraiser
Bird Dog Roadhouse, 517 Ocean House Rd, Cape Elizabeth
Bird Dog Road House (formerly Rudy's) is hosting a fundraiser for South Portland Land Trust!  Rudy's will make a donation to the Land Trust for each pizza sold between 3PM and 9PM this evening.



Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7-8:30PM
City Council Candidates Forum
South Portland City Hall Council Chamber
The South Portland Land Trust will give candidates for the South Portland City Council an opportunity to present their views on a wide range of environmental issues relevant to our community.  Potential question topics include funding the South Portland Land Bank, the South Portland Open Space Plan, local vs. home rule, land acquisition bond questions, trails and maintenance responsibilities, pets and open space, and more.  The public is invited to attend the forum and ask questions following the prepared questions portion.



Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9-10AM
National Public Lands Day
Long Creek Trail (meet at Opportunity Alliance parking lot, 50 Lydia Ln)
South Portland Land Trust board members will lead community members on an informative walk along the Long Creek Trail in celebration of National Public Lands Day.  All ages welcome.  Well-behaved dogs also welcome.  

Meet in the parking lot of Opportunity Alliance (formerly Youth Alternatives) at 50 Lydia Ln.




Thursday, September 14, 2017, 4:00PM
Sawyer Park Playground Grand Opening
Sawyer Park, corner of Westbrook St and Main St
Representatives from the South Portland Land Trust, South Portland city staff and city council, and Congregation bet Ha'am will host a brief grand opening for the new playground in Sawyer Park.  Funds to build this playground were raised by the South Portland Land Trust in partnership with Congregation Bet Ha'am.  



Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 5:30PM
Portland Greendrinks social
SailMaine, 58 Fore St, Portland
$5 at the door with your own cup; $10 without a cup
Enjoy locally-brewed beverages, fun activities, and more!  We are organizing this social event at SailMaine in collaboration with Portland Greendrinks to highlight the Land Trust's projects.  



Friday, July 14, 2017, 9AM
Get to Know Your Trails
Clarks Pond Trail
South Portland Land Trust board members Sarah Stickney and Heather Drake will lead an informative walk along the Clarks Pond Trail in South Portland.  This walk will be geared toward the whole family, from infants to grandparents -- well-behaved dogs included!  The walk will be fairly easy.

Meet at the trail head near Home Depot's Outdoor Center (300 Clarks Pond Parkway) in the side parking lot.


This event is part of the Get to Know Your Trails series.



Sunday, July 16, 2017, 9AM
Trail Care Day
Meet at South Portland Land Trust office in Mill Creek Park, 473 Broadway, South Portland
The South Portland Land Trust Trails and Lands Committee has organized this event to complete the maintenance projects identified in a recent survey of the Land Trust's trails by our board members.

We will meet at 9am at the South Portland Land Trust office (small brick building at 473 Broadway in Mill Creek Park), where we will be assigned work tasks, given tools, and disperse to the trails that need work.  We ask you commit as much time as you are able to complete our projects, but we hope it will take no longer than a few hours.



Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9AM-10:30AM
National Trails Day walk and cleanup
Clarks Pond Trail at Home Depot
South Portland Board members Heather Drake and Sarah Stickney will lead community members on a walk and cleanup effort at the Clarks Pond Trail.  Meet at the trail head near the Home Depot's Outdoor Center in the side parking lot.



Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8/9AM-1PM
Annual Plant and Bake Sale
American Legion Hall, 413 Broadway, South Portland
This fundraiser offers plants, baked goods, and gardening supplies donated by local businesses and individuals, including annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, wildflowers, and groundcovers. This fundraiser is also a benefit for the Community Garden Collective.

The sale opens to South Portland Land Trust members at 8 a.m. and to the general public at 9 a.m. Doors close promptly at 1 p.m. For those who want to make sure they get the good stuff before it’s gone, the Land Trust allows gardeners to join or renew their membership on the day of the sale.

The South Portland Land Trust and Community Garden Collective are seeking donations of plants and baked goods from individuals and businesses. Potted plants will be accepted up until Friday, May 19th. Baked goods donations can be brought to the American Legion Hall on Friday, May 19th, any time prior to 4 p.m., or on Saturday morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. 

The Land Trust and Garden Collective are also looking for volunteers to assist in digging and potting donated plants, transporting and arranging plants the day before the sale, and helping customers on the sale date. 



Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 5-9PM
Pizza Party Fundraiser
OTTO Pizza, 159 Cottage Rd, South Portland
Join South Portland Land Trust members and supporters for a pizza dinner at OTTO's Cottage Road restaurant to benefit the Land Trust's new stewardship fund.  A portion of all sales from 5 to 9PM this evening will support maintenance and improvements on the trails and lands that we manage in South Portland, including the Clarks Pond Trail, Trout Brook Nature Preserve, Long Creek Trail, and Red Brook Trail, among others.



Friday, May 12, 2017, 9AM
Get to Know Your Trails
Trout Brook Nature Preserve, 47 Parrott St, South Portland
Join the South Portland Land Trust in our Get to Know Your Trails walk series. This walk will take us to the Trout Brook Nature Preserve where we will learn the history of the area and walk the trails.  This event is rescheduled from late March, when icy conditions forced us to cancel.

Everyone is welcome!  This walk is geared toward the whole family, from infants to grandparents -- well-behaved dogs included!  Our walk will be fairly easy (lasting no longer than one hour) and will take place on dirt trails.  We will meet at 47 Parrott Street, South Portland, where you can park on the street. 


This event is part of the Get to Know Your Trails series.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6-9PM
Dinner Fundraiser
B.Good, 200 Gorham Rd, South Portland
Join South Portland Land Trust members and supporters for a dinner at B.Good's Gorham Road restaurant to benefit the Land Trust's new stewardship fund.  A portion of all sales from 6 to 9PM this evening will support maintenance and improvements on the trails and lands that we manage in South Portland, including the Clarks Pond Trail, Trout Brook Nature Preserve, Long Creek Trail, and Red Brook Trail, among others.



Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:30AM-12PM
Earth Day Citywide Litter Cleanup
Meet at Mill Creek Park, opposite Hannaford

South Portland Land Trust board members Tom Blake, Jeff Ryan, and Richard Rottkov are leading members of the community on a citywide litter cleanup event.  Check in at Mill Creek Park opposite Hannaford between 8:30AM and noon to get some morning refreshments.  Participants get cleanup supplies and an assigned location.  City workers will pick up the litter you collect once you're done!


Each participant will have a chance to win a bundle of prizes, including a copy of Appalachian Odyssey, gift certificates to Willow's Pizza, passes to Portland Intown Contra Dance, and more!




Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7-9PM
Foulmouthed Brewing, 15 Ocean St, South Portland
$5 suggested donation per person
This event, organized in part by SPLT volunteer, Chris Kessler, is a fundraiser for the South Portland Land Trust.  Bring your friends, have a drink, and test your trivia knowledge!

Teams that make a $5 suggested donation will receive a South Portland Land Trust map and sticker and will also have the chance at winning extra prizes.

This event is part of a series on Tuesdays at 7pm. For more info visit www.geekswhodrink.com.