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

Story Trail New Book!


The Salamander Room, by Anne Mazer, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, is about a boy who finds a salamander in the woods and imagines the many things he can do to turn his room into a perfect salamander home. 

Summer Bird Walks


June 27, 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.

Low Tide Exploration


July 6, Saturday at 9 a.m., Lane's Island

Join Amy Palmer and explore low tide at Lane's Island. Find numerous sea creatures, dig in the mud, giggle, and have fun learning. Wonderful for people of all ages. Wet and muddy, wear shorts and shoes or boots for wading in the water.  

Free, all are welcome.

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 President of Maine Water, Rick Knowleton.  As usual, there will be beverages and snacks, and a chance to talk with staff, board, and community members.

Last Shipment of Alewives


On June 6, 1500 alewives were released into Old Harbor Pond. This was the fourth and last batch to be set free into Old Harbor Pond.  

These adult fish will quickly spawn in the shallows before heading back out to sea. Juveniles will stick around until August, when they will have grown large enough to start their own four-year odyssey through the ocean, before returning once more to repeat the spawning cycle on Vinalhaven.

Keep an eye on the pond this summer for some great wildlife activity. While they spawn, you'll see the water boil with moving fish, a sure sign that otters, loons, cormorants, ospreys, herons, and eagles will be dropping in for a snack.

Flea Market


June 29, Saturday, 9-12

 Vinalhaven Flea Market

Starting at the end of June, 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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