The Cathance River Nature Preserve and Ecology Center remain CLOSED until further notice. We hope to be back soon! See our Visit page for any updates.

Our hearts go out to all who are struggling during this singular time. We are with you in spirit. We encourage everyone to seek mental, spiritual and physical renewal in nature – in whatever way you can. The natural world remains a wonderful place to recharge and to delight in discovery. Many local trails are open for visits – check Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust for local options. The Midcoast Get Active guide lists these and other outdoor options in our region.

CREA is working to offer new ways to help you spend time in nature. We’ve posted at-home nature-based activities, articles of interest, and recordings of CREA webinars here.

We know how eager our campers were for CREA’s 2020 summer camp. It was, therefore, with heavy hearts that we decided to suspend our 2020 CREA Camp season.

After carefully monitoring guidance from public health authorities, the American Camp Association, the Maine Summer Camp Association, and our own medical experts, we concluded that the health and safety of our campers and staff dictated that we forego operating this summer.

This was definitely not our vision for the summer of 2020 and know this news was very difficult for campers and parents. After being separated from friends, family, school, sports, and so much more in recent months, we know that camp was more important than ever before.

While nothing replaces the magic of sending camper-created boats down the rapids of the Cathance River, wallowing in mud at Clay Brook, and holding a frog for the first time, CREA Camp is developing ways to bring a little bit of camp home to you. Camp and non-camp families are welcome to sign up for this free program. Details will be announced via our E-news in late June. If you aren’t subscribed, you can sign up here.

While the present moment is challenging, we know it will pass. So we’re setting our sights on the day when we will be together again  –  exploring the wonders of nature together.

As always, we are grateful for your continued engagement and support. Stay safe and be well.