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Things to do outdoors, March 31, 2011

AUGUSTA — Citizen’s Action Day at the Natural Resources Council of Maine offices, 3 Wade St., will be 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The annual event is an opportunity to join with others who care about Maine’s environment to visit the State House and speak with legislators. It’s an opportunity to learn about this year’s environmental priorities, participate in the legislative process, share your thoughts with your legislators and meet other NRCM members. Registration is requested. Go to http://supporters.nrcm.org/site/Calendar/1816763433.

AUGUSTA — The 31st Annual State of Maine Sportsman’s Show, April 1-3 at the Augusta Civic Center, offers an outdoor extravaganza for everyone.  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 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: $7 for adults; $4 children 5-12; free for children 4 and younger.

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 more information, email wellness director Lisa Tweedie at fitness@mdiymca.org, call 288-3511 or check out the website http://www.mdiymca.org.

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

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

KITTERY — Executive Director Kate Williams of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail will host a booth at the April 1-3 New England Paddlesports Show at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. The Kittery Trading Post’s annual show is held at the University’s Field House. Williams will present a slideshow about the 740-mile water route, including her own family adventures, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The show brings together top paddlesport manufacturers and a seminar series allowing visitors a chance to test the latest products and take advantage of special weekend prices. For more information, visit http://www.kitterytradingpost.com/.

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

PRESQUE ISLE — The University of Maine at Presque Isle will hold a Women’s Climbing Night on April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gentile Hall.  Members of the community are invited to come in and enjoy climbing on UMPI’s 37-foot climbing wall. Gentile Hall members and UMPI students will be able to participate for free; nonmembers must pay the $7 day pass fee at the front desk upon arrival. Participants are asked to bring sneakers, comfortable clothing and a water bottle. For more information contact Kim McCrea at 768-9401.

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