Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.9.15 edition

Things are heating up, and I’m not just talking about the weather: there are nearly 30 events in the next month to get you outside and active!

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 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 christopher.smith@umpi.edu FMI

*Sunday, April 12
Fort Kent Outdoor Club Last Snow Snowshoe Hike, Fort Kent
12:30 p.m. at the FKOC Lodge. We’ll roast wienies and have beans, chips, cookies after the hike. Water, hot cocoa, coffee provided. Best Poker Run hand wins half the pot! Entry fees help support FKOC. Fee: $10/FKOC member; $15/non-member. Contact Laura Audibert la4568@roadrunner.com 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 sleeper@cariboumaine.org 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 competitorme@gmail.com 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 susren1972@aol.com FMI

*Saturday, April 25
River Valley Runners Break the Blues Walk/Run, Grafton, NB
Walk 3k or run 5k along our beautiful St. John River to support Woodstock Suicide Prevention Committee. Registration: 8:00 a.m. beside O’Toole’s Gallery, Route 105. Walk/Race start: 9:00 a.m. (all times Atlantic). Fee: donation. Contact Aynslie Althea Nina Croney (506-325-4789) 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 bill.j.sheehan@gmail.com 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) aking@carymed.org 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 www.pihistory.org 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 amanda.g.baker@umpi.edu 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 mshea@carymed.org 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 www.facebook.com/events/1410624382586454 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 www.freezeit.weebly.com 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 www.safehomesaroostook.org 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 www.eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race 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 www.eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race 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 Judy Roe (207-768-7271) 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 www.competitorme.com FMI

*Saturday, May 16
Aroostook Birders Perham Bog/Salmon Brook Lake Birding Hike, Perham
7:00-11:00 a.m. Meet at Perham Town Office for a 3-mile round trip excursion along the railroad trail. Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or bill.j.sheehan@gmail.com FMI

*Saturday, May 16
Aroostook River Fun Run Canoe and Kayak Race, Washburn
8 miles; flat water. Family oriented. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Thomas Brewer Park. Race start: 10:00 a.m.; ends at Presque Isle Fish and Game Club. Fee: $10/advance; $15/race day; t-shirts to first 75 registered. Contact Mike Gudreau (207-540-6142) or michaelgudreau@aol.com FMI

*Saturday, May 16
Deboullie Run-Around, Fort Kent
Approximate 7.5-mile trail run in Deboullie Public Reserved Land up and over Black and Deboullie Mountains, along Deboullie Pond. Meet at Deboullie Pond parking area/trailhead at 8:00 a.m. Carpooling encouraged; roads will be rough! Contact Don Eno donenoweb@me.com FMI

*Sunday, May 17
Meduxnekeag River Association Wildflower Walk, Woodstock, NB
Our popular annual Wildflower Walk will meet at Bell Forest, 200 Bell Settlement Rd, Belleville at 1:30 p.m. (Atlantic time). Allow at least two hours. Contact Meduxnekeag River Association (506-328-8227) or meduxnekeag@nb.aibn.com or visit www.meduxnekeag.org FMI

*Monday, May 18
Meduxnekeag River Association Canoe Float, Woodstock, NB
This year’s slow canoe float down the Meduxnekeag River is planned for Victoria Day, weather permitting. Contact Meduxnekeag River Association (506-328-8227) or meduxnekeag@nb.aibn.com or visit www.meduxnekeag.org 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 competitorme@gmail.com FMI

*Village of Perth-Andover Walk in the Park, Perth-Andover, NB
Wednesdays; 6:30–7:30 p.m. (Atlantic time). Meet at Perth-Andover Bandstand; weather permitting. Visit www.perth-andover.com 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 www.facebook.com/groups/rvrunnersnb FMI

*Manes and Tails North Open House/Open Horse Brush Hours, Van Buren.
Saturdays in April; 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Manes and Tails North at Perfect Ponies Leaning Center, 489 Main St. Come visit, pet (and hug) horses. No fees, just fun. Family activity from toddlers to grandparents. Dress for mud season. Contact Nancy Dumond Violette (207-868-5324) FMI
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