Things to Do Outdoors

Posted March 25, 2011, at 4:47 p.m.
Last modified March 25, 2011, at 6:12 p.m.

BAR HARBOR — Weekly bird walks at the College of the Atlantic. Meet at the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, 105 Eden St., Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. March 30-June 1 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 back country 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 breath taking beauty of Newfoundland. For information, contact Wellness Director Lisa Tweedie at fitness@mdiymca.org or 288-3511 or check out the website http://www.mdiymca.org.

CAMDEN — A public meeting is scheduled to review the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area progress on the Redevelopment Project. The meeting is 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. Following 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.

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 a free ticket to “Greenapalooza” at Plants Unlimited in Rockport  April 16. 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.

NEWRY — X Games gold medalist and world record holder Simon Dumont will host his third annual Dumont Cup at his hometown mountain, Sunday River, March 25–26, 2011. Dumont, along with seven professional freeski athletes will mentor, compete, and judge skiers on a slopestyle course in the Rocking Chair Terrain Park, designed by Dumont. The Dumont Cup is open to 200 competitors. Registration is $100 and includes a lift ticket. Ski and stay packages the weekend of March 26–27 start at $119 per person, per night, and include a daily lift ticket and adult ski school clinic. For information visit www.dumontcup.com or www.sundayriver.com.

NEWRY — The 21st Annual Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff and Firefighters’ Race will be held at the White Cap Lodge, 15 South Ridge Lodge, throughout the day Sunday, March 27. Watch firefighters ski in teams of five in full turnout gear and carrying a fire-hose as they compete to raise money for Maine Handicapped Skiing. Then, sample chili from the best cooks in the state as they vie for the “Best Chili Cook” prize. Try all the samples and vote for People’s Choice. For information call Caroline Ochtera at 824-5104.

ORONO — Discovery beyond the horizon continues at the Jordan Planetarium in Wingate Hall UMaine with three family star shows. Search for new earths with “Strange Planets” 7 p.m. Fridays. See Earth from future space in “Earth’s Wild

Ride” Saturdays at 7 p.m. Enjoy a planet tour for ages 5-8, “Our Sky Family”  2 p.m. Sundays.  The cost is $3 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations and information call 581-1341 or visit http://www.GalaxyMaine.com.

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