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Things to do outdoors Saturday/Sunday, July 23-24, 2011

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 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.

BANGOR — The Bangor Land Trust is sponsoring a wilderness scavenger hunt at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 led by Karla Gustafson. If you are looking for a “staycation” idea to occupy the family, pack a lunch and the kids and come out for some fun. This event is geared for families with young kids — tweens and under. It’s free, it’s local and it’ll get you up, out and moving — not a lot of hiking but lots of exploring and discovering what is in our backyard wilderness. Location to be announced.

GRAY — ATV Maine will host 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. www.atvmaine.org

ROCKLAND — The 10th annual Lobster Ride and Roll, 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 more information and to see a video about the ride, visit www.BikeMaine.org or call 623-4511.

SWANVILLE — The 4th 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 Bear. Refreshments will be available for free with park admission. For more information, contact Swan Lake State Park at 525-4404. For more information about Maine state parks and historic sites, go to www.parksandlands.com

TRESCOTT — Join naturalist Michelle Reynolds for at tree and wildflower identification workshop and walk through the Trescott trails 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road, 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.

TRESCOTT — Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road, is leading a two-week excursion in the great north woods backpacking, canoeing and camping with experienced leaders from Monday, July 25 to Saturday, Aug. 6. It is open to kids 11-16 years old and is a good opportunity for kids how to learn to work as a team and learn outdoor survival skills. Transportation and some equipment is provided. Contact Carrie Callahan at 733-2233 or check the website at thecclc.org for more information and fees.

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 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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