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Mountain Leadership School 2014

Now in its 56th year, Mountain Leadership School (MLS) is a five-day wilderness leadership training program designed to help you lead groups with minimal impact in the backcountry. It’s perfect for new trip leaders, or experienced leaders looking to improve their skills. There is a multi-day backpacking program as well as a program for day hike leaders that returns to AMC’s Highland Center each night. Participants will discover and develop their own leadership style and learn new techniques such as trip planning, map and compass, time management, group dynamics, Leave No Trace, and accident scene management. Mountain Leadership School is now accepting registrations. See the website FMI, or to reserve your space at MLS.

Maine Outdoor Film Festival: Earth Day Screening

What are you doing for Earth day? Please join us for an exciting night of nature-minded films. Maine Audubon and the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club present an Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival MOFF Selects Tour at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center on Tuesday April 22, 2014. Doors and cash bar open at 6:30, films start promptly at 7. Tickets are $5 for members (of either AMC or MA) and $7 for nonmembers. We expect this event to sell out, so advance registration is encouraged to ensure your seat. Click here to register for the Maine Outdoor Film Festival: Earth Day Screening. Check out the trailer!

Presentation: The Lighthouse Keepers of Sequin Island

Please join us on Thursday April 17 when AMC members, Mary Hillery and husband Greg Guckenburg share their unique experiences as 2013 Lighthouse Keepers on Seguin Island off the coast of Maine. They decided to become lighthouse keepers because they love the ocean so much, always vacation on islands and looked out at Seguin since their children were very young. Upon retirement, they had the idea to apply as keepers. They started out ocean lovers and ended up lighthouse lovers… They will talk about the history of the lighthouse and will share many interesting details about the lighthouse. They will also discuss the varied flora and fauna of the island and the hiking trails found on the 64 acres of Seguin. They will present a slide show to play silently while they talk about their experiences at the Seguin Lighthouse. They will share the thrills and hard work of being volunteer lighthouse keepers and let us know just what it takes to become a lighthouse keeper. They will also leave time for questions and answers. For more information on Seguin and its lighthouse visit its website or find “Friends of Seguin Island” on Facebook. Join them at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, for a potluck dinner at 6pm and their 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, email Fran Leyman or download a flyer (74 KB PDF)

Film Showing of the First National Whitewater Championships

Did you know the first national white water championship was held here in Maine on the Rapid river in 1940? And believe it or not color footage was shot of this event. Until recently it was thought to be long lost, but after 30 years of looking Maine canoeist Zip kellogg finally found it. Come see this superb film on Tuesday April 15th beginning at 7PM at the University of Southern Maine Portland Campus- 7th floor Glickman Library. The showing will include a history of the event, the film itself, and a Q and A at the end. Don’t miss your opportunity to view this nationally significant film. This event is free to the public. FMI.

Presentation: Canine Hiking Buddies & Bangor Area Treks with Aislinn and Oreo

Join us on Tuesday April 8th to hear tales and see pictures from Aislinn and her 4-legged buddy Oreo’s outdoor adventures. Originally from Winterport, Aislinn Sarnacki is an outdoor reporter for the Bangor Daily News. Her weekly hiking column and video series, “1-Minute Hike,” and dog column, “Let the Dog Out,” run online and in print. Visit her blog “Act Out With Aislinn.” In a multi-media presentation, Aislinn will cover two subjects: hiking with dogs and trails of the greater Bangor area. When it comes to dogs, topics of discussion will be trail etiquette and gear to pack for your canine hiking buddy, as well as what problems can arise on the trail and how you might handle them. Then, through videos, photos and maps, she’ll suggest trails for all skill levels that are located within an hour of Bangor, including some wheel-chair accessible wilderness trails. To end the presentation, she’ll talk about local groups that offer outdoor-related workshops, outings and resources. Please join us at the Bangor Public Library. The presentation beings at 6:30pm. For more information download a flyer (319KB PDF) or contact Gerry Sawyer All events are free and open to the public.

River Level Alert System

Attention river paddlers- get ready for spring! Would you like to receive an e-mail or text message when your favorite river reaches its ideal level? The U.S. Geological Survey has a system in place to do just that. USGS WaterNow will let you select the monitored river from a map and subscribe to different thresholds such as above or below a certain level, or inside or outside of a given range for either or both river height or discharge. So you will never miss a paddling opportunity again!

Maine Chapter to Host Wilderness First Aid through SOLO

How would you handle an injury in the backcountry? A simple sprain can become serious when there are miles of stone-littered and root-infested trail between you and definitive medical care. And the biggest threat isn’t always the injury, but the “E” factor- the “E”nvironment. Come learn how to adequately respond to backcountry injuries with confidence in this 2-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course on April 26-27 in Falmouth. This course is taught by experienced outdoor wilderness medicine instructors from SOLO. Please contact Kim Sanders for more information or to register.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Film Festival

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Film Fest featuring the hottest watersport films of the year will be in Maine this spring. The show date is Thursday May 1 at 7pm in Hannaford Hall at University of Southern Maine Abromson Center in Portland. This presentation is co-hosted with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA). Buy your tickets in advance; proceeds benefit both NFCT and MITA. The film festival is advertised as “top notch paddling flicks, from remote white water to scenic quiet water to environmental water issues of the day”. NFCT is partnering with Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival for these showings.

AMC Video Details the Financial Cooperation of the Maine Woods Initiative

Many of us have spent time exploring AMC’s properties that are part of its Maine Woods Initiative (MWI). But have you ever thought about all the financial transactions, hand-shakes, and signatures on the dotted line it took to pull it all off? Check out this video entitled “Maine Woods Initiative: Assuring Sustainable Forestry, Recreation and Fun … Forever” to get an understanding, and a sample of what those efforts have produced, and will protect forever.

Presentation: Thoreau’s Historic Journeys Through the Maine Wilderness

Please join us on Thursday March 20 in Brunswick for a presentation by Paul Jonson on the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail. Henry David Thoreau made trips to Maine in 1846, 1853 and 1857, each of which followed ancient Wabanaki canoe routes through vast, primitive wilderness. In these woods and along these waterways Thoreau’s ideas about nature and conservation were shaped through his observations and through the Penobscots’ philosophy imparted by his guides. Thoreau’s writings about his Maine journeys continue to inspire people in this country and around the world. The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail, a project initiated by Maine Woods Forever, consists of traditional Wabanaki canoe routes and portages in Maine’s Kennebec and Penobscot River drainages over which Henry David Thoreau traveled. The goal of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail is to ensure the permanent availability of a traditional Maine Woods experience to all who wish to trace Thoreau’s journeys and appreciate first hand the inspirational landscapes that shaped his views. Maine Woods Forever is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the legacy of Maine’s forests and woodlands. On Thursday, March 20th, join Paul at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick, for a potluck dinner at 6pm and his 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, email Fran Leyman or download a flyer (872 KB PDF)

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