Vinalhaven Land Trust

Conserving the Nature of Vinalhaven

Mission Statement

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.

About Us

Hiking

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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.

Trails

Kids

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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!

Kids

Events

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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

New Book on Story Trail

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Take a hike on the Granite Island Preserve Story Trail and read Wait Till the Moon is Full by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Garth Williams. Enjoy this sweet story with your children as we approach the August full moon (Aug. 15!)
In partnership with Vinalhaven Reads.


There was once a little raccoon who wanted to go out in the night -- to know an owl, to see if the moon is a rabbit, and to find out how dark is the dark. But his mother said, "Wait. Wait till the moon is full." So the little raccoon waited and wondered, while the moon got bigger and bigger and bigger. Until at last, on a very special evening, the moon was full.

Summer Bird Walks

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August 15, 22, 29 on Thursdays at 8 a.m.

Meet at 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.

Fairy House Building

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August 14, Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Skoog Park


Presented by Heather White and Colleen Conlan. Stretch your imagination and roll up your sleeves, we're building fairy houses on the Granite Island trail.   Do you love being outside, playing in the woods?  Do you believe in fairies, even just a little?  Come be part of it!  Best for children 7-10 years old and anyone young at heart.  Trail walking in woods, get dirty building fairy houses on the ground. Meet at Skoog Park to carpool to Granite Island Preserve.

Seaweed and Shorebird Walk and Talk

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  August 19, 7 p.m. VH Town Office

August 20, 9:30 a.m., Skoog Park


 Elliot Johnson's talk will focus on his Master’s research that examines the effects of rockweed harvest on bird communities on the coast of Maine.


Join Elliot on a walk that will explore the coastal birds of Vinalhaven. Late August is a great time to spot migrating shorebirds as well as resident species. The walk will also include discussions about the ecology of intertidal habitats. 

Card-making Workshop

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August 23, Monday at 9:30 a.m.

Vinalhaven Town Office


Beth Gilford will teach participants how to make two gift cards using pressed wildflowers. Glue, pressed flowers, and other materials are provided.  Children and adults will enjoy this event. 

Flea Market

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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

NEW MEMBERS

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. 


MEMBERSHIP FORMS

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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