York County Audubon annual meeting, Tuesday, 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 that affects us, our birds and other wildlife.

Volunteer orientation, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Portland Trails office at 305 Commercial St. 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 by Monday to Rachael Weyand at [email protected] or 775-2411.

White Oak Paddle with the Georges River Land Trust in Warren, Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Explore an outstanding stretch of the St. George River with Dick Matlack, GRLT volunteer. Bring canoes or kayaks, life jackets and lunch. Call 594-5166 for directions. Rain date is June 18.

Hiking Step by Step, sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Saturday at Wolfe’s Neck State Park in Freeport. Experienced Maine Chapter AMC leaders will lead a walk and discussion on a variety of topics to help participants learn to plan a hike and know what to wear and carry. This workshop is designed primarily for those who are new to the hiking experience and for those who would like to refresh their skills. Safety will be emphasized. Everyone is welcome. FMI: Contact Joleen Rice at 892-2685.

The botanical lecture scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Peaks Island Library branch has been canceled due to a family emergency. The talk will be rescheduled for sometime in July..

Looking ahead

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]

Open House at the Penobscot Watershed Eco-Center, 160 Main St., Bar Harbor, June 18, noon-3 p.m. The center features a 61-foot-long map of the Penobscot River from the bay to the headwaters. There are also wildlife exhibits and handouts about the work of each of the partners in the PWEC collaborative.

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 Fisheries 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 www.rsu5-rce.org.

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 www.cemenemba.org or call Brian Alexander at 441-6227.

Survivor Camp, Saddleback Mountain is offering a four-day camp July 5-8 with “Survivor” winner Bob Crowley. He is the oldest winner of the CBS show and the first teacher and first Mainer to win. Crowley, along with his assistant, Registered Maine Guide Peter Christensen, will take participants into the woods to teach fire-building techniques, cooking over fires, gathering food, shelter building and navigation. Families, couples and singles are all welcome. Cost is $500 per person. FMI: Visit www.saddlebacksummer. com.

Maine Lobster Ride & Roll will return to Rockland on July 23. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the ride will begin and end at Oceanside High School, with staggered start times beginning at 8 a.m. Participants may choose from four distance options: 16, 30, 50 or 100 miles. Pre-registration costs $85, with a $20 discount for coalition members. Children ages 12 to 17 pay $25, and those under 12 ride free. Participants will receive Maine Lobster Ride socks. For online registration, a video about the ride and more information, visit www.BikeMaine.org or call 623-4511.


Maine Guide training programs: Monday-Wednesday at the Bingham North Country Rivers Headquarters; Tuesday-Thursday at the Penobscot County Conservation Clubhouse in Brewer; Thursday-June 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 www.tklt.org. 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. freeportwildbirdsupply.com 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 www.kmtrails.org.

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 www.northernoutdoors.com/site/groups/fundraiser-fridays.html. 

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.