Aroostook Outdoor News: 3.2.18 edition

In this edition: 1) See sled dogs and ski dogs in Fort Kent. 2) Ski races for all ages in Woodland and Presque Isle. 3) Snowshoeing events in Fort Kent and Easton. Plus lots more!

Still snowing!



Saturday, March 3


WOODLAND: Woodchuck Ski Sprints. Fundraiser for the Woodland Ski Team

Open to all ages. Freestyle sprints; 200m-600m depending on division. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at Woodland Consolidated School, 844 Woodland Center Rd. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: donation. Each participant guaranteed at least 2 races. Concessions available. Visit FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Himie Towle Memorial Ski Frolic. Aroostook Cup Series Race #4. Youth races at varying distances; 10k Freestyle Race, 5k Tour for adults. Registration: 10:00 a.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. Youth race start: 12:00 p.m. Adult race start: 12:30 p.m. Cost: $20/family, $10/adult, $5/youth; includes lunch. Contact Tom Towle (207-227-6306) or FMI


FORT KENT: 2nd Annual Can-Am Crown Snowshoe Challenge. 12:00 p.m. at Lonesome Pine Trails, Forest Ave. Join us for a snowshoe race after all the Can-Am Crown Mushers have left the starting line. 11 and under, 12-15 y/o divisions race are on flat course; 16 and above division runs up The Far Side trail, down Founders trail. Cost: $5/15 and under, $10/16 and above. Contact Michelle Labbe (207-231-0386) FMI


EASTON: Francis Malcolm Science Center Moons March & Planetarium Show. Planetarium feature: 6:00 p.m. Hour-long hike: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5/adult, $3/student. Reservations required. Snowshoes available. Headlamps/flashlights recommended. Hot chocolate served following hike. Contact FMSC (207-488-5451) or


Saturday, March 3-Sunday, March 4


FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center/Can-Am Crown Skijoring Races, Skijoring: a blend of XC skiing and mushing, where skier and animal(s) work together. 2k, 4k Sprint races Saturday; 5k, 10k races Sunday, at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Cir. Cost: $30/person per race. Contact FKOC or visit FMI


Friday, March 9 – Sunday, March 11


PATTEN: Mt Chase Lodge Women’s Winter Skills Weekend. At Mt. Chase Lodge, 1517 Shin Pond Rd. Registered Maine Guides will lead ski and snowshoe adventures, teach basic ice fishing, fish identification, introduction to snowmobiling. Pre-registration required. Cost: $319/adult, $279/youth; includes instruction, leadership by Registered Maine Guides, lodging. Contact Mt. Chase Lodge (207-528-2183) FMI


Saturday, March 10


  1. AGATHA: 5th Annual Angel Snowfest. All-day event at Lakeview Restaurant, 9 Lakeview Dr. Live music, outdoor Ice Bar, Snowshoe/Walk, Luminary Walk on the breathtaking Lakeview trails. Proceeds benefit Angel Flight NE and Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund. Fee: $15; includes neck-warmer, stew, entertainment. Visit FMI


Sunday, March 11


MADAWASKA LAKE: Sportsmen Inc. Kids’ Ice Fishing Day. 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. No experience or gear required. Augers, bait hooks, anything else you might need all free for use! First 100 kids registered receive free ice fishing trap. Hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, chips, coffee, donuts available by donation. Tons of door prizes! Contact Northstar Variety (207-896-3239) or visit FMI


Saturday, March 17


FORT KENT: All Things Become New 1st Annual St. Patty’s Day 5k/10k Run/Walk. 9:00 a.m.-Noon at FKCHS, 84 Pleasant St. All ages welcome to attend. Prizes to winners of male, female age groups, individuals who raise the most money. Childcare provided. Pizza, popcorn, drinks, t-shirts available for purchase. Visit FMI


Saturday, March 24


MADAWASKA: Acadia FCU Marathon. Aroostook Cup Series Race #6. 40k freestyle race with cash prizes; 20k freestyle race. Race start: 10:30 a.m. at Four Seasons Trails, 425 Spring St. Fee: $25/40k racers, $20/20k racers, $10/18 and under. Pasta meal with lots of raffle prizes for all skiers. Visit FMI


Sunday, March 25


PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Women’s Winter Snow Day.



Ongoing Programs:


PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club/TAMC Youth Ski Program. Saturdays; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. Ends March 3. Coaches combine instruction, technique training with games on skis. This is the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the winter! For ages 6–10; children under 6 must be accompanied by adult. Cost: FREE! Contact Paul Lamoreau (207-764-6517) FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Youth XC Ski Club. Saturdays; 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. For 4th-8th graders. Want to learn more about XC skiing? Try something new? The Aroostook County Bill Koch Club is for you; play games, learn technique, and have fun on skis! Cost $15/child. Contact Lydia Streinz FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: County Strides Running Group. 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


EASTON: Francis Malcolm Science Center Walk-in Tours. Weekdays; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Experience our planetarium’s new, full-dome, digital projection system, featuring a 30-minute activity; 15 minutes in the star theater, 15 minutes to visit the facility at large. Cost: $5/visitor; reservations requested. Contact FMSC (207-488-5451) FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Adult Ski Night. Tuesdays; 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Rd. Group skiing and instruction for all abilities! Cost: FREE! Equipment rentals available, please arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. Contact Tom Chasse (207-769-2453) or FMI


MADAWASKA: Four Seasons Trail Association Walking Group. Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Bring lunch. Contact Jacqueline Soucy (207-728-7047) FMI


CARIBOU: Men’s Ski Night. Thursdays; 5:00-6:30 p.m. Casual ski outing switching between Freestyle and Classical skiing each week. Start out with larger group, than most likely naturally break off into smaller groups depending on numbers. This is not a race or workout. If there is interest in workouts, we can discuss that and try another night for workouts. Contact Evan Graves FMI




LIMESTONE: Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Meeting. Second Monday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at ANWR headquarters and Visitor’s Center, 97 Refuge Rd. Get involved in volunteer projects at ANWR in effort to balance enhancing of habitat with public access privilege to enjoy wildlife in an unmolested environment. Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Sport Club Meeting. 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


FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center Meeting. First Wednesday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Circle. The Fort Kent Outdoor Center promotes healthy outdoor lifestyles by providing a first-rate facility, trail system, and recreational activities for members, athletes, and visitors. Visit FMI


MADAWASKA: Four Seasons Trail Association Meeting. 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