Autumn sea kayaking weekend, Friday to Sunday, Appalachian Mountain Club Knubble Bay Camp, Georgetown. Wet suits/dry suits and good sea kayaking skills required. Lodging and three meals. $80 AMC members ($90 non-members). Call Gail Fensom at 603-244-2500 or e-mail [email protected]

Maine Audubon will host Apple Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. Discover how Maine’s wildlife prepares for the coming winter. This event is free of charge. For more information, go to

Walk on the Wild Side, 1 p.m. Saturday, Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Orland. Walkers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians of all ages are invited to enjoy fall foliage on beautiful Valley Road. Start at South Gate on Route 1 (near the Route 176 intersection) or North Gate on Bald Mountain Road and enjoy refreshments, activities and surprises at each mile along the 5 miles. Visit each of four tables on the way to be eligible for a prize drawing. Rides back from each gate to parking lots will be available. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Suggested donation for this fundraiser is $5/student, $10/person or $20/family, but any amount is welcome. Rain date is Oct. 9. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 469-2008.

The Kennebec Land Trust will celebrate the release of the book, “Between Person and Place: Conservation Histories from the Kennebec Land Trust,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Sturtevant Farm Scenic Area in Fayette. For more information, call 377-2848 or go online to

Schoodic Arts Ride, registration 9 to 10 a.m., ride starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Twelve-mile family bicycle ride around scenic Schoodic Peninsula to benefit Schoodic Arts for All. Register at Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor. Ride begins at Fraser’s Point. Potluck lunch at Hammond Hall at 1 p.m. For more information, call Mary Wilson at 963-7037 or e-mail Schoodic Arts for All at [email protected]

Kennebec Messalonskee Trails Hike and Mushroom Hunt, 1 p.m. Oct. 3, Messalonskee Stream Trail, Kennedy Memorial Drive, Oakland. Local mushrooming experts will lead a hike and give tips on collecting edible mushrooms. Please bring a brown paper bag for gathering. People of all ages welcome; held rain or shine. No charge but donations will be accepted. For more information, go to

Fall Foliage Festival, 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 3, Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta, celebrating trees and everything that lives in, on, under and around them. There will be hay rides, foliage walks and leaf pressing. Admission is $3 for arboretum members, $5 for non-members. Hotdogs and drinks will be available for a small fee. 

Looking ahead

Hunter Safety Course, sponsored by the Winslow Fire Department, from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 and Oct. 7, and from 8 a.m.-4;30 p.m. Oct. 9. Contact Don Perrine at 660-6382 to register. 

The Tour de Farmington, bike tour of farms in Franklin County, Oct. 10. Celebrating local agriculture and promoting alternative modes of transportation, the event features 19- and 70-mile routes. Cyclists can buy local food and products that can be picked up in Farmington at the end of the event. A local foods lunch, water and snacks will be provided. The day will conclude with a live bluegrass performance and burrito barbecue. $30 for adults and $15 for youths 15 and under for the 19-mile tour (includes lunch); $65, adults only, for the 70-mile tour (includes lunch and barbecue); $10 dinner ticket only. Pre-registration is required. Go to or call 778-3885. 

Handgun Safety Course, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13, Maine-ly Outdoors Ministry of Daystar Chapel at 574 Lakewood Rd. in Madison. This course satisfies the state’s requirement to apply for a concealed weapons permit. Food and beverages will be available for a reasonable cost at the class as a fundraiser. Call Dell at 399-9717 to register. 

Maine Audubon will host a special presentation, Mission Wolf, on Oct. 18 at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. There will be two programs, one beginning at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Mission Wolf is a remote sanctuary for wolves in Colorado. Two live gray wolves and a wolf-dog hybrid will be at the presentation. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To register call 781-2330, Ext. 209, or e-mail [email protected] 

Hunter Safety Course , 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Oct. 12 and ending Oct. 21 at the Skowhegan Area High School. Sponsored by RSU 54 Adult Ed. Students 10-12 years old are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the full program. Authorized instructors are donating their time to the cause of greater outdoor safety. Class size is limited to 25 students. Contact Patte Bowman, 474-7553, to register. 

Hunter Safety Course, Skowhegan Sportsman’s Club, from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 21, and from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 23. To preregister, call Russ Corson at 474-5361. 

Maine Guide Training Program at the Skowhegan Community Center, 39 Poulin Drive, Skowhegan, Dec. 2-5. The course prepares students for taking the state’s licensing exam for recreational, hunting and fishing guides. The cost is $475 per person, and a $200 deposit is required upon registration. For more information or to register, contact Carroll Ware at Fins and Furs Adventures at 474-5430. 


L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools are offering Walk-On Adventures every Saturday and Sunday. Each class costs $20. No experience is necessary. Register in advance by calling 1-877-755-2326 or at the Outdoor Discovery Schools kiosk at the flagship store in Freeport. L.L. Bean will also offer scenic guided kayak tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. until Columbus Day. Evening sunset, moonlight and women’s only tours are also available. All tours are $59 per person. 

Weekly Bird Walk, Thursday mornings at Gilsland Farm, Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, 7 a.m., $5 for Maine Audubon members, $8 for nonmembers. All skill levels. Bring binoculars and a field guide and meet in the visitor center parking lot. 781-2330, ext. 209. 

The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center offers canoe and kayak rentals from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends in September. For nonmembers, it is $16 per hour, $23 for an hour and a half and $30 for two hours. For Maine Audubon members, it’s $15 per hour, $22 for an hour and a half, and $29 for two hours. Call 883-5100 or visit scarbmarsh to learn more.