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Bethel Inn Resort x-c Ski

Date: Saturday, March 3

Bethel Inn Resort X-C Ski and Snowshoe Center has it all: Groomed trails, ski rentals, heated indoor areas to get organized and even a sk/swim/sauna package! We'll meet in the morning for a ski, enjoy lunch and go out again in the afternoon. Those interested (like myself) can linger to swim in a heated outdoor pool and finish up with a sauna. These trails are suitable for experienced- beginners i.e., not the first time on X-C skis. There are extensive relatively level areas, but also a few hills to navigate. Day passes are $18, with the ski/sauna $27. Ski rentals are available for an additional cost.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Location: Bethel Inn Resort, 21 Broad Street Bethel, Maine 04217, x-c ski entrance is off Mill Hill Road
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Jeanne Christie 207-310-8708 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Experienced Beginner
FMI: Bethel Inn Resort X-C Ski and Snowshoe Center

Camden Hills State Park, Mt Megunticook

Date: Saturday, March 3

Hike 7.6 miles round-trip up 1385' Mt. Megunticook from Youngstown Road south. Mt. Megunticook is Camden Hills highest peak. Trail route may change depending on trail condition and weather. Travel time including lunch about 7 to 8 hours. If we have time we may go back over 1100' high Bald Rock Mtn for some excellent views but an additional mile travel. Trails are gentle until we reach the steeper Slope Trail. We'll keep a moderate pace with time for photos. Plan on snowshoes if there is good fresh snow, or microspikes or similar traction tools if icy or compacted snow. Bring appropriate winter clothing, snacks and fluids. For registration and information please contact Debby or Stephen and include information about your recent hiking experience, hiking gear and any contact information.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Camden, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 9:00pm)
Co-Leader: Stephen Brezinski 207-353-9854 (before 9:00pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: map of Camden Hills State Park
FMI: trail conditions

Sebago Lake State park

Date: Thursday, March 8

This is a 3.7 mile loop hike through Sebago Lake State Park. After walking through a forested area, we will come out to the beautiful Songo Beach on Sebago Lake. The return will be along the meandering Songo River banks to the parking area. Weather conditions will determine appropriate footgear...either snowshoes or micro-spikes.

SnowshoeingActivity Categories: Snowshoeing
Location: Sebago Lake State Park, Casco, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Jo Anne Diller 207-595-1467 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Little Jackson Mountain - XC Ski and Snowshoe

Date: Sunday, March 11

Ski and snowshoe to summit of Little Jackson Mountain. If Byron Road is unplowed, we will ski in 2.5 miles to trailhead to Little Jackson Mountain. From there we will snowshoe to summit and back and then ski out to parking lot. 360 degree view from summit with many peaks near and far visible. Approx 13 miles round trip.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Snowshoeing
Location: Little Jackson Mountain
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm) , Susan Surabian
Registration is required for this activity.

Potluck and Presentation: Atlantic Canada

Date: Thursday, March 15, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Our Closest Neighbor and its Exceptional Natural Beauty Priscilla Anson is a world traveler whose most recent journey took her through the four provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Boondocking most nights with no planned itinerary, Priscilla experienced through hiking and wanderlust-filled days the expansiveness, natural beauty, and cultural warmth of this unique region. Join us as she she shares photos, narrative, and anecdotes that will bring to life this beautiful region, with a focus on Newfoundland. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Activity Categories: Cultural, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

A Promising Method to Combat Climate Change

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Promising Method to Combat Climate Change: Carbon Fee and Dividend has received accolades and commitments from both sides of the aisle in Congress, and from leading scientists and economists who tout it as the best method to combat climate change. The cities of Bangor and Portland have endorsed CF&D. Come learn about it from Peter Garrett, the Maine Chair of the Citizen's Climate Lobby, as well as members of the Bangor Chapter, which is one of 456 chapters of this national grassroots organization

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Celebrate Spring YM Social at BRGR (20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We'll meet at BRGR on Brown St. in Portland starting at 5:30pm. Join us for dinner, a drink or dessert (their milkshakes are amazing!). Make some new friends, celebrate the coming of Spring, and find out about upcoming events and how you can get more involved in the AMC. RSVP is not required; however, it is appreciated so that a table can be reserved with seats for everyone.

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: BRGR Bar, 11 Brown St., Portland, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette

Moat Mountains Traverse

Date: Saturday, March 24

Join us for a classic Moat Mountain traverse. This hike is 9.6 miles with 3,300 ft of elevation gain. We will set up a car spot at the beginning of the day and hike southbound starting with North Moat then summiting Middle and South Moat. All 3 peaks have open summits with incredible views. Average group pace will be 1.5 mph. Recent winter hiking experience and above tree-line hiking experience required. Possible winter conditions will call for full winter gear. Trip plan may be altered due to weather & conditions at leaders' discretion. Optional stop at Moat Mountain Brewery and Restaurant after.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Location: Moat Mountain, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Co-Leader: Sarah Hunter
Registration is required for this activity.

South Baldface Shelter

Date: Saturday, March 24

Hike 5 miles round-trip at a moderate pace to the Baldface Shelter (3576'), which sits just below the smooth granite ledges of South Baldface Mountain in Evans Notch. Enjoy far-reaching views along the way, and from our lunch break at the shelter. This is an intermediate winter hike, and you'll need to wear snowshoes and/or microspikes, depending upon snow conditions. Elevation gain 1450 ft. Register by 3/21/18.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Evans Notch, ME
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431
Co-Leader: Stephen Brezinski 207-353-9854 (before 9:00pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Monitoring Maine's Great Blue Herons Across State and International Borders

Date: Thursday, April 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In Spring 2016, five Great Blue Herons in Maine were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices and released to allow researchers to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. Two of the herons migrated to Florida, one to the Bahamas, one to Cuba, and one flew all the way to Haiti! Hear about herons and the project from Danielle D'Auria, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and project leader for the Heron Observation Network of Maine (HERON), a citizen-science initiative that has involved hundreds of volunteers over the past nine years. In 2016 she incorporated students from eight schools in the tagging effort and hopes to get students of all ages across the state following Maine's Great Blue Herons online to learn about the birds' habits and the wetlands they depend on. She will present the results from the heron movement data collection, and how it ties in with what we have learned thus far about the natural history and current status of Maine's Great Blue Heron population. Danielle D'Auria is a wildlife biologist who works in the Bird Group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She focuses on understanding statewide populations of colonial wading birds, secretive marsh birds, black terns, loons, and other rare water birds. Since 2009, she has spent a majority of her time researching why great blue herons have undergone a decline along Maine's coast.

Activity Categories: Birdwatching, Conservation, Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Potluck and Presentation: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Date: Thursday, April 19, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us for an exciting presentation on Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. We will entice you to visit KWWMN with a video. In September of 2017, a team of four Maine-born photographers and filmmakers set off into Katahdin Woods & Waters to document the land in hopes of encouraging more public use. Their film, Monumental , documents a five day, 64-mile-long human powered circumnavigation of the park by canoe, bike, and foot. Learn about the many things to see and do in the monument from those who are involved in the activities going on up there. We'll entice you with photos and details on how you can enjoy what the monument has to offer and how you can get involved in shaping this gem. We'll also hear from the newly established Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, a membership organization working to raise funds and support for the Monument. They'll share early accomplishments and plans moving forward, including how you can raise your voice during the management planning process for the Monument's future.  Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Free and open to the public.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
FMI: NPS - Katahdin Woods and Waters NM
FMI: Friends of KWWNM

Wilderness First Aid

Date: Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22

Wilderness First Aid training goes beyond standard Red Cross first aid , providing you with the skills needed when you are more than one hour from medical care. Learn to assess & treat injuries in outdoor situations. This course is two full days, and will be taught at Maine Audubon in Falmouth, Maine by Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA). The fee covers instruction and materials, and does not include lodging or meals. The class includes patient assessment, immediate life threats, disabling injuries, hypothermia & other environmental hazards, fractures, sprains and more. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR which are valid for three years Course costs are $175 for AMC Maine chapter members, $200 for AMC members (non-Maine chapter), and $250 if you are not an AMC member. Download the registration form and pay with Paypal on the AMC Maine Website at https://www.amcmaine.org/2018-wfa/ Or you can call or email Bill Brooke at 207-549-5100, outings@amcmaine.org. to register.

First AidActivity Categories: First Aid
Location: Falmouth, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm) , Kim Sanders
Registration is required for this activity.

Leader Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Trip Leader meeting for current leaders and others interested in becoming a leader . The objectives of the meeting are to define outings committee priorities, develop the training plan for the coming year, and to identify and schedule outings .

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: AMC Policy Office , 14 Maine Street, Suite 0126 Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Burnt Meadow Mtn Loop Hike (20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Saturday, May 5

Join us for a loop hike of Burnt Meadow Mountain in Brownfield, ME. Approx. 3.3 miles roundtrip and about 1,145 ft of elevation gain. Steeper ascent on North Peak Trail with nice views along the way, more gradual descent via Twin Brook Trail. Open summit with fantastic views. Great intermediate half-day hike to help prep for the summer hiking season. Group pace will average 1.5 mph.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Burnt Meadow Mountain
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm) , Nick Montecalvo
Registration is required for this activity.

Beginning Backpacking Workshop

Date: Tuesday, May 8

The introduction to backpacking workshop is for beginners and experienced hikers who would like to take the next step from day hiking to multi-day trips. The workshop will cover the basics needed for a safe and enjoyable three season backpacking trip. Topics include: conditioning for backpacking, planning a backpacking trip, dealing with emergencies, food & water considerations, selection of appropriate clothing and footwear, and gear for backpacking. Have your questions on backpacking answered , see backpacking gear, and a demonstration of how to load a backpack. Register for this workshop online or contact Bill Brooke for more information.

Instruction (Skills)Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills)
Location: Gilsland Farm Maine Audubon , Falmouth ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Trekking on the Long Trail

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Vermont's Long Trail is America's oldest long distance trail. The 273-mile footpath was built between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. It begins on the Massachusetts-Vermont border and travels north to the Canadian border, along the way summiting the Green Mountains' highest peaks: Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Mt Abraham, Camel's Hump, Mount Mansfield, Jay Peak, and many other smaller mountains. For the first 100-miles, the Long Trail coincides with the Appalachian Trail. Anne O'Regan, a popular presenter for AMC, will share stories and slides from this magnificent and challenging trail. She thru-hiked it twice, once in 2012 (south to north) and again in 2013 (north to south). Anne previously spoke at the AMC - Bangor Chapter about her Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. Her book, Tamed. A City Girl Walks from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, will be available the evening of her talk and is also available on her website: anneoregan.com

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Alpine Garden Hike

Date: Saturday, June 2, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Experience the flowers and plants of the Alpine Garden on Mt. Washington. We will carpool up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the Cow Pasture area and hike down to the Alpine Garden along the Huntington Ravine Trail. Limited to 10 participants.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Critical Treasure, Hiking, Photography
Location: Mt. Washington, Alpine Garden Trail
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peg Nation 207-583-2720 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: JoAnne Diller
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The creation of Flagstaff Lake wrote a sad chapter in our history. The three villages of Bigelow, Dead River and Flagstaff were inundated and their residents forced to relocate and scatter. Buildings, most of them purchased by CMP prior to the gates in the dam being closed, were either razed, sold, or moved by their owners. Some buildings were left to be flooded. Long Falls Dam was constructed in 1948 and 1949 and impounds an area of approximately 22,000 acres. Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing, lifelong Mainers have had a shared passion for the story. They will share the photos and storied from their book, Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake.

Activity Categories: Critical Treasure
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Mt. Chase Lodge 3 nts stay and Katahdin Woods and Water Nat. Monument

Date: Tuesday, September 4 - Friday, September 7

Join us for 3 nights and 4 days at a great location and experience a traditional Maine Lodge. Mt. Chase Lodge is located on Upper Shin Pond and makes a great jumping off spot to visit Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Enjoy some of the finest cuisine while enjoying waterfront accommodations. Cabins and lodge rooms available. Breakfast and dinner will be included in our group rate. Days will be spend as you wish or join us on a group outing. In the monument, you can hike, bike or paddle. You are also just a short distance to Baxter State Park's northern entrance. There are also plenty of lakes to paddle and nearby hills to climb. Go for a swim off the dock after your day's outing or use one of the canoes or kayaks for a paddle on Upper Shin Pond. Listen to loons calling and relax at the water's edge. Please contact leader - Michelle Moody - for booking information and rates. Let us know if you want to share a room.

BicyclingActivity Categories: Bicycling, Bicycling - Mountain, Hiking, Paddling, Social Events
Location: Mt. Chase Lodge, Upper Shin Pond, Mt. Chase, Maine
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Mixed based on activity chosen
FMI: Mt. Chase Lodge
FMI: National Park Service - KWWNM

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