Things to do Outdoors

Posted April 01, 2011, at 9:48 p.m.

AUGUSTA — Citizen’s Action Day 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the Natural Resources Council of Maine offices, 3 Wade St. This annual event is an opportunity to join others who care about Maine’s environment in visiting the State House and speaking 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.

BAR HARBOR — Jackie Feinberg will present a free talk on “Wild Utah: America ‘s Redrock Wilderness,” a multimedia slide show documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah’s canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The presentation will be a 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at McCormick Lecture Hall, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St. For more information, contact Ken Cline at 288-5015 or www.coa.edu.

BAR HARBOR —  Karen Alexander, project coordinator for the University of New Hampshire’s Gulf of Maine Cod Project, will present a free talk on “Historical Marine Ecology in the Gulf of Maine” for College of the Atlantic’s Marine Policy Speaker Series. The talk will start at 4:10 p.m Thursday, April 7, McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St. For more information, email CHRISP@coa.edu or call 288-5015 or 801-5715.

CARIBOU — A state-approved hunter safety course will be held 6-9 p.m. April 5, 6, 13 and 13, at Caribou Adult Education. 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 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.

FREEPORT — L.L.Bean will be conducting its free Spring Sports Weekend April 8-10, with a full weekend celebrating Maine’s favorite springtime activities such as paddling, hiking, camping, biking and geocaching. There will be demonstrations, clinics and seminars for all skill and interest levels, as well as activities specifically for kids and families. A variety of interactive camping sites will be set up in Discovery Park and there will be special promotions on select camping, biking and paddling equipment. For more information, visit www.llbean.com/freeport or call 800-559-0747, ext. 37222.

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

PRESQUE ISLE — The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a Women’s Climbing Night 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 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, a water bottle and their enthusiasm. For more information, call Kim McCrea at 768-9401.

THOMASTON — Basic principles of meteorology for boaters will presented in the  course Understanding Meteorology & Marine Weather 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, at Marine Systems Training Center, 60 Main St. The course will help provide a foundation for the mariner to understand common weather systems covering such topics as Structure of the Atmosphere; Basic Meteorological Concepts; Mid-latitude High and Low Pressure Systems; Fronts; and  upper Air Concepts Analysis. The fee is $425. For more information, contact Stacey Palmer at 354-8803 or go to  www.marinesystemstraining.com.

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