Youth Outdoor Day: 8 a.m., May 31, New Gloucester
The Royal River Rod and Gun Club in New Gloucester is sponsoring a free youth outdoor day for ages 10-15. Activities include classes in map and compass skills, archery, outdoor survival, fishing and marksmanship. Every participant must be accompanied by a guardian. Registration is necessary. Call 892-6096 or 772-8596. To learn more, go to www.royalriverrodandgunclub.org.
Girls and Gears: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Portland
The eighth annual Girls And Gears Night will be held again at Gorham Bike and Ski on Congress Street, around the corner from Longfellow Square. The event is a fundraiser for the Women’s Cancer Fund of the Maine Cancer Foundation. Cost is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To learn more about the event, go to www.gorhambike.com.
Brunswick Landing: 7 a.m. to noon in Brunswick
Join Merrymeeting Audubon for a May birding walk at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. Explore the woods, fields and streams along this trail. Search for migrating and nesting birds. Meet at the Brunswick Hannaford at 7 a.m. to carpool to the gate. No cost. All welcome. Call 729-0220.
Adventure Race: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in East Grand
East Grand High School’s outdoor club is hosting a 20-mile outback race that involves compass work, mountain biking, paddling and more. Individuals or relay teams are welcome. Cost is $20. More than $1,000 in prizes are up for grabs. Proceeds benefit the East Grand school’s outdoor educational program. Register by Friday. For information or to register, go to www.eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race or email [email protected]
Bird Day at Arboretum: 8 a.m. to noon in Augusta
Join the Viles Arboretum in Augusta in a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Programs are free will include bird banding and a raptor demonstration. The 224-acre arboretum includes woods, fields and ponds that are easily reached by six miles of trails. Fifteen warbler species were among the many migrants seen here in past years. The arboretum is located at 153 Auburn Street. To learn more call 841-1951.
Nature Journaling: 9 a.m. in Jefferson
Hidden Valley Nature Center is hosting a nature journaling class. Naturalist Sharon Gallant will guide participants in how to hone observation skills and bring the natural world to life on paper. Participants should come with pencils and a backpack. Cost is $15. To learn more, go to www.hvnc.org, or call 200-8840.
– Deirdre Fleming