Aroostook Outdoor News: 3.9.18 edition

In this edition: 1) Snowshoe for a cause in St. Agatha. 2) Introduce the kids to ice fishing (for FREE!) in Madawaska Lake. 3) Then sign them up for a youth downhill ski race in Mars Hill. Plus lots more!

Still snowing!


Saturday, March 10

ST. 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


MARS HILL: Bigrock Invitational Youth Ski Race. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Bigrock Mountain, 37 Graves Rd. Giant Slalom Race start: 10:00 a.m. Slalom Race start: 12:45 p.m. Awards: 2:30 p.m. Fee: $25/skier; includes lift ticket, $15/season pass holders. Contact Bigrock (207-425-6711) FMI


Saturday, March 17


PRESQUE ISLE: Phi Theta Kappa/Northern Maine Community College Leprechaun Run/Walk. Distances: 1k, 2k, 5k. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at NMCC, 33 Edgemont Dr. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Prizes awarded to winner of each running race. Cost: $5/student, $10/community member. Free t-shirt, entry into drawing for various door prizes. Visit FMI


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

FORT KENT: FKOC/NMMC Lucky Leprechaun Snow Shoe Hike. 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Cir. Cost: $10/person, $5/NMMC employee (with badge), FREE/FKOC member. 22 pairs of snowshoes available for FREE on a first come first serve basis. Visit FMI

Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25


PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Sportsman’s Show. Doors open: 9:00 a.m. each day at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Kids’ Trout Fishing Pond, Air Gun Shooting Range, Laser Shot Rifle/Pistol Range, Video Hunting Game, Moose Calling Contest, hourly kids’ door prizes! 75+ exhibitors. Fee: $5/person, FREE/kids 10 and under. Visit Presque Isle Fish and Game Club FMI


Saturday, March 24


FORT KENT: Lonesome Pine Trails Ski Invitational Race. 9:00 a.m. at Lonesome Pine Trails, Forest Ave. Slalom and Giant Slalom downhill youth races. Contact Lonesome Pine Trails (207-834-5202) or or visit FMI


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


FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center Snowshoe Poker Run. 6:00-89:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Cir. Visit FMI


Wednesday, March 28


PRESQUE ISLE: Aroostook Birders Annual Slide Show and Pot Luck. 6:00 p.m. at Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection, 1235 Central Drive. Birds of a feather flock together; join us for an evening of show and tell! Bring one of your very best bird photos of the year and a dish to add to our pot luck supper. Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


Saturday, April 7


PRESQUE ISLE: 38th Annual UMPI Spring Runoff 5k Road Race. County Challenge Series Race #2. Run as an individual or 3-person relay team. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Wieden Gym. Walk start: 9:30 a.m. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Pizza and Pepsi served after the race! Cost: $15/individual, $25/relay team. Contact Chris Smith (207-768-9472) or FMI


Tuesday, April 10


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Deer Yard/Greenhouse. Travel with Wildlife Biologist Amanda DeMusz to learn what it takes to manage deer. Visit a greenhouse to learn about gardening; design and plant your own outdoor flower pot. Depart Caribou Rec: 8:30 a.m. Return: 4:00 p.m. Fee: $30; includes lunch, flower pot, transportation. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Ongoing Programs:


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