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SPMS Trail Challenge

Hike your local trails for a chance to win prizes!

This trail challenge is a self-paced, outdoor learning opportunity for South Portland Middle School students and their families. Participants will learn about South Portland's public trail networks, exposing them to the natural beauty that can be found in their backyards.


We've hidden five SPMS ceramic sharks on wooded trails in South Portland. Explore all five trails and locate the sharks for a chance to win a $25 gift card to L.L. Bean and a trail guide to Southern Maine!



To participate in the challenge, follow the steps below.

How it works


STEP 1: Hike the five South Portland trails listed below. Click on the link in each description for trail details and instructions on where to find the hidden SPMS shark. 

STEP 2. Once you've located the SPMS shark, please leave it on the trail, where found, for others to discover it.


STEP 3. Take a photo on the trail, with the shark.* 


STEP 4. Once you've completed all five trails from our list below, email your photos to Jill at The first 25 students to send in photos will earn a $25 gift card to L.L. Bean. The first 3 students to send in photos will ALSO earn a copy of:  Southern Maine Trails: A Guide to 100 Hikes for Any Season, Any Age, Age Ability.  

* Participant photos will not be shared. They will be used for proof of trail completion only. 


All are welcome. Join us outdoors!


List of Trails


0.3-mile stream-side wooded and meadow trails that include bog bridges and a 45-foot bridge over Trout Brook. Details here. 


0.3-mile loop through a 9.3-acre nature preserve that includes a small pond. Details here. 



1.1-mile woodland trail that follows the shores of Clark's Pond. Details here. 


One-mile wooded trail exploring the area surrounding the South Branch of Long Creek. Details here. 


0.7-mile trail that winds its way from high above Long Creek down to the water's edge. Details here. 

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