Aroostook Outdoor News: 5.4.18 edition

In this edition: 1) A canoe/kayak race and a 5k in Houlton. 2) Chillax for a Special Olympics in Long Lake. 3) Learn about peepers in Hodgdon. Plus lots more!



Saturday, May 5


HOULTON: Meduxnekeag River Canoe Race. 8 miles; whitewater. Finish in downtown Houlton. 2018 Maine Downriver Championship Series Point Race. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Wellington’s on Station Rd., New Limerick. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Fee: $15/adult; $10/youth. T-shirt to first 60 registrants. Awards, door prizes, lunch provided! Contact Jane Torres (207-532-4216) or FMI


HOULTON: 4th Annual Hannah Mooers 5k Run/Walk. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at Millar Civic Center, 94 Randall Ave. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Funds raised will go toward the New England Donor Bank. Contact Tammy Farwell (207-694-0521) FMI


Sunday, May 6


SINCLAIR: 7th Annual Knights of Columbus Polar Dip for Special Olympics. Registration: 11:00 a.m. at Long Lake Sporting Club. Polar Dip: 12:00 p.m. Open to all; must raise at least $1. T-shirt for $50 or more in pledges; highest total wins $100 Sporting Club gift cert. “Chicken Pool” available for those who do not wish to jump into the lake. Visit FMI


Tuesday, May 8


HODGDON: Tuesdays at Twin Ponds: Spring Peepers. 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Twin Ponds Nature and Discovery Center, 182 Henderson Rd. Learn about frogs, toads native to our area. Hands-on activities: make and take home a spring peeper puppet. Short nature hike to the pond to listen to, and see if we can find, any Spring Peepers for ourselves! Cost: $10/family. Contact Twin Ponds at FMI


Wednesday, May 9


CARIBOU: Aroostook Birders/Caribou Rec. Collins Pond Bird Watching Outing. 7:00-8:00 a.m. at Collins Pond picnic area, lower Roberts St. Rain or shine. Light walking. Warbler exploration around perimeter of pond. Cost: FREE! Includes bird call to all participants. Binoculars, bird books available on first-come first-serve basis. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Saturday, May 12


PERHAM: Aroostook Birders Perham Bog/Salmon Brook Lake Birding Hike. 7:00-11:00 a.m. Meet at Perham Town Office for a 3-mile round trip excursion along the railroad trail and boardwalk in this interesting ecological reserve. Birders should bring proper clothing, snacks and water for this rain or shine event. Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


DANFORTH: Baskahegan Stream Canoe/Kayak Race. 34 miles; flat water. Kossuth to Bancroft. Runs in conjunction with East Grand Adventure Race as a paddle-only option. Check-in: 7:00 a.m. at East Grand School. Pre-registration required. Cost: $20/pre-registration, $30/day-of-race. Contact Dave Conley (207-551-8729) or visit FMI


DANFORTH: 13th Annual East Grand Adventure Race. 20 miles; off-trail compass run, mountain bike, paddle. Challenges include river traverse, mud crawl, tomahawk throw, log roll, cross-cut saw. Cost: $20/pre-registration, $30/day-of-race; includes trophies, t-shirts, lunch, $1,000+ in prizes. Contact Dave Conley (207-551-8729) or visit FMI


HOULTON: Military Street Baptist Church 5K Love Run/Walk. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at Greater Houlton Christian Academy, 27 School St. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit Strong Tower Orphanage in Caracol, Haiti. Contact MSBC (207- 532-2783) or visit FMI


Wednesday, May 16


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec/Healthy You Caribou Bog Bird Watching Trip. 7:00-8:00 a.m. at Aroostook Valley Rail Trail parking lot on Washburn Rd. Just before Carson Rd. Short walk to birding area. Open to all ages. Rain or shine. Cost: FREE! Includes free bird call. Limited binoculars, bird books available. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


CARIBOU: 7th Annual Cary VA2K Walk and Roll. 11:00 a.m. at Cary Medical Center Trails, 163 Van Buren Road. Come together for better health and to help benefit Homeless Veterans in Aroostook County. All monetary contributions or gift card contributions from local businesses are very much appreciated. Sign up for Door Prizes! All fitness levels welcome. Contact Tami Kilcollins (207-498-1158) FMI


Saturday, May 19


PRESQUE ISLE: 11th Annual Aroostook River Fun Run. 8 miles; flat water. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Washburn boat landing. Race start: 9:30 a.m. Also choose to Paddle It, Bike It, Run/Walk It; all activities end at PI Fish & Game Club with free BBQ lunch, awards, prizes. Cost: $10/adult, $5/child 13 and under; Visit FMI


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec/Healthy You Kayaking Outing. Paddle from the Snow Farm on Grimes Road to Fort Fairfield. Pre-registration required. Cost: $10/person. Includes transportation, incredibly stable Old Town Loon 138 kayaks, PFD’s, paddles. Depart from Caribou Wellness & Recreation Center at 9:00 a.m.; return by 3:00 p.m. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


PATTEN: Fiddlers and Fiddlehead Fest. 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, 61 Shin Pond Rd. Fiddlers will fiddle while fierce fiddlehead cooks compete in the Cast-iron Chef cook-off. Artisans, craftsmen, demonstrations, food vendors, tours, much more! Giant slingshot, scavenger hunt, and games will keep the kids happy! Rain or shine; bring your own chair. Cost: donation. Visit FMI


EASTON: Francis Malcolm Science Center Open House. 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at FMSC, 776 Houlton Rd. Explore the wonders of space through a planetarium presentation, now providing a fully immersive experience through its full-dome, digital projection system! Other attractions include bee biology display, model rocket launches, tropical aquarium, interactive displays, more! Contact FMSC (207-488-5451) FMI


Sunday, May 20


STOCKHOLM: 38th Annual Madawaska River Run. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at the bridge on Little Madawaska Lake Road in Westmanland. Race start: 11:00 a.m. Race ends at Stockholm American Legion. Cost: $15/watercraft; includes one t-shirt. $12/extra t-shirt. Visit FMI


Tuesday, May 22


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec/Healthy You Grimes Road Birding Trip. Meet at Caribou Wellness Center at 6:30 a.m. Bird watching at the Caribou Waste Water treatment ponds with Bill Sheehan. Open to all ages. Rain or shine. Cost: FREE! Includes free bird call. Limited binoculars, bird books available. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Center Trail Hiking Program. Tuesdays; 3:30-5:30 p.m. from May 22-June 19 at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Rd. Students in Grades 3 and up will enjoy hiking and exploring the trails; the views and the wildlife are amazing! Cost $30/student. Contact SAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) or visit FMI


Thursday, May 24


PRESQUE ISLE: Nordic Heritage Center Mountain Biking Program. Thursdays; 3:30-5:30 p.m. from May 24-June 21 at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Rd. Students in grades 4-8 will explore trails, learn how to properly use a mountain bike. Cost $30/student. Contact SAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) or visit FMI


Saturday, May 26


HOULTON: Wilderness Walk for Warriors Honor Rocks 5k and Half. 11:00 a.m. at Millar Civic Center, 94 Randall Ave. Wilderness Walk for Warriors and CompetitorME are once again teaming up to bring you a special event honoring our local Maine heroes. The Honor Run Half will be run just previous to the 5k with a separate signup. Visit FMI


Saturday, June 2


PRESQUE ISLE: SAD 1 Adult & Community Education Skydiving. Grab a breath taking view from over 10,000 feet while safely skydiving attached to your tandem instructor! Video services available. Must be 18 years old, in relatively good physical condition, weigh under 230 lbs. Cost: $249/person. Contact SAD 1 Adult & Community Education (207-764-4776) or visit FMI


Ongoing Programs:


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


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




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