Cooper Campbell Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton. The WinterKids festival celebrates the life of a Scarborough teenager killed by a drunken driver on the Maine Turnpike in 2008. Cooper was an avid skier and snowboarder. Kids and their families will enjoy music, games, prizes provided by L.L.Bean and Hannaford, a silent auction and more throughout the day. For more information, visit 

Ice Fishing Clinic, 2 p.m. today, Phippsburg Sportsmen’s Association Clubhouse on Route 209, Phippsburg. Learn how to determine if the ice is safe, what equipment to bring, how to dress to stay warm and how to determine the best places to fish. Free. For more information, go online to 

Full Moon Outing, 3 to 6 p.m. today, Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Group will explore the Cross Bill Interpretive Trail while there is still light, then head to the pond for moon rise. A $5 donation is suggested. HVNC has snowshoes available for rent. To register or for more information, call 586-6752 or go online to 

Looking ahead

Family Sled, Ride and Walk through Pondicherry Park in Bridgton, 10 a.m. Dec. 31, with the Lakes Environmental Association. Good physical shape and appropriate winter gear are requirements for this hour-long trek. To reserve your place, call 647-8580 or e-mail [email protected] 

New Year’s Hike, Jan. 1, Sacopee Healthy Communities Coalition. Meet at the Sacopee Valley Health Center on Route 160 in Kezar Falls. Come at 10:30 a.m. for hot cocoa and goodies. The hike of about 3 miles will begin at 11 a.m. Children are welcome. Dogs, too, but they must be on a leash. If the weather’s stormy, call 625-3082 to see if the hike is still on. 

Hunter safety class, 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4 and Jan. 6; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Community Center, 39 Poulin Drive, Skowhegan. Sponsored by Skowhegan Parks and Recreation; instructors are from the Skowhegan Sportsman’s Club. To register, call Russ Corson at 474-5361. Bring lunch for Saturday.

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5, Cabela’s, Scarborough. Sponsored by Western Maine Property Protection. Shooting will take place in indoor heated range. Cost is $125 per person, or $100 for a couple, which includes all course materials and the use of all firearms and ammunition. Lunch will be provided. This course meets concealed weapon permit requirements. Register by Jan. 29; call 739-9774 or e-mail westernmaineproperty [email protected] 

Upland Game Banquet, Feb. 5, sponsored by the Covered Bridge chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, at Keeley the Caterer in Portland. The dinner will celebrate the Maine upland bird hunt and will include raffles and an auction. Proceeds will support habitat improvement projects. For information and tickets, call Robb at 926-5392. 


Youth Archery League, sponsored by Sportsman’s BARR in Gardiner, for ages 7-14 years old, 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 588-0888 or go to

The Portland Water District invites preschoolers to join it for environmentally themed stories, activities and crafts. The sessions include: the Wonders of Water, Jan. 21; Incredible Insects, Feb. 18; Plants and Their Parts, March 18; Fun with Frogs, April 15. Programs run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sebago Lake Ecology Center in Standish. To register, e-mail [email protected] or call 774-5961 ext. 3319 or 3320. Donation supports local loon preservation. Scholarships available and snacks provided.

Weekly Bird Walk, 7 a.m. Thursdays at Gilsland Farm, off Route One, Falmouth, $5 for Maine Audubon members, $8 for nonmembers. Bring binoculars and a field guide and meet in the visitor center parking lot. For more information, call 781-2330, ext. 209.