March 12, 2011 things to do outdoors

Posted March 11, 2011, at 8:57 p.m.

BANGOR — Join Bangor Land Trust at 10 a.m. March 12 for a late winter snowshoe trek through Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve. Bring snowshoes, cross-country skis or boots for the trek. Participants look for signs of spring as well as observing how the preserve looks at the end of winter. A copy of Bangor Land Trust’s new Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve Educational Trail Map will be given out. Meet at the land trust kiosk on Kittredge Road. From Stillwater Avenue near the Bangor Mall, drive north on Kittredge Road about a mile to the end of pavement. You’ll see the kiosk on the left.

FREEPORT — Some of the biggest names in fishing will be at L.L. Bean March 18-20 for L.L. Bean’s annual Spring Fishing Weekend. Lefty Kreh, Dave Whitlock, Emily Whitlock, Tim Rajeff, Dave Klausmeyer and others will be available at the store 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to visit with customers. Other highlights include free fly-casting lessons, kids’ activities, and demonstrations, clinics and seminars including presentations by the Maine Professional Guide Association, as well as several L.L. Bean experts. For information, visit www.llbean.com/freeport, or call 800-559-0747, ext. 37222.

JEFFERSON — Join Gary Hayward, Maine Guide and Director of Hidden Valley Nature Center for a guided full-moon hike Friday, March 18. Participants meet at the gate at 6:30 p.m. and

head right out to the pond then head to the heated yurt for warm drinks and good cheer. Bring snowshoes (or rent from HVNC), headlamp, hiking poles and your favorite drink. Should be back at the parking lot by 9 pm. Call for reservations. Suggested donation is $5. Visit www.hvnc.org, call 586-6752, or contact gary@hvnc.org for information and reservations.

LINCOLN — A state-approved hunter safety course will be held at the Ballard Hill Rec Center 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12-13. Call 794-6548.

RUMFORD — Black Mountain of Maine is celebrating its 50th anniversary March 11-13 by offering Ski Free (and tubing) Friday Night, $10 lift rates Friday, reduced rates Saturday (free Nordic) and $3 on Sunday. From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday there will be a music jam session in the Last Run Lounge. There will be a cross country classic-technique “Citizen” Race at 11a.m. Saturday and a Founders Night chicken pie dinner 5:30-7 p.m. in the lodge. Reservations are encouraged. The price for dinner is $10. Many other activities planned.

STETSON — The Sebasticook Regional Land Trust will host a workshop at the Stetson Meeting House on wood ducks 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 19. Speakers are Maine Forest Service District Forester Gordon Moore and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Keel Kemper. Participants who wish to help install the nesting boxes at SRLT’s Pleasant Lake Preserve will then carpool to the preserve. The program is free but donations will be accepted. To register or for information, call 948-3766 or e-mail info@sebasticookrlt.org.

WISCASSET — The Chewonki Foundation has announced that enrollment is open for its Spring Vacation Camp (April 18-22) with indoor and outdoor activities for kids. Programs will be offered at Chewonki’s 400-acre campus its Center for Environmental Education. Activities are designed for children in grades one through eight, and include climbing on the indoor ropes course, seeing live animal presentations and exploring nature in the springtime on the beautiful Chewonki campus. Enrollment is limited. Visit http://www.chewonki.org for specific class and outing information.

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