The Green Ways Center is an innovative resource for sustainability in the Mid Coast Maine region. Our resource center provides educational, management and scientific services in ecological restoration, Coastal Maine ecology, and land stewardship to schools, non-profit organizations, farms, and private land owners seeking to improve the long term health and resilience of their land. We are a coalition of volunteers, practitioners, students and area non-profits working together to accomplish projects in land restoration and stewardship in our community, with a focus on local open space and biodiversity. Our efforts build community and create awareness and action in protecting and restoring the environment at the local level.
Our center in downtown Belfast, Maine is a place where individuals and groups can find meeting space, office resources and materials to augment their work and study on behalf of the environment. We also offer periodic workshops. Green Ways provides environmental career building assistance and advice to teens and young adults seeking skill building, service opportunities and internship experiences.
If you have a habitat restoration project in mind, whether it’s just in your yard or is a sizable area, we can help. We also seek volunteers for our coalition projects in stewardship and citizen science. Our services are offered free or at moderate cost. We can also assist you in finding funding for restoration and stewardship projects.
Whether you’d like help or just want to learn more, stop and see us. We are here for all of you who are working to keep the land healthy and resilient.
The GreenWays Center seeks to compliment, augment and synergize the work of environmental and conservation groups in the Mid Coast area.
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The Eco Center will be open many afternoons and is open by appointment. Call 855-884-2284 and speak to the Office Manager to confirm a visit time.
News and Upcoming Events
Habitat Maps Now Available
Detailed and dramatic cartography of the natural features of the Belfast area are now available in the Eco Center. The Maps are provided by the state's Beginning with Habitat Program, which is advising GreenWays on local projects.
Community Conservation Corps
Please join us for winter planning for the new CCC, an exciting plan for a conservation corps that will be highly inclusive and multi-generational. The CCC will be pivotal in accomplishing many local land projects. We welcome anyone who is inspired by this idea to help.
Sears Island Monitoring
This season, GreenWays staff will assist the dedicated volunteers of Friends of Sears Island in monitoring sensitive habitats, invasive plants and biodiversity, A campaign to eradicate invasive plants from the island will begin this season as well. Check out the FOSI website to get involved.
Habitat Belfast: In 2015, we completed work in City Park, Park on Main, and the In Town Nature Trail. We have our In Town Nature Trail route created, including some trail construction in a lovely parcel near The Muck. In 2015 we implemented on the ground restoration in focus areas related to the trail this summer and fall with invasive and other plant removal in Main St. Park, as well as creation of a native plant demonstration garden and wildlife habitat area. The initial work to create an arboretum at City was completed including mapping trees, creation of a printed map and interpretive signs for the entrance. In 2016 the arboretum will be much enhanced with new trees and labels.
Feel free to actively participate in any of these as well as many upcoming activities. Email us for more information, greenwayscenter @ gmail.com.
Check out the following video to learn more about the Belfast In Town Nature Trail: http://vimeo.com/92660686?utm_source=email&utm_medium=clip-transcode_complete-finished-20120100&utm_campaign=7701&email_id=Y2xpcF90cmFuc2NvZGVkfGY2YzFhN2E4ZWU1MmM1MmE5MTIzYTQwNGRiYzU5YjYwNzV8MzY0NTkyM3wxMzk4MjAyNTg4fDc3MDE%3D