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Things to Do, Outdoors for March 24

Posted March 24, 2011, at 12:32 a.m.

AUGUSTA — The 31st annual State of Maine Sportsman’s Show will run April 1, 2 and 3 at the Augusta Civic Center.  Major sporting-goods dealers in Maine will be there with new rods, reels, firearms, camping gear and more. Sporting camps, deep-sea fishing boats, rafting outfits, DeLorme Mapping and many other outdoor-related businesses also will be on hand. Times for the show are 1-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the door is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12 years old and free for children 4 years old and under.

BAR HARBOR — Weekly bird walks are held at the College of the Atlantic. Meet 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays, March 30-June 1, at the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, 105 Eden St., to search nearby trails and the college pier for common and uncommon birds of the region with student naturalist Anna Stunkel. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if possible. All ages welcome.

BAR HARBOR — Sean Hall will present a free talk and slide show, “The Breathtaking Beauty of Newfoundland, on Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park” at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at the MDI YMCA, 21 Park St. The park offers true wilderness backcountry hiking on the North Rim of Western Brook and the Long Range Mountains. There are no trails — just you, the map, a compass and the breathtaking beauty of Newfoundland. For information, contact Wellness director Lisa Tweedie at fitness@mdiymca.org or 288-3511, or visit www.mdiymca.org.

BROOKS — A state-approved bowhunting course will be held 6-9 p.m. April 5, 12 and 13, at the Brooks Fire Department. Call 568-3426 or register online at www.rsu3.maineadulted.org.

CAMDEN — A public meeting is scheduled to review the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area progress on the Redevelopment Project. The meeting will be 1:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Camden Snow Bowl. In light of the information gathered and the decisions made in the initial design effort for a new lodge, the Design Workshop will then review the parameters for the building portion of this project.  After this meeting, the Building Committee and the architect, SBA, will restart the process of creating a building plan that will meet the construction and operating cost budgetary goals.

CARIBOU — A state-approved hunter safety course will be held 6-9 p.m. April 5, 6, 12 and 13, at Caribou Adult Education. Students must attend all sessions and study at home. For information, call 493-4272.

FRIENDSHIP — The Mid-Coast Audubon Society is looking for volunteers to do trail maintenance at at the Nelson Preserve (on Route 97 about 1 mile from Friendship Village) 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26. The work involves trimming and marking several established sections of the trail. Volunteers should bring pruning tools and rubber boots, and they will receive ticket to “Greenapalooza,” April 16, at Plants Unlimited in Rockport. Greenapalooza is a community celebration of green accomplishments, and volunteers will gather to celebrate with a free cookout. For information, contact Sue Schubel at 380-1370 or sschubel@tidewater.net.

HOPE — A state-approved ATV course will be held 6-9 p.m. April 7 and 11, at the Knox County Fish & Game club’s Beaver Lodge. Call 236-7800, ext. 274, or register online at fivetowns.maineadulted.org.

ORONO — A state-approved ATV course will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 2, at Orono High School. Call 866-4119.

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