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Cathance River to Merrymeeting Bay

Date: Thursday, August 24

Let's head out with the tide (low at 10:16am) and enjoy an easy paddle out to one of the islands in Merrymeeting Bay (a fresh water tidal bay). Bring some fun snacks to share for a late morning stop. Sea kayaks preferred due to potential for wind on the bay as it is a very open area. 6 rivers feed into Merrymeeting Bay making it an important ecological area. We'll keep an eye out for eagles and ospreys. Plan on about 4 hours out. Distance covered will depend on conditions and group ability. To register contact Michelle and include information on your boat, safety equipment you carry , your level of experience, and a phone contact. Maybe a late lunch at the local restaurant.

PaddlingActivity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Bowdoinham
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Michelle Moody
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: More on the bay - FOMB

Facts for the Future: Clean Energy Transition with ReVision Energy

Date: Thursday, August 24, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Have you ever wondered how you can transition into a clean energy future? Over the past 10 years, solar technology has dropped in price by more than 75% making today, more than ever, a great time to invest. Come learn about the latest technology for hot water systems, solar electricity, efficient air source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging stations and more. Our discussion will include current solar options and technology, including community solar farms, solar for non-profits, and Maine-Made inverters and storage options. Find out what makes your home a good site for solar power, how much these systems cost, and what you can expect for a return on investment. AMC is the nation's oldest conservation, recreation, and education organization. AMC is dedicated to finding and supporting approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and work on policy efforts to promote energy efficiency, distributed energy generation, and renewable energy. Join ReVision Energy and AMC's members and supporters to learn how individuals, businesses, and nonprofits can help transition to a clean energy future! This event is free and open to the public but RSVPs through Eventbrite are appreciated.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Social Events
Location: Allagash Brewing Company, 81 Industrial Way, Portland, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Kaitlyn Bernard 207-808-4424
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Eventbrite RSVP

South Moat 2770

Date: Saturday, August 26

4.6 mile RT hike to open summit with great views of the Whites. 2150 ft elevation gain.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: North Conway, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Lorraine Hussey 207-619-9444 (before 9pm) , Debby Kantor 207-854-3431
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: moderate
FMI: South Moat Mt

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)
Registration is required for this activity.

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
Status: Wait Listed
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Michelle 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)

A City Girl Walks From Mexico To Canada On The Pacific Crest Trail

Date: Thursday, September 14, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In 2010 Anne O'Regan left her home in Boston and traveled west to do what, on average, only 300 people accomplish each year. Starting in Campo, California (on the Mexican border), she backpacked north for 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Traveling through California, Oregon and Washington, she completed her thru-hike five months later in Manning Park, Canada. Join us as Anne shares tales from the trail, and offers a unique visual presentation gleaned from over 3,000 photographs taken along the way. Anne spent most of her adult life living and working in downtown Boston, then left corporate America behind to venture west to walk the PCT. She has thru-hiked other long trails, including the Colorado Trail, the John Muir (twice), and Vermont's Long Trail (twice). Now that she's a part-time Mainer, she can't wait to discover Maine's trails! Anne is the author of Tamed. A City Girl Walks From Mexico To Canada On The Pacific Crest Trail. Her book is available on her website: www.anneoregan.com and will also be available at her presentation.

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

Tortilla Flat Happy Hour Social (20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Monday, September 18, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Meet us at Tortilla Flat in Portland (FREE parking!) starting at 5:30pm. Come for food, a drink, or just to say hi! Meet some like-minded outdoorsy folks and find out about the fun things we are planning. RSVP not required but it IS appreciated so that we know how many seats to reserve.

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Location: Tortilla Flat, 1871 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)

AMC Cold River Camp 3 night stay

Date: Thursday, September 21 - Sunday, September 24

Join a group of active seniors for a 3 nights stay at AMC Cold River Camp in Evans Notch. Rustic cabins and lodge for meal service. We are holding group space during the off season. Come enjoy the White Mountains National Forest area of Evan's Notch while making new friends. There are lots of hiking and even biking (gravel road along the Wild River) opportunities in the area. You can go to Maine Trail Finder to see some of the hikes on the Maine side of Evan's Notch. See link below. A nice mix of easy and hard hikes just steps or a short drive from the camp. There's even fishing for those interested. Or you can curl up with a book in the tea house and just relax. Leaves should be turning and the night skies will be dark for star gazing. A lovely time to be in Evan's Notch. Come join us. Email Leader Michelle Moody for a registration form and detailed information if you would like to come.

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Adult Member Fee: $75
Adult Non-Member Fee: $75
Location: 1 AMC Road, Chatham, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
FMI: Maine Trail Finder
FMI: AMC Cold River Camp

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)
Registration is required for this activity.

Potluck and Presentation: Tamed.  A City Girl Walks From Mexico To Canada On The Pacific Crest Trail

Date: Thursday, October 5, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

In 2010 Anne O'Regan left her home in Boston and traveled west to do what, on average, only 300 people accomplish each year.  Starting in Campo, California (on the Mexican border), she backpacked north for 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  Traveling through California, Oregon and Washington, she completed her thru-hike five months later in Manning Park, Canada.  Join us as Anne shares tales from the trail, and offers a unique visual presentation gleaned from over 3,000 photographs taken along the way. Anne spent most of her adult life living and working in downtown Boston, then left corporate America behind to venture west to walk the PCT.  She has thru-hiked other long trails, including the Colorado Trail, the John Muir (twice), and Vermont's Long Trail (twice).  Now that she's a part-time Mainer, she can't wait to discover Maine's trails!  Anne is the author of Tamed.  A City Girl Walks From Mexico To Canada On The Pacific Crest Trail.  Her book is available on her website:  www.anneoregan.com  and will also be available at her presentation. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional Potluck starts at 6pm - please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own silverware, plate and cup.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
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

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
Status: Full
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

A Maine Guides Travels & Tales in Wilderness Canoeing Poling

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lisa Diehart will present, "A Maine Guides Travels & Tales in Wilderness Canoeing Poling." Maine Guide and Maine Canoe Symposium Pro Staff member Lisa DeHart has spent the last 25 years canoeing everywhere from the Rio Grande in Texas to the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada, along with most every River in the great State of Maine. Come join us for a journey of photographs and film of the best of those Wilderness Canoe Trips. Learn about the Art of Canoe Poling and some tried and true safety tips used by Maine Guides.

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

AMC Potluck and Presentation: Backpacking in Yellowstone National Park

Date: Thursday, October 26, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Join our group of five Maine and New Hampshire backpackers in a photo journey as we spend eight nights on the trail in Wyoming and Montana, starting with five nights in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, including an ascent of ~11,000' foot Electric Peak. Then, after one night off the trail, we take on the spectacular and rugged Beartooth Plateau Loop, just outside the park, where we'll pass numerous pristine alpine lakes and tackle the navigational challenges of off-trail travel in this high-altitude wilderness. We'll also take a quick drive through Yellowstone National Park, stopping to enjoy its abundant wildlife, waterfalls, and geothermal features. Jonathan Rundell is an avid hiker and photographer. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional Potluck starts at 6pm - please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own silverware, plate and cup.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, Oct. 26, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

Peaked & Middle Mountains Hike

Date: Saturday, October 28

Join us as we take a moderate lollipop loop hike to Peaked and Middle Mountains in North Conway, NH. Elevation gain is 1,650 ft, and the climb is mostly steady and gradual. Average pace is 1.5-2 mph.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: North Conway, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate

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)

Mushing in Maine and Beyond

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service in Newry, Maine will share her dogsledding experiences from the Yukon Territory to Maine to Nunavut and northern Quebec. Polly has been mushing for 37 years and is co-owner of her business for the last 27 years offering dog trips in the northeast. She will bring a couple of her friendly sled dogs to meet you and a sled to demonstrate how she hooks the dogs up.

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

Potluck and Presentation: Making the Case

Date: Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

New & "Novel" Ways to Elevate and Empower Conservation Want new strategies to reach decision makers, neighbors, selectmen deciding taxes for conservation lands? Family at Thanksgiving? Folks who haven't ventured from the back lawn but might decide the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund's future? Join Sandra Neily for a discussion about how to harness reality in two creative ways. She will share powerful economic data and strategic ways to insert it into public discussions and decision making systems. (Maine wildlife: $1.4 billion. Lakes, $2.8 billion and 50,000 jobs....and more.) Then, channeling Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures"), she suggests another tool. People aren't reading much Al Gore, but they are reading mysteries and thrillers (the most popular genre). Often these works are very accurate, compelling, and they take readers to landscapes and issues they need to experience.(Sandy invites folks to grow her list... Bring your favorite book!) The award winning author of "Deadly Trespass," (reviewed as "...a beautiful book that brilliantly captures the battle to conserve Maine's mythical woods..."), Sandra has also been a Maine Guide, a whitewater outfitter, the Director of the Maine Conservation School, and as Maine Audubon's Outreach Coordinator, the author/editor of "Valuing the Nature of Maine." (Find "Deadly Trespass" at all Shermans Books locations and at Amazon.) Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional Potluck starts at 6pm - please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own silverware, plate and cup.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Instruction (Skills), Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library
FMI: Sandy Neily - Value Nature

Canceled: Peaked & Middle Mountains

Date: Wednesday, November 22

Join us for a pre-Thanksgiving Day hike by taking a moderate lolipop loop hike to Peaked and Middle Mountains in North Conway, NH. Elevation gain is 1,650 ft, and the climb is mostly steady and gradual. Average pace is 1.5-2 mph.

HikingActivity Categories: Hiking
Location: North Conway, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Status: Canceled
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Potluck and Presentation: Land Conservation in Maine

Date: Thursday, December 7, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

The AMC Maine Chapter Conservation Committee and the Meetings Committee invite you to join our guest speakers for an enlightening look at how land is conserved in Maine. Representing the local land trust level - Angela Twitchell from the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, the state wide (and beyond) large land preservation efforts - Bill Patterson from The Nature Conservancy, and what tools are out there for funding these types of efforts - Warren (Whit) Whitney from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Learn about how these organizations go about their work, what you can do to help, how you can find out more about these conservation efforts including where to look for information and how you can stand up to ensure future funding programs. From water access to mountain views, we count on these preserved places to enjoy the great outdoors. We'll be sure to throw in plenty of photos to entice you to visit some of these conserved lands and include some tips on finding that perfect spot you might want to discover. 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.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Str., Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Maine Coast Heritage Trust
FMI: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust

Maine's Weather: What you need to know.

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

Gregory A. Zielinski, Maine's former State Climatologist, will tell us about "Maine's Weather: What you need to know." Greg will explain what controls the weather of Maine from the coast to the mountains and how you can be your own forecaster especially when outdoors. He will talk about some of those past snowstorms that we all remember and like to boast about. Greg is a former research professor, an author of two books on our region's weather. He has been featured in NOVA, among other scientific programs.

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

New Year's Eve at Lonesome Lake (20's, 30's & Young @ Heart)

Date: Saturday, December 30 - Monday, January 1

Ring in the New Year with us and get a chance to stay at Lonesome Lake Hut with breathtaking views of Franconia Ridge across a pristine glacial lake! This is the most accessible winter hut in the White Mountains at just 1.6 miles from the trailhead. We'll have a potluck dinner New Year's Eve (all other meals/snack are on your own). This hut offers access to nearby mountains such as Cannon, North & South Kinsman, Bald and the Cannon Balls as well as more leisurely lakeside hiking/snowshoeing. Winter hiking gear and some winter hiking experience is required. Rates: Friday: $27/ Saturday: $44 (taxes not included). **Call AMC Reservations by NOVEMBER 30, 2017. After this date, these spots open back up to everyone. Space is limited so reserve early! Send me an email once you reserve your spot. I will send out details to those with confirmed reservations, closer to the event. TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: *Call the AMC Reservations Line at 603-466-2727 Mon-Sat, 9am to 5pm. "Reservation Group #372571 - AMC Maine Chapter"

BackpackingActivity Categories: Backpacking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Social Events
Adult Member Fee: $44
Adult Non-Member Fee: $44
Location: Lonesome Lake Hut, NH
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Denise Fredette 207-939-3670 (after 5pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: AMC Reservations Line (Reference Group #372571) 603-466-2727 (Mon-Sat, 9am to 5pm)
Trip Difficulty: Easy

Claybrook Mountain Lodge Ski Week

Date: Sunday, February 4, 4:30 pm - 11:00 am

Have you ever thought about checking out the new Maine Huts and Trails system but the thought of carrying an overnight backpack didn't appeal to you??? We have the solution for you! Join us for a week of great cross country skiing on the Maine Huts and Trails system of well-maintained trails. We'll have the opportunity, weather permitting, to visit each of the 4 huts without the burden of large backpacks. Enjoy the luxury of skiing with just a small daypack while enjoying the magnificent trails and scenery in the Bigelow area. Our accommodations will be in shared twin or triple rooms at the Claybrook Mountain Lodge in Highland Plantation. The lodge is owned by Greg, a certified EMT and Maine Guide, and his wife Pat. Pat is a fantastic cook who will spoil us with her homemade bread, muffins, cookies and multi course meals. Made to order breakfast, trail lunches and dinner are included in the trip fee. All meals from supper on Sunday February 4th (day of arrival) through and including lunch on Friday the 9th (day of departure). We will eat our trail lunch at one of the MHT huts whenever possible, so we can purchase hot food items as well. The Claybrook Lodge has twin and triple rooms located on 2 levels; with a shared bath on each floor. There is also a living room area on each floor and a large wood stove on the 1st floor. The facility is clean, cozy and rustic surrounded by an array of mountain peaks. Greg will act as our naturalist guide each day and will give us information on tracking, wildlife identification, tree identification and historical perspectives of the area. As a certified Maine Guide and EMT, his skills will increase our enjoyment of the area while maintaining a good level of safety. There will also be two AMC trip leaders on the excursion, both of whom are trained in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)Activity Categories: Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)
Adult Member Fee: $825
Adult Non-Member Fee: $825
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Ginette Beaudoin 207-294-6302 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.