Self-Guided Adventures


StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden storyboards that are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll along the trail, you read the story in sequence while enjoying a little activity and fresh air.

CREA has two StoryWalks® that are open to the public year round.  We welcome you and your young naturalists to join us anytime dawn to dusk to enjoy the walk at your own pace. Click here for more detailed information about the locations of our Brunswick and Topsham StoryWalks® and current featured books.

Self-Guided QR Code Nature Tour

In August of 2020, we surveyed the community about what types of activities people would enjoy while COVID safety precautions are in place. A self-guided tour of the Preserve was highest on the list, so here it is!

This QR code-based tour is meant to offer a sampler of everything the preserve has to offer. The locations range from vernal pools and natural features to past human history and how CREA uses the preserve today. 

To join the fun, simply download a QR scanning app on your phone from your device’s App Store. The trail starts on the Highland Trail. From the Ecology Center parking, go down the steps to Rensenbrink Way and follow it to the kiosk. Turn left (northwest) onto the Highland Trail and keep an eye out for codes, which are in obvious places (such as blazed trees) along the trail! Codes are located along the Highland Trail then east along the Cathance River Trail, returning to the Ecology Center via the Beaver and Highland Trails. 

This map includes the rough locations of all ten QR code spots to help aid you in your adventure. Happy hiking!