Join us on Tuesday March 11 to hear Carey Kish and his wife Fran’s tales of their 12-day dream backpacking trek traversing Baxter State Park south to north. The route covered 85 miles from Togue Pond Gate at the southern end of Baxter State Park to Matagamon Gate in the far northeast corner. Enjoying this long-term dream of a winding and scenic wilderness thru-hike, they combined at least a dozen trails and took in every fabulous vista. Four food drops stashed along the way and nights spent in lean-tos and one cabin meant reasonably light packs. There was only one problem… Carey and Fran will share their photos, their tales and their mostly joy about walking through Baxter State Park. Join them at Maine Audubon’s Fields Pond Center, 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden, ME 04429, about 15 minutes south of Bangor for their talk and slide show at 7pm. FMI, email Meetings and Education Chair or download a flyer (315 KB PDF). All events are free and open to the public.
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Know a teen looking for a summer job, internship, or some outdoor time this summer? Check out what Teens To Trails (T3) has to offer. There are opportunities in coastal Maine on the waters, and in inland Maine in the woods and mountains. There are paid and volunteer positions, training classes, as well as chances to play in the great out of doors!
The Portland Press Herald recently published an article on AMC’s Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins. The journalist and his wife spent a couple of days there in January (during one of the “polar vortex” spells) and explored the pond and Gulf Hagas in a winter wonderland. Read the article, but also be sure and check out the slideshow of photos taken during their stay!
Posted: Friday 28 Feb 2014 | News
Most of the popular “year in review” features and videos had their time in the spot light several weeks back, but we couldn’t help share this gem now. The Mount Washington Observatory compiled time-lapse video from January 2013 to January 2014 from its summit. Watch clouds come and go, rime ice accumulate, the sun rise and set, seasons change, people move about, weather instruments at work, and stars and northern lights dance. A definite must watch!
Posted: Tuesday 25 Feb 2014 | News
The Maine Master Naturalist Program is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 program session. The course provides 72 hours of classroom and outdoor experience, focusing on field natural history: geology, identification of flora and fauna, wetland and upland ecology, ecological principles, and teaching methods. Participants will develop the skills to lead a walk, present a talk, and provide outreach to schools, land trusts, nature centers, and parks. The training runs from June 14, 2014 through May 27, 2015 and includes 10 evening classes and seven Saturdays. Tuition of $350 covers course texts, hand-outs, and supplies. Applications are due by March 15. FMI or please contact , 782-5238.
On Thursday, February 20, join Park Naturalist Jean Hoekwater for a visual exploration of recreational opportunities and popular trips in Baxter State Park, including backcountry locations as well as short day hikes, for friends and families of all ages and abilities. Jean will introduce some of the wildlife and plants visitors can hope to encounter in the Park’s array of natural communities and will share tips on how visitors can help the Park in their preservation efforts. Jean oversees the Togue Pond Visitor Center, summer programs and children’s programming in the Park, outreach to schools, community groups, and the AT thru hiker community. On Thursday, February 20th, join Jean at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, for a potluck dinner at 6pm and her talk and slide show at 7pm. Bring a potluck item to share and your own dinnerware (plate, utensils etc.). Drinks will be available. Or simply come for the talk at 7pm. Both potluck and talk are free and open to the public. FMI, or download a flyer (750KB PDF)
Posted: Sunday 16 Feb 2014 | Activities
Check out this recent article in DownEast Magazine on Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins.
It describes the recreational opportunities in all seasons, as well as the history of the lodges and AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative.
Posted: Tuesday 11 Feb 2014 | News
I know it is only February, but we want you to know that this year the Maine Chapter will host AMC’s Fall Gathering from October 17-19, 2014! This annual event invites the entire AMC membership from all 12 chapters, from Washington DC to Maine, to join together to experience, enjoy, learn, and celebrate all that is AMC. The opportunity for the chapter to host this gathering comes only once every 12 years so we want to make the most of this opportunity to show off our beautiful state and its recreational opportunities for all to enjoy. The location is Camp Wavus for girls on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, Maine. The camp has miles of pristine waterfront, a gorgeous wooded campus, and new facilities including a 200-seat dining hall with state of the art kitchen, plus cabins accommodating small and larger groups. Activities from the Friday evening opening meal to Sunday’s closing will include hikes, bike rides, paddles, and visits to iconic Maine sites including waterfront vistas, lighthouses, and lobster shacks, all of which are intended to introduce out-of-state visitors to all that Maine has to offer. You are invited to join us for the long weekend. Mark it on your calendar now and look and look for more information in the coming months!
Posted: Thursday 06 Feb 2014 | Activities
Come celebrate outdoor activities in Maine during the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend February 14-16. The series of events across the state will be lead by companies and outdoor oriented organizations, including AMC. Many activities are free and at an introductory level. The goal is to connect people with the natural world, to promote fun, physical activity, and good health as well as to take advantage of recreation lands and waters across the state.
It’s back! Catch the Banff Mountain Film Festival in one of these four Maine locations: Ellsworth on January 31 and February 1-2; Bangor February 4-5, Rockport February 7-8, and Portland February 9-10. The thirteenth year of this film festival will feature two hours of magnificent cinematography of skiing, climbing, kayaking, mountain culture, the environment, and more and is produced by some of the world’s best outdoor cinematographers. FMI.
Posted: Wednesday 29 Jan 2014 | Activities