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Things to do Outdoors May 28, 2011

Posted May 27, 2011, at 3:46 p.m.

BANGOR —  Join Gail Downs and George Elliott at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, for a walk through Walden-Parke Preserve to view a multitude of Lady’s Slippers. Also known as Moccasin-flowers, Lady’s Slippers are a unique member of the orchid family. The area is wet and buggy so dress appropriately. The walk will begin at the Tamarack Trail kiosk. For more information visit www.bangorlandtrust.org.

ELLSWORTH — Downeast Folks on Spokes is sponsoring several walking and bicycle events Saturday, June 4, on the Down East Sunrise Trail to support  Downeast Health Services for children. For cyclists there is an 85-mile ride from Ayres Junction back to Ellsworth, a 20- or 50-mile loop beginning at Washington Junction, and for walkers and runners there are 5K and 10K events. There is no registration fee for this event. Instead, each participant is required to meet a fundraising minimum to participate.  Fundraising minimums are: Cycling (all options), $125 for adults, $60 for youths; and walking (all options), $75 for adults, $50 for youths. Visit http://downeasthealth.org/site/ for more information.

GRAY — Friends of Maine Wildlife Park will hold their annual plant sale from Saturday, May 28, through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The Friends volunteer group this year is fundraising for a new mountain lion exhibit. Just in time for spring planting and Memorial Day baskets, these plants will be available all day each day. Any that are left over will continue to be sold in front of the Snack Shack into June or until they are gone.  Visit www.friendsofmainewildlifepark.com for more information.

JONESPORT — Experience the hoots, howls, whistles and chorus of the night — from whippoorwills to hermit thrushes to coyotes — at Long House Farm. Meet at dusk to walk the old farming road to a screened camp house. Campfire treats, stories and dessert to follow. Bring a flashlight and warm layers. The free evening of fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the farm at 1620 Mason Bay Road. Call Helen and Mo Waite at 497-5734 for more information.

ORLAND — Young children and their parents and grandparents are invited to join Nikki Fox and her daughters at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28,  for a spring stroll in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Meet at the Wildlands North Gate on the Bald Mountain Road (0.2 miles west of Winkumpaugh Road) in North Orland. We’ll look for flowers and birds and enjoy some outdoor exercise. Bring bug spray. For more information call Nikki at 667-6703 or email nichelefox@gmail.com.

PORTLAND – A Treibball workshop for dogs and dog handlers will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May 28 and June 4, at 119 Bishop St. Day one will be the very beginnings of the foundation work for Treibball, a herding game involving exercise-size balls. Day two will be moving on the core elements of the game. The week between days one and two will require daily practice. This workshop is for dog and handler teams interested in learning the new sport of Treibball, as well as those looking to build confidence in everyday life and a stronger bond. Cost is $60. For more information visit www.pawsink.com/treibball-workshop.html.

WINSLOW — State-approved hunter safety course will be held at the Winslow Fire Department. Class sessions: 6-9 p.m. May 31 and June 2, and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 4. Call Don Perrine at 660-6382.

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