Aroostook Outdoor News: 5.11.18 edition

In this edition: 1) Nature walks in Perham and Limestone. 2) A canoe/kayak race and an adventure race in Danforth. 3) A 5k run/walk in Houlton. Plus lots more!

Events:

 

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 bill.j.sheehan@gmail.com 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 www.canoethewild.com/east-grand-adventure-race 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 www.canoethewild.com/east-grand-adventure-race 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 www.strongtowerhaiti.com FMI

 

LIMESTONE: Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Vernal Pool Walk. 10:00 a.m.-Noon at ANWR Visitors Center, 97 Refuge Road. Learn about wildlife that lives in vernal pools in Aroostook County. See firsthand wood frog, yellow spotted, and blue spotted salamanders egg masses. Waterproof boots recommended. Cost: FREE! Contact ANWR (207-328-4634) 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 sleeper@cariboumaine.org 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 www.presqueislerotary.com 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 sleeper@cariboumaine.org FMI

 

FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center Nature Education Series: Likin’ Lichens. 10:00-11:30 a.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Cir. Ever wondered what these growths are on trees and rocks? Are the plants? Mosses? Creatures? Come find out! Bring a hand lens and lichen guide, if possible. Rain or shine; walking on paved, unpaved trails, venturing into the woods. Cost: FREE! Contact Laura Audibert la4568@roadrunner.com 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

 

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 www.lumbermensmuseum.org FMI

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Bike, Board and Ski Beginner Bike Maintenance Class. 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Bike, Board and Ski, 428 Main St. Hands-on demos of bicycle safety inspections, checking skewers, brakes, tire pressure to make sure your bike is safe and ready to go. We’ll cover proper shifting principles, how to clean and lubricate your bike, and the big one…how to change a flat tire! Contact Bike, Board and Ski (207-769-2453) 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 www.facebook.com/StockholmLegion136 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 sleeper@cariboumaine.org 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 www.msad1.coursestorm.com/course/trail-hiking?search=hiking 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 www.msad1.coursestorm.com/course/mountain-biking-gr-4-8?search=mountain FMI

 

Saturday, May 26

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour. 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Guided two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street, and covers over 30 historic sites and individuals. Reservations suggested. Fee: FREE. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit www.pihistory.org FMI

 

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 www.runsignup.com/Race/ME/Houlton/WildernessWalkforWarriorsHonorRocks5K FMI

 

Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3

 

AROOSTOOK COUNTY: Maine Free Family Fishing Days. On these days, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply. Visit www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing-boating/fishing/fishing-opportunities/index.html 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 www.msad1.coursestorm.com/course/skydiving FMI

 

FORT KENT: Rally in the Valley Mountain Bike Festival. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Cir. Event: 10:00 a.m.-Noon. For grades PK-8; purpose of the day is for kids to enjoy biking while becoming skilled in other facets of the sport. Cost: $5; includes free prize and snacks, all participants present eligible to win new mountain bike! Contact Courtney (207-834-1353) FMI

 

Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10

 

PRESQUE ISLE and LIMESTONE: Northern Maine Birding Festival. Organized by The Aroostook Birders, programs will take place at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle and at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in Limestone. Please watch for updated itinerary when it becomes available. Visit www.aroostookbirders.com FMI

 

Friday, June 8

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Fairmount Cemetery Tour. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, 3 Houlton Road. 1.5-hour guided walking tour; discuss origins, Victorian influences, 30 local historic figures. Many hills on tour. Cost: $5. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit www.pihistory.org FMI

 

Saturday, June 9

 

FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center Nature Education Series: Wildflower Walk. 1:00-2:30 p.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Cir. Learn about the native flowering plants along the trails. Participants should bring a hand lens and wildflower guide, if possible. Rain or shine; walking on paved, unpaved trails, occasionally venturing into the woods. Cost: FREE! Contact Laura Audibert la4568@roadrunner.com FMI

 

Sunday, June 10

 

PRESQUE ISLE: Aroostook County Girls on the Run Celebratory 5k. 9:00 a.m. at Mantle Lake Park. Noncompetitive event. It doesn’t matter who finishes first or last; it is about setting a goal and achieving it. Come join the girls as we all run, walk, or skip our way to the finish line! Monies raised support our GOTR team, help continue, expand programs in The County. Visit www.girlsontherunmaine.org/Aroostook-County-5k 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 www.facebook.com/groups/447181508818122 FMI

 

CARIBOU: C.R.X. Outdoor Adventure Program Open Registration. Weekdays. Exciting outdoor activities for youth entering grades 5-11. Cost/age: varies by program. Open to all area youth. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or sleeper@cariboumaine.org 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

 

CARIBOU: Bike, Board and Ski Road Bike Ride. Tuesdays; 5:30 p.m. at SW Collins on Washburn St. Moderate 15-19 mph group ride. Contact Bike, Board and Ski (207-769-2453) 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

 

Meetings:

 

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 friendsofanwr@gmail.com 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 www.nordicheritagecenter.org 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 www.fortkentoc.org 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 www.fourseasonstrail.org FMI