CREA and COVID-19

Preserve Status

The Cathance River Nature Preserve and Ecology Center remain CLOSED until further notice. For a fuller understanding of CREA’s relationship to the Preserve, see CREA and the Preserve in our Visit menu. We hope to be back soon! Check this page for updates.

Cathance River Nature Preserve is temporarily closed at the request of the landowner due to concerns around recent increased use and safety related to COVID-19. Highland Green initiated this closure to protect residents within the community who are deemed at high risk. 

This closure comes with a heavy heart, as we believe the natural world provides solace, a place for healthy activity, and a welcome respite from the current concerns so distressing to everyone. We are particularly saddened for those who lack ready access to nature. We look forward to reopening the Cathance River Nature Preserve trails as soon as possible. Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust continues to work with the landowner on measures to enable re-opening.

Many preserves in the area remain open with a caution to practice responsible social distancing. Check Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust for local options. The Midcoast Get Active guide lists these and other outdoor options in our region.

CREA is offering new ways to help you spend time in nature. See our new Activities page for nature-based activities to do at home and elsewhere. You can also find posts about activities, resources, and recent CREA webinars on our News page.  

Summer Camp Cancellation

We know how eager our campers were for CREA’s 2020 summer camp. It was, therefore, with heavy hearts that we decided to suspend our 2020 CREA Camp season.

After carefully monitoring guidance from public health authorities, the American Camp Association, the Maine Summer Camp Association, and our own medical experts, we concluded that the health and safety of our campers and staff dictated that we forego operating this summer.

This was definitely not our vision for the summer of 2020 and know this news was very difficult for campers and parents. After being separated from friends, family, school, sports, and so much more in recent months, we know that camp was more important than ever before.

While nothing could replace the magic of sending camper-created boats down the rapids of the Cathance River, wallowing in mud at Clay Brook, and holding a frog for the first time, CREA Camp developed ways to bring a little bit of camp home to you.  You can find our CREA Nature Investigators series on our Learning page. Each activity consists of a short video introducing the activity and a printable description. Get out there!

While the present moment is challenging, we know it will pass. So we’re setting our sights on the day when we will be together again  –  exploring the wonders of nature together.

As always, we are grateful for your continued engagement and support. Stay safe and be well.