Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.17.15 edition

#Snow in #Aroostook! Love it or hate it, it’s #TheStuffYouNeedOutHere. #AroostookThing


In this edition: 1) An #outdoorsy #holiday tradition: the annual #Audubon bird count in #Caribou. 2) Youth #Nordic #ski rental sessions in #PresqueIsle and #FortKent. 3) Lunch (and #skiing and #sliding and #snowshoeing) with #Santa in #Madawaska. Plus lots more! #offugo…

Saturday, December 19

Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Caribou. 6:45 a.m. at Tim Horton’s on Bennett Drive. All are welcomed for this long-standing day-long holiday tradition! We need all hands on deck! We will break up into groups, assign coverage areas and begin our day. Please join us! Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


*Saturday, December 19

NHSC Nordic Ski Rental Session, Presque Isle. 10:00 a.m.-Noon at Nordic Heritage Sport Club Wax Building (1st driveway on left, just before large parking lot). Nordic ski rentals for Presque Isle, Mapleton, Easton and Mars Hill youth thru 8th grade. Cost: $70; includes $15 deposit. Contact NHSC (207-551-1705) or FMI


*Saturday, December 19

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Ski Rental Session, Fort Kent. Noon- 2:00 a.m. at FKOC Lodge. Season-long Nordic ski rentals for Pre-K to 8th grade. Cost: $70; includes $15 deposit. Remember to purchase a FKOC membership so that you can ski and snowshoe on all the trails all the time! Contact Gail Johnson FMI


*Sunday, December 20

Four Seasons Trail Association Lunch with Santa, Madawaska. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge. Horse drawn sleigh rides, sliding, free ski rentals, skiing, snowshoeing, outdoor games, and SANTA and Mrs. Claus! Bring the kids! Visit FMI


*Thursday, December 24

Bigrock Mountain Opening Day, Mars Hill. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. It’s the day you’ve waited for: Bigrock opens for the season! Kick off the ski/snowboard season at Bigrock! Weather permitting. Visit FMI


Sunday, December 27-Tuesday, December 29

Fort Kent Outing Club Nordic Ski Festival, Fort Kent. Looking for great Christmas snow for Nordic skiing? Look no further than FKOC, host of World Cup Biathlon, national, regional ski events. This year’s festival will feature a variety of events and lots of fun. Visit FMI


Friday, January 1, 2016

Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Presque Isle. We invite you to join us for all or part of this day-long count in the Presque Isle area; all welcomed for this long-standing holiday tradition! We need all hands on deck! Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


Saturday, January 9-Sunday, January 10

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Regional Biathlon Competition, Fort Kent. Regional citizens’ series to give novices/youth a chance to enter low-pressure biathlon competitions to gain experience, as well as for more experienced athletes. Very low key races, similar to a time trial; just an opportunity to race for anybody. Visit FMI


Thursday, January 14

Baxter State Park Summer Camping Reservations Opening Day, Millinocket. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in-person only at Baxter State Park Authority Headquarters, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket. Only 20% of each campground may be reserved; two reservation limit per person or camp group. Contact Baxter State Park (207-723-5140) FMI


*Saturday, January 23

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Full Moon Snowshoe Hike, Fort Kent. 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Contact FKOC (207-834-6203) or visit FMI


*Sunday, January 24

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Frostbite XC Ski Event, Fort Kent. Citizens’ Aroostook Cup race. Style: Classic skiing. Distances, Registration, Race start, Fee: TBA. Contact FKOC (207-834-6203) or 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


UMPI Meteorology Course, Presque Isle. Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 19-May 12; 12:30-1:45 p.m. Learn about basic weather systems, how to identify cloud formations and interpret what they mean in terms of upcoming weather. Emphasis placed on northern Maine weather. Contact Ted Shapiro (207-764-4461) or FMI


Sportsmen’s Inc. Meeting, Stockholm. First Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Axle Siding Clubhouse (intersection of Lake Street/Rt. 161). Outdoors men and women promoting the traditions of the outdoors. If you’re interested in joining, you’re welcome to attend as a guest. Kids are welcome too! Visit 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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