Aroostook Outdoor News: 5.21.15 edition

42 #ThingsToDo #Outdoors in (or near) #Aroostook in the next 38 days. How many can you do?

In this edition: 1) An Owl Prowl in Caribou. 2) A nighttime glow run in Presque Isle. 3) A color run and kite festival just across the border in New Brunswick. Plus lots more! offugo…

*Thursday, May 21
River Valley Runners Fun Run, Woodstock, NB
Have fun and share the joy of running! 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Visit FMI

Thursday, May 21
Caribou Rec./Healthy You Owl Prowl & Night Sounds Field Trip, Caribou
With audio enhancement tools, explore a local forest. Meet at Caribou Wellness Center at 6:45 p.m. Open to all ages. Rain or shine. Cost: FREE! Includes transportation, free bird call. Bring flashlight; expect moderate walking. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI

Friday, May 22
PI Reg. Career & Tech. Center SkillsUSA Nationals Glow 5k, Presque Isle
Registration: 8:00 p.m. at PI Middle School. Race start: 8:30. There will be refreshments along the way. Come ready to have lots of fun and bring plenty of glow sticks and glow in the dark gear! Cost: $20/adult; $10/youth (17 and under). Contact Amy White FMI

*Saturday, May 23
2nd Annual Woodstock High School Rainbow Fun Run, Woodstock, NB
5k Rainbow Run/Walk, Kids’ Rainbow Run, fun children’s games. Registration: 9:00 a.m. Run start: 10:30 a.m. Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth 6-12, FREE/youth 5 & under. Proceeds benefit Relay For Life. Contact Woodstock High School (506-325-4437) FMI

Saturday, May 23
PI Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Presque Isle 10:00 a.m.-Noon. This 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. Fee: FREE; $2 donation suggested. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI

*Sunday, May 24
8th Annual South Knowlesville Kite Festival, South Knowlesville, NB
12:00-4:00 p.m. in the hay field at 111 Simms Road. Make and fly kites and eat wood-fired pizza provided by Speerville Flour Mill as a fundraiser for Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre. Cost: FREE! Contact Leland (506-375-8623) FMI

*Thursday, May 28
Gathering of the Scots Festival Scottish Athletics Skills Workshop, Perth-Andover, NB
5:30 p.m. (Atlantic) at Veteran’s Field, Perth. Open to all! Try stone toss, hammer throw, weight for height, caber toss. Supervised by professional instructors. “Com’on, dunna’ be a-frade…come and be Scottish for the weekend!” Contact Dirk Bishop at (506-273-3102) FMI

Friday, May 29
Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Seminar: Wild Brook Trout, Forest City
Retired Maine fisheries biologist discusses genetic sampling of wild brook trout, stream surveys, habitat restoration, standardization of fishing regulations, renewal of hatchery stock. 7:30-9:00 p.m. at WWLT Center. Contact Patty Michaud (207-448‐3250) or FMI

Saturday, May 30
Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Booming Out Ground Bird Watching, Forest City
Join naturalist Marion Bates as we look for migrating and nesting warblers, rare Black-Backed woodpeckers, and Scarlet Tanagers. 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at WWLT Center. Bring lunch. Contact Patty Michaud (207-448‐3250) or FMI

Saturday, May 30
CompetitorME Rachael’s Run 5k Run/Walk, Presque Isle
This is not a race; proceeds support Rachael Frinder Gagnon’s medical bills and Little Pink Houses of Hope. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Run start: 9:00 a.m. First 50 registrants get a t-shirt. Visit FMI

Saturday, May 30
The County Walk Towards a Cure, Island Falls
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 4k Walk/5k Run fundraiser to benefit Sarah’s House of Maine and Bridge to Hope, Houlton. Contact Ruth Frasier FMI

*Saturday, May 30
Central Aroostook Humane Society Paws For The Cause Walk, Presque Isle
Registration: 10:00 a.m. at CAHS, 26 Cross Street. 2-mile walk start: 10:30 a.m. Rain or shine. Cost: $5 for those without pledges; includes refreshments, dog wash, prizes. Rabies Clinic: 11:00 a.m.; $10 fee. Contact Gloria Towle (207-551-6966) or FMI

Saturday, May 30
Malcolm Science Center Spring Open House, Easton
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Join us for hands-on science activities, planetarium shows, model rocket launches, and University of Maine ocean touch tank demonstration. Contact Malcolm Science Center (207-488-5451) or FMI

*Saturday, May 30
Gathering of the Scots Festival Falconry Demonstration, Perth-Andover, NB
For the first time in New Brunswick, the GOS Highland Games is offering a birds of prey flight demonstration in addition to traditional Highland activities. Show times: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Festival Grounds, Perth. Open to all! Contact Dirk Bishop at (506-273-3102) FMI

*Saturday, May 30
Micmac Service Unit Bicycle Safety Rodeo, Presque Isle
1:00 p.m. at 8 Northern Road. For school-aged children; bicyclist safety course, bike safety checks, free helmets for kids that do not own a helmet. Contact Micmac Service Unit (207-764-7219) FMI

*Saturday, May 30
Meduxnekeag River Association Warbler Workshop, Woodstock, NB
1:00 p.m. (Atlantic time) at L.P. Fisher Public Library. Birder Grant Milroy will present images and vocalizations of the 23 different species of warbler known to breed in NB. Contact Meduxnekeag River Association (506-328-8227) or or visit FMI

Sunday, May 31
12th Annual Alzheimer Society of NB Walk for Memories, Woodstock, NB
Join families and friends across New Brunswick and walk with a purpose! Registration: Noon at Riverside Court. Walk start: 1:00 p.m. (all times Atlantic). Contact Alzheimer Society of NB (800-664-8411) or FMI

Saturday, June 6
Northern Maine Bird Festival, Limestone
6:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge. Features: guided bird walks, netting and banding demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, plus a special Birds Acre presentation, “Owls of Maine” at 11:00 a.m. Cost: FREE! Contact Bill Sheehan FMI

*Saturday, June 6
Meduxnekeag River Association Bird Walk, Woodstock, NB
9:00 a.m. (Atlantic time) at Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve at Wilson Mountain, 260 Red Bridge Rd. 35 species identified last year including a close encounter with a Barred Owl. Contact Meduxnekeag River Association (506-328-8227) or or visit FMI

Saturday, June 6
Plaster Rock Bicycle Rodeo, Plaster Rock, NB
10:00 a.m.-Noon (Atlantic) at Plaster Rock Tobique-Plex. For youth ages 5-12. Bring bike and helmet for inspection, take part in our obstacle course, learn safety tips, get snacks, refreshments, certificates, and prizes! Contact Village of Plaster Rock Recreation and Parks Department (506-356-6075) FMI

Sunday, June 7
Community in Motion 1k/5k Walk to Fight Arthritis, Hartland, NB
The Walk to Fight Arthritis stretches across Canada to help the over 4.6 million Canadians who live with arthritis every day. Registration: 1:00 p.m. at Hartland Covered Bridge. Walk start: 2:00 p.m. (all times Atlantic). Contact: Donna Clark (506-452-7191 ex. 103) or FMI

*Saturday, June 13
Woodstock Recreation Colour Me Neon 5k, Woodstock, NB
Registration: 9:00 a.m. at AYR Motor Centre. Race start: 10:30 a.m. (all times Atlantic). Cost: $20/adult, $15/youth 10 & under, pre-reg.; add $5/person race day. Proceeds to Woodstock Recreation Youth Zone Program. Contact Jenna Bull (506-323-9090) FMI

*Saturday, June 13
Miller Fun 5k, Plaster Rock, NB
Registration: 10:00 a.m. at Roulston Lake Tourist Park Pavilion. Race start: 11:00 a.m. (all times Atlantic). Cost: $10/youth, $25/adult, $35/family or through pledge collection. Contact Debbie Miller (506-356-2284) or FMI

Tuesday, June 16
Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Mud Lake Falls Canoe Trip, Forest City
Paddle from Spednic Landing to the Booming Out Ground. 9:00 a.m. at WWLT Center. Bring canoe/kayak, lunch; traditional wood/canvas canoes can be reserved. Contact Patty Michaud (207-448‐3250) or FMI

Tuesday, June 16
Spring Summit Run: 2015-NT, Baxter State Park
Run to the top of North Traveler (NT) Mountain; 2.5 miles, 2000 foot elevation gain; scramble down to South Branch Pond Campground; drinks and grub will most likely be waiting! Camping an option the night before. Hosted by Donald Eno. Visit FMI

Saturday, June 20
Rally in the Valley Mountain Bike Festival, Fort Kent
8:00 a.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. For kids of all ages. Pre-registrations receive free helmet, water bottle, cool t-shirt! Cost: $5; includes bag lunch, all participants present eligible to win new mountain bike! Contact Gail Lamarr (207-834-1459) or FMI

Sunday, June 21
SW Collins Co. 5k Run/Walk, Caribou
Aroostook Musterds Challenge Series Race #3. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Start times: Kids’ Fun Run: 9:00 a.m.; 5k Walk: 9:45 a.m.; 5k Run: 10:00 a.m. First 75 registrants receive t-shirt. Contact Leslie Jackson (207-496-6723) or FMI

*Sunday, June 21
Le Petit Sault 30/60 MTB Endurance Race, Edmundston, NB
20k, 40k, 60k mountain bike races. Registration: 9:00 a.m. Race start: 10:30 a.m. (all times Atlantic). Great prizes, handmade sprocket trophies. Cost: $35; non-licensed racers must pay $10 day license fee. Canteen services, 3 feed stations. Contact Marco Levesque (506-735-0918) or FMI

*Saturday, June 27
Tri Aroostook, Presque Isle
USAT-sanctioned sprint triathlon for ages 16 and up. Compete in the fully supported, staffed sprint triathlon as an individual or relay team. Components: 525-yard indoor pool swim; scenic 10.25-mile bike; 3.1-mile off road run. Race start: 8:00 a.m. Cost: $70/person; includes shirt, medal, awards. Visit FMI

*Saturday, June 27
Tri Aroostook Kids, Presque Isle
USAT-sanctioned youth triathlon for ages 6-15. Athletes compete as individuals at varying distances based on age; capped at 125 athletes. First of three youth triathlons in a series. Race start: 1:30 p.m. Cost: $20/person. Visit FMI

*Sunday, June 28
1st Annual Fresh Trails Classic Gentleman’s Race, Stockholm
Coed teams of 4 work and stay together on approx. 50 miles of ATV trails, logging roads, paved roads. Race start: 9:00 a.m. at Eureka Restaurant. Good food pizza, drinks, laughs after the race. Cost: $20/team. First, last place teams win free dinner at Eureka. 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

NHSC Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle
Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge. 8-12 miles. All abilities welcome. Happy to show visitors our amazing trail system. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or FMI

*MOJO Monday Meander, Presque Isle
Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at MOJO Outdoor Sports. Easy road bike group ride. Average speed: 14-18 mph for 22 miles. Contact Mark Fullen (207-760-9500) or FMI

TAMC Community Couch to 5k Program, Presque Isle
Mondays & Wednesdays; 5:00 p.m. Get off the couch; train your body to run or walk in one of many 5k events this summer. Running program: 9 weeks; walking program: 7 wks. Participants invited to take part in Freedom 5k, July 11. Cost: FREE! Contact Sarah Caron (207-768-4169) or or Linda Menard (207-768-4172) or FMI

Little Musterds Running Camp, Houlton
Mondays & Wednesdays; June 15-July 3, times vary by age group. This 3-week camp will give your child support and encouragement to run their first race. Cost: Grade 3-4: $15/Houlton resident, $22/non-resident; Grade 5–8: $25/Houlton resident, $38/non-resident. Contact Houlton Recreation Department (207-532-1310) FMI

Running 101 for Adults, Houlton
Tuesdays; 4:30 p.m. at the Houlton Rec Center. Start date: June 16. 8-week program will teach safe and proper running; warm-ups, group runs, cool downs, “homework assignments.” Cost: $20/Houlton resident, $30/non-resident; must be 18 years or older. Contact Houlton Recreation Department (207-532-1310) FMI

Tuesday Track Workouts, Caribou
Tuesdays; 5:15 p.m. at CHS. Join runners of all abilities to do predetermined intervals, your own workout, or just run with others and forget the workout. Average distance: 5-9 miles; can be adapted per individual. Contact PJ Gorneault FMI

NHSC Women’s Trail Night, Presque Isle
Tuesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge. May-June. Leaders will take you on hiking, trail running, and mountain biking adventures; beginner and intermediate groups. Equipment rentals available. Visit FMI

NHSC Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle
Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Fort Road trailhead. 8-12 miles. All abilities welcome. Happy to show visitors our amazing trail system. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or FMI

*MOJO Good Times Ride, Presque Isle
Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at MOJO Outdoor Sports. Moderate road bike group ride. Average speed: 15-18 mph for 20-30 miles. Contact Mark Fullen (207-760-9500) or FMI

Village of Perth-Andover Walk in the Park, Perth-Andover, NB
Wednesdays; 6:30–7:30 p.m. (Atlantic time). Meet at Perth-Andover Bandstand; weather permitting. Visit FMI

Bike Board and Ski Road Bike Ride, Presque Isle
Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. at Bike Board and Ski rear entrance behind Northeastland Hotel. 25-35 miles; 1.5-2 hours. Pace: moderate to fast; 16-18 mph early season, 18-20 mph mid-season. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or FMI

River Valley Runners Saturday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB
Saturdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Carleton Civic Centre, 105 Connell Park Rd. Meet in main/front parking lot of Civic Centre. Hope to see many runners out; spring is coming soon. Visit FMI

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