Kennebunk Land Trust Collaborates With Google, Offers Virtual Walks

Last Fall, The Kennebunk Land Trust (KLT) engaged in a unique project with Google that allows the public to virtually experience many of the Trust’s preserves. The Land Trust used the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system. The Trekker is worn and walked through pedestrian walkways or trails on foot, automatically gathering images as it goes. That imagery is then stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas you see today in Google Maps. Staff and volunteers walked several of the Kennebunk Land Trust’s most visited preserves, using the camera to record the walks. Anyone from across the globe can now virtually experience these areas as a result of this collaboration with Google. The goal of this project is to enhance access to the natural environment and foster new connections with a broader audience. This virtual trail system will aid in ensuring that these preserves can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age, ability, or distance.

Land Trust sites that were trekked are listed below. Click on the link of each site to begin your own virtual walk. Though not a KLT preserve, Hope Woods was selected because of the Land Trust’s new partnership to protect the woods through a conservation easement. All of the walks were recorded in Autumn to highlight the beautiful Fall foliage.

The Kennebunk Land Trust, founded in 1972, has conserved over 3,400 acres throughout its history, including the Kennebunk Plains. KLT is a membership driven organization and relies on its dedicated members and volunteers to achieve its mission of permanently conserving and stewarding land for both natural and human communities. Visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org or call 207-985-8734 to learn more.

List of Sites:

Hope Woods

Wonder Brook Preserve

Oxbow Preserve

Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary

Secret Garden Preserve

Butler Preserve

Alewive Woods Preserve

Thank You Acquisition Campaign Supporters!

Kennebunk Land Trust is proud and happy to announce the successful completion of its For All Forever Land Acquisition Campaign.

Thanks to generous and enthusiastic supporters and funders, the 111-acre parcel is now permanently conserved. This stellar tract of land is now an important part of the character of the town of Kennebunk.

Scores of volunteers offered imagination and worked with committment to secure this property, which will now be made available for public recreation. We deeply appreciate that our vision was recognized and shared by others. And, we are grateful for the hard work and gifts of time, talent and dollars that brought this project ot fruition.

Thank you!

Thirty Days

Today is April 27th. Kennebunk Land Trust has just 30 days to raise the remaining $158K to permanently conserve an incredible 111-acre parcel of land in Kennebunk.
This golden opportunity is yours and ours. Together we can make this happen.
Every contribution makes a difference and a Kennebunk Savings Match Grant will double your gift!
Click here to make a donation or call us now with your gift, 985-8734.

111 For All Forever Worth Our Support

Kennebunk Land Trust salutes York County Coast Star for their editorial endorsement of the Trust’s For All Forever land acquisition campaign which can be read here. As the YCCS, the Town of Kennebunk Selectmen, and the voters understand, conserving this land is tied to the beauty and character of this area – it IS something worth protecting For All Forever!

Every contribution gets us closer and we need your help to make it happen.

Please make a contribution. Thank you!