During the month of November, the trees are bare, the days are short and the weather is getting progressively colder. For many people, it’s a challenging time to find the motivation to get outside and exercise, but there are so many fun outdoor events are happening throughout the state. For inspiration, here are just a few, from group paddling trips to sled dog demonstrations.
Nov. 3: Scenic trail race
Lace up your running shoes and participate in a 4-mile or 8-mile trail race, hosted by the Frenchman Bay Conservancy on Sunday, Nov. 3, in Sullivan. The course is located on the scenic, wooded trails of FBC’s Long Ledges and Baker Hill preserves. Race day registration is at Sumner Memorial High School on Route 1, and begins at 9 a.m. The 8-mile race starts at 10:15 a.m., and the 4-mile race starts at 11 a.m. The registration fee is $25. For more information, including a race map, visit the FBC event page.
Nov. 7: Bird and nature walk
Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary in Falmouth hosts a bird and nature walk every Thursday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. In November, the dates are Nov. 7, 14 and 21. (There’s no walk on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.) Registration is not required, however, the event costs $5 for Audubon members and $8 for nonmembers. The walk is usually 1.8 miles, but people can leave early if needed. The group meets near the parking lot at 20 Gilsland Farm Road in Falmouth. If you arrive late, they typically stand by the nearby pond for the first 15 to 20 minutes before heading to the West Meadow. For more information, visit the Maine Audubon event page or call Doug Hitchcox at 207-781-2330, ext. 237.
Nov. 7: Family Fun Hour
This event is for young kids (ages 2 to 5), accompanied by adults. Each Thursday, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden offers indoor and outdoor activities for children. These activities are designed to foster a connection to nature and encourage environmental stewardship. For November, the dates are Nov. 7, 14 and 21. (There’s no walk on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.) The cost is $10 for Audubon members and $14 for nonmembers, though children ages 2 through 5 and their siblings are free. Fields Pond is located at 216 Fields Pond Road in Holden. To register, visit the event page or call 207-989-2591.
Nov. 9: Monthly bird walk
Join Island Heritage Trust Executive Director Paul Miller at 8 a.m. for the land trust’s monthly bird walk at Scott’s Landing Preserve at 704 N Deer Isle Road in Deer Isle. Birders of all levels and ages are welcome. If you’d like to use a pair of binoculars, the land trust has some to lend. Let them know ahead of time. The event is free, though donations are welcome. For more information, call 207-348-2455.
Nov. 10: Full moon paddle
Aislinn Sarnacki is a Maine outdoors writer and the author of three Maine hiking guidebooks including “Family Friendly Hikes in Maine.” Find her on Twitter and Facebook @1minhikegirl. You can also...
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