Breakfast on the Dead River, 6:30 a.m. today at the Dead River Gate on the Don Fish Trail, a half-mile beyond Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland. Enjoy an early morning walk in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands with Connie Tuller. Expect a 2-mile moderate walk to the Dead River picnic point. Bring sturdy footwear and breakfast. All ages welcome. FMI: Call Connie at 223-5039.

Bird walk, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. today at Reynolds Forest in Sidney. Join fellow birders, including birding experts David Ladd and Phil Downes, for a spring hike along the Reynolds Forest floodplain and Marsh Brook Trail. Visit for directions and meeting locations.

Serengeti Sojourn: On the Flanks of Mount Kilimanjaro. On Wednesday, Dr. Wendy Pollock, who spent two months in Africa, will share her experiences, photos and observations in the Morrell Room of Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. A potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7. Bring a potluck item to share and your own dinnerware. Drinks will be available. The talk is free and open to the public. FMI: Email [email protected]

Handgun safety class, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Gardiner Sportsmen’s Club. This class meets the requirements for a safety class to qualify for a concealed firearms permit. The cost is $60. Call 441-7870 to register.

Family walk, 10 a.m. Saturday. Young children and their parents or grandparents are invited to join Nikki Fox and her daughters for a spring stroll (strollers welcome!) in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. Meet at the north gate on Bald Mountain Road in North Orland. We’ll look for flowers and birds and enjoy some outdoor exercise. Bring bug spray. FMI: Call Nikki at 667-6703 or email [email protected]

Looking ahead

Hunter safety course, Winslow Fire Department. This is a 12-hour course. Classes are held 6 p.m.-9 p.m. May 31 and June 2 and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on June 4. Call Don Perrine at 660-6382 to register and for details.

Youth fishing event, June 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ayer Park in Union. The public is welcome, and no pre-registration or fishing licenses are required. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided, along with refreshments. Children are encouraged to attend the event, which is being held in memory of Mike Sabins, with an adult. For more information about the event or to help, call 785-4076.

Join York County Audubon on June 4 at 7 a.m. for a field trip to Brownfield Bog in East Brownfield. Meet at the store at the 160/113 intersection in East Brownfield at 7 a.m. and enjoy a morning of great birding. FMI: Call Pat Moynahan 284-5487.

Celebrate National Trails Day on June 4 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. with a guided hike of the new Mount Pisgah Trail and historic fire lookout. Join Jim Connors, steward, for a hike up the mile-long trail to the fire tower. Learn about the conservation history of the area, the development of the trail and the registration of the tower as a national historic lookout. Arrangements are being made to provide access to the tower for those unable to make the hike. Rain date: June 5 at 1 p.m. Visit for directions and meeting locations.

National Trails Day Celebration, June 4, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. starting at the Superintendent’s Office, Dean Street, Winslow. The community is invited to enjoy a Hike & Bike and trails celebration at the Winslow Community Trails. FMI: Visit or call 861-3292.

Family fishing festival, June 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., sponsored by Upper Andro Anglers Alliance in co-operation with Trout Unlimited. The festival will be held at Angevine Park on the North Road in Bethel. Free casting workshops and fly-tying instruction will be available. FMI: Call 824-3694 or email [email protected]

New England Sporting Clays Championship, June 5, 10 a.m., sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society. The competition will be held at Addieville East Farm, 200 Pheasant Drive, Mapleville, R.I. Registration for this 100-target, 15-station shoot is $150 per shooter prior to May 30, $175 after, or $575 per four-man squad. Along with the targets, each entry fee includes a continental breakfast, traditional New England-style lobster or steak dinner, one-hour open bar after the shoot and one-year RGS membership. FMI: Call Sally Hayter at (401) 568-3185. Reservations will be accepted by fax at (401) 568-3009 or by email at [email protected] No telephone reservations.

Beginners’ Mountain Bike Ride, 5:30 p.m. June 13 at Inland Woods/Pine Ridge trails behind Inland Hospital, 200 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville. The Central Maine chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association is hosting a free skill-building, introductory mountain bike ride; people of all ages on full-size bicycles welcome. Helmets required. FMI: Call 861-3292 or email [email protected]

Family Mountain Biking Day, June 25, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Hallowell Reservoir, Town Farm Road. Join the Central Maine chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association for some healthy fun exploring local trails. Rides for all ages and abilities throughout the day, riding, bike maintenance and safety tips, helmet checks, pizza, prizes and more. Rain date: June 26. FMI: Visit or call Brian Alexander at 441-6227.

Youth Field Day, June 18, Royal River Rod and Gun Club, Fish Hatchery Road, New Gloucester. Gives children ages 10 to 15 the chance to learn outdoor skills in a safe, structured, fun-filled environment. On-site check in is at 8 a.m. and activities should finish by 1:30 p.m. All activities and lunch are free of charge. Space is limited to the first 50 applicants. For application forms, contact Lou Haskell at 655-7757 or [email protected]


Maine Guide training programs: June 6-8 at the Bingham North Country Rivers Headquarters; June 7-10 at the Penobscot County Conservation Clubhouse in Brewer; June 9-12 at the Windham/Gorham Rod and Gun Club; July 7-10 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.

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 Call 377-2848 to register for outings.

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.

Spring Hawk Watch, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal. Freeport Wild Bird Supply teams up with Nikon Sport Optics to collect data while providing an educational experience for visitors. The hawk watch is free, but there is a park entry fee. Go to www. to learn more.

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

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