Things to do Outdoors: July 21, 2011

Posted July 20, 2011, at 4:51 p.m.

BANGOR — The Bangor Land Trust is sponsoring a talk, “The Quill Pig — A Porcupine’s World” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Walden-Parke Preserve led by Ryan Robbins. You will need bug spray, binoculars and a mosquito head net. Rain date is July 24. Meet at the BLT kiosk at the end of Tamarack Trail. To get there, go north on Essex Street about 4 miles from the intersection with Stillwater Avenue, passing Church Road. Take a right onto Walden Parke Way at the entrance of the Edgewood Subdivision. Turn right onto Tamarack Trail and park where you see the kiosk.

ELLSWORTH — Woodlawn Museum is offering an evening illustrated lecture on wild mushrooms of summer with noted amateur mycologist Greg Marley, 6:30-8:30 pm. Friday, July 22. On Saturday, July 23, Marley will lead a daylong identification workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn to identify common Maine mushrooms, where to find them, and how to use them. Lecture cost: $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers; workshop cost: $60 for members, $70 for nonmembers. Preregister by calling 667-8671. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday’s program. Woodlawn is located on Route 172, or Surry Road, in Ellsworth. S

GRAY — ATV Maine will staff an exhibit at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23. ATV Maine was organized to promote the safe and responsible use of ATVs, to work on landowner relations, and to be a unified voice on legislative issues regarding ATVs. Maine has been ranked No. 1 nationally for its ATV trail system. Check out their exhibit, some real ATVs and find out how you can become a member of a local ATV club at www.atvmaine.org.

JEFFERSON — The annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ at Hidden Valley Nature Center will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, with music and food provided (bring your own drinks). Saturday, July 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. Dr. Dan Townsend will talk about summer wildflowers, ferns and aquatic plants. Sunday, July 24 is Open Farm Day. This is the last day of a timber frame class. For information about the nature center or its programs check out:www.hvnc.org, email gary@hnvc.org or call 586-6752.

ROCKLAND — The 10th annual Lobster Ride and Roll will be Saturday, July 23, at Rockland District High School, 400 Broadway. Cycle on country roads, past lighthouses and the rock-bound coast, then dine on a freshly made lobster roll lunch. Tuna and veggie options are available. This fully supported ride includes four distance options: 16, 30, 50 or 100 miles. Save money by preregistering. The Maine Lobster Ride & Roll supports the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s work to improve bicycling in Maine. For information and to see a video about the ride, visit www.BikeMaine.org or call 623-4511.

SWANVILLE — The fourth annual Family Fun Celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Swan Lake State Park. It will feature games, music by the University of Maine Machias Ukulele Band, raffles and special appearances by the Belfast Fire Department and Smokey the Bear. Refreshments will be available for free with park admission. For information, contact Swan Lake State Park at 525-4404. For information about Maine state parks and historic sites, go to www.parksandlands.com.

TRESCOTT — Join naturalist Michelle Reynolds for a tree and wildflower identification workshop and walk through the Trescott trails at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Sunday, July 24, to find and identify things that grow in our midst. Bring a brown-bag lunch. Contact Carrie Callahan at 733-2233 or visit www.thecclc.org for details, fees and to register.

WISCASSETT — Chewonki Big Eddy and the Kennebec Chapter of Trout Unlimited will offer an introduction to fly fishing for ages 8 and up July 22-24. Sign up early as class size will be limited. The Big Eddy is downstream from Ripogenus Dam and has long been a world-class landlocked salmon fishing destination. Chewonki offers a range of camping options on its 75-acre facility. Contact Susan Adams, campground manager at bigeddy@chewonki.org or check out www.chewonki.org/vacations/vacations_big_eddy.asp.

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