February 10, 2013

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Bog and Marsh Trek

11 a.m., Feb. 23, Appleton

Come explore on snowshoes Whitney Bog and Pettengill Marsh from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The walk/snowshoe hike is hosted by two nonprofits that share an interest in this extensive and valuable marsh -- the Georges River Land Trust and Medomak Valley Land Trust. The event is free but requires preregistration, as parking is limited. Snowshoes are advised, depending upon the conditions. Bring water and snacks. Call Phelps Brown of the Appleton Historical Society for directions and to register, 785-2040. 


Fly Tyers

6:30-8:30 p.m., Yarmouth

Join the Grey Ghost Fly Tyers for a class taught by well-known tyer Selene Dumaine. The classes are held each month at the First Parish Church on Main Street in Yarmouth. Dumaine is known worldwide for her fly tying skills and innovation. She recently opened Selene's Fly Shop in Brunswick. Classes are open to the public. Donations accepted. Call 749-1593. 


Great Maine Weekend all day and all weekend

The second Great Maine Outdoors Weekend will be held statewide with outdoor groups across the state participating with guided hikes, snowshoe treks, winter games and nature classes. To learn more or find an activity next weekend near you, go to www.greatmaineoutdoor weekend.org


Canal Hike

Noon in Bath

Explore the scenery and history of Bath's Peterson Canal. The New Meadows Lake Association, Bath Historical Society, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay and Kennebec Estuary Land Trust are sponsoring this annual hike. The canal was built around 1790 to connect Merrymeeting Bay with the New Meadows River, bypassing the strong currents of the Chops and facilitating downstream transportation of logs. The guided 2.5-mile scenic hike is only possible when the water is frozen and will take approximately two hours. Meet across from the boat launch to the New Meadows Lake on Old Brunswick Road in Bath. To learn more, go to www.kennebecestuary.org or call 442-0445. 

-- Compiled by Staff Writer Deirdre Fleming


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