The Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) is dedicated to using the resources of the Cathance River Nature Preserve to promote learning about the natural world and environmental stewardship.

We partner with school districts and the community to offer meaningful, nature-based learning programs in our local public schools, libraries, and at CREA’s Ecology Center. 


CREA thanks Mancini Electric, our featured Business Leader, for their generous support.


The CREA Ecology Center is open to the public year round.

Sundays from 12 – 2pm

Explore the trails, visit our animal specimens, and learn more about our work from CREA’s wonderful volunteers. 


CREA’s Fall 2019 Newsletter

Next Events

  • Connecting to the Natural World with Nordic Skis and a Passport

    Tyler DeAngelis, a Maine native, Bowdoin alum (’15), and CREA Board Member discusses how Nordic ski racing allowed him to explore his own backyard in Maine and the natural world abroad while ski racing across Europe and Asia. In addition to talking about nordic skiing, competitive racing, and travel in the context of nature, Tyler

    February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Turtles of Maine

    Turtles have fascinated people for millennia and occupy a special place across many of the world’s cultures. They also occupy special places in their respective ecosystems and are considered to be the among the most threatened group of vertebrates globally. Maine is home to 7 species of freshwater turtles, from the small and secretive spotted

    March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm