Things to do Outdoors for Aug. 13-14

Posted Aug. 12, 2011, at 2:29 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — 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 nonmembers. Preregistration is required and class size is limited. To register call 236-2239. For more information on the class, call 319-4556.

GRAY, Maine — 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. The Grand Entry will occur both days at noon. The park is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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. For more information call 657-4977 or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com, www.mefishwildlife.com or on Facebook.

LEWISTON, Maine — The Great Falls Balloon Festival is planned for Aug. 19-21 along the banks of the Androscoggin River, with balloons launching twice per day from Simard Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., weather permitting. The festival kicks off Friday morning, Aug. 19 and will run through the early evening of Sunday, Aug. 21. This year’s theme, “Critters in the Clouds,” is a reference to the special-shaped balloons: Hootie the Owl, Annie the Ladybug and Bud E. Beaver. A full slate of entertainment and activities will take place at both Simard Payne Park and Festival Plaza in Auburn with crowds expected to exceed 100,000 people.

LIMESTONE, Maine — 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.

LUBEC, Maine — Downeast Coastal Conservancy is sponsoring a free walk on the beach with local birder Jennifer Multhopp at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 at Mowry Beach. View shorebirds, warblers, and many other buzzers and tweeters in the warm sun of the brushy alders, dunes and marshes flanking the beach. Bring your binoculars and bird guides. Meet at the Mowry Beach parking area at the end of Pleasant Street. For more information call the conservancy office at 255-4500.

ROCKLAND, Maine — “A First — Across the Atlantic by Outboard,” a free lecture, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Sail Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St. The presentation features rare footage of Capt. Al Grover. He will tell how he drove his 26-foot skiff to Europe. Call 596-0200 for more information.

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