News & Events

Solar Energy in Maine & Ecological Economics: CREA Interns Present on August 5

August 4th, 2015

CREA Intern Presentations

Come see Cathance River Education Alliance interns present the results of their summer research projects!

Wednesday, August 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the Highland Green Community Center, 7 Evergreen Circle, Topsham

Cameron McPherson, McGill University, "Solar Electricity in Maine: Investigating the Progress, Potential, and Prospects of Solar Energy in our Community" 

Colleen Thrasher, McGill University, "An Introduction to Ecological Economics"

Refreshments served

Live Animal program May 26th at Topsham Library

May 26th, 2015

CREA & The Topsham Public Library present:

Wildlife in Spring (Live Animals)!

Tuesday, May 26, 6:30-8 p.m. at Topsham Public Library

Early spring is a busy time for wildlife.  The Center for Wildlife from Cape Neddick will be on hand to present an interactive family program featuring seasonal adaptations and several of their live non-releasable wild animal ambassadors.  Using hands-on displays, educators will share great tips for spotting spring wildlife in your own backyard.

Bring your whole family to this live animal interactive program!  FREE and open to the public.

We’d love your feedback on our programs for adults

May 15th, 2015

Click here to participate in our adult program survey (approximately 5 minutes of your time).

Thanks for your feedback!

CREA Celebrates 15th Anniversary!

May 8th, 2015
Celebrate CREA's 15th Anniversary!
EVENTAnnual Meeting
15TH Anniversary

Tuesday, May 19, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting 4:30

Celebration 5:30

Highland Green Community Center


FeaturingSilent Auction


Light Supper

Cash Bar

We can only accept cash and personal checks for auction items.
No credit cards, please.



Reply to Brina Stairs
by email,,
or by phone, 207-725-4549

Opportunities to Volunteer this Spring & Summer

May 3rd, 2015

CREA can use help with a variety of organizational, program, and Ecology Center/Preserve projects this year.  Whether you can help out one time or on a regular basis, we'd love to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your expertise and interests.  If you're interested, contact Matt Dubel at (207) 331-3202 or to get started.  Thanks!

Our Disappearing Rainbow Smelt talk at Topsham Public Library

April 28th, 2015

Our Disappearing Rainbow Smelt

Tuesday, April 28

6:30-8 p.m.

Topsham Public Library

The rainbow smelt is a small fish that lives in estuaries and offshore waters and spawns in freshwater streams each spring.  Smelt were so plentiful a hundred years ago that farmers caught them by the barrelful and had enough to eat, use as bait, and even spread on their fields as fertilizer.  In many places now it would be difficult to fill a single barrel with smelt.  During the last twenty years, rainbow smelt numbers have dropped dramatically and they are now listed as a federal Species of Concern.  Claire Enterline, our Maine smelt expert with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, will be on hand to discuss current research and initiatives.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

Spaces available for April camp

April 17th, 2015

CREA's April Vacation Camp runs from Monday, April 20 through Thursday, April 23.  Spaces still remain and campers can register for individual days.  To register or learn more about camp, click here, fill out the April Camp Registration Form 2015, and send to  Payment can be made in person at camp.  For more information, contact us at (207) 331-3202 or

Vernal Pools program on March 31

March 31st, 2015

Vernal Pools: Balancing Growth and Conservation
Tuesday, March 31
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Topsham Public Library

Dr. Aram Calhoun, Director of Ecology & Environmental Sciences at UMO, will be on hand to discuss current conservation projects, and how vernal pools are central to healthy ecosystems. Dr. Calhoun's team, in partnership with the towns on Topsham and Orono, is seeking practical and flexible solutions to strike a balance between economic development and vernal pool conservation.

FREE and open to the public. For more information, email

Volunteer Opportunities

January 29th, 2015

Interested in volunteering with CREA?  Whether you can help out one time or on a regular basis, we'd love to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your expertise and interests.  The list below describes a wide variety of volunteer needs.  If you see something that interests you, contact Matt Dubel at (207) 331-3202 or to get started.  Thanks!


  • Join a Committee (this is where much of our planning is done; committees include: Program, Development, Finance, Communications, Policy, Facility)
  • Help us move out of our current office (late April)
  • Help plan our 15th anniversary event (May)
  • Find donations for our online auction
  • Coordinate volunteers
  • Distribute CREA materials to public places/local businesses, help with mailings
  • Send out press releases and events for program calendars
  • Write article for newsletter or website
  • Write grant proposals
  • Advise the Board on legal matters (an attorney, but not necessarily a member of the Maine Bar)
  • Advise the Board on financial matters (CPA or finance background)


Ecology Center/Preserve:

  • Help with maintenance or cleaning projects at Ecology Center
  • Help to monitor/maintain solar and wind energy systems
  • Mowing
  • Host Open Hours at the Ecology Center
  • Inventory/organize equipment
  • Assist with ecological monitoring (water quality, biodiversity surveys, population studies)
  • Help organize/compile data from monitoring and research



  • Assist with programs for families, schools, or adults
  • Publicize programs
  • Take pictures at programs
  • Lead golf cart or trail tours
  • Lead a program in an area of expertise
  • Help conduct surveys of program participants, collect evaluation data
  • Create interpretive materials
  • Mentor a student research project

Winter 2014 Newsletter

December 30th, 2014

CREA 2014 Fall:Winter Newsletter