Tomorrow is President’s Day and the beginning of school break for many schools in Maine. It’s also that time of year when cars and appliances are on sale. But who needs more stuff? Here’s a way to get you and the kids outside on the holiday to enjoy the Eastern Trail, one of the great volunteer-led efforts to connect Mainers to nature. The Eastern Trail Alliance is organizing an afternoon walk along the Biddeford-Arundel-Kennebunk section of the bike trail. (Perfect timing too, the Maine Outdoor Coalition’s Great Maine Outdoor Weekend/Week is winding down.)

The trail, in case you’ve never hit it, stretches 65 miles from the Piscataqua River in Kittery to South Portland, passing through 11 communities. Originally conceived of in 1997, the trail is managed by volunteers (some portions are still being constructed) from the 11 communities it runs through.

The 90-minute walk will be guided by members of the Eastern Trail Alliance. And it’s free.

WHAT: President’s Day Nature Walk on the Eastern Trail, Biddeford

WHEN: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Meet in the parking lot at Southern Maine Health Care, 1 Medical Center Drive, Biddeford, (near the shop area)

HOW: No registration needed, no fee, just don’t bring your dog.

MORE INFORMATION: email [email protected] or visit


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