Aroostook Outdoor News: 10.15.15 edition

#Snow in the #forecast! Who’s excited? We are! #offugo #WinterIsComing #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) A #WildGooseChase in #Caribou. 2) Awareness runs and walks in #Houlton and #PresqueIsle. 3) #DayHikes that explore the #MaineWoods originating from Presque Isle and Caribou. Plus lots more! #offugo..

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

Ark Animal Sanctuary Strut Your Mutt Walkathon, Houlton. Walk in memory of Linda Severson to the new sanctuary site; approx. 4 miles. Pledge sheets available online. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at Hollywood Pet Salon. Walk start: 10:00 a.m. Contact Ark Animal Sanctuary (207-532-7387) or 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

Chewonki Live Owl Presentation, Presque Isle. 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, 39 Second St. See live owls up close and hear a presentation about the Chewonki Foundation. This program is open to everyone. Bring your cameras and prepare for a really fun hour-long learning experience. Contact Sonja Plummer Eyler (207-764-2571) FMI


*Saturday, October 17

Bigrock Mountain Aroostook County’s Toughest Mile, Mars Hill.



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


*Sunday, October 18

UMPI Outing Club Gulf Hagas Day Hike, Presque Isle. Gulf Hagas is a gem of a trail; don’t miss this opportunity to see for yourself the deep gorge, waterfalls, old growth timber. Cost: $15/UMPI Student, $25/non-student; includes transportation, lunch, guide service. Contact Amanda Baker (207-768-9401) or FMI


*Sunday, October 18 & Sunday, October 25

Nordic Heritage Center Fall Work Bee, Presque Isle. 12:00 p.m. until dark. Cutting brush, clearing trails, other maintenance tasks; a great way to get outdoors and have fun. Report to the Welcome Center and we’ll give you a job. If you’ve got tools, please bring them. Otherwise, we’ll provide them. Rain or shine. Contact Chad McPherson: FMI


Monday, October 19

MSAD1 Adult Ed. Hunter Safety Class, Presque Isle. 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Mondays & Tuesdays for 2 weeks. Required for those 16 and up seeking first time hunting license. Learn firearms safety, hunter ethics, map & compass, first aid, survival, game ID and proper care, hunting laws. Students build survival kits. Cost: $5. Contact MSAD1 Adult Ed. (207-764-4776) FMI


Tuesday, October 20

Caribou Rec. Adult Take It Outside Series Bradford Camps Trip, Munsungan Lake. For over a century, sportsmen and tourists have traveled to North Maine Woods to embrace nature. Learn about the history of the camps from the owners while being treated to lunch in a wilderness lodge. Cost: $40. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


*Tuesday, October 20

Patten Women’s Club Book Talk: Robert Louis DeMayo, Patten. 7:00 p.m. at Patten Lumberman’s Museum. The author reads excerpts from his novels “The Making of Theodore Roosevelt,” “The Legend of Everett Ruess,” and “The Wayward Traveler,” comparing Roosevelt and Ruess in his talk. Pie and beverages served. Contact Patten Lumberman’s Museum (207-528-2650) 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


*Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24

Limestone Rec. Twisted Wonderland Interactive Haunted Woods Walk, Limestone. 6:00-9:00 p.m. each night at Trafton Lake Campground. Follow Mad Hatter through the rabbit hole… Not recommended for the very young; parental discretion advised. Cost: $5/age 13 and older, $3/age 7-12. Contact Limestone Rec. (207-325-4791) 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


*Sunday, November 1

Quoggy Jo Ski Club Ski & Winter Sports Sale, Presque Isle. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Presque Isle Rec. Center. Consignments accepted from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. Area ski shops will be on hand with new and used gear! Contact Gene Cronin (207-540-1496) or FMI


*Monday, November 2

Baxter State Park Winter Reservations Opening Day, Millinocket. Any winter overnight use, or any winter above-treeline travel, including day-use, requires a winter registration form. Reservations must be received in the BSP office at least 7 working days before your trip; office opens at 8:00 a.m. Visit FMI


*Saturday, November 7

UMPI Outing Club Deboullie Day Hike, Presque Isle. More info coming soon. Cost: will cover cost of transportation, guide service, etc. Contact Amanda Baker (207-768-9401) or FMI


Saturday, November 7

Run The River, Nackawic, NB. 10k/5k/3krunning races and 1k Kids’ Fun Run. Race start: 9:00 a.m. (Atlantic) at Race Central, Nackawic Shopping Mall, 135 Otis Drive. Register online only by Nov. 6 at Contact Greg MacFarlane (506-575-2075) or or visit FMI


Saturday, November 7

Aroostook Birders Long Lake/St Agatha Outing, Sinclair. Explore the area, looking for birds; 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Meet the group at Caribou Tim Horton’s at 7:45 or Sinclair boat landing at 8:30.  Contact Bill Sheehan FMI


*Saturday, November 14

Bigrock Ski Swap and Sale, Mars Hill. Old ski gear taking up space in your home? Looking for rock-bottom prices on ski stuff for the upcoming season? Then you better get to Bigrock! Last day to buy early bird season passes! Consignment intake: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sale: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Contact Ryan Guerrette (207-425-6711) or FMI


*Saturday, November 21–Sunday, November 22

Lonesome Pine Trails Ski Swap and Sale, Fort Kent. Ski sale registration: Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-Noon. Ski sale: Sunday, Noon-4:00 p.m. Discounted season passes available both days. Contact LPT (207-834-5202) or visit FMI


Ongoing Programs:


*Sunday Saunter Running Group, Presque Isle. Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at various locations. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Visit Sunday Saunter at 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 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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