Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.7.16 edition

If #AprilShowers bring #MayFlowers, what do April #snowstorms bring?  #5k #RoadRaces #birding and #canoe and #kayak races!

In this edition: 1) A #5k #RoadRace in #PresqueIsle. 2) A #SportsmansShow in Presque Isle. 3) A #deeryard and #greenhouse tour in #Caribou. Plus lots more! #AroostookThing #offugo…

Slush Rush

Saturday, April 9

36th Annual UMPI Spring Runoff 5k Road Race, Presque Isle. Race #2 in the County Challenge Series. Fundraiser for UMPI Cross Country running programs. Run as an individual or 3-person relay team. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Wieden Gym. Walk start: 9:30 a.m. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Pizza and Pepsi will be served after the race! Cost: $15/individual, $25/relay team. Contact Chris Smith (207-768-9472) or FMI


*Saturday, April 9

Stearns Jr/Sr High School Run of the Mill 5k Run/Walk, Millinocket. Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Stearns Jr/Sr High School Gymnasium. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Course: 2 loops on the Michaud Community trail (paved, but could have partial snow this time of the year). Cost: $20; t-shirt for first 75 registrants. Contact Angela Jackson FMI


Saturday, April 9-Sunday, April 10

Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Sportsman’s Show, Presque Isle. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. each day at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Kids’ Trout Fishing Pond sponsored by L.L. Bean, Air Gun Shooting Range, Laser Shot Rifle/Pistol Range, Video Hunting Game, Moose Calling Contest, hourly kids’ door prizes! 75+ exhibitors from Maine, New Brunswick, Labrador, Quebec, New England. Fee: $5/person, FREE/kids 10 and under. Visit Presque Isle Fish and Game Club FMI


*Saturday, April 9-Sunday, April 10

Bigrock Slush Rush Weekend, Mars Hill. The Slush Rush has been a tradition at Bigrock for decades. Enjoy spring skiing weather, pond-skimming contest, BBQ, live music! Lift ticket cost: $10/adults, $5/children, $1 if you are wearing a bathing suit (Canadian money at par). Only the NorthStar Double Chairlift will be open. Visit FMI


*Saturday, April 9

Mont Farlagne Outdoor Centre Chasse au Trésor – Treasure Hunt, Edmundston, NB. Why not participate in the treasure hunt for adults and kids? We have many prizes to give away! Registration: 11:30 a.m. at the Avalanche Bar. The hunt starts at 1:00 p.m.! (All times Atlantic). Cost: $10/adults, $5/kids. Visit FMI


*Saturday, April 9

Aroostook County Conservation Association Annual Banquet, Presque Isle. Social hour: 5:00 p.m. at Northeastland Hotel, Main St. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Auction and raffles: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $50/person. Proceeds help this volunteer organization enhance the whitetail deer population in The County. Everyone welcome! Contact ACCA (207-592-2516) or FMI


Tuesday, April 12

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Deer Yard/Greenhouse Tour, Caribou. Travel with Wildlife Biologist Rich Hoppe to learn what it takes to manage deer. Visit a greenhouse to learn about gardening; design and plant your own outdoor flower pot. Depart Caribou Rec: 8:30 a.m. Return: 4:00 p.m. Fee: $30; includes lunch, flower pot, transportation. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Friday, April 15

Knowlesville Art & Nature School Parent/Child Art & Nature Morning, Knowlesville, NB. 9:30 a.m.-Noon (Atlantic Time) at KAN Centre, 111 Simms Rd. Join us for a morning of fun! Program is aimed at children 3 and under and their parent(s). We will be baking bread, painting, singing, dancing, sharing in snack time and letting the kids be free to have their own inspired fun. We will also go for a nature walk. Come add to the fun! Cost: $10 to cover food and supplies. Visit FMI


*Saturday, April 16

American Legion William Cousins Post 118 Fisherman’s Breakfast, Mars Hill. 6:00-9:00 a.m. at the Mars Hill American Legion. Breakfast for the communities. Cost: donation only for all you can eat! Proceeds used to advance programs to benefit Veterans and their families in our area. Contact Rod Collins (2070425-2120) or FMI


Monday, April 18-Friday, April 22

Lugdon Lodge Spring Fever Adventure Camp, Eagle Lake. A week filled with archery, acting and outdoor activity at Lugdon Lodge, 1695 Sly Brook Rd., Eagle Lake. Children’s Stage Adventures and Archery Addictions will be here to help us welcome spring! Campers will audition, rehearse, perform The Sword Called Excalibur and have access to a trailer full of bows, arrows, targets and coaching in the fine art of archery. Contact Lugdon Lodge (207-444-4557) FMI


Thursday, April 21

Fort Fairfield Public Library Kids’ Introduction to Mammal Tracking, Fort Fairfield. 1:00 p.m. at Fort Fairfield Public Library, 339 Main St. Spring is here and animals are on the move! Make the most of mud season with a fun look at tracking mammals. Explore different clues to help identify animal signs, learn how to draw tracks, and more! This program is suited for ages 6-14. Contact Fort Fairfield Public Library (207-472-3880) FMI


Saturday, April 23

Aroostook Birders Waterfowl Walk, Fort Fairfield. 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. Rain or shine. Join us for a leisurely morning spent birding along the Aroostook River and other popular area sites for waterfowl and early spring arrivals. Non-strenuous series of short drives; a great way to discover some excellent birding spots. Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


Saturday, April 23

Presque Isle Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Presque Isle. 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; $2 donation suggested. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit FMI


*Friday, April 29

Knowlesville Art & Nature School Parent/Child Art & Nature Morning, Knowlesville, NB. 9:30 a.m.-Noon (Atlantic Time) at KAN Centre, 111 Simms Rd. Join us for a morning of fun! Program is aimed at children 3 and under and their parent(s). We will be baking bread, painting, singing, dancing, sharing in snack time and letting the kids be free to have their own inspired fun. We will also go for a nature walk. Come add to the fun! Cost: $10 to cover food and supplies. Visit FMI


Saturday, April 30

Aroostook Autism Support Group Autism Challenge, Presque Isle. Registration: 8:15 a.m. at Presque Isle Middle School. 1-mile Kids’ Fun Run start: 9:30 a.m. 5k Run/Walk start: 10:00 a.m. Fully supported race with awards. Fee: $5/Kids’ Fun Run entries, $25/person; t-shirt to first 100 5k athletes and first 25 Kids’ Fun Runners. Proceeds benefit Aroostook Autism Support Group. Contact Jonathan Kelley FMI


Saturday, April 30

Meduxnekeag River Canoe Race, Houlton. Approx. 8 miles; whitewater. Finish at third Bridge in Downtown Houlton. 2016 Maine Downriver Championship Series Point Race. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Wellington’s on the Station Road in New Limerick. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Fee: $15/adult; $10/youth. First 60 registrants get a free t-shirt. Awards, door prizes, lunch provided! Contact Jane Torres (207-532-4216) or FMI


Saturday, April 30

Ann King Cary Donor Dash 5k, Caribou. Annual Walk/Run for Organ and Tissue Awareness. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Griffeth Ford. Walk start: 9:00 a.m. Run start: 9:30 a.m. First 100 registrants get a t-shirt; refreshments at Cary following the event. Contact Dean Cote (207-498-1282) FMI


Saturday, April 30

Friends of Baxter State Park Earth Day Clean Up, Millinocket. Volunteer sign-in at Baxter State Park Authority headquarters, 64 Balsam Drive, at 9:00 a.m. The general public is invited to join the annual Baxter State Park Roadside Litter Patrol from Millinocket to Togue Pond Gate. Bring a lunch and join other volunteers at Park Headquarters after the cleanup; drinks and snacks provided. Contact Friends of Baxter State Park FMI


Sunday, May 1

5th Annual Knights of Columbus Polar Dip for Special Olympics, Sinclair. 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. Contact Duane Belanger (207-951-2874) or or visit FMI


Sunday, May 1

4th Annual Safe Homes Aroostook 5k Run/Walk, Presque Isle. Registration: 12:00 p.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Race start: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $20. Participants encouraged to solicit pledges; individuals, teams raising most funds receive prizes. Only participants who register online are guaranteed to receive an event t-shirt. Proceeds go directly to Hope & Justice Project and Homeless Services of Aroostook. Visit FMI


*Monday, May 2

C.R.X. Outdoor Adventure Program Open Registration, Caribou. Exciting outdoor activities for youth entering grades 5-11. June 17-19: Allagash. June 20-24: Kayaking I. June 29-July 2: Backpack Baxter. July 11-14: Kayaking II. July 18-21: Mountain Biking. July 26-28; Baxter State Park I. August 2-4: Baxter II. Cost/age: varies by program. Open to all area youth. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


*Wednesday, May 4

Caribou Rec/Healthy You Owl Prowl & Night Sounds Field Trip, Caribou. Listen for owls using audio enhancement tools while exploring a local forest. Meet at Caribou Wellness Center at 6:45 p.m. Open to all ages. Rain or shine. Cost: FREE! Includes transportation. Headlamps/flashlights strongly recommended; walking over relatively flat land that may have puddles, mud. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


*Friday, May 6-Sunday, May 8

International Appalachian Trail Maine Chapter (IAT-ME) Annual Meeting/Program, Presque Isle. The IAT includes hiking trails in 17 countries on both sides of the Atlantic, from the U.S. (Maine) to Morocco! All of the IAT in Maine (Mount Chase to Fort Fairfield) is located in The County; we’d love for more County people to become involved by attending the meeting, and/or becoming a member. Contact Cheryl St. Peter or visit FMI


*Saturday, May 7

UMPI Outing Club Rock Climbing Trip, Acadia National Park. Enjoy the thrill, adventure, sense of accomplishment as you climb the beautiful granite cliffs of Acadia National Park! No experience required; beginner climbers should spend time at our indoor rock wall to practice basic skills necessary for the trip. Fee: $30/UMPI student; $45/non-student; transportation, guide services, snacks, gear provided. Contact Amanda Baker (207-768-9401) or FMI


*Saturday, May 7

Community Voices 2nd Annual High On Life 420 Run, Fort Kent. 5k run/walk for all ages and abilities. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at FK Community High School. Supervised children’s activities: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Walk start: 8:45 a.m. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Cost: $15/Individual, $25/Family (3 or more), $10/Group (business, team, organizations, etc.; price per participant). Proceeds support Community Voices substance abuse prevention programs. Contact Mark Shea FMI


Ongoing Programs:


County Strides Running Group, Presque Isle. 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


Sportsmen’s, Inc. Meeting, Stockholm. First Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Axle Siding Clubhouse (intersection of Lake Street/Rt. 161). Outdoors men and women promoting the traditions of the outdoors. If you’re interested in joining, you’re welcome to attend as a guest. Kids are welcome too! Visit FMI


Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Meeting, Limestone. Second Monday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at ANWR headquarters and Visitor’s Center, 97 Refuge Rd. Founded in 1998, Friends are involved in a number of volunteer projects on the ANWR in an effort to balance the enhancing of habitat with the public access privilege to enjoy wildlife in an unmolested environment. Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or FMI


Nordic Heritage Sport Club Meeting, Presque Isle. 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


Madawaska Valley Adventure Club Meeting, Madawaska. Second Tuesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Contact Real Deschaine (207-728-4992) FMI


*Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Meeting, Presque Isle. Last Tuesday of each month; 5:30 p.m. at PIFG clubhouse, Parsons Road. Established in 1947 to help protect, conserve, maintain and restore our natural resources as well as to protect and promote our outdoor heritage. Meetings include a delicious supper, cash bar, short business meeting. Visit FMI


Four Seasons Trail Association Meeting, Madawaska. 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


*Fort Fairfield Frontier Fish and Game Club, Fort Fairfield. Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month (fourth Wednesdays during summer); 6:00 p.m. at FFFFG clubhouse on Monson Pond, 550 Dorsey Rd. Founded in 1958 to help conserve, protect, maintain, and restore our natural resources and to promote our outdoor heritage. Visit FMI


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