Aroostook Outdoor News: 11.05.15 edition

Welcome #November! Put the bikes away and #GearUp for #skiing #snowboarding #snowshoeing #skating! #WinterIsComing! #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) A scenic #run on the #StJohnRiver in Nackawic, #NewBrunswick. 2) A #SkiSwap in #EdmundstonNB 3) A #birding trip to Long Lake, originating in #Caribou. Plus lots more! #offugo…


*Friday, November 6-Monday, November 9

Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering, Millinocket. Hosted by Baxter State Park at Twin Pines Resort. Guest speakers, panel and breakout sessions, local excursions. This is a great opportunity to share successes, learn from others involved in stewardship and protection of our mountains in the Northeast! 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/3k running 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

Mont Farlagne Ski Team Ski and Snowboard Swap, Edmundston, NB. 9:00 a.m. (Atlantic time) in the Avalanche Bar in the base lodge. Contact Mont Farlagne (877-837-7669) 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


*Tuesday, November 10

Caribou Rec. Virtual Trip to the Serengeti, Caribou. Betty Rinehart traveled to Tanazania in 2015 and would love to share her experience with you; questions during slide show presentation are welcome. 6:30 p.m. at Caribou Wellness Center. Cost: FREE! Contact Caribou Rec (207-493-4224) 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 14

New Sweden Trails Work Day, New Sweden. Please bring clippers, chain saws, any other tools needed to clear trails for winter. If anyone has a walk-behind bush mower to use, that would be great! 9:00 a.m.-Noon at New Sweden Consolidated School parking lot. See you there! Visit FMI


Saturday, November 14

Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Second Saturday Event, Limestone. This event marks our annual membership drive and nature store sale. We will be open from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Come hike the trails and renew your membership or become a new member. 5-25% discount on Nature Store purchases made that day. Visit FMI


*Tuesday, November 17

Presque Isle High School Walk For Hunger, Presque Isle. PIHS Social Studies Dept. students, realizing that hunger is a problem for many in the community, would like to raise awareness and collect non-perishable food items to alleviate the strain on three local food pantries. Walk start: 8:30 a.m. at PIHS. Contact PIHS (207-764-0121) FMI


*Tuesday, November 17

Caribou Rec./Aroostook Birders Backyard Birds Workshop, Caribou. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Caribou Wellness Center. Learn about and build your own bird feeder or bird house with ornithologist Bill Sheehan. Cost: $10; includes class and bird feeder, pre-registration required. Contact Caribou Rec. (207-493-4224) FMI


*Thursday, November 19

Caribou Rec./Boreal Outdoor Club XC Ski Rental Night, Caribou. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Caribou Wellness Center. Seasonal rentals available for all ages; includes skis, boots, poles, and carrier. Cost: $70. Volunteers needed. Contact CPRD (207-493-4224) 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


*Thursday, November 26

Valley Rivers Middle School Booster Club Turkey Trot 5k, Fort Kent. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at FKCHS soccer field. Walk start: 8:00 a.m. Race start: 8:30 a.m. Cost: $15/person; $45/family. T-shirt to first 50 registrants. Awards: fresh baked pie to first Male, Female finishers per age group/category. Contact Sherri Tanguay FMI


*Saturday, November 28

Turkey Trot 5k, Caribou. Race start: 10:00 a.m. at Caribou High School. Contact Evan Graves (207-226-0711) or FMI


December 1-3 and December 8-10

Katahdin Region Higher Education Center Wilderness First Responder Course, Millinocket. WFR is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, others who work or play in remote areas. Must register at least 2 weeks before course. Contact Katahdin Region Higher Education Center (207-746-5741) FMI


*Saturday, December 5

Fort Kent Outdoor Club Welcome Winter Social, Fort Kent. 5:30-9:00 p.m. at 10th Mountain Lodge. This will be a social, membership drive, and fundraiser all in one; snacks, cash bar, live music, door prizes. Let’s kick off the winter season together! Cost: $3/member; $5/non-member. Visit FMI


Ongoing Programs:


County Strides 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 County Strides at FMI


*Nordic Heritage Sport Club Meeting, Presque Isle. First Tuesday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. The club promotes healthy outdoor recreation, economic vitality in Central Aroostook County by providing first-class facilities and programs to area residents, athletes, visitors. Visit FMI


*Four Season Trail Association Meeting, Madawaska. First Wednesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of healthier lifestyles for this community; participation open to anyone interested. Visit FMI


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