Things to do Outdoors, June 23

Posted June 22, 2011, at 12:44 p.m.

BROOKS — Camp Forest Float week begins Monday, June 27, and camp will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The camp is at 84 Payson Road, Brooks. Wilderness youth camping activities include hiking, swimming, tree planting, canoeing, fire and knife safety. Learn lost proofing, plant identification, and how to use a compass and map. You can also create weaving, coal-burned bowls and jewelery to take home. Campers will also create a float and participate in the Fourth of July parade in Brooks. The fee is $175. For information contact Adam Stone at 722-3708 or www.campforestmaine.com.

BRUNSWICK — The Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter, or AMCM, has listed a series of paddles on the Cathance River on four Saturdays in July 2011. July 2 at Route 201 and heading to Bradley Pond in Topsham; July 9 runs from Head of Tide to The Cathance River Preserve, including a hike to the Ecology Center; July 16 begins in Bowdoinham and heads up river with the tide to the Head of Tide; July 23 begins in Bowdoinham and heads down river to Merrymeeting Bay and then back in with the tide. Preregistration is required. Boat size and level of experience required will change due to the more open aspect of the river and the bay. To register contact Michelle Moody at 319-7355 or www.amcmaine.org.

NEWRY — The bike park at Sunday River will open its 20 miles of trails for the summer on Friday, June 24, with the debut of Rock Star, a newly constructed advanced-intermediate single track. Open Fridays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the resort’s Fall Festival Weekend Oct. 8-9 and holidays, guests can choose to access the bike park by riding to the Chondola to the park’s many trailheads on North Peak or by the power of their own pedal. For information on Sunday River’s Mountain Bike Park, visit www.sundayriver.com.

ROCKLAND — Enjoy a two-day, self-guided driving tour of midcoast Maine’s lighthouses (Dyce Head, Fort Point, Grindle Point, Rockland Breakwater, Owls Head, Marshall Point and Pemaquid Point) and the lighthouse museum, offering participants a once-a-year opportunity to visit and climb the towers of seven lighthouses in one weekend, June 25-26. The event is staffed by volunteers and hosted by the Friends of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a chapter of the nonprofit American Lighthouse Foundation dedicated to the restoration and preservation of lighthouses for future generations. Directions and a commemorative booklet are provided. More information at www.rocklandlighthouse.com.

ROCKLAND — Enjoy the four-and-a-half-hour Breakwater Lighthouse Challenge cruise aboard P/V Elizabeth Ann that will depart Port Clyde at 4.30 p.m. Friday, June 24. See water views of Franklin Island, Pemaquid Point, Ram Island, Cuckolds, Burnt Island and Marshall Point lighthouses. Light refreshments are available and tickets are $35 per person. Reservations strongly suggested. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse for maintenance and restoration work. For information contact Eric Davis at 542-7574

or visit www.rocklandlighthouse.com.

SOUTH ADDISON — Downeast Coastal Conservancy and the Maine Island Trail Association will clean up Tibbett and Marsh Islands beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25. Volunteers are welcome. Arrange your own water transport to Tibbett Island (kayak, canoe or small boat) from the South Addison Town Beach located at the end of Mooseneck Road or contact the DCC program coordinator, Heather Andrews, to reserve a spot on one of the larger boats. It’s a short paddle across the narrows. Bring a life vest, lunch, water, sun protection and work gloves. Meet on Tibbett Island beach. For information call the DCC office at 255-4500 or email heather@downeastcoastalconservancy.org.

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