Story Trail

Story Trail Open! Summer 2016


What could be more fun than reading while spending time in nature? Bring your children, grandchildren, or just yourself to the Granite Island Trail and enjoy a family-friendly hike down to the shores of the Basin, while enjoying a favorite oversized picture book for children.

This collaborative effort between Vinalhaven Land Trust and Vinalhaven Reads (a group formed to help raise the reading and literacy skills of students at Vinalhaven School), will periodically change the book. To date, the installation has featured The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown, and currently is showing Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald. As one walks the trail, a new page comes into view, magically affixed to a moss covered rock, coming to a perfect conclusion as you and your companions reach the shoreline.

It’s hard to beat: fostering a love of reading and encouraging children and their caregivers to spend time in nature. What will be next? You’ll have to visit to find out… 

Margaret Wise Brown, former Vinalhaven summer resident and author of The Little Island

Margaret Wise Brown, former Vinalhaven summer resident and author of The Little Island

Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee


A new Maine classic has arrived to the Story Trail at Granite Island Preserve! Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, a brilliantly illustrated children's story by Chris Van Dusen of Camden, Maine, tells the story of a man and his dog who set off for a relaxing day on their boat but find themselves in the midst of a whale of an adventure.

Come take a leisurely hike to the shores of the Basin while following this exciting and comical story. The full-color pages are framed and mounted on granite boulders and ledges along the path, tucked neatly into the natural landscape so you can appreciate our island's nature while delving into a tale of beauty.

This family friendly trail is perfect for readers of all ages. Find it at location 2C on our preserve map.

Volunteers happily putting up Chris Van Dusen's, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee

Volunteers happily putting up Chris Van Dusen's, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee

Annual Meetings

2009: Emergence of the 21st Century Working Waterfront

Vinalhaven Land Trust is pleased to welcome Don Perkins, President of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to speak at our annual meeting on July 31st, at Skoog Park.  Following the business meeting, Don will offer a thought-provoking presentation about Maine’s changing relationship with the ocean, and will discuss “Emergence of the 21st Century Working Waterfront: Sustainable Fish and Ocean Energy for a Hungry World”.

“The Gulf of Maine is a truly unique competitive asset.” says Perkins. “It’s one of only a handful of places in all the world’s oceans where sustainable strategies can be realized to meet the growing global demand for fresh fish. At the same time, the region is successfully merging maritime tradition with technology innovation to create new opportunities to harness the ocean’s power and productivity.  

Perkins will talk about efforts to crystallize a regional identity for Gulf of Maine seafood products that shifts the emphasis away from commodity extraction of a limited resource and toward delivery of a premium quality, sustainably harvested product into higher-value markets. He will share insights on the extraordinary wind resource that exists in the Gulf of Maine and its potential to fundamentally change how Maine communities produce and consume energy in the 21st century. Perkins will also touch on Maine’s opportunity to emerge as one the nation’s most science literate states and how this will benefit emerging maritime industries.

Located in Portland, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is a non-profit marine science center with a vision to realize the Gulf of Maine bioregion’s potential as a healthy ocean ecosystem, vibrant marine community, and wellspring of innovation. Two important qualities distinguish the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The first is a unique blend of science, education, and community activities. The second is a commitment to building collaborative partnerships to catalyze solutions to the complex challenges of ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion.

Perkins has been President of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute since 1995 and is active in the marine policy arena on multiple levels. He chairs the Governor’s Task Force on Ocean Energy and currently serves on the board of the Maine Marine Research Coalition and Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation. Prior to joining the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Perkins instructed at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, directed the Marine Conservation Corps in California, served as a financial advisor to Native American tribes, and managed the operations of Binax, Inc.

Annual Meeting Archives


At the meeting, Vinalhaven native, fisherman, and historical fisheries ecologist Ted Ames teamed up with Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries' Executive Director, Robin Alden, to discuss Penobscot Bay’s past fisheries, current alewife recovery efforts, and the hopeful resiliency of fishing communities like Vinalhaven in the face of climate change. These award-winning fishery researchers delivered inspiring remarks on the resiliency of coastal communities.

Their slideshow presentations are available here


Island students and teachers spoke about the environmental education programs being offered at the Vinalhaven School. 

Hiking Mount Katahdin, Hurricane Island programs and field trips, Tanglewood led hikes, are some of the programs being offered.



Dr. Mark Anderson, from the Eastern Division of The Nature Conservancy, presented a talk and slide show. He spoke about the importance of resilient landscapes in the face of climate change. He shared maps of the eastern seaboard, and of Vinalhaven and North Haven, showing areas of interconnectedness, which is a hallmark of resilient landscapes. 


Peter Forbes, from The Center for Whole Communities in Fayston, Vermont, presented a talk and slide show. He spoke about the human connection to land and place, and challenged us to think about how we can move beyond traditional conservation to strengthen that connection for our community.



Jay Espy's talk covered ground, discussing land conservation history, at the local and national scale. Espy shared how perceptions of land conservation change, and how it may well be viewed and of value in the future.  



Kevin Case, Northeast Regional Director, Land Trust Alliance, gave an engaging talk titled, The Emerging Face of Land Protection, Why Accreditation is Important.