Aroostook Outdoor News: 1.1.15 edition

Here’s to a new year full of outdoor opportunities and awesome adventures! Happy New Year!

In this edition: 1) Full moon outings in Presque Isle and Fort Kent. 2) The first of several community ski races is coming up in Madawaska. 3) Skiing in Baxter State Park. Plus lots more! offugo…

Saturday, January 3
Audubon Christmas Bird Counts, Presque Isle area
We invite you to join us for all or part of these day-long counts; all welcomed! Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI

Saturday, January 3
CompetitorME Full Moon Frolic, Presque Isle
6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge. Join us for a 2.5-mile full moon snowshoe hike on Eric’s Around The Mountain Trail. Bring refreshments and food for a celebration afterwards; headlamp or flashlight isn’t a bad idea. See YOU there! Contact Jonathan Kelley FMI

Saturday, January 3
10th Mountain SC Full Moon Snowshoe Poker Run, Fort Kent
6:30-9:30 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Poker run for fun and fundraising, usually a 50/50; winner takes half and club gets half. Visit FMI

Saturday, January 10
Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Second Saturday Series: Bird Feeders, Limestone
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Learn all about bird feeders and hike or ski on our trails! Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or visit FMI

Sunday, January 11
FSTA Deprey Classic – Aroostook Cup #1, Madawaska
Kick off the Aroostook Cup series; 6-6.5k freestyle race and tour and age-appropriate kids’ race at Four Seasons Lodge. Registration: Noon. Kids’ race start: 12:30 p.m. Race start: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $2/youth; $5/adult. Contact Colin Jandreau (207-728-6103) or FMI

Wednesday, January 14
Baxter State Park Summer Camping Reservations Opening Day, Millinocket 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in-person only at Baxter State Park Authority Headquarters, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket. Only 20% of each campground may be reserved; two reservation limit per person or camp group. Contact Baxter State Park (207-723-5140) FMI

Sunday, January 18
10th Mountain SC Frostbite XC Ski Event – Aroostook Cup #2, Fort Kent
Distances: 30k, 15k, 5k. Registration: 10:30 a.m.; Race start (all events): 12:00 p.m. Fee: $20. Visit FMI

Thursday, January 22
Aroostook Birders Meeting and Presentation, Presque Isle
6:30 p.m. Location TBA. Dave Putnam will present “A Few Birds of Mongolia, and other things.” Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI

Saturday, January 24-Sunday, January 25
MWSC Active Maine Project Katahdin Area Trails Weekend, Millinocket
Join other active adults from around Maine for fantastic groomed trails, backcountry Baxter tour, and fat bike riding! Cost: $175; includes program, lodging, gourmet dinner. Participants must provide own ski/bike equipment. Contact Mike Smith (207-227-0250) or FMI

*Saturday, January 31
CompetitorME Chilly Cheeks Winter Triathlon, Caribou
Cancelled due to lack of registrants.

Sunday, February 1
Aroostook Women’s Ski Day, Presque Isle
9:00 a.m. at Nordic Heritage Center. AWSD offers a full day of outdoor and indoor activities. Clinic choices: skiing (classic & freestyle/skate), snowshoeing, yoga, meditation, workshop focusing on fueling the body. Fee: $45. Contact Heidi Bartley (207-551-1705) or FMI

*Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 19
Caribou Adult Ed. Archery Hunter Education Course, Caribou
Feb 4: 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Feb 19: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This ME DIFW course provides knowledge regarding equipment, hunting methods, responsibilities, and general safety. Homestudy course; requires attendance at sessions as well as work from home. Contact Caribou Adult Ed. (207-493-4272) FMI

*Saturday, February 7
31st Annual Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run, Houlton
First race in the Aroostook Musterds County Challenge Series. Registration: 9:00 a.m. at Millar Arena. 2-mile walk start: 10:45 a.m. 5k run start: 11:00 a.m. Cost: $12. T-shirts to first 50 registrants. Contact Larry Tonzi FMI.

*Saturday, February 7
Florenceville-Bristol Tourism SnowBlast, Florenceville, NB
This event is a blast for the entire family to celebrate winter! Activities: youth/adult cardboard classic, snowshoe hikes, taffy on the snow, wacky snow games, food court, sliding, and more. Contact Florenceville-Bristol Tourism (506-392-6763) or visit FMI

Ongoing Programs:

Sunday Saunter Running Group, Presque Isle
Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Contact Jonathan Kelley FMI

Bootlegger Snowshoe Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC
Sundays; fourth Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the end of Path Brissette. Get to know the magical setting of the Bootlegger trails on this guided hike. Contact Jean Lebrun (418-893-1033) or FMI

Caribou Rec. Ski-Daddle Program, Caribou
Tuesdays & Thursdays; 3:00-4:30 p.m. Jan. 6–March 3. Designed for Grades 3-5. Lessons include intro to XC ski equipment and techniques and lots of outdoor fun. Cost: $10; includes Ski-Daddle CPRD hat. Ski equipment available; pre-registration required. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI

10th Mountain Outdoor Club Jalbert Pee Wee Biathlon Program, Fort Kent
Tuesdays; 4:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Open to youth ages 9 and under. Kids will learn basic skate skiing skills, go on ski adventures, and play LOTS of games! Cost: FREE! Contact Gail Johnson FMI

MWSC Active Maine Project Adult Nordic Program, Fort Kent
Tuesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. The program runs January 20-February 10 and is a fun, social way to improve your ski skills. Cost: $55. Contact Mike Smith (207-227-0250) or FMI

10th Mountain Outdoor Club Jalbert Youth Biathlon Program, Fort Kent
Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Open to youth ages 10-14; roller skiing, rifle shooting, trail running, and LOTS of games! Cost: FREE! Contact Gail Johnson FMI

MWSC Active Maine Project Adult Nordic Program, Presque Isle
Thursdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center. The program runs January 22-February 12 and is a fun, social way to improve your ski skills. Cost: $55. Contact Mike Smith (207-227-0250) or FMI

Nordic Heritage Sport Club Youth XC Ski Program, Presque Isle
Saturdays; 10:00-11:30 a.m. Starts January 10. Join us for a fun-filled free ski lesson! Grades K-8 welcome; ages 5 and under invited if with adult. Lessons designed for all levels. Visit FMI

Four Seasons Trail Association Youth Ski Program, Madawaska
Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge. Visit FMI

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