Nature Center is perfect for leisurely summer day

Looking for a leisurely way to spend a summer’s day in the beautiful Maine outdoors? Hidden Valley Nature Center has hiking and canoeing packages.

From the main gate, hike an easy 1.3-mile trail to remote Little Dyer Pond. There you will find your reserved canoe, a picnic table and an outhouse. Then paddle or drift the 100-plus-acre pond.

You can extend your stay with an overnight in nearby Hermit Hut, tenting on the nearby pondside tent platform. A yurt and cozy 2-Dog Hut are also available.

For more information, or canoe and overnight reservations, visit or contact director Gary Hayward at 586-6752 or [email protected]

Guided fishing expeditions or tours of the nature center and its 20 miles of trails also can be arranged.

Hidden Valley Nature Center is a nonprofit organization with 800 acres of diverse habitat, many small ponds and vernal pools, and a range of low-impact sustainable forestry projects.


Programs are planned for girls, boys in August

Chewonki will offer new and returning programs for girls and boys in August.

They include Adventures in Nature Day Camp for ages 6 to 10 on Aug. 16-20; Coastal Camping Adventure for ages 10 to 14 on Aug. 16-20; North Woods Adventure for ages 10 to 14; Renewable Energy Sail for ages 13 to 15; and Girls Saltwater Adventure for ages 8 to 11.

To learn more and register, call Katie Tremblay at 882-7323, Ext. 153, e-mail [email protected] or go online to


Deals are being offered by Maine Huts & Trails

Kids stay free this summer with Maine Huts & Trails.

The offer is valid Sunday through Friday nights and is good for reservations made by Aug. 6 for stays by Nov. 6. Limit one child per adult. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Please refer to code EM-617 when making your reservation.

For more information, call 877-634-8824 or go online to


Bald eagle is an attraction at Maine Wildlife Park

A presentation on the eagles of Maine at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on July 3 at the Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 will offer the chance to meet resident bald eagle, Lawrence.

Show times are subject to change depending upon the eagle’s comfort.

Lawrence was blown out of his nest on Little Sebago Lake as a nestling in the Patriots Day storm of 2007 and suffered a permanent wing injury. Part of the injured wing had to be amputated, and he was brought to the wildlife park to recover and to begin a new life as an educational program bird.

The Maine Wildlife Park, owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, has more than 30 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails, a fish hatchery, and other interactive exhibits and displays. The park is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Nov. 11; visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m.

Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $5 ages 5-12; $7 for adults and $5 for seniors. Group rates are available. For more information call 657-4977 or go online to


Classes for new mariners available at Apprenticeshop

Rockland Community Sailing at the Apprenticeshop is offering classes for aspiring mariners of all ages.

Classes are held at the Apprenticeshop on Rockland Harbor, 643 Main St., and are designed to provide residents and visitors numerous opportunities to learn the arts and skills of sailing and seamanship.

The youth summer program starts Monday with one-week full-day and two-week half-day classes for students ages 8 to 18. Instructors are US Sailing, first aid and CPR certified.

Adult classes run in July and August, and are geared for beginner and intermediate sailors. Lessons are available on weeknights and weekends.

For more information and registration forms, go to, or call KC Heyniger at 594-1800.


Cabela’s will give discount for all those who serve

Cabela’s stores nationwide will honor the contributions of those who serve by offering employee pricing to all veterans, active duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel Wednesday through Friday.

The Hometown Heroes event will recognize the service and sacrifice of those who protect and serve our country and communities.

Eligible customers should present their service IDs to the cashier at Cabela’s on June 30, July 1 and 2 to receive the discount. Some restrictions apply.

For more information, call 883-7451.