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Skating club classes

ROCKPORT — The Skating Club of Maine announces the beginning of its fall session skating classes, starting Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Mid-Coast Recreation Center. Introduction to Freestyle class will be held 5:50-6:50 p.m. Wednesdays. Basic Skills classes are available to children and adults 10:50-11:50 a.m. Saturdays, beginning Oct. 22.

The Basic Skills program consists of eight levels and includes the fundamentals of skating for the sports of hockey, figure skating, speed skating and recreational skating. The Snowplow Sam class consists of three levels for children age 4 to 6. Introduction to Freestyle classes teach elements of figure skating, such as jumps, spins, footwork and edge drills. Individual booster lessons are available 5:50-6:50 p.m. Wednesdays.

Registration for classes is now open. It is recommended that skaters register in advance for these programs. Skaters should arrive at least a half-hour early. Parents or skaters may contact director Tanya Quigley for registration forms and for more information regarding classes, session fees, appropriate attire and details regarding skates. Rental skates are available. Quigley can be reached at 683-2178.

The Skating Club of Maine regularly holds its skating programs October through March. The club is a nonprofit volunteer organization and is self-supporting from membership dues, ice fees, private donations and fundraisers.

Exploration camp

CAMDEN — Get ready to fall into autumn in October and join Sarah Lambson, Merryspring Nature Center environmental educator, for a weekend of activities, and outdoor discovery when Merryspring holds its first Autumn Exploration Camp. The day camp will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16. The cost is $25 for center members, $30 others.

Participants will uncover the mystery behind the changing of the leaves, learn autumn tree identification, how to make shelters in the woods and go seed collecting. Much of the time will be spent outdoors, exploring nature as a group, and participants will learn how to make apple crisp.

This program is designed for children ages 6 through 12. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 12. To register, or for more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit

Night hike

CAMDEN — Experience the wonders of the night in the woods of Merryspring for a sensory night hike with environmental educator Sarah Lambson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. The free family program is offered to those of all ages, but it is not appropriate for very young children who might be uncomfortable in the darkness. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit

Appleton Bog hike

APPLETON — Nancy Sferra of The Nature Conservancy will lead a walk through Appleton Bog 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Hikers should meet at Stovers Corner in Appleton at the intersection of Lower Road and West Appleton Road. Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended. The hike will cover approximately 4 miles through the extensive bog system owned by The Nature Conservancy. Attendees are asked to bring water, snacks, and wear shoes or boots you don’t mind getting wet.

Appleton Bog drains into the Georges River watershed as well as the Medomak River watershed. The Nature Conservancy owns 1,244 acres at Appleton Bog acquired through a series of donations and purchases starting in 1972. The primary focus is protection of the Atlantic white cedar bog and associated wetland systems. It is one of the premier resources in the region because of the variety of wetland systems it hosts. Although small Atlantic white cedar swamps are scattered in southern Maine, Appleton Bog is one of two large Atlantic white cedar bogs in Maine; the other significant bog is Saco Heath.

For more information on the Georges River Land Trust and its programs, visit , email or call 594-5166.

Hiking with the coalition

BELFAST — Shake the summer dust from your walking and hiking shoes and get outdoors with the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition on Wednesday, Oct. 12, for a sunrise walk along the Belfast Bay shoreline. Meet at 6:45 a.m. at the boathouse at the foot of Commercial Street. The walk will take participants two miles south almost to the outlet of the Little River. Along the way, learn about Belfast’s Range Ways and rights of way from city streets to the water. For more information, call Barbara Klie at 338-5316.

Experience a different hike on Wednesday, Oct. 26, up Ducktrap Mountain starting from Knight’s Pond in Northport. Skip Pendleton will be the leader. Call him at 338-4427 for details on where to meet, length of hike, timing, etc.

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