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

CAMDEN — Benson Gray will present an illustrated history of  Old Town and other canoe builders from the Penobscot River valley, Camden Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.  Gray is a direct descendant of the founders of the Old Town Canoe Co. In conjunction with the talk, the library will have on display a birch-bark canoe, a canvas-covered wooden canoe built by the Gerrish company and a modern-day canoe made from synthetic material.

DANFORTH — This year’s East Grand Adventure Race is May 14 with registration forms available online. Changes this year include compass run, bike route (less uphill) and five new divisions. Twenty-mile race begins on Stetson Mountain Wind Farm, ends on Baskahegan Stream in Danforth, includes off-trail compass run, mountain-biking, canoeing and a climbing-wall challenge. Host is East Grand High School’s Outdoor Education program, sponsored in part by Ski Rack Sports of Bangor and First Wind. Eight divisions, entry fee $40 per team (pairs) which includes trophies, T-shirts, lunch, over $1,000 in prizes for youth divisions. Preregistration required. For more information go to  www.eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race or call race coordinator Dave Conley at 448-2743.

GUILFORD — A state-approved trapper education course at Piscataquis Community High School, 6-9 p.m. April 25-26 and 8 a.m.-noon May 7.  Attendance at all sessions required. Call Woody Thompson at 876-3497.

HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center to present a Photo Journey through Alaska at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 216 Fields Pond Road. Work of photographers Deb and Doug Schmidt who traveled to Alaska to search for brown bears. $5 members, $6 nonmembers. Call 989-2591 or visit  www.maineaudubon.org for more information.

MACHIAS — University of Maine at Machias graduate and children’s book author Tim Caverly will give an interactive presentation about the Maine outdoors at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at UMM. “A Literal Celebration of the Maine Experience” will take place in the Portside room of Kimball Hall. Open to the public. Presentation to include music and scenic and historic photos in an armchair trip down the Allagash River.

NEW HARBOR — Join Mid-Coast Audubon Wednesday, April 27, for a walk around Pemaquid Point to look for ducks, seabirds and more. Meet at Pemaquid Point parking lot at 8 a.m. For information contact John Weinrich at 563-2930.

PORTLAND — Northern Forest Canoe Trail to present film festivals on eastern and western sides of the trail. On April 28 in Portland the NFCT will be at the Maine Island Trail Association with an award-winning lineup of films including “WildWater” and “Birthright.” Trail association also will hold a silent auction throughout the evening. Doors open, silent auction 5 p.m. with a cash bar. The films begin 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets $12; at the door $15; students $10. Advance tickets available by calling MITA at 207-761-8225.

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