Aroostook Outdoor News: 3.19.15 edition

First #SpringForward now #FirstDayOfSpring! Days getting longer and temps getting warmer. #ItsHappening #SpringItOn

In this edition: 1) Fun on snow in Ashland and Madawaska. 2) The annual Sportsmen’s Show is back in Presque Isle. 3) Kids can try ice fishing (for free!) at Madawaska Lake. Plus lots more! offugo…

Thursday, March 19
Aroostook Birders March Annual Meeting/Talk, Presque Isle
“Seabirds of Maine” presentation by Bill Sheehan; 6:30 p.m. At UMPI Campus Center. Maine is famous for diverse and abundant seabird life; learn about birds found along the coastline and on the open ocean. All are invited! Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI

Saturday, March 21
Ashland Area XC Ski Club Family Fun Day, Ashland
10:00 a.m. at Chase’s Ski Trails, 267 Garfield Rd. Self-guided family activities will include: ice cube hunt, snowshoeing, and ski trails to explore. Skis available for use. Contact Amanda Barker (207-712-8552) FMI

Saturday, March 21
Acadia FCU Marathon, Madawaska
40k classic/skate race with cash prizes; 20k classic/skate race. Pasta meal with lots of raffle prizes for all skiers. Race start: 11:00 a.m. at Four Seasons Trails. Fee: $25/40k racers, $15/20k racers. Visit FMI

Saturday, March 21-Sunday, March 22
Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Sportsman’s Show, Presque Isle
Kids’ Trout Fishing Pond sponsored by L.L. Bean, Shooting Range, Bow Range, Video Hunting Game, Moose Calling Contest, hourly kids’ door prizes! 75+ exhibitors from Maine, New Brunswick, Labrador, Quebec, New England. Fee: $5. Visit Presque Isle Fish and Game Club FMI

*Sunday, March 22
Sportsmen’s Inc. Kids’ Ice Fishing Day, Madawaska Lake
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. All fishing equipment and bait provided. First 100 kids registered will receive a free ice fishing trap. Food available. Visit “Sportsmen’s Inc.” on facebook FMI

*Monday March 23
St. John Valley Senior College Snowshoeing Trek, Fort Kent
1:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. A great way to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery; brief intro to snowshoeing, short (30-45 min.) hike in the woods, hot cocoa. Wear boots, layered clothing. Fee: $3/trail pass, $5/snowshoe rental. Contact MSAD27 Adult/Community Education (207-834-3536) FMI

Tuesday, March 24
Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Snowshoe Adventure, Caribou
Join us for a snowshoe adventure at Caribou High School Ski Trails. Fee: $20; includes snowshoes, trekking poles, instruction, hot dog roast. Depart Caribou Rec. Center at 10:00 a.m.; return by 3:00 p.m. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI

Thursday, March 26
UMPI Science Seminar Series, Presque Isle
12:15-1:30 p.m.; 201 Folsom Hall, featuring research conducted by UMPI students, faculty, other scientists. Wildlife Biologist Derek Woods presents Conservation of Wood Turtles from Maine to Virginia: A Coordinated Regional Approach. Contact Dr. Jason Johnston (207-768-9652) or FMI

*Thursday, March 26
Valley Outdoor Centre Waxing Clinic, Centerville, NB
7:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Valley Outdoor Centre on Upton Road. Get tips and techniques on how to wax, types of wax, and when to wax to make you ski faster than ever. Fee: $5. Hope to see you there! Visit FMI

Friday, March 27-Sunday, March 29
Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Winter Adventure, Spider Lake
Activities: ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or simply relaxing and enjoying a nice warm cabin in the woods. Fee: $150; includes transportation, fishing license, food, lodging, necessary equipment. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI

Sunday, March 29
Lonesome Pine Trails Kids’ Day, Fort Kent
A day filled with fun and games for kids, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Hot dog roast, face painting, scavenger hunt, and more; lots of fun for everyone! This is a free event. Visit FMI

Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3
UMPI Outing Club Youth Rock Climbing Clinic, Presque Isle
3:00-5:00 p.m. at Gentile Hall. For students currently in grades 5-9; learn climbing/belaying terminology and techniques. Climbers receive Junior Belay Certification, photo DVD, climbing journal/log, Fee: $100. Contact Vitoria or Jean Pierre (207-200-3596) or FMI

Tuesday, March 31
Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult XC Ski Adventure, Caribou
The Caribou Ski Trails at Caribou County Club boast a wilderness experience right in our backyard. Trip includes a hot bowl of chowder and finger sandwiches on the trail. Fee: $20; includes equipment, transportation. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI

*Wednesday, April 1 and Saturday, April 11
Presque Isle Fish & Game Club Firearms Hunter Safety Course, Presque Isle
Maine DIF&W Hunter Education is more than gun safety; taught by trained, certified instructors, students receive course handbook, outdoor survival info, and more. Course includes lectures and demonstrations, field experiences, and written exam. Contact Dick Fortier (207-496-1221) FMI

Saturday, April 11
34th Annual UMPI Spring Runoff 5k Road Race, Presque Isle
Fundraiser for UMPI Cross Country running programs. Run as an individual or 3-person relay team. Walk start: 9:30 a.m. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Contact Chris Smith (207-768-9472) or FMI

Tuesday, April 14
Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Deer Yard/Greenhouse Tour, Caribou
Travel with Wildlife Biologist Rich Hoppe to learn what it takes to manage deer. Visit a greenhouse to learn about gardening; design and plant your own outdoor flower pot. Fee: $30; includes lunch and transportation. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI

*Thursday, April 16
MSAD27 Adult Ed. Fishing Course: From Pond to Plate, Fort Kent
6:00-8:30 p.m. at Quigley’s Outdoors, Main St. This introductory session, led by Master Maine Guide Jesse Jalbert, will cover basic fishing gear, tactics, proper fish preparation. Fee: $5. Contact MSAD27 Adult/Community Education (207-834-3536) FMI

Saturday, April 18
CompetitorME Autism Challenge, Presque Isle
Registration: 9:00 a.m. 1-mile Kids’ Fun Run start: 9:30 a.m. 5k Run/Walk start: 10:00 a.m.; fully supported race with awards. Fee: $20/adult, $10/18 and under, FREE/Kids’ Fun Run entries. Proceeds benefit Aroostook Autism Support Group. Contact Jonathan Kelley FMI

Saturday, April 18
Team Berry Sisters 1st Annual 5k Run/Walk for MS, Island Falls
Join us to raise funds and awareness for MS. If 5k is too much, take the 1-mile route! Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Island Falls Municipal Building. Run/Walk start: 10:00 a.m. Snacks and entertainment at finish line. Contact Team Berry Sisters (207-949-6968) or FMI

*Saturday, April 25
Aroostook Birders Waterfowl Walk, Fort Fairfield
8:00-11:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. Explore favorite birding sites for returning waterfowl and other early spring migrants. Non-strenuous series of short drives; a great way to discover some excellent birding spots. Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI

Ongoing Programs:

Sunday Saunter Running Group, Presque Isle
Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Contact Jonathan Kelley FMI

10th Mountain Outdoor Club Jalbert Pee Wee Biathlon Program, Fort Kent
Tuesdays; 4:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Open to youth ages 9 and under. Kids will learn basic skate skiing skills, go on ski adventures, and play LOTS of games! Cost: FREE! Contact Gail Johnson FMI

10th Mountain Outdoor Club Jalbert Youth Biathlon Program, Fort Kent
Tuesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Open to youth ages 10-14; roller skiing, rifle shooting, trail running, and LOTS of games! Cost: FREE! Contact Gail FMI

Valley Outdoor Centre Wednesday Night Skiing, Centreville, NB
Wednesdays; 7:00-7:45 p.m. (Atlantic) at Valley Outdoor Centre on Upton Rd. Ski from the lodge, as far or as little as you like, at your own pace; return to warm beverages, snacks, and a fire. Bring headlamp. Fee: $5; for snacks, beverages, fire pit, door prizes. Visit FMI

River Valley Runners Saturday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB
Saturdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Carleton Civic Centre, 105 Connell Park Rd. Meet in main/front parking lot of Civic Centre. Hope to see many runners out; spring is coming soon. Visit FMI
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