Vinalhaven Land Trust

Conserving the Nature of Vinalhaven

About Us



Our preserve guides show you how to get there, some history, and point out what features, flora, and fauna to expect from the trails. You can print brochures from the website, or visit our kiosk at Skoog park.




Lots of exciting events this summer!  Join us in July for our summer camp, Island Explorers. Other activities include tide pooling at Lane's Island, building fairy houses, making cards from pressed flowers, and more!




See the calendar for a full schedule of walks and talks this summer! Bird Walks meet every Thursday at 8 a.m. Other walks and talks include topics such as ferns, lobsters, butterflies, shorebirds, and more!

Walks and talks

Breaking News

Annual Meeting


July 26, Friday at 4 p.m., Skoog Park

This year's talk will be on "Groundwater in Vinalhaven" with a panel of three speakers., geologist George Kendrick, hydrogeologist Josh Bowe, and Rick Knowleton, President of Maine Water. There will be live music, beverages and light snacks, and a chance to meet and talk with staff, board, and community members.

Summer Bird Walks


July 25, Thursday at 8 a.m., Skoog Park

Each Thursday this summer, VLT will offer a bird walk with a local, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic birder. They will show you where to find the most interesting birds and tips on how to identify them. Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them. Expect uneven terrain, but it should be generally fine for most walkers. Meet at Skoog Park to venture out to a preserve. Free, all are welcome.

Wild Seed Talk


July 23 at 7 p.m., Pleasant River Grange


In this slide-show talk, Heather McCargo from Wild Seed Project, will show you the fascinating reproductive life cycle of different types of New England native plants and explain how we can change our landscape practices to support wild plant reproduction, pollinators, and other wildlife. Heather will talk about simple outdoor seed sowing that anyone can do to help increase native plant populations. Growing native plants from seed is a great way to protect the genetic diversity of our native flora and to produce an abundance of plants inexpensively. Be part of a grassroots movement to sow native seed. 

Suggested donation of $5

Wildflower Walk


July 24, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., Skoog Park

Do you love wildflowers? Naturalist Beth Gilford will lead this relaxed walk designed for those wildflower hunters who prefer a short, easy walk, but still want to see plenty of wildflowers. Meet at Skoog Park to carpool. Free, all are welcome!

Phil Crossman Talk


July 29, Monday at 7 p.m., Vinalhaven School

From Party to Party—Why I Became a Democrat. Local author and humorist Phil Crossman will talk about why he switched political parties.  

This event is co-sponsored by Vinalhaven Reads, a group that was formed to help raise the reading and literacy skills of students at Vinalhaven School. $10 suggested donation to Vinalhaven Reads. 

Flea Market


July and August on Saturdays, 9-12

 Vinalhaven Flea Market

VLT will be at the VH Flea Market each Saturday. You can pick up information on membership, our trails, or a walks and talks schedule. You can also buy merchandise, including hats, fleece vests, cards with VH images, bags with an Elaine Crossman print, and cards with watercolors of wildflowers  by Penelope Lord.

Become a Member


Vinalhaven Land Trust promotes the conservation and appreciation of our island's significant plant and wildlife habitat, our water resources, and scenic or traditionally valued spaces in order to preserve the character of the community for generations to come.

Click on the Donate Now button to pay your new or renewal membership ($20 for individuals, $40 per couple), or to make an additional donation. 


Click here for membership forms.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

Stop by and see us!

When the flag is up, visitors are welcome in the office to peruse the many maps of island ecology and visit the Al and Hilary Creighton Resource Room. Located at Skoog Park, .2 miles from the ferry terminal.

Vinalhaven Land Trust

12 Skoog Park Rd, Vinalhaven, Maine 04863, United States

Mailing address: Vinalhaven Land Trust P.O. Box 268 VInalhaven, ME 04863 (207) 863-2543


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