Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.2.15 edition

We’re all #AprilFools: it’s #stillwinter! #Snow on the way. On deck: #MudSeason.

In this edition: 1) Run into spring at the annual Spring Runoff in Presque Isle. 2) Tour deer yards and greenhouses in and around Caribou. 3) Learn about proper sport fish handling and preparation (yum!) in Fort Kent. Plus lots more! offugo…

*Saturday, April 4
Valley Outdoor Centre Closing Day BBQ and Easter Egg Hunt, Centreville, NB
Trails open intermittently after April 4, based on snow and weather, so come on out for your last chance on the trails. All trails passes and rentals will be free – a thank you to all for the support in our first year. Easter Egg Hunt: 11:00 a.m. BBQ: 12:00-2:00 p.m.; $1/item. Visit 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

Saturday, April 25
Cary Donor Dash 5k, Caribou
Annual Walk/Run for Organ and Tissue Awareness. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Griffeth Ford. Walk start: 9:00 a.m. Run start: 9:30 a.m. First 100 registrants get a t-shirt; refreshments at Cary following the event. Contact Ann King (207-498-1282) FMI

Saturday, April 25
PI Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Presque Isle 10:00 a.m.-Noon. This guided two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street, and covers over 30 historic sites and individuals. Fee: FREE; $2 donation suggested. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI

Saturday, May 2
UMPI Outing Club Rock Climbing Trip, Acadia National Park
Climb real granite! No experience required. Fee: $30/UMPI student; $45/non-student; transportation, guide services, gear provided. Contact Amanda Baker (207-768-9401) or FMI

Saturday, May 2
Community Voices 2nd Annual High On Life 420 Run, Fort Kent
5k run/walk for all ages and abilities. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at FKCHS. Supervised children’s activities: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Walk start: 8:45 a.m. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Proceeds to support Community Voices substance abuse prevention programs. Contact Mark Shea FMI

*Saturday, May 2
Meduxnekeag River Canoe Race, Houlton
Approx. 8 miles; whitewater. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Wellington’s on the Station Road in New Limerick. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Fee: $15/adult; $10/youth. Pre-register by 4/28 and get a free T-shirt. Benefits Dollars for Scholars. Contact Jane Torres (207-532-4216) or Peter Blood (207-532-2577) FMI

*Saturday, May 2
Baxter State Park Earth Day Clean Up, Millinocket
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The general public is invited to join the annual Baxter State Park Roadside Litter Patrol from Millinocket to Togue Pond Gate. Bring a lunch and join other volunteers at Park Headquarters after the cleanup; drinks and snacks provided. Visit FMI

*Sunday, May 3
Knights of Columbus 4th Annual Polar Dip for Special Olympics, Sinclair
Registration: 11:00 a.m. at Long Lake Sporting Club. Polar Dip: 12:00 p.m. Open to all; must raise at least $1. T-shirt for $50 or more in pledges; highest total wins $100 Sporting Club gift cert. “Chicken Pool” available. Contact Duane Belanger (207-951-2874) or visit FMI

Sunday, May 3
3rd Annual Safe Homes Aroostook 5k Run/Walk, Presque Isle
Registration: 12:00 p.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Race start: 1:00 p.m. Fee: $15. Participants encouraged to solicit pledges; individuals, teams raising most funds receive prizes. Proceeds go directly to Hope & Justice Project and Homeless Services of Aroostook. Visit FMI

*Saturday, May 9
East Grand Adventure Race, Danforth
20 miles; compass run, mountain bike, paddle, may include river traverse, mud crawl, tomahawk throw, log roll, cross-cut saw. 8 Divisions: High School, Adult, Open. Fee: $20; includes trophies, t-shirts, lunch, and $1,000+ in prizes. Contact Dave Conley (207-551-8729) or visit FMI

*Saturday, May 9
Baskahegan Stream Canoe/Kayak Race, Danforth
34 miles; flat water. Kossuth to Bancroft. Runs in conjunction with East Grand Adventure Race as a paddle-only option. Pre-registration required. Contact Dave Conley (207-551-8729) or visit FMI

*Saturday, May 9
Aroostook Birders Outing at Nordic Heritage Center, Presque Isle
7:30-9:30 a.m. Meet in the NHC parking lot for an easy walk on blacktop trails. Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI

*Saturday, May 9
CompetitorME Run For Heroes, Presque Isle
9:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run and 5k Run/Walk to support current and past U.S. service members. All proceeds to The Summit Project. Veterans encouraged to wear camouflage as a symbol of their service. Fee: $7/Kids’ Fun Run; $12/Youth 5k; $22/Adult 5k. Visit 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

After the Bell Running Club, Mars Hill
Tuesdays & Thursdays; 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Fort St. School. Begins March 24 and concludes April 18 at the Autism Challenge. A “celebrity” coach will lead each session. We will run outside as often as possible. Fee: $3. Contact Jamie Guerrette (207-694-1320) 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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