The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is located on the beautiful seacoast of southern Maine. Your work will include improving trails and wildlife habitat at the Reserve as well as grounds and maintenance projects on our historic buildings. This is active, physical work, with much time spent out-of-doors. Orientation, tool training, and safety training is provided. A major project for the camp is to prepare for and staff a large weekend Nature Crafts Festival, which welcomes more than 5,000 people over two days. This festival provides needed funds to support research and educational programs. Work involves setting up tables and chairs, cleaning, moving equipment, and assisting other volunteers and staff with food, parking, recycling, and many other jobs. For the two days of the festival, you will be working long days.
Accomodation and food
Volunteers will stay in a modern dormitory with comfortable beds, well-equipped kitchen, large dining table and common area. Rooms are generous in size and volunteers will most likely share their room with other members of the Volunteers for Peace group. Volunteers will cook meals as a group. Bring some recipes from home to share, and let us know if you have any dietary needs. There is one restaurant, one ice cream shop and one store within walking distance of the dormitory, as well as 11 kilometers of nature trails to enjoy. It is a 2 kilometer walk to the beach.
Location and leisure
Wells, Maine is a popular tourist destination in the summer. There are public beaches within walking distance and bicycles are available. Public transportation in the area is limited. Located 5 kilometers from the Reserve is the Wells Transportation Center, which provides bus and train service to the region’s larger cities (Boston, New York city, and Portland, Maine). Reserve educational programs are available to volunteers, as are local beaches and nature trails.The local Shoreline Trolley runs until early September (usually through the Labor Day holiday) and connects Wells with the nearby towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Ogunquit.
There will be many opportunities to enjoy beauty and nature, along with informal discussions about topics of interest to the group. Bring music, games or other activities to share.
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The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a research and education facility that is part of a national system of 29 reserves around the USA. It is a sanctuary for endangered plants and wildlife. The Reserve consists of forests, coastal marsh, beach and historic farm buildings. The Reserve’s mission is to protect and restore coastal ecosystems, and educate the public about the beauty and importance of these places. The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a beautiful and historic property with over 11 kilometers of trails and a beach. Our staff conducts research and teaches about estuaries (where rivers meet the sea) and also about other issues that relate to coastal ecology.
You must send your arrival details to firstname.lastname@example.org we can arrange to meet you. Please include your arrival information in your confirmation form. Volunteers cannot be accommodated before the start of this project; no early arrivals.
Please arrive at the meeting point on the day the project starts.
Volunteers should fly into Boston or New York City and take a train to Wells, Maine.
Many volunteers will spend the night in Boston before traveling to the Reserve.
From New York City: Volunteers arriving in New York can take a train to Boston from Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station is at 7th Avenue and 32nd Street, underneath Madison Square Garden. There, take AMTRAKto Boston, Massachusetts. AMTRAK number is 1-800-872-7245, a free call, or check their website Amtrak.com. International visitors can also call 215 856 7924.Trains take you to South Station in Boston. Or you can take the Greyhound Bus(1-800-231-2222…a free call) from Manhattan to Boston from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 625 8th Avenue and 42nd Street. This will also take you to South Station in Boston.
From Boston, Massachusetts: The best way to get to the camp is to take the Amtrak Downeaster train from Boston’s North Station into Wells, Maine. We will pick you up at the Train Station. See website: amtrakdowneaster.com . This will require public transportation from South Station to North Station. We encourage you to take the public train to North Station.
Good luck with your travels! If you have questions before the workcamp begins, contact Lynne Benoit-Vachon at 207-646-1555 x118 or e-mail: email@example.com.