Explore outdoors!


Nature-based programming for schools and communities in Hancock County, ME

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About Us

In 2017 the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and DownEast Audubon came together to think of ways they could give back to their communities and educate students on the importance of a healthy environment. By creating Explore Outdoors!, we can provide participants with fun and engaging hands-on exploration of the ecosystems near our schools and communities.

Exploring and learning  in the outdoors promotes land stewardship and the appreciation of all natural resources that central Maine communities rely on. We hope to enhance natural science education for youth and bring real world science studies into the classroom.

With the help of volunteers, school teachers, administrators and other education organizations, we continue to bring learners of all ages together to learn through the outdoors.

A Word

Conservation and the future

Now more than ever, in the face of a climate crisis, young people need to be in, learn about, and connect more with the outdoors. In our society we are at risk of raising a generation of young people with few meaningful connections to the land. If kids have no attachment to place, there will be no reason to stay and care of the land in Maine. This is not only a problem for conservation organizations, but also for the communities in the region. We have many compelling places to learn about the importance of local ecosystems and the connections we have to our land.

As conservation organizations, we are keenly aware that our ability to fulfill our larger conservation mission depends on younger people learning about and caring for the land in the future. They will need both the technical understanding of nature and a sense of wonder for nature! Creating the next generation of stewards is our intention for the benefit of our communities.

– Explore Outdoors! team


Are you wondering what our parent organizations are up to? Click below to learn more about our missions, upcoming events, and how you can be involved!

 Partners & Supporters

Explore Outdoors! programming is possible through the help of many generous volunteers, public libraries, Maine Master Naturalists, local land trusts and environmental organizations throughout Hancock County.

Thank you!

Blue Hill Heritage Trust

Chewonki Traveling Natural History Program


Blue Hill Library

Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery

Bucksport YMCA

Downeast YMCA

Maine Survival Solutions



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Signs of Spring - Migrating Alewives Every May and June, rivers and streams all around the state are busy with migrating fish. Guided by their sense of smell, Alewives are members of the hearing family and these fish live in the western North Atlantic Ocean. They are...



EO! is so excited to see all of the fall colors coming to life. Do you know why the leaves change color during this time of year?  Don't forget to come by the Explore Outdoors! table this weekend at Ghostport on Saturday in Bucksport.

No Screen Week

No Screen Week

A wonderful afternoon of exploring with students at Sedgwick Elementary School! We joined them for NO SCREENS Week and investigated the vernal pool behind their school! These kids rocked it! They found insect larva, mites, and a spotted salamander! We also found red...