Aroostook Outdoor News: 11.23.18 edition

In this edition: 1) Burn off those Thanksgiving calories at a Turkey Trot in Caribou. 2) Young skiers can get a jump on the ski season at a special youth program in Caribou. 3) Welcome winter at a murder mystery party in Fort Kent. Plus lots more!

In between seasons…



Saturday, November 24


CARIBOU: Turkey Trot 5k. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Caribou High School, 308 Sweden St. Walk start: 9:45 a.m. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $14/person; long-sleeved t-shirt to first 75 registrants. Contact Evan Graves (207-226-0711) or FMI


Tuesday, November 27


CARIBOU: Caribou Rec. PRESKISON Ski Program. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00-6:00 p.m.; November 27-December 20. For youth in grades 5-8. Adventure to different locations to find activities to keep moving: mountain biking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, ice skating. Pre-registration required. Cost: $20/person. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Friday, November 30


FORT KENT: Fort Kent Outdoor Center Welcome Winter Social. 5:30-9:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Circle. This year’s event has a little twist: Membership Drive and Social AND a Murder Mystery Party! Come as a suspect or feel free to mingle and watch the investigation unfold. Pot luck appetizers, cash bar. Cost: $3/member; $5/non-member. Visit FMI


Saturday, December 1


MARS HILL: Bigrock Mountain Ski Swap and Sale. Old ski gear taking up space in your home? Looking for rock-bottom prices on ski stuff for the upcoming season? Then you better get to Bigrock! Last day to buy early bird season passes! Consignment intake: 9:00-11:00 a.m. Sale: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Contact Bigrock (207-425-6711) FMI


Tuesday, December 4


FORT KENT: St. John Valley Senior College: Fort Kent Outdoor Center History and Tour. 1:00-2:30 p.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Circle. Learn about the history of the FKOC, tour the facilities, and hear how this organization helps connect the community’s past to its future. Includes optional hike or snowshoe trek. Cost: $15; includes all classes for current term. Contact Valley Unified Continuing Education (207-834-3536) FMI


Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8


MADAWASKA: Four Seasons Trail Association Student Ski Rental Program. 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Dec. 7; 9:00 a.m.-Noon on Dec. 8 at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. For students in grade 8 and younger. Rental season: Dec. 7-Apr. 8. Cost: $50/package, includes skis, poles, boots; family discount applies to three or more rentals. Visit FMI


Saturday, December 15


CARIBOU: 119th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. 7:00 a.m. at Tim Horton’s, 109 Bennett Dr. We invite you to join us for all or part of this day-long count in the Caribou area; all welcomed for this long-standing holiday tradition! We need all hands on deck! Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


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


Sunday, December 23


MADAWASKA: Four Seasons Trail Association Christmas at the Lodge. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Pasta lunch, sleigh rides, tubing, skiing, snowshoeing, and SANTA! Bring the kids! Visit FMI


PRESQUE ISLE: Sunday Snowshoeing with Santa. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Rd. Guided hikes available or explore the trails on your own! Snow shoes available for rent while supplies last. Cost: $2/pair; free with NHSC membership or bring your own. Join Santa in the lodge at 12:00 p.m. for hot cocoa before hitting the trails. Visit FMI


Ongoing Programs:


PRESQUE ISLE: UMPI-SAGE Outing Club. SAGE (Seniors Achieving Greater Education) organizes and carries out several outdoor activities every season. Events planned for this fall are: geocaching at Nordic Heritage Sport Center, biking and walking local trails across Aroostook County and Perth Andover, NB, Canada. Join the fun in planning, organizing and attending these activities. Contact the SAGE office (207-768-9501) FMI


MADAWASKA: Four Seasons Trail Association Youth Skiing Program. Saturdays; December 29-March 9 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Visit 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 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