You can play an important role in conserving wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities in northwestern Hancock County by lending financial support to GPMCT. There are many ways to help!
Become a Conservation Leader – give monthly!
Automatic, monthly giving saves us both time, postage and trees! It’s a safe and easy way to make a big impact – whether it’s $10, $25, or $100 each month. For example, giving $86.50/month translates into an annual gift of $1,038—the height of Great Pond Mountain! With automatic giving, your membership will renew automatically each year. And you can change or stop your gift anytime online or by phone. Donate online via credit card by clicking Here, or use your bank’s automatic bill paying service.
Become a GPMCT Member
Memberships support our annual operations, from trail maintenance, habitat management and kids’ programs to newsletters and office supplies. Benefits of membership include our bi-annual newsletter The MountainEar; invitations to special events; and an invitation to attend our annual meeting each July, where you are entitled to vote on the business of the organization. You can also download our Membership Form and mail it with your contribution, or give online Here.
Other ways of giving:
Gift Memberships – Memorials – Tributes
- Consider giving gift memberships – you’ll help expand our membership base and introduce friends or family to our mission-driven programs to preserve and protect a way of life in Downeast Maine. Any gift can be made as a memorial or tribute to a friend or loved one. Click Here and make sure to note whether it’s a memorial or tribute, or write your information on your Membership Form or check. We’ll send a note to let the designee or family know of your thoughtful gesture.
- Your gift to our General Endowment or our Wildlands Stewardship Endowment will help us pay expenses far into the future, and meet our stewardship responsibilities. Make your endowment or stewardship gift Here (click on “Add Special Instructions”) or send us a check, and be sure to note what it’s for.
Gifts of Securities and In-Kind Donations
- Giving appreciated securities may provide a tax advantage (be sure to consult your tax advisor). Please call the office or email for instructions.
Make a Legacy Gift
- Please consider naming GPMCT in your will – and there are many other ways that supporting our work can figure into your estate planning, possibly creating a tax advantage for you. Please contact the office to discuss your plans, and consult your own attorney or financial advisor before making these important decisions.
Sponsor a Special Project or Event
- Support the Wildlands Trail Run, Christmas Greens Gathering, other GPMCT event -or sponsor a Newsletter, and get some great PR for your business or organization! Call or e-mail us for the latest sponsorship info.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and can be found on any given day in the Wildlands building trails, leading programs or working with youth groups doing community service projects. Volunteers also staff our Governance, Outreach, Stewardship, Finance and Development committees and serve on our board. They make the organization run!
If you’d like to volunteer with GPMCT, please e-mail or call and tell us about your interests. Then sign up for our e-mail newsletter by using the box on this page (see green button), to get updates on all the latest opportunities!
Volunteer & Community Service Opportunities
Volunteers (including students) can get involved in a variety of indoor and/or outdoor projects to benefit local conservation. Projects will change week to week and month to month, but here is a sampling of current tasks:
- Wildlife Management – Work with staff and volunteers to do things like build wildlife brush piles for hares, grouse and other small mammals and birds.
- Boundary maintenance and orienteering – Work with our forester and volunteers to locate, cut and paint sections of our boundary lines. Learn boundary maintenance, some orienteering and forestry and spend time in some of Hancock County’s most rugged and beautiful country. Roger’s Linear Rangers meet weekly in certain seasons. If you’d like to join, contact Roger.
- Forestry – Work with forester on projects from locating and shearing Christmas trees, to releasing apple trees, to planting chestnut trees, to thinning forest stands.
- Adopt-A-Path – Working individually or as a group, visit a trail at least twice a year (starting in April) to maintain it. Can be done on your own time. Requirements include ability and willingness to spend time outdoors with bugs, use hand tools such as saws and loppers, and hike distances. Interested? Contact Shawn Mercer, or 207 322-6725.
- Outreach and education – Work with staff on visitor information, outreach and educational programs in the Wildlands. Projects include:
- Educational Programs – join our staff to work with groups of students on a hike or during a classroom activity
- Help organize one of our events
- Staff a booth – we have a booth at various events throughout the year, and could always use help!
- Newsletter assistant – Work with staff to write articles for the land trust newsletter and/or release to newspapers, and/or take photos to go with the article.
For more information on outreach & education opportunities, contact Julianne Taylor or 603-921-8171.
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions may be fully tax-deductible.