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The Maine Woods Initiative: the history, development and management objectives of 70,000 acres of AMC land in northern Maine with Steve Tatko, Land Manager for MWI

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

As AMC's most ambitious conservation project, the Maine Woods Initiative has afforded the club with a tremendous opportunity to practice what it preaches at a landscape scale in one of the most important conservation regions in Maine.  Combining sustainable forestry, world-class recreational facilities and trails, and ecological restoration, AMC has been pioneering a new model of conservation ownership in Maine.  With a land base of 70,000 acres or about 100 square miles, AMC's Land Manager will reflect on the first decade of AMC's ownership and what lies ahead.    Steve Tatko was born and raised in Willimantic, ME to a fifth generation slate mining family. At a young age he started working for the family business and gained firsthand experience with logging, road building, and business management skills. He was also a history major and became a Registered Maine Forester.  He has worked for AMC since 2012.

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

Potluck and Presentation: PaddleQuest 1500 - An Expedition to Inspire Outdoor Desire

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

PaddleQuest 1500, An Expedition to Inspire Outdoor Desire: Linking the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Island Trail via Canada OR How I met the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Survived Violent Storms. Join us as John Connelly shares this journey with us. On June 25th, 2016, he became the first to both canoe the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and kayak the Maine Island Trail, but went a step further connecting them with the Saint John River and Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada; 1500-miles in 75-days. This solo expedition launched in the Adirondack Mountains on April 16th proved challenging, rewarding, eye-opening and was tracked in real-time by satellite and was followed by thousands online. Find out how he met the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and survived violent storms. Be inspired to seek out these water trails and experience portions of them for yourself. Connelly's 75-day trip took him through 2 countries, 4 states, 22 streams, 58 lakes and the North Atlantic. Check out his trip at paddlequest1500.com. The trip was inspired by Connelly's recognition of a growing body of evidence that confirms the physical and mental health benefits that come from communing with nature at a time when EPA reports suggest that Americans spend 93% of their lives indoors. Connelly has expressed his hope that his trip can inspire others to increase the time they spend outside, citing research that suggests the profound sense of personal stewardship for natural resources that such contact inspires. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Doors open at 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: PaddleQuest 1500

Full Moon Walk/Biddeford,Maine

Date: Tuesday, April 11

Evening walk to watch the full moon rise over East Point Lighthouse off Biddeford Pool.

WalksActivity Categories: Walks
Location: Biddeford, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm)

Center Pond Preserve

Date: Saturday, April 15

5-7 mile hike on local land trust trails.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Phippsburg, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm) , Debby Kantor
FMI: Phippsburg Land Trust

Annual Trail Maintenance

Date: Saturday, April 15, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This easy day is the Maine Chapter's annual spring maintenance of the Ledges Tr for the Loon Echo Land Trust on Pleasant Mountain. We will train those who don't know what to do or how to do it. Tools will be provided or BYOT. We will also hike to the summit to enjoy the views.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Pleasant Mountain Denmark Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Jeff Pengel 207-446-8290 (evenings only before 9 pm)

Wilderness First Aid

Date: Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23

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 Stonehearth Outdoor Learning Opportunities (SOLO). 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. CPR is an additional option and fee for this course. The course costs $105 for AMC Maine chapter members, $130 for AMC members (non-Maine chapter), and $160 for all others. This course frequently fills quickly. To register or for additional information call or email Bill Brooke 207-549-5100, Bill@mesoft.org

First AidActivity Categories: First Aid
Adult Member Fee: $130
Adult Non-Member Fee: $160
Location: Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9 PM)

Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Date: Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23

Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) course is being offered to those who have gone through Basic Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and are looking to broaden their skills. AWFA goes into greater depth than the Basic Wilderness First Aid (WFA) on basic first aid subjects by teaching new skills such as litter packaging and traction splinting. as well as emphasizing management of first aid emergencies in a wilderness setting . This course is two full days, and will be taught at Falmouth Fire/EMS in Falmouth, Maine by Stonehearth Outdoor Learning Opportunities (SOLO). Costs for this course are - Maine Chapter Member: $130.00; AMC Member: $160.00; Non-Member: $205.00. A CPR option is available at additional cost. Contact Bill Brooke at 207-549-5100, email Bill@mesoft.org to register or for additional information.

First AidActivity Categories: First Aid
Adult Member Fee: $160
Adult Non-Member Fee: $205
Location: Falmouth Fire/EMS , Falmouth, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (Before 9 PM)

Little Bigelow Mountain

Date: Saturday, April 22

This is a 7.5 mile (RT) AT hike that leaves from East Flagstaff Rd. There are excellent views at the summit from open ledges west toward Bigelow Mt. and the ski area at Sugarloaf Mt. This is a moderate/advanced hike. Plan on 4-6 hours out.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Dead River Twp
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Susan Surabian 207-474-6100 (call before 9pm)

Trail Maintenance Mt Cutler

Date: Saturday, April 22, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This easy day is the Maine Chapter's annual spring maintenance of the ridge trails on Mount Cutler. Primary activies are removing blowdowns and cutting back vegetation with hand tools. We will train those who don't know what to do or how to do it. Tools will be provided or BYOT. We will also take time enjoy the views from along the ridge

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Mt Cutler Hiram Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Jeff Pengel 207-446-8290 (evenings before 9 pm)

Cathance River Trail - Head of Tide

Date: Wednesday, April 26

A lovely woods walk as we start at the Head of Tide Park in Topsham and head up river to the Cathance River Preserve. We'll start mid morning with lunch on the trail. Trail is mostly a narrow woods trail and follows the river most of the way. We'll head up along the ravines and rapids to Barnes Leap. Watch for wildlife and listen to the water tumbling over the rocks. Plan on 4-5 hours out. This is geared to the over 50 crowd but open to all.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Head of Tide Park, Topsham
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate depending on distance
FMI: Cathance River Trail
FMI: Cathance River Nature Preserve

OUTINGS LEADER MEETING

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pot-luck dinner and Leader meeting for current leaders, leaders in training , and those who would like to become leaders. Agenda will include summer activities postings, review of leader requirements and proposed changes to leader requirements for new leaders .

BicyclingActivity Categories: Bicycling, Hiking, Paddling
Location: Red Cross Community Center ,Topsham ME.
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)

INTRODUCTION TO BACKPACKING WORKSHOP

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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. Contact Bill Brooke to register for this workshop

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking, Instruction (Skills)
Location: Maine Audubon, Falmouth , ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm) , Wayne Newton

Regular bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting

Date: Thursday, May 11, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This is a regular bi-monthly meeting of the Maine Chapter Executive Committee. All members are welcome to attend to find out what we are planning! Contact a committee member for building access instructions if you have not attended before. Meeting at 6:30pm at LL Bean facility in Brunswick.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: LL Bean, 8 Industrial Parkway, Brunswick ME 04011-7314
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Doug Chamberlin 978-761-3815 (6-9pm)

Spring Hike Warm up on Pleasant Mtn (20', 30s & Young @ Heart)

Date: Saturday, May 13

Get ready for the warmer weather hiking season with this us! We'll be hiking up the Southwest Ridge Trail (5.8 miles roundtrip) to the Southwest and Main summits of Pleasant Mountain. This is a lesser used trail because of it starting location on Denmark Rd. There are some easier stretches interspersed with steeper sections, some open ledges and beautiful views of the surrounding area. Our pace will average 1.5 miles per hour with brief stops along the way and a lunch break at the summit if weather permits. This is an intermediate hike, some prior hiking experience please. This hike is listed as Young Members - 20's & 30s, but is open to ALL)

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: Pleasant Mountain, Bridgton ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Co-Leader: Matt Kahrman
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

Inter-Chapter Young Members Galehead Hut Weekend

Date: Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21

Stay at Galehead Hut, which is in the heart of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and have fun hiking with Young Members from all over the Northeast! Nearby beautiful mountains, including Galehead, Twin and Bond peaks, this hut offers intermediate to more advanced hiking depending on how far you want to hike. You can go on a planned group hike, hike with some new friends, enjoy the views from the hut, and enjoy what the hut has to offer. The hut is a challenging 4.6 miles from the trailhead. We plan to have a group dinner for Saturday night, by having everyone bring a piece of the dinner up to the hut. The hut is self-service at this time of year and we have access to the kitchen. The rate is $28/$34 per person for Friday night and $45/54 per person to stay on Saturday night, the rates include tax. To make your reservation, call the AMC reservation line at 603-466-2727. Use Group #342997 the name is listed as "AMC Maine Chapter". **Make your reservation now, space is limited!!! Reservations recommended before April 19, 2017 as bunks are released to the public after that date.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking, Social Events
Adult Member Fee: $73
Adult Non-Member Fee: $88
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Sarah Keats 207-756-4226 (before 9pm) , Marielle Postava-Davignon
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
FMI: Galehead Hut

Trail Maintenance Rumford White Cap

Date: Saturday, May 20, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This moderately challenging hike & trail maintenance is the club's annual work with the Mahoosuc Land Trust on the crown jewel of their properties. The views are spectacular. We will patrol some of the trails removing blowdowns, clearing water bars and cutting back brush. The club & land trust will provide tools but BYOT if you have them. We will provide the know how if you don't know what to do and how to do it.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: between Andover & Rumford
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Jeff Pengel 207-446-8290 (evenings before 9 pm)

Trail Work - Little Lyford Pond Camps

Date: Friday, May 26 - Monday, May 29

Volunteer for trail work at Little Lyford Pond Lodge and Cabins. Help open trails for the summer hiking season. Join other volunteers from Maine Chapter and beyond as we patrol hiking trails in the area in preparation for another busy summer in the Maine Woods Initiative. We berth in the bunkhouse and enjoy off time exploring the area including Gulf Hagas, a beautiful and wild river gorge and Indian Mountain including Laurie's Ledge which provides views north to Katahdin on clear days. Moose sightings are optional but not infrequent. Black fly sightings are frequent but not optional! This trip fills quickly so call AMC reservations now to avoid disappointment.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Bowdoin College Grant East Twp
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Cutler Coast Beginner Backpack (20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11

Cutler Coast is a mellow loop trail that takes hikers to a unique part of the Maine coast line. The first day is spent hiking along the shore line with luscious forests on your right and steep cliffs falling away into the ocean on your left. There are five campsites along the water anywhere from three to five miles down the trail. All the sites are wonderful and well within earshot of the natural melody of crashing waves. Due to the lack of reservations the group size will be limited to 8 people to help preserve the area while not disturbing other people looking to enjoy the beauty of Cutler Coast. This event is listed as Young Members (20's & 30's & Young @ Heart) but is open to ALL.

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Location: Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land Maine
Region: Maine, Downeast and Acadia
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm) , Sarah Keats 207-756-4226 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Beginner

Self and Assisted Kayak Rescue Course - Range Pond

Date: Saturday, June 17

Time to get ready to be safe on the water while kayaking. Join Maine Chapter leaders in this fun day of learning. We will cover the basics of wet exits, self rescue with a few different methods and assisted rescue with a partner. We'll go over gear, safety issues and maybe throw in a few paddle strokes and techniques. Morning learning session. If we have enough energy left, we may spend the afternoon for more learning and/or a paddle outing on the lake. Please email registrar with boat info including length, gear normally carried, level of experience and a phone contact. Park fee is currently (Maine Residents) $6 for adults , free for senior 65+, (Non-residents) $8, seniors $2

Instruction (Skills)Activity Categories: Instruction (Skills), Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Range Pond
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Albert Mandell , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: Easy/moderate
FMI: Range Pond

Sea Kayaking, Brunswick. New Meadows River

Date: Saturday, June 17, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

From the Sawyer Park boat launch in Brunswick, we'll paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. About 5 hours or so. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. An after paddle option will be gathering on the veranda at the Seadog in Topsham for refreshments. Trip difficulty: moderate. If weather is unfavorable we will go on Sunday June 18th

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Sawyer Park Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)

Cathance River to Head of Tide Paddle

Date: Wednesday, June 21

Come celebrate the start of summer with us. Join us for a leisurely paddle up the Cathance River from Bowdoinham to the Head of Tide in Topsham. This is a relatively wide river with very few houses so it has a nice wild feel to it and makes for a relaxing outing. There can be wind at times so longer boats are best. Watch for wildlife on the way. We will go up with the tide and stop at the Head of Tide Park for lunch. There is a set of stairs up to the park. Boats will need to be tied out. Takes a bit of maneuvering but we've done it before. Nice waterfall to paddle up to at the park. We gear this to the over 55 crowd but everyone is welcome to join us. Knowledge of self and assisted rescue encouraged. Must wear pfd. Please include info on boat you are planning to bring, level of experience and safety equipment you carry when contacting registrar.

PaddlingActivity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Bowdoinham
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: moderate

Hike, Bike and Boat Weekend June 23 - June 25

Date: Friday, June 23 - Sunday, June 25

Come join in on a fun filled weekend of hiking, biking and boating. We will be staying in the bunk house at Little Lyford for the weekend's events. Friday night arrive in time to meet everyone prior to sitting down for dinner - served at 6:00 p.m. Saturday we will plan to hike Gulf Hagas during the day and view the breathtaking waterfalls. This is known as the "Grand Canyon of the East." Then we may close the day with an evening paddle on the pond followed by some storytelling around the camp fire. More fun to come as we rise the next morning to prepare for the 19.5 mile Bike and Boat ride to benefit Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital patient care. The bike ride will begin in Greenville and go to Rockwood and then we will return aboard the historic Katahdin vessel. While on the boat we will enjoy lunch and music on are way back to Greenville.

BicyclingActivity Categories: Bicycling, Bicycling - Road, Hiking
Adult Member Fee: $160
Adult Non-Member Fee: $200
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Jeanine Libby 207-858-5500 (Before 8PM)
Registrar: Jeanine Libby

WHITE MOUNTAIN STEP-INTO-SUMMER HUT TO HUT HIKE

Date: Wednesday, June 28 - Saturday, July 1

This trip provides a wonderful opportunity break into summer, with a trek in the White Mountains. Much of the hike is above treeline. There are opportunities to peak as many as three of the Presidentials. Participants enjoy the combination of active outdoor time with comforts of prepared meals and a comfortable bunk each night, as well as the solitude of the mountains and connections with like-minded adventurers. Wednesday, June 28- Gather for 6 p.m. family-style dinner at Pinkham Notch Center. Introductions, gear inventory/check, route review. Thursday, June 29- Breakfast at Pinkham Notch Center. Shuttle to Appalachia Trailhead. 5 mile hike to Madison Springs Hut. Optional hike up Mt. Madison, 1 mile round trip. Dinner/bunk at the hut. Friday, June 30- Breakfast at Madison Springs Hut, Gulfside Trail to Lake of the Clouds Hut 6 miles, with optional hike up Mt. Adams (additional 1.5 miles) enroute. Dinner/bunk at the hut. Saturday, July 1- Breakfast at Lake of the Clouds Hut, summit Mt. Washington, then down Lions Head to Pinkham Notch 6.5 miles. In the case of inclement weather, we will avoid the summit, and hike Davis Path and Bootspur Tr. to Pinkham Notch, to cars and home- 5.5 miles. Cost $278 for AMC members, $332 non members Strenuous. 5 to 8 hours of hiking on varied terrain, including some steep up/down hiking. Plan to carry a 15 pound day pack.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Adult Member Fee: $278
Adult Non-Member Fee: $332
Location: White Mountains , NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Emily Davis 207-542-2824 (after 9 PM)
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Work -Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins-July11-14, 2016

Date: Monday, July 10 - Thursday, July 13

Trail work trip to the Maine Woods Initiative/100 mile Wilderness area. Lodging at Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins. Under the direction of Steve Tatko, Land Manager and his staff, we will pull a couple of slips out of the AMC job jar and go to work. Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins is located on beautiful Long Pond and near to the Appalachian Trail, The Hermitage and Gulf Hagas. When we are not working we can visit all three and more in this northern Maine woods paradise. Come work, hike, paddle, swim or just relax after a day of trail work in support of the AMC mission. Did I mention the delicious meals and beautiful lodge? Contact leader for further information.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Township 7 Range 9
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Regular bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting

Date: Thursday, July 13, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This is a regular bi-monthly meeting of the Maine Chapter Executive Committee. All members are welcome to attend to find out what we are planning! Contact a committee member for building access instructions if you have not attended before. Meeting at 6:30pm at LL Bean facility in Brunswick.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: LL Bean, 8 Industrial Parkway, Brunswick ME 04011-7314
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Doug Chamberlin 978-761-3815 (6-9pm)

Sea Kayaking, Brunswick. New Meadows River

Date: Saturday, July 15, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

From the Sawyer Park boat launch in Brunswick, we'll paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. About 5 hours or so. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. An after paddle option will be gathering on the veranda at the Seadog in Topsham for refreshments. Trip difficulty: moderate. If weather is unfavorable, we'll go on Sunday July 16th

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Sawyer Park, Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)

Grafton Loop Backpack - West Section (20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Saturday, July 29 - Sunday, July 30

Join us for a 2 day, 1 night Western Grafton Loop backpack. 17.1 miles, several summits including Sunday River Whitecap and Old Speck. Must have recent mountain hiking experience 10+ mile days, able to carry a heavy pack over rugged terrain. This event is listed as Young Members (20's, 30's & Young @ Heart) but is open to ALL.

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking
Location: Grafton Notch, ME
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm) , Sarah Keats 207-756-4226 (before 9pm)
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

Sea Kayaking, Androscoggin River, Brunswick

Date: Saturday, August 26, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

From the Water St. boat launch in Brunswick, we paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. About 5 hours or so. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. An after paddle option will be gathering on the veranda at the Seadog just over the bridge in Topsham for refreshments. If the downstream river flow is heavy, we will go to another nearby location. Trip difficulty: moderate. If weather is unfavorable, we will go on Sunday 8/27/

Paddling - Sea KayakingActivity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Brunswick, Water St. boat launch
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)

First Debsconeag Lake Canoe Camping Getaway

Date: Tuesday, September 5 - Friday, September 8

Love to paddle and want to get away from it all? Join us for a 3 night camping and paddling outing in The Nature Conservancy's Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. We'll throw in a bit of hiking as well, with a visit to an ice cave and another pond with a full view of Katahdin. We'll paddle in to our campsite and enjoy our outings from there. Watch the sunset from the beach. Listen for loons. Relax and enjoy nature all around you. Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow nature enthusiasts. Contact leader for full details. Please include information about your paddling, hiking and camping experience, equipment and a phone contact when emailing leader. Limited space. Kayaks OK if you can carry all your gear. Leaders will share with you a list of other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in the area. So come make this a part of a longer vacation to this wonderful section of Maine. We are working on plans to have staff from The Nature Conservancy join us during our stay.

CampingActivity Categories: Camping, Hiking, Paddling, Paddling - Canoeing
Location: First Debsconeag Lake
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: The Nature Conservancy - Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area

Executive Committee Retreat and business meeting

Date: Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10

This month the Maine Chapter's Executive Committee will hold our regular bi-monthly business meeting during a weekend retreat where we will be examining some wider ranging chapter issues. All are welcome to visit during this event to see what we are planning and to add your input. The business meeting will likely be Sunday morning 9-10 am. We recommend you contact trip leader to let us know to expect you and so we can share the details of the schedule.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Medawisla Lodge
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Doug Chamberlin 978-761-3815 (6-9pm)

AMC LEADER TRAINING WORKSHOP

Date: Saturday, September 23, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join experienced Maine AMC Leaders and AMCs Leadership Training Manager for a one day workshop to develop and practice leadership skills necessary to plan and lead safe and enjoyable chapter activities. This workshop is for new and prospective leaders with no prior AMC leader experience and for experienced leaders looking to improve their skills. The workshop format will be a combination of presentations, discussion, and interactive sessions on outdoor leadership including; leader decision making , group management strategies, accident scene management, trip planning, and others. Whether you are an experienced leader looking to make your trips run more smoothly, or are interested in becoming a leader, this workshop will give you the skills and confidence you need to lead a chapter activity. Participants successfully completing this workshop will meet AMCs requirement for chapter trip leader training.

Leadership TrainingActivity Categories: Leadership Training
Location: Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Bill Brooke 207-549-5100 (before 9pm)

Trail and Boundary Work - Medawisla Lodge and Cabins

Date: Friday, October 6 - Monday, October 9

With hundreds of miles of property lines and trails, the AMC in Maine has lots of volunteer work opportunities. For this trip will be staying in a bunkhouse at the newly rebuilt Medawisla Lodge and Cabins.Come experience the new facilities and help get the nearby trails ready for all the guests who will be staying at this newest Maine Woods Initiative lodge.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation
Location: Bowdoin College Grant East
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registrar: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Regular bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting

Date: Thursday, November 9, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This is a regular bi-monthly meeting of the Maine Chapter Executive Committee. All members are welcome to attend to find out what we are planning! Contact a committee member for building access instructions if you have not attended before. Meeting at 6:30pm at LL Bean facility in Brunswick.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: LL Bean, 8 Industrial Parkway, Brunswick ME 04011-7314
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Doug Chamberlin 978-761-3815 (6-9pm)

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