Throughout the country, the mission of land trusts is evolving.  Originally, land trusts were reacting to the threat of cherished properties being lost to development.  The question asked was “what are we saving the land from?”  The question now being asked is, “what are we saving the land for?”


The goal of Trust In Our Children is to give kids a sense of place, form a bond with the lands and expose them to the natural wonders of the world.  Our program has been recognized on a state-wide level as an example of the future of land trusts.  It began by offering spring and fall field trips to each grade at Consolidated Elementary School.  Since its inception, TOC has expanded considerably.  Winter field trips have been added for kindergarten and first grade.  Middle school students have been working on various projects for Trust properties. Students from the high school’s alternative education program built the Learning Trail on the Emmons Preserve.  TOC continues to evolve as we are striving to bridge the gap between generations by offering addition adult and family educational programing. 

To find our "Little Boat that Could"  check here:

Dropping off "The Little Boat that Could" at the Portland Fish Exchange... fingers crossed!  

Dropping off "The Little Boat that Could" at the Portland Fish Exchange... fingers crossed!



The Learning Trail, a project that reclaimed the lost student. Building this trail re-engaged a group of students and created a strong partnership between a land trust and some teens who were looking for a new path. Listen to this account written and read by one of the students who worked on the trail.

Come have fun learning with us!  Attend a program, volunteer on a field trip, or share your talents with our community!  For more information, please contact our Director of Education, Leia Lowery by emailing or call her at 207-967-3465.  For the all the latest,  please like us on the Trust In Our Children's Facebook Page!