CREA thanks Hildreth & White, our featured Business Leader, for their generous support of our work!

The Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to using the resources of the Cathance River Nature Preserve to educate students, educators, and the public about the natural world and environmental stewardship.


We partner with Bowdoin College, local school administrators and teachers, and with the Topsham Public Library to present meaningful nature-based learning programs which you are welcome to attend.

CREA invites you to explore the Preserve and all of the programs and activities CREA offers. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see upcoming programs!

New Gallery Posted!

Please click here to see David Reed’s gallery, the most recent additions to which are the marvelous pictures he took on our October 6th Forests of Lilliput walk led by Jeff Pengel


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CREA’s Fall 2019 Newsletter

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Next Events

  • Puffins and Terns: Restoring Maine’s Sea Bird Population on Eastern Egg Rock

    Come and learn about our charismatic puffin friends who inhabit Maine islands and waters.  Hear about the forces, avian and human, which have affected their populations over the years, and what has been accomplished to increase the colony on Eastern Egg Rock.  A slide show with pictures is included. Susie Meadows, manager of The Project

    November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Winter Wonderland StoryWalk® – “Over and Under the Snow”

    StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the

    December 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am