Visit the Cathance River Nature Preserve


Preserve Closed Temporarily – Effective April 6, 2020

The Cathance River Nature Preserve and Ecology Center remain CLOSED until further notice. For a fuller understanding of CREA’s relationship to the Preserve, go to Cathance River Nature Preserve and CREA  in our Visit menu. We hope the Preserve and trails will re-open soon! Check our Announcements banner and this page for updates.

Cathance River Nature Preserve is temporarily closed at the request of the landowner due to concerns around recent increased use and safety related to COVID-19. Highland Green initiated this closure to protect residents within the community who are deemed at high risk. 

This closure comes with a heavy heart, as we believe the natural world provides solace, a place for healthy activity, and a welcome respite from the current concerns so distressing to everyone. We are particularly saddened for those who lack ready access to nature. We look forward to reopening the Cathance River Nature Preserve trails as soon as possible. Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust continues to work with the landowner on measures to enable re-opening.

Many preserves in the area remain open with a caution to practice responsible social distancing. 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 offering new ways to help you spend time in nature. See our new Activities page for nature-based activities to do at home and elsewhere. You can also find posts about activities, resources, and recent CREA webinars on our News page.  



When the temporary closure ends, the Cathance River Nature Preserve and trails will return to being  open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. Learn more about the history of the Preserve and CREA’s relationship to it here.

When the temporary closure ends, the CREA Ecology Center will return to being open to the public every Sunday from 12-2 PM. Our knowledgeable volunteers are available to guide you through the native Maine mammal and bird specimens that call our off-grid facility home, provide trail maps and suggested hikes on the Preserve, and answer questions.

In the winter months, snowshoes are available to loan during the Sunday open house hours to explore the Preserve trails. Youth and Adult sizes are available on a first come first serve basis.

The Preserve is on privately-owned land that is protected by a conservation easement. Please respect the landowner’s prohibition on pets, hunting, camping, fires, biking, and motorized vehicles at the Preserve.

Please “leave no trace” of your visit; stay on the marked trails; pick up any trash; pack out everything you pack in; return any logs or rocks to their original location. Please do not remove items from the preserve. Thank you and enjoy your visit!