Partners & CommunitySince 1938 Kittery Trading Post is proud to share our commitment to the outdoors. We continually strive to help protect the environment and proudly support nonprofit organizations that engage and protect wildlife and further conservation efforts. We also believe that giving back is important to our communities. Our employees regularly donate their time to help all causes.
Listed below are some of the organizations that we partner with in our endeavors to help support the environment and our surrounding communities. We hope you will share in our commitment to these great organizations and possibly become a member or volunteer for one of their events.
Our list is growing and we update it regularly so check back to see the new partners and organizations that KTP is proud to support!
Adult Learning Center (Nashua, NH)
The Adult Learning Center's mission is to provide academic programs,
skills training, and support services to help people lead more productive lives.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)
A volunteer-based non-profit organization responsible for the conservation and protection of the Appalachian Trail since 1925.
Atlantic Salmon Federation
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is an international non-profit organization which promotes the conservation and wise management of the wild Atlantic salmon and its environment. The Penobscot River is central to their mission of restoring salmon runs in Maine. Through an office in Brunswick and a Maine Council representing salmon clubs along the river, ASF has been working to restore the Penobscot watershed for over 20 years.
Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child's illness. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness.
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is a non-profit organization comprised of 15 coastal state chapters spanning the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic seaboard. CCA's strength is drawn from the tens of thousands of recreational saltwater anglers who make up its membership. From South Texas to the upper reaches of Maine, CCA's grassroots influence is felt through state capitals, U.S. Congress and, most importantly, in the conservation and restoration of our coastal marine resources.
Comprised of avid recreational fishermen who have banded together to address conservation issues nationally and within their respective states.
Ducks Unlimited (Various Chapters)
"DU is the world's largest private, non-profit, waterfowl and wetland conservation organization. By any measure, DU is one of the largest conservation/environmental groups in the world, with more than 1 million supporters in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. DU affiliates in Canada and Mexico are the largest non-profit private conservation organizations in those countries. Other DU affiliates are in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
Since its inception in 1937, DU has conserved more than 9.4 million acres of waterfowl habitat throughout North America. DU supporters have raised nearly $1.6 billion for conservation since 1937. No other conservation or environmental group can match DU's accomplishments on behalf of waterfowl, wetlands, and related habitats.
Eastern Trail Association
Imagine walking - or biking - mostly through off-road woodland trails from Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Bug Light Park on Casco Bay in South Portland. This is the vision of the Eastern Trail Alliance (ETA).
Exeter River Local Advisory Committee
The Exeter River rises from a group of spring-fed ponds in Chester, New Hampshire and flows 33 miles to downtown Exeter where it changes its name to the Squamscott River, and becomes a tidal river and a primary tributary to Great Bay.The river often meanders, frequently doubling back on itself, and passes through several short stretches of rapids in Brentwood before falling over the dam in Exeter. The Exeter River watershed covers an area of approximately 67,700 acres in Rockingham County.The watershed includes sizeable portions of ten municipalities, including Chester, Sandown, Danville, Fremont, Raymond, Brentwood, East Kingston, Kingston, Kensington, and Exeter.
Established in 1998 by a group of concerned southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire citizens, Fair Tide opened its Transitional Housing Program to participants in May 2000. Fair Tide guides its participants toward self-sufficiency through individualized support, community referrals, and advocacy. Fair Tide's housing is located in downtown Kittery, Maine. Fair Tide also operates a Thrift Store in Kittery, for the purpose of funding the Transitional Housing Program. This grassroots organization continues to rely on community support and involvement, and in turn provides the community with productive and active citizens.
Friends of Tuckerman Ravine
The Friends of Tuckerman Ravine was founded to provide citizen support to the US Forest Service in order to preserve and protect Tuckerman Ravine and the Cutler River Drainage Area that surrounds it on Mt Washington and in Pinkhams Grant, Coos County, NH; to promote the continuation of the historic uses of Tuckerman Ravine and the Cutler River Drainage Area; to organize, fund, and manage projects, publicity, education and events for the purposes of this association; and to provide public input for legislation and regulation regarding Tuckerman Ravine and the Cutler River Drainage Area.
Great Works Regional Land Trust
Their mission is the conservation of the natural, historic, agricultural, forestry, scenic and recreational resources primarily within the towns of N. Berwick, S. Berick, Berwick, Eliot, Wells and Ogunquit. They achieve this by holding conservation easements and property on which these resources are present and by promoting the need for conservation through education and related activities.
For close to 30 years H2Outfitters have been teaching sea kayakers at all levels from novices to eco-challenge competitors the necessary skills to achieve paddling proficiency. Whether it be a three-hour skills focused workshop or one of their multi-day overnight trips in the US, Canada or abroad, they continue to maintain a position at the cutting edge of technical instruction, offering just the right amount of direction for optimal results.
Kennebunk Land Trust
Their mission is to acquire and/or receive parcels of land, easements and funds in order to preserve and protect the natural areas and character of the Kennebunk/Arundel region. Their mission includes promoting conservation and related educational efforts, and collaboration with like-minded organizations.
Kittery Land Trust
The Kittery Land Trust, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to working creatively with landowners, citizens and the Town of Kittery to conserve and steward important natural areas that improve the quality of life in Kittery now and for the future.
Maine Huts & Trails
Maine Huts and Trails is a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to the economic, social and natural environment of Maine's Western Mountain region by creating and operating a world-class recreation corridor for current and future generations. Maine Huts & Trails backcountry trails enhance access to beautiful lakes, rivers and forest lands, and their low impact huts provide inviting spaces that facilitate outdoor adventures and learning. This self-sustaining resource stimulates environmentally sensitive economic opportunity in the region by attracting visitors of all ages and abilities.
Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife was established to ensure that all species of wildlife and aquatic resources in the State of Maine are maintained and perpetuated for their intrinsic and ecological values, for their economic contribution, and for their recreational, scientific, and educational use by the people of the State. In addition, the Department is responsible for the establishment and enforcement of rules and regulations governing fishing, hunting, and trapping, propagation and stocking of fish, acquisition of wildlife management areas, the registration of snowmobiles, watercraft, and all terrain vehicles, safety programs for hunters, snowmobiles, and watercraft, and the issuing of licenses (hunting, fishing, trapping, guide, etc.) and permits.
Maine Island Trail Assoc.
The Maine Island Trail Association can help you explore the wild and beautiful coast of Maine in a way that protects this exceptional resource for future generations. We provide recreational access to more than 150 islands and coastal waterfront properties from Cape Porpoise Harbor to Machias Bay and into the Canadian Maritimes. We also help preserve these special places by promoting environmental education, volunteer stewardship, and land conservation.
Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region
The Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region contains 10,000 acres of land and is one of the largest remaining expanses of undeveloped forests in coastal New England. The region is known for its abundance of vernal pools, rich biodiversity, and unique trail system and is home to many of Maine's rare plants and animals. State, local and non-profit landowners are working together to protect Mount A's water, wildlife, and land. These landowners make up the Mount Agamenticus Steering Committee and include: the Towns of York and South Berwick, The York Water District, Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Great Works Regional Land Trust, York Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy.
Natural Resources Council of Maine (Landmark Society)
"The Natural Resources Council of Maine is a 501c3 nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine's environment, now and for future generations.
We work to improve the quality of Maine's rivers, reduce poisonous chemicals threatening human and wildlife health, decrease air and global warming pollution, and conserve Maine lands. NRCM harnesses the power of the law, science, and the voices of almost 11,000 supporters statewide and beyond."
New England Outdoor Center
The New England Outdoor Center's mission is to rekindle your spirit of adventure, to help you explore the outdoors with a level of service and amenities that exceed your expectations, to foster understanding and respect for the responsible shared use of the Maine woodlands, one of our greatest natural resources, and to provide a New England vacation experience that you won't soon forget. NEOC offer's moose & wildlife viewing, hiking and trails, lodging, whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, fishing & hunting, weddings & family vacations.
NH Fish and Game
As the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to: (1) Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats; (2) Inform and educate the public about these resources; and (3) Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the rich human heritage and diverse natural environment of the Northern Forest, by establishing and stewarding a water trail tracing historic Native American travel routes across New York, Vermont, QuĆ©bec, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Rails to Trails Conservancy
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is working with a coalition of state agencies and organizations in Maine on an exciting new initiative called Healthy Maine Walks. Their goal is to advocate for healthier lifestyles through the promotion of walking routes.
Saco River Salmon Club Hatchery
The outcome is to restore Atlantic salmon and maintain a natural ecosystem. The success of this outcome will be quantified by comparing the numbers of returning salmon before the restoration program with the number of salmon since restoration work began. More difficult to measure will be the long term stewardship of the watershed by individuals. It is hoped that, a citizenry knowledgeable of the benefits of restoration, through hands-on involvement, will participate in the long term conservation of the Saco River Watershed.
Southern Maine Fish and Game Club
Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network
The Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network (SMSKN) is a network of over 100 sea kayakers who get together to paddle, learn, and socialize. SMSKN in an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. Network members range from novice to advanced paddlers. Membership meetings are usually held at 7:00 pm on the third Thursday of every month at the Falmouth Memorial Library. See SMSKNs Event List for scheduled trips.
Sportsman's Alliance of Maine
The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine is Maine's largest sportsman's organization with 14,000 members and a full-time headquarters and staff in Augusta. SAM's staff works at the legislature, state agencies, and other forums on critical issues. SAM was organized in 1975 as a 501(c)(4) non-profit membership organization to promote conservation of Maine's wildlife resources and to be an advocate for hunters, anglers, trappers and gun owners throughout the state. SAM's members are activists who get involved in many events, projects, and programs which helps members have a real voice and impact on outdoor issues. SAM's annual budget exceeds $450,000.
Strafford Rivers Conservancy
This county land trust operating in Stafford County, New Hampshire, works on land conservation and river protection on seven major county rivers. It is also involved in conservation and protection of all productive farm lands, forests, wetlands and scenic areas through education and avocation.
Three Rivers Land Trust
To preserve and protect forever such valued natural resources as lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, agricultural lands, woodlands, historic sites, scenic places and wildlife habitat, in the inland municipalities of York County, Maine.
Wells Reserve at Laudholm
The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a National Estuarine Research Reserve with its headquarters listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
York Land Trust - dba Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative
"The York Land Trust is dedicated to conserving and protecting lands of ecological, historic, scenic, agricultural and educational significance in the greater York, Maine area.
The York Land Trust, with its conservation partners, has permanently protected thousands of acres of land in the greater Mt. Agamenticus region of Southern Maine as part of the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative. "