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Things to do Outdoors Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

Posted Aug. 10, 2011, at 5:08 p.m.

BANGOR — Epic Sports is sponsoring a full-moon paddle for kayakers and canoeists beginning at the Hampden boat launch off Route 1A just south of the Bangor-Hampden town line. Meet at 7:30 p.m. to allow time to get your boat and gear in order and to get some pre-trip briefing from Epic staff. Lifejackets (PFDs) and headlamps are a must. The paddle will take you from the boat launch to the Bangor docks on an incoming tide. For more information call Epic at 941-5670.

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.This cost of this course is $50 for Merryspring Members; $60 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required and class size is limited. For more information call 236-2239 or 319-4556.

GRAY — Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14, the annual Honor the Animals Native American Pow Wow will be held at the Maine Wildlife Park with native dancers, drummers, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths. Special events will be presented each day. The Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park will be staffing a barbecue lunch on both days, with all proceeds to benefit the wildlife park. Music will include performances by Black Thunder, Hard Times (from Canada) and Mountain Spirit. A traditional Wikki travel shelter with numerous Native American and Colonial artifacts will be available for viewing each day with Ken Hamilton, a Maine 17th and 18th century woodland living historian, interpreter and blacksmith. Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under, $5 ages 5-12, $7 for adults and $5 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.50 per person. Call 657-4977 or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com , www.mefishwildlife.com.

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 paddle board 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 bigeddy@chewonki.org or check out www.chewonki.org/vacations/vacations_big_eddy.asp.

TRESCOTT — An overnight trip for women is planned for Aug. 14. Participants will meet 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road to participate in 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 at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 and head to the Bold Coast Trail in Cutler for a hike in and overnight camping. Most gear and transportation included. Please visit www.thecclc.org for details, fees and to register. Contact Carrie Callahan at 733-2233 for more information.

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