Aroostook Outdoor News: 10.1.15 edition

Who doesn’t love #FallTime? #Cool #Crisp #FallFoliage #Scenery #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) #Birding for beginners in #PresqueIsle. 2) A #BreastCancer #fundraiser #walk in #Caribou. 3) Unique #OutdoorEvents in Perth-Andover, #NewBrunswick. Plus lots more! #offugo…


Friday, October 2-Sunday, October 4

UMPI Outing Club Baxter High Peak Weekend, Baxter State Park. Hike Katahdin, Traveler Loop, camp at South Branch Pond. Cost: $50/UMPI students, $75/non-students; includes transportation, food, camping fees, guide, camping gear. Contact Amanda Baker (207-768-9401) or FMI


Saturday, October 3

SAGE Beginner Birding, Presque Isle. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Optional bird walk from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For SAGE (Seniors Achieving Greater Education) members. Learn about winter birds, best bird seed and bird feeders from an expert. Get involved in the Christmas and February Bird Counts. Contact Mary Lawrence (207-768-9502) or FMI


Saturday, October 3

Cary’s Walk for Care, Caribou. 2-mile walk begins and ends at Cary Medical Center. Registration: 9:00 a.m. Walk start: 10:00 a.m. Contact Doris St. Hilaire (207-498-1234) FMI


Saturday, October 3

River Valley Strength Challenge, Perth-Andover, NB. 12:00 p.m. at River Valley Civic Centre. Event consisting of 7 events where your strength can be shown! The tire flip, farmers walk, keg toss, log lift, atlas stone, rope pull, truck pull. Contact Perth-Andover Recreation Department (506-273-4845) FMI


Sunday, October 4

Kids’ Bass Tournament, Perth-Andover, NB. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Waterfront Park. Open to ages 14 & under. Cost: FREE; must pre-register at (click on online e-services). Participants must have life jacket, fishing pole, and be accompanied by an adult. Contact Perth-Andover Recreation Department (506-273-4845) FMI


*Sunday, October 4

Mont Farlagne Colors Day, Edmundston, NB. Everyone is invited! Activities for everyone starting at 11:00 a.m. (Atlantic time) at the bottom and top of the hill! Hike up or ride the quad chairlift. Cost $2. Visit FMI


*Wednesday, October 7 & Saturday, October 24

Presque Isle Fish & Game Club Trapper Education Course, Presque Isle. Learn how to responsibly trap furbearing animals; topics include proper trapping equipment/use, responsible trap setting, importance of wildlife management practices, and habits and traits of furbearers. Students must pass a written exam. Contact David Letourneau (207-551-3368) FMI


*Thursday, October 8

Carleton County Historical Society Book Talk:  The Lost Wilderness, Woodstock, NB. 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic time) at the Charles Connell House, 128 Connell St. Author Nicholas Guitard discusses his latest book, richly illustrated with archival maps, stunning photography. Cost: Free; books available for purchase. Visit FMI


Friday, October 9

Hope & Justice Project Walk It Up, Presque Isle!, Presque Isle. Meet at Turner Memorial Library for a light walk to bring awareness to domestic abuse and sexual violence. Registration: 11:00 a.m. Walk start: 12:00 p.m. Free t-shirt and lunch to those who pre-register. Contact Casey Faulkingham (207-764-2977) or visit FMI


Saturday, October 10

Colors of Courage 5k Run/Walk, Presque Isle. Celebrate, support cancer survivors! New bicycle, motorcycle route options. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at TAMC. Bike start: 10:00 a.m. Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run start: 10:15 a.m. 5k start: 11:00 a.m. BBQ: Noon. Colors of Courage shirts to first 125 registrants. Visit FMI


Saturday, October 10

The Dam Run 10k, Perth-Andover, NB. 10k, 5k, Kids’ 1k races. Registration: 10:00 a.m. at River Valley Civic Centre. Race start: 11:00 a.m. (all times Atlantic). Run along the beautiful St. John River; pre-register for “I ran the DAM RUN” t-shirt. Cost: $30/adult, $20/student, $10/Kids’ 1k. Contact Tasha Wright (506-273-4845) or FMI


*Wednesday, October 14

Firearms Hunter Safety Course, Van Buren. Maine DIF&W Hunter Education is more than gun safety; taught by trained, certified instructors, students receive course handbook, outdoor survival info, more; includes lectures, demonstrations, written exam. Meets Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Van Buren High School. Contact Charles Sullivan (207-868-5758) FMI


Saturday, October 17

Aroostook Birders Wild Goose Chase, Caribou. 7:30-11:00 a.m. at Collins Pond Park. Join us for this traditional, non-strenuous fall favorite; 3-hour excursion around Caribou, Limestone, and Fort Fairfield in search of geese, plus other waterfowl, shorebirds and lingering migrants. Contact Bill Sheehan FMI


*Saturday, October 17

Strong Tower Orphanage Love Run/Walk 5k, Houlton. Event is designed for the whole family to help orphans in Caracol, Haiti. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at Military Street Baptist Church. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $20; includes bib, t-shirt, light refreshments, t-shirts guaranteed to those who register by Sept. 25. Visit FMI


Saturday, October 17

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Trail Work Day, Fort Kent. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Many hands needed to update our trail system. We hope you can come and help out and have a fun morning with us and see some new changes to the stadium and some of the trails! Contact Laura Audibert FMI


*Saturday, October 17

American Council of the Blind-Maine White Cane Walk, Presque Isle. Celebrate White Cane Awareness Day. Walk start: 10:00 a.m. in parking lot near Wilder’s Jewelry, Main St. Contact Bruce Archer (207-764-3360) FMI


Saturday, October 17

Bigrock Mountain Aroostook County’s Toughest Mile, Mars Hill. 1-mile running race on a marked trail from the base of Bigrock to the Summit; push your body to the limit! Race start: 11:00 a.m. Cost: $20. Aroostook County Brew Fest to follow. Contact Ryan Guerrette (207-227-8165) or FMI


Sunday, October 18

Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series Deboullie Day Hike, Caribou. Deboullie Reserve offers rugged terrain, numerous ponds, spectacular views. Preregistration required; program restricted to those in excellent shape. Cost: $20; bring bag lunch. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


*Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24

Presque Isle Historical Society Haunted Lantern History Tours, Presque Isle. Guided “slightly scary and kinda creepy” nighttime walking tours of historic downtown by lantern light. Tours begin at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. each night at Historic Fire Station, 11 Church St. Cost: $5. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or FMI


Saturday, October 24

Unite Against Bullying Walk, Run, or Roll and Family Fun Fair, Caribou. 2-mile Unite Against Bullying Walk, competitive 5k race, 1-mile Kids’ Fun Run, bouncy house, vendor booths; something for everyone in the family to enjoy! Registration: 12:00 p.m. at Caribou Rec. Center. Contact Jasmine DeRier (207-551-9997) or visit FMI


*Saturday, October 24

Woodland PTA Haunted Halloween Walk, Woodland. 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Woodland School, 844 Woodland Center Rd. Snack Shack will feature apple cider, coffee, hot chocolate, and goodies. Cost: $2. Proceeds benefit Woodland PTA. Contact Woodland School (207-496-2981) FMI


*Wednesday, October 28

UMPI Distinguished Lecturer Series: Biologist/Ecologist Dr. Bernd Heinrich, Presque Isle. 7:00–9:00 p.m. in Campus Center. Author of nearly 20 books on nature, behavior, biology and ecology, Dr. Heinrich’s talk will focus on physiological ability of insects and birds to adapt to various environments. Cost: Free. Contact Gayla Shaw FMI


*Thursday, October 29

Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series North Maine Woods Trip, Ashland. Meet with NMW Director and an Irving Woodlands representative at proposed Bald Mountain mining site to discuss development, followed by luncheon seminar at picturesque Hewes Brook Lodge. Cost: $30; includes lunch. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Thursday, October 29

Woodstock Rec. Zombie 3k Run, Woodstock, NB. Registration: 5:00-6:00 p.m. at AYR Motor Centre, 105 Connell Park Rd. Zombies come out at 6:30 p.m. (all times Atlantic)! Cost: $10/adult; $5/student with ID. Zombies needed. Contact Jill Dunnett FMI


*Saturday, October 31

TAMC Monster Dash Aroostook 5k & Little Monsters Fun Run, Presque Isle. Halloween-themed costume event starts/ends at TAMC. Proceeds benefit County Dialysis Center. Registration: 8:00 a.m. Fun Run start: 9:00 a.m. 5k Run/Walk start: 9:30 a.m. Cost: $20. Contact County Dialysis Center (207-768-5863) FMI


*Sunday, November 1

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Halloween 10km Trail Race, Fort Kent. 10k Trail Race, 5k Fun Run/Walk, 1k Kids’ Race (12 and under). Runners in costume receive time bonus in 5k, 10k races. Registration: 11:30 a.m. at FKOC. Race start: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $15; no fee for 1k participants running in costume. Contact Jeff Dubis 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


Walking Group, Caribou. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 6:00 p.m. at Downtown Mall parking lot. Open to the public; weather permitting. A good way to exercise and meet new friends. Contact Pauline or Renee (207-492-2079) evenings FMI


River Valley Runners Tuesday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. Tuesdays; 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit FMI


Village of Perth-Andover Walk in the Park, Perth-Andover, NB. Wednesdays; 6:30–7:30 p.m. (Atlantic) at Perth-Andover Bandstand; weather permitting. Visit FMI


River Valley Runners Thursday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. Thursdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit FMI


Valley Outdoor Centre Volunteer Days, Centreville, NB. Saturdays; 8:30-11:00 a.m. (Atlantic time) on October 3, 17, 31 at Valley Outdoor Centre, 133 Upton Road. Come ready to haul brush; wear heavy boots, long pants and shirt, work gloves, and eye protection, bring plenty of water and some snacks. Visit FMI


River Valley Runners Saturday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB. Saturdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit FMI


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