Aroostook Outdoor News: 11.12.15 edition

Waiting for #ElNino. Cold #winter? Mild temps? More #snow? Less Snow? #WhatsItGonnaBe? #WinterIsComing #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) A #SkiSwap in #MarsHill. 2) Support local #wildlife and #hike the #trails in #Limestone. 3) Live #WildAnimals from around the globe in Woodstock, #NewBrunswick. Plus lots more! #offugo…


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


*Sunday, November 15

Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo Exhibit, Woodstock, NB. Featuring animals from Australia to the Canadian Arctic; 8 live animal exhibits with interactive programs. General admission: 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Ayr Motor Centre. Show times: 10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30. Cost: $10/person, family of 4/$38. Visit Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo 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


*Tuesday, December 1

UMPI Distinguished Lecturer Series, Presque Isle. Nationally-renowned photographer and videographer Scot Miller’s multi-media presentation, titled “Emerson, Muir, Thoreau: A Photographic Trilogy of American Wildness”. 7:00 p.m. at Campus Center. Cost: FREE; all invited to attend. Contact UMPI Community and Media Relations Office (207-768-9452) 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


*Bootlegger Snowshoe Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC. Fourth Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at the end of Path Brissette. Get to know the magical setting of the Bootlegger trails on this guided hike. Contact Jean Lebrun (418-893-1033) or 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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