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Things to Do Outdoors, April 14, 2011

CALAIS — Adventure recreation and tourism student Ben Collins can show you how to plan for and execute a two-day backpacking trip on a trail during the weekend of April 30-May 1. Topics covered include what to bring, how to pack, basic campcraft, backcountry cooking and planning and travel techniques. Cost is $10 per person. Call 454-1060 to register or for more information.

CALAIS — The 2011 Downeast Adventure Race hosted by  Washington County Commnity College will be May 7. This is the sixth year for the race, which features mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, running, sea kayaking and team challenges. Racers and volunteers to help out on race day are wanted, as are businesses, organizations or individuals who might be interested in sponsoring the race. More details are available at http://www.downeastadventurerace.org, on the Downeast Adventure Race Facebook Event Page or by calling the Outdoor Adventure Center at 454-1060.

OLD TOWN — A state-approved bow hunting course will be held at Old Town Archery Center from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 16. Call 827-9489 for more information.

ORLAND — Volunteers are invited to help tidy up trails and beaches of trash and winter debris at the annual cleanup day at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16. Bring gloves, clippers, loppers or handsaws, and meet at the hatchery parking lot. Friends of Craig Brook will provide refreshments. Groups are welcome. To register or for more information, contact Richard Hero at 359-8999 or richardhero@midmaine.com.

PRESQUE ISLE — The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Outdoor Program International will hold a kayak roll clinic at 2 p.m. April 15 in UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Attendees will learn essential kayak roll skills with whitewater rafting guide and UMPI recreation student Josh Stahl. This event is free for UMPI students and Gentile Hall members. The cost to attend the clinic for nonstudents and nonmembers is $7. For more information, contact Kim McCrea at 768-9401.

PRESQUE ISLE — The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host a Wilderness First Aid course April 16-17. Learn the basics in Wilderness First Aid through scenario-based learning and hands-on practice of essential skills for care and treatment of injuries and illnesses in the backcountry. For more information, contact Dr. Anja Whittington at 768-9537 or anja.whittington@umpi.edu.

SWANVILLE — The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will lead a paddling expedition on the Goose River beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16. The river winds through marshlands and a pond. Choose between a 4- or 7-mile excursion. Meet at the Swan Lake Dam in Swanville behind the Swan Lake Grocery on Route 141. Bring a kayak or a canoe, paddle, personal flotation device, water, lunch and sunscreen. Binoculars and a camera would also add to the experience. Dress appropriately. Call 338-1147 for more information.

UNITY — Unity College will host the fourth annual sportsmen’s conference and wild game dinner at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 4 Depot St., Unity, Friday, April 15.  Appetizers will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for students, $20 regular seating and $25 VIP tickets. VIP ticket holders will enjoy access to preferred seating, portions, and one bottle of wine per table. Tickets are available at the door or through the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact 207-948-SHOW (7469) or email show@unitymaine.org.

WALDOBORO — Join Mid-Coast Audubon’s Don Reimer Saturday, April 16, for a birding trip around Merrymeeting Bay and the Green Point Preserve. Meet at Moody’s Diner at 8 a.m. or Lincoln County News in Newcastle at 8:20 for carpooling. The trip is free to the public. For more information, contact Reimer at 273-3146.

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