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Things to to Outdoors for Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

BANGOR — The Bangor Land Trust is sponsoring a wilderness scavenger hunt with a rolling start beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 led by Karla Gustafson. You may start anytime up to 1 p.m. and the hunt concludes at 2 p.m. If you are looking for a “stay-cation” idea to occupy the family, come out, pack a lunch and the kids and have some fun. This event is geared for families with young kids — “tweens” and under. It’s free, it’s local, it’ll get you up, out, and moving — not a lot of hiking but lots of exploring and discovering. Do as much or as little as you like. Location is the woods of Northeast Penjajawoc, entrance located on Kittredge Road off Stillwater Avenue, behind Walmart. Sunday, August 7, rain date.

CAMDEN — Greg Marley will offer a 6½-hour course on “Foraging for Maine’s Wild Mushrooms; an Identification Class” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Merryspring Nature Center. Marley will lead you through a fun and informative class to help you build skills and confidence in identifying mushrooms, the range of mushroom types and the common groups; common edible, medicinal and toxic mushrooms of Maine; ecology, natural history and folklore of mushrooms and cooking and medicinal use tips. $50 for Merryspring Members, $60.00 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required; class size is limited. To register, call 236-2239. For more information on the class, call 319-4556.

HOLDEN — Fields Pond Audubon Center, a nonprofit organization, is sponsoring its second week of nature camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 8-12, for children age 5-12, entering first to sixth grade. EcoExplorers will tackle a different Fields Pond ecosystem every day. Participants will hike, catch, search, climb and learn. Cost is $200 a week members, $250 others. Scholarships are available. Advance registration is required. Call 989-2591.

LIMESTONE — The Friends of the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting one of a series of Second Saturday events at 10 a.m. Aug. 13, at Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, 97 Refuge Road. The Visitors Center and Nature Store will be open 10 a.m.–2 p.m., there will be a walking tour around Chapman Pond 10-11 a.m. (meet at Sawyer Road), at 11:30 a.m. is the Bunker Auto Tour (meet at the Visitors Center) and at 1 p.m. refuge Assistant Manager Steve Agius will lead a discussion on the Mission of the Refuge (meet at the Visitors Center). Call 328-4634 for more information.

MILLINOCKET — Chewonki Big Eddy and Friends of the Big Eddy will host a Stand Up Paddleboard gathering Aug. 12-14 at the Big Eddy on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Bring your boards to play, try one if you never have and return to the river for some revitalization and friendship. Make camping reservations early. Contact Susan Adams, campground manager at or visit

TRESCOTT — An overnight trip for women is planned for Aug. 14. Participants will meet 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road, for a pre-trip meeting with Kara McCrimmon and Annie Seegmiller to discuss and learn how to pack and wear a backpack for self-sufficiency. Then meet on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. and head to the Bold Coast Trail in Cutler for a hike in and overnight camping. Most gear and transportation included. Please visit for details, fees, and to register. Contact Carrie Callahan at 733-2233 for more information.

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