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

Best nature sites talk, noon Tuesday, Merryspring Nature Center. Merryspring will host Tony Oppersdorff and Kyril Schabert as they give a talk which outlines and promotes their new book Best Nature Sites of Midcoast Maine: Route 1 Corridor Brunswick to Belfast. Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children. There is a $5 charge for non-members. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the website at

Backpacking skills, 6 p.m. Thursday, Cabela’s in Scarborough. The Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club will host a workshop designed for experienced hikers ready to move into overnights on the trail or backpackers looking for new ideas.

Opening celebration, 10 a.m. Friday, Weskeag Marsh, Buttermilk Lane parking area in South Thomaston. Join Georges River Land Trust and Friends of the Weskeag for an outdoor program on aquatic ecology of the Weskeag Marsh and opening celebration of the interpretive kiosk at the R. Waldo Tyler Management Area of the marsh. The event is free and open to the public.

The Ancient Ones, Saturday, Maine Wildlife Park, Gray. A living history group in full period dress, will set up a living history camp from the late 1700s era. They will put up a canvas tent and have a variety of demonstrations going all day, including fire starting, cooking, trading, tomahawk throwing, flint knapping, flintlock muskets and weaving. Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $5 ages 5-12; $7 for adults, and $5 for seniors.

Youth fishing event, Saturday 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, Saturday 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.

Trail opening, Saturday, noon, Casco Bay High School. Portland Trails is celebrating National Trails Day by opening its 10-mile Forest City Trail. A hike will also be led, featuring Bob Crowley, Survivor winner, starting at 7:30 a.m. RSVP required for the hike. A $10 registration fee includes lunch. More National Trails Day events and information at

Celebrate National Trails Day, Saturday 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, Saturday, 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, Saturday, 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, Sunday, 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.

Women’s Ride, Sunday, 8 a.m., Freeport. Distances are 5, 15, 25 and 50 miles. Starts at L.L. Bean’s headquarters. When riders return, they will be greeted with a steel drum band, massage and yoga. An after party will be held at Gritty’s. There are some great giveaways provided from numerous local vendors. FMI:

Looking ahead

York County Audubon annual meeting, June 7, 6:45 p.m. Admission is free but reservations are required. Email [email protected] to reserve a place. At 7:30 p.m., speakers Rebecca Holberton and Adrienne Leppold from the University of Maine Laboratory of Avian Biology will talk about what happens in the Gulf of Maine, which affects us, our birds and other wildlife.

Volunteer orientation, 5:30 p.m. June 7, Portland Trails office at 305 Commercial Street. At the workshop, participants will learn about Portland Trails’ ongoing projects and get a chance to talk to Portland Trails staff about what each volunteer job entails. Participants are asked to RSVP before June 6 to Rachael Weyand: [email protected] or 775-2411.

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]

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]

Hunter safety course, Skowhegan Sportsmen’s Club, from 6-9 p.m. on June 21 and June 23 and from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. June 25. A 12-hour course authorized by Inland Fishersies and Wildlife. FMI: Contact Russ Corson at 474-5361.

Handgun safety course, Gardiner Sportsmen’s Club, 6-9 p.m. June 22. This class meets the requirement for a safety class to qualify for a concealed firearms permit. The cost of the class is $60 per person, call 441-7870 to sign up.

June Jog 5K, Mast Landing School, Freeport, 8 a.m. June 25. Benefits local recreation and community education child care, scholarships and Port Teen Center. Cost is $15. FMI: 865-6171 or

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. 


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 

Portland Public Library, Thursdays in June, free. A Family Place Workshop for children 6 months to 3 years old and their parents/caregivers. Each workshop stresses the importance of play to a child’s development. Parent and child engage in meaningful and fun play with age appropriate toys which helps stimulate motor skills as well as brain development. There is no charge, but sign-up and participation for all sessions are required. Registration forms are available at the Children’s Room desk at the Main Library. Registration must be done in person. Children must be 6 months to 3 years old. Siblings 5 years and younger may attend.