Outing Club
at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center

Local Trip Ideas

Story posted May 20, 2010

In the final months of her Bowdoin career BOC co-president, Lily Morse ‘09 completed a comprehensive review of 12 local trips for a final project in Environmental Education.  The guide was created to help leaders that struggle to find new places to explore and to promote an easy, meaningful way for the BOC to reduce its carbon footprint and connect students to their surroundings.

The trips are easy to moderate in difficulty which reflects the relatively flat, coastal land on which we live.  Most places have between 3 and 5 miles of trails on fairly level terrain.  They are places to go with beginner outdoor enthusiasts, when the weather is poor but you still want to get outside, or when you have limited time.  A few places are located near each other and can be combined to create a full-day adventure.   Lily’s final project has been available at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center for leaders and members to reference since 2009.

As the class of 2010 prepares for graduation another BOC co-president, Ben Roberts-Pierel ’10 has adapted Lily’s project for the BOC website.  Thanks to the hard work of these two BOC leaders a guide to local trips is now available online!  Please take a moment to view the site www.bowdoin.edu/outing/about/localtrips and explore one the following local places:

  •         Town Commons, Brunswick

  •         Crystal Spring Farm, Brunswick

  •         Cathance River Nature Preserve, Topsham

  •         Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport

  •         Mast Landing Sanctuary, Freeport

  •         Coastal Studies Center, Orr’s Island

  •         Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal

  •         Reid State Park, Georgetown

  •         Mackworth Island, Falmouth

  •         Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough