April 25, 2018
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UMF launches program for outdoor recreation

FARMINGTON, Maine — The University of Maine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center has launched its outdoor recreation program, Mainely Outdoors.

Now taking registrations for the summer programming that will begin in July, Mainely Outdoors will offer members of the campus and local community year-round opportunities to participate in a wide array of activities to promote a fit and active lifestyle, to acquaint people with new recreation opportunities and to take advan-tage of the abundant natural resources in the region.

The program features outdoor recreation clinics, workshops, trips and other activities. This summer’s schedule includes white-water kayaking clinics, flat-water kayaking excursions, biking trips, hiking trips, white-water rafting, and a fly-fishing clinic for women.

White-water kayaking clinics are planned throughout July and will feature youth clinics (ages 10-17) Tuesdays, July 6-27; and adult clinics Thursdays, July 8-29. Guided flat-water kayaking excursions will include trips to: Wilson Lake, July 14; Porter Lake, July 28; Clearwater Lake, Aug. 11; and Belgrade Lake, Aug. 25.

Biking trips are planned to the Whistle Stop Rail Trail in Farmington, July 21; Carrabassett River Rail Trail, Aug. 4; and Kennebec River Rail Trail, Aug. 18. Hikes are planned to Bald Mountain in Rangeley, July 31; and Bigelow Mountain, Aug. 21. A white-water rafting trip is planned on the Kennebec River Aug. 15. A fly-fishing clinic for women will run in August with specific dates to be announced.

The UMF Fitness and Recreation Center has a limited supply of outdoor recreation equipment available for rent, including water-sport equipment, hiking and camping gear, biking equipment and winter sports items.

For information on programming or equipment rental costs, visit the FRC website at http://frc.umf.maine.edu and go to “outdoor recreation,” or contact the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center at 778-7495.

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