Something for Everyone about Kayaking, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Maine Outdoor Adventure Club monthly program. Scott Shea, an outfitter and guide, will cover such topics as choosing a kayak and related gear, including paddles and safety equipment. Paddling techniques will be demonstrated and ideas will be shared on trip planning, navigation, safety and clothing. Free and open to the public. FMI: Visit www.moac.org.
Fishing from Kayaks, 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at Center Pond in Phippsburg. Kids are invited to try a sport that gets anglers out where the big ones lurk. All equipment and instruction will be provided, and there will be a cookout at noon. Parents are invited, and there is no charge for the event. Center Pond is on Route 209, just north of the Phippsburg Town Hall.
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center is open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. seven days a week through Labor Day and the first two weekends in September. Guided and self-guided walks and canoe and kayak tours of the marsh and its wildlife, plus exhibits, a nature store, and canoe and kayak rentals. Full schedule of programs: www.maineaudubon.org/scarbmarsh.
23rd annual Maine Bike Rally, Friday-July 10 at Brunswick High School. This event features road rides, mountain bike rides and an accredited time trial. Onsite camping, food, all rides, entertainment are all included in an affordable weekend price. The Maine Bike Rally is a combined effort of local enthusiasts, Casco Bay Bicycle Club, Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Go to www.mainebikerally.org for registration and details.
Parker Pond Headland family hike, 9 to 11 a.m. July 10, Kennebec Land Trust. Bring snacks, cameras and binoculars. Free. Co-sponsored by the Parker Pond Association. Call 377-2848 or email [email protected] Go to www.tklt.org for a full schedule of events.
Firefly Flirting, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 10, Great Works Regional Land Trust, Savage Wildlife Preserve in South Berwick. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. FMI: Visit www.gwrlt.org. To register call 646-3604.
The Somerset Bowhunters will have their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the clubhouse on the Eaton Mountain Road. New members are always welcome. Also, the Central Maine 3D State Shoot will take place Aug. 8.
Furry Friends in the Night Sky, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 14, Center for Wildlife and Mount Agamenticus conservation program. Meet big brown bat ambassadors from the Center for Wildlife and learn how bats keep ecosystems in delicate balance. $5 suggested donation, ages 5 and older recommended. Reservations required. Visit www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org/news.htm.
Timber-framing class, July 16, 17, 23 and 24. Expert timber framer Bob Lear will give students the confidence and experience necessary to take on a building project themselves. The program, at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, costs $450, including breakfast and lunch and all materials. The class is co-sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, which offers some scholarships. No previous carpentry experience is necessary. FMI: Contact www.hvnc.org, 586-6752 or [email protected]
Hunter safety course, Fairfield VFW, July 19, 21 and 23 at the post home. For details and registration call Don Perrine at 660-6382.
Learn about wildflowers, ferns and aquatic plants, 1-5 p.m. July 23, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Cost for one session is $25 for HVNC members, $30 for all others. FMI: Visit www.hvnc.org, email [email protected] or call 586-6752.
Maine Lobster Ride & Roll will return to Rockland on July 23. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the ride will start and end at Oceanside High School, with staggered start times beginning at 8 a.m. Participants may choose from four distance options: 16, 30, 50 or 100 miles. Pre-registration costs $85, with a $20 discount for coalition members. Children ages 12 to 17 pay $25, and those under 12 ride free. Participants will receive Maine Lobster Ride socks. For registration, a video about the ride and more information, visit www.BikeMaine.org or call 623-4511.
Paddle for Pine Tree Camp Challenge, Aug. 13, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport. The sea kayak paddle will offer routes adaptable for all skill levels. Following the paddle, participants will enjoy a lobster and steamer bake and barbecue. All money raised will benefit Pine Tree Camp for Maine children and adults with disabilities. For the schedule and more information, visit www.pinetreesociety.org/paddle_challenge.asp.
Basic pistol, rifle and shotgun muzzleloading shooting course, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 14, at Pooh Corner Farm, Greenhouse & Florist in Bethel. $200. FMI: Visit www.wmepropertyprotection. com or call 739-9774.
Borestone Mountain Meditation Retreat, Sept. 9-11, at the lodge operated by the Maine Audubon Society in Elliotville Plantation. The cost is $320 for the weekend. FMI: Visit www.yogainmaine.com.
Discovery Trek series, Portland Trails. Guided walks are free to Portland Trails members, $5 suggested donation for non-members. Please register for any trek by emailing [email protected] or calling 775-2411. For more information or to check cancellations due to the weather go to www.trails.org. “Portland Trails’ 10K: Trail to Ale Preview,” 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday; “Yoga and Walking Meditation on the Fore River,” 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 22; “Explore the Eastern Cemetery,” 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5; “A Bit of History on the Eastern Promenade,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24; “Indian Trail in the Peaks Island Land Preserve,” 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2; “Bird Walk at the Quarry Run,” 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30.
The Kennebec Land Trust Outing Club offers events for active adults age 21 and older. The club is a great way to explore the outdoors, get to know Kennebec Land Trust properties and socialize. Excursions are free to trust members or $5 for non-members. For a schedule, go to www.tklt.org. Call 377-2848 or email Theresa Kerchner at [email protected] to register for outings.
Kayaking Series, every Saturday in July, led by Michelle Moody, an Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter leader. Preregistration is required. Call Michelle Moody at 319-7355 or go to www.amcmaine.org. This series is a joint effort with the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust (www.btlt.org), Cathance River Education Alliance (www.creamaine.org), Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (www.fomb.org) and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (www. kennebecestuary.org).
Maine Guide training programs: Thursday-July 10 at the Penobscot County Conservation Association Clubhouse; July 28-31 at the Phippsburg Sportsman’s Club. The course prepares students for taking the state’s licensing exam for recreational, hunting and fishing guides. The cost is $475, and a $200 deposit is required upon registration. To register, contact Carroll Ware at Fins and Furs Adventures at 474-5430.
Weekly Bird Walk, 7 a.m. Thursdays at Gilsland Farm, off Route 1, Falmouth; $5 for Maine Audubon members, $8 for nonmembers. Bring binoculars and a field guide and meet in the visitor center parking lot. FMI: Call 781-2330, ext. 209.
Guided trail walks with local Kennebec Messalonskee Trails volunteers at various locations in the Waterville area, offered several days a week throughout the summer and fall. Free; all welcome. For walk locations and times, visit www.kmtrails.org.
Fundraiser Fridays rafting trips with Northern Outdoors. Every Friday, Northern Outdoors will contribute $20 per person in a rafting group to their designated charity. Groups must pre-register, and each member chooses a designated nonprofit. For more information on Northern Outdoors and Fundraiser Fridays, visit www.northernoutdoors.com/site/groups/fundraiser-fridays.html.