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Lubec Coastal Cleanup

Lubec’s Coastal Cleanup, Lubec

September 19 - September 26
Every year volunteers in Lubec grab a trash bag and data sheet at the Lubec Memorial Library (207-733-2491) during Maine Coast Week to sign up to clean and record trash for a part of Lubec’s 97 miles of coastline. Organized by APPLE (Association to Promote and Protect the Lubec Environment), this year’s coast week is September 19 – 26, part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Go with a group to clean at West Quoddy Head State Park (207-733-0911),…
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100 Years 100 Hikers, Hinckley

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Dartmouth Trail on the campus of Good Will- Hinckley is 100 years old. It and it’s field stone and marble entrance were built in 1915. We hope 100 people will come to walk the trail between 9 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, September 19, 2015 and sign the special trail hikers log. At 1 PM there will be a guided hike of the historic monuments. At 2 PM there will be a reception for artist in our photography…
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Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Freeport

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
BROKE AND STOKED SHOWCASE L.L. Bean’s Discovery Park, Freeport, Maine, Saturday September 19, 2015 The Maine Outdoor Film Festival presents the Broke And Stoked Video Contest SHOWCASE – an evening of short, Maine-made, high energy outdoor adventure films at LL Bean’s Discovery Park. Bring a blanket and/or a chair. Tonight’s program begins with 38 minutes of other 2015 MOFF selections and concludes with all ten Broke and Stoked Finalists. Films will begin at dark (7:30pm) and the total running time…
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Kite Flying at The Hobbs Farm, Acton

September 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Come join the fun as kites and spirits soar above the beautiful Hobbs Farm property in Acton, Maine. There will be kite enthusiasts with fancy kites, novice flyers with simple kites, and spare kites to share for those who do not own a kite. As always, we will have freshly baked cookies and local apple cider to refresh our flyers and we encourage you to pack a picnic and eat on the grassy slopes.
photo by Michelle B. SRRC

Saco River Recreational Council Open House, Fryeburg

September 25
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All weekend!
Saco River Recreational Council’s Swans Falls Campground and Saco River Access Open House- 50% off camping ($7.50 pp) and $5 off parking if you mention you are participating in the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Come enjoy a fall weekend at the campground along the Saco River and maybe take a beautiful fall paddle on the Saco River. You could also go for a hike in the many trails within half hour of here or enjoy the shopping and restaurants, corn…
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The Incredible Trail Guys Challenge, Jefferson

September 25
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Self-guided adventure - open all weekend!
The Trail Guys is a game developed by world-renowned game-maker Aaron Weissblum. The Trail Guys Incredible Trail Challenge is a trail game for all ages. Here’s how it works: There are more than twenty five Trail Guys posted at key intersections of trails across the entire nature center – that’s 1,000 acres! Each trail guy is a colorful, but unique wooden figure. Next to each trail guy is a letter. Players will pick up a map and play-sheet at the…
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Fall Foliage Viewing from Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Prospect

September 25
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Open May 1 through Halloween
Ride an elevator to 420 ‘ feet up to the top of the world’s tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world for tremendous views of Maine foliage. After visiting the observatory, explore the massive cannons and dark passageways of one of America’s best-preserved granite fortifications, Fort Knox! Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory (closes at 5PM) is open daily at 9 AM until dusk through Halloween. The observatory is open until 5 PM, but will remain…
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Focus on Acadia

September 25 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Bring your camera and learn valuable tips and techniques to capture our beauty. May include travel to various points on this easy walk/drive. 3 hours, reservations required. For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Hawk Watch, Acadia

September 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weather permitting, join rangers and/or Schoodic Institute staff at the perfect vantage point to learn about and help count migrating raptors. 3 hours, drop-in, Cadillac North Ridge Trail 200 yards (183 m) from Cadillac Summit parking area. For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Mr. Rockefeller’s Bridges, Acadia

September 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Follow tree-lined carriage roads to beautiful stone bridges. Explore the stories behind John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s gift to Acadia on this easy 1.5-mile (2.4 km) walk, 2 1⁄2 hours, Parkman Mountain parking area For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Headland Hike, Acadia

September 25 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Learn how to read the geologic and cultural story in Acadia’s dramatic landscape on this moderate, rocky mile (3.2 km) hike. On the Island Explorer bus route. Make reservations at Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832 no more than 3 days in advance. 2 1⁄2 hours, Sand Beach parking area

French Mountain Hike, Rome

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Join us for a hike along the French Mountain Interpretive Trail and learn about its history and the diverse mountain ecosystem! The French Mountain Trail is an easy 0.8 mile loop with beautiful views of the Kennebec Highlands from the summit.
Vaughan Woods State Park

Vaughan Wood’s History Revealed, South Berwick

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a walk exploring the park’s historic woods! Learn about: Native Americans of Berwick The early Europeans who lived here The importance of Salmon Falls Animals which live here Explore & Discover: Natural & man made artifacts Our magnificent trees Interesting historic events Free with park admission, meet at the picnic area. For more information: Call the park (207)384-5160 or visit us online at: www.maine.gov/vaughanwoods
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Islesford Historic & Scenic Cruise, Acadia

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Islesford Historic & Scenic Cruise 2 3⁄4 hours, Municipal Pier, Northeast Harbor Explore the connections between people and the sea with a visit to the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island. Along the way, look for wildlife and explore Somes Sound. $29 adults, $27 seniors (65+), $18 ages 5–11, $7 ages under 5, infants free 207-276-5352 www.cruiseacadia.com
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Islesford Historic & Scenic Cruise, Acadia

September 25 @ 10:00 am - September 27 @ 1:00 pm
Islesford Historic & Scenic Cruise 2 3⁄4 hours, Municipal Pier, Northeast Harbor Explore the connections between people and the sea with a visit to the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island. Along the way, look for wildlife and explore Somes Sound. $29 adults, $27 seniors (65+), $18 ages 5–11, $7 ages under 5, infants free 207-276-5352 www.cruiseacadia.com
Fort McClary State Park

Introduction to Fort McClary, Kittery

September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Friday & Saturday from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Join us for an informative Guided Tour of the Park’s historic structures. Learn about: – The early history of Kittery Point – The five wars & the Fort – Events this harbor has witnessed – Recent changes to the Fort – The men who served here Explore & Discover: – Our trails – The artifacts & structures here – Scenic Barters Creek – History along the Harbor Trail Meet at the bulletin board for the guided tour, where you’ll have…
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Explore the Bar, Acadia

September 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Join a ranger to discover what low tide reveals on the gravel bar that connects Mount Desert Island to Bar Island. Limited parking. 2 hours; drop-in, West/Bridge streets in Bar Harbor. For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.

Frenchman Bay Cruise, Bar Harbor

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Happens Friday-Sunday at 2:00pm
1 1⁄2–2 hours, Bar Harbor Inn Pier Climb aboard a majestic schooner and hoist sails in search of wildlife and history. $39.50 adults, $37 seniors (65+), $29.50 ages 6–11, $7 ages 2–5, infants free. Group rates (15+) are available. For more information contact 207-288-4585 or visit www.downeastwindjammer.com

Pocumcus Trail Hike, Grand Lake Stream

September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join Downeast Lakes Land Trust as we celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with a hike along the Farm Cove Community Forest’s Pocumcus Trail.  Enjoy learning the natural history of the area and beautiful autumn views of Pocumcus Lake. Participants should meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 3 p.m. to carpool. The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor-oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active…
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Erickson Fields Preserve Trail Grand Opening, Rockport

September 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for a celebration of the grand opening of the Erickson Fields Preserve Trail. The event begins with a garden tour followed by a guided trail walk.
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Full Moon Dinner – Harvest Moon, Bethel

September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Each month, Sunday River throws a party at its mid-mountain Peak Lodge nearest to that month’s full moon to celebrate the many splendors of summer. This one-night party kicks off with a scenic lift ride up the mountain on the Chondola before being greeted by an outdoor party on the lodge’s terrace, followed by a themed dinner inside. Drawing inspiration from the Farmer’s Almanac, Sunday River’s own master chefs will be tasked with preparing a Harvest Moon menu inspired by…
L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors

Film Screening – Best of “Guide to the Outdoors”, Freeport

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a special showing of the best moments from this season of “Guide to the Outdoors.” Watch as host Bill Gorman, L.L. Bean’s great-grandson, takes you on thrilling adventures to some of the world’s premier hunting destinations. Bill has teamed up with JBO Production’s Addicted to the Outdoors and award-winning producer Steve Finch to capture every moment. Located in the L.L.Bean Hunting & Fishing Store, Second Floor.
Speckled Mountain

GMOW Speckled Mountain Hike, Evans Notch

September 26
Join us for a Great Maine Outdoors Weekend hike to great views from the top of Speckled Mountain in the White Mountain National Forest via Bickford Brook Trail. 8.6 miles r/t, 2300′ elevation gain at an easy pace. Possibility of returning via Blueberry Ridge Trail. Registration is required – please contact the trip leader Roger David via email – rd04342@gmail.com
Maine Adventure Relay 2015

The Maine Adventure Relay, Brunswick

September 26
The Maine Adventure Relay is Maine’s premier running event. Participants will experience the breathtaking beauty of Maine’s foothills, mountains, rivers, lakes, farmland and legendary coast while building memories that will last forever and friendships that last a lifetime. The camaraderie and scenery are just two elements that make the M.A.R. the most fun you’ll ever have. As the name implies, this event is a relay. Teams will run in relay fashion during 24 hours- around the clock, over a 200 +…
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Guided Dead River Paddle Trip to Grand Falls Hut, Kingfield

September 26 - September 28
Guided Canoe Trip to Grand Falls Hut – 3-Day/2-Night @ 1 Hut (Grand Falls Hut) Paddling down the Dead River to get to our Grand Falls Hut might just be our favorite way to make the journey, which is the reason we designed this fully-guided adventure. Let a Registered Maine Guide lead you on a 6-mile, flat-water paddle down the Upper Dead then stow the boats and hike the remaining 2 miles to the Hut. Spend two nights at Grand…
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Saco River Recreational Council Open House, Fryeburg

September 26
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All weekend!
Saco River Recreational Council’s Swans Falls Campground and Saco River Access Open House- 50% off camping ($7.50 pp) and $5 off parking if you mention you are participating in the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Come enjoy a fall weekend at the campground along the Saco River and maybe take a beautiful fall paddle on the Saco River. You could also go for a hike in the many trails within half hour of here or enjoy the shopping and restaurants, corn…
HVNC Trail Guy Challenge

The Incredible Trail Guys Challenge, Jefferson

September 26
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Self-guided adventure - open all weekend!
The Trail Guys is a game developed by world-renowned game-maker Aaron Weissblum. The Trail Guys Incredible Trail Challenge is a trail game for all ages. Here’s how it works: There are more than twenty five Trail Guys posted at key intersections of trails across the entire nature center – that’s 1,000 acres! Each trail guy is a colorful, but unique wooden figure. Next to each trail guy is a letter. Players will pick up a map and play-sheet at the…
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Fall Foliage Viewing from Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Prospect

September 26
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Open May 1 through Halloween
Ride an elevator to 420 ‘ feet up to the top of the world’s tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world for tremendous views of Maine foliage. After visiting the observatory, explore the massive cannons and dark passageways of one of America’s best-preserved granite fortifications, Fort Knox! Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory (closes at 5PM) is open daily at 9 AM until dusk through Halloween. The observatory is open until 5 PM, but will remain…

Acadia Fee Free Day & Car Free Morning

September 26
Join us in celebrating National Public Lands Day! Park entrance to Acadia will be free on Saturday, Sept. 26! Also – from Midnight – Noon on Saturday, Sept. 26 we’ll have a car free day! All park roads will be open to human-powered transportation only! For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
Cancer Community Center Fight Back Fest

Fight Back Festival, Pineland

September 26 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fight Back Festival is an annual family fundraiser supporting the Cancer Community Center, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting adults affected by cancer with free services. Fight Back Festival 2015 will take place Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. You can choose between a 1-mile stroll, 5K trail walk, 5K trail run, 10-mile bike ride, 25-mile bike ride, 60-mile bike ride, and Kids Fun Run. You pay a small registration fee, and then raise money…
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CCCP Saturday Morning Ride, Portland

September 26 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
The Saturday Morning Ride is an inclusive, friendly, medium paced (16-18mph), no-drop ride which leaves Back Bay Bicycle every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. (333 Forest Ave, Portland). This ride is a good introduction to group riding, great training for charity rides, and an opportunity for veterans to add a recovery ride while lending experience to newer riders. Routes vary each week, ranging from 25 -50 miles. We also offer a shortened loop whenever possible. The CCCP blog (http://cccportland.blogspot.com/) is updated weekly…

Paddle on the Saco River, Brownfield

September 26 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
September 26–Paddle on the Saco River In Brownfield. Join us for a fun day of paddling on the Saco River as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! The journey will begin at the Woodland Acres Campground in Brownfield. Their crew will shuttle participants, canoes, kayaks and gear to Walkers Bridge in Fryeburg. Once on the water, we will float amongst scarlet swamp maples, sand bars and migratory birds on our way back to the campground. Meet at Woodland Acres…
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Maine Outdoor Whitewater Weekend Turbocharged, Greenville

September 26 @ 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
You get to turbocharge your Kennebec River whitewater rafting adventure when signing up for our 8000 cfs high water turbine test on Saturday, September 26 with Northeast Whitewater. With the biggest whitewater waves around and rapids named after washing machines, you are in for a true adrenaline rush. Safety equipment, registered Maine raft guides, transportation and grilled riverside BBQ feast provided. This is a must-do for adventurous whitewater rafters and an epic event to join for spectacular fall foliage from…
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Fall Foliage Volunteer Trail Work Day, Carrabassett Valley

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join us this September 26th for our Fall Foliage Volunteer Trail Work Day! For the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend this September, we invite you to come get your hands dirty and have some fun while helping us clear and maintain parts of our trail. Trail work days are a great way to get outside, get to know our trails and help us keep them in great shape as they are free for all to use 365 days a year! Trail…
Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) cleanup

Island Cleanup around Deer Isle with MITA

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) on Saturday, September 26th for an annual fall cleanup of islands around Deer Isle & Stonignton. Skiffs driven by experienced MITA volunteer skippers will take crews out to targeted islands to clean the shorelines of wild islands off Deer Isle, departing from Brooklin at 9 am and returning by 3 pm. For more information or to sign up, contact Maria, maria@mita.org or 207-761-8825. This is a great way to get out on the…

Falmouth Nature Preserve Guided Nature Walk, Falmouth

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Enjoy a crisp fall day with Maine Master Naturalist, Bryce Hatch, for a guided hike of the Falmouth Nature Preserve. Discover the fascinating flora and fauna and geology of this ecologically rich property. Pre-registered participants will receive a Falmouth Nature Preserve Field Guide. You can register here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/falmouthcommunityprog/Home
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Kennebec Big Water Turkey Day, West Forks

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Raft an 8,000 cubic feet per second water release on the Kennebec River followed by a Thanksgiving feast of turkey and the trimmings. Registration is required, trip cost is $80/person. To register, contact Magic Falls Rafting Co.  
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Kennebec River Whitewater Rafting Huge 8000 cfs Release, West Forks

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for an adventure of a lifetime on the mighty Kennebec River, a Class IV whitewater section open to rafters 10 years old and up for the full river trip and 6 and up for the Class III lower section of the trip. This is a full day experience starting at 9:00 AM and ending around 4:00 PM. Trip includes your river gear (paddle, life jacket & helmet), transportation to and from the river, a snack and a drink…
Monmouth a la Mode

Monmouth a la Mode Bike Ride, Winthrop

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, September 26th – WINTHROP “Monmouth a la Mode” – a tour through Winthrop to the Monmouth Apple Festival. START: 9:00 AM at the Winthrop Town Boat Landing on Maranacook Lake, near the gazebo on Coady Street, off of Memorial Drive. If the boat landing parking lot is full, there are additional spaces around the corner on Summer Street, lakeside. DISTANCE: 18 or 24 Miles. TERRAIN: Rolling, with a few stiff hills. HIGHLIGHTS: Back roads beside rolling orchards, lakeside summer…
Maine Audubon Gilsland Celebration

GMOW Exploration at Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

September 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Join us for a morning of fall crafts, exploration and fun! We will have some time indoors to be creative, learn about why leaves change color and habits of plants and animals in the fall. Then we will head outside to look for signs of fall. Come prepared for the whole family to explore our trails.* Please bring a snack and appropriate clothing and footwear. *No charge for siblings under 2 and maximum of three children Advanced registration encouraged! Drop-ins…
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Yoga, Hike & Sauna, Denmark

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
1) Join seasoned yoga teacher Jen Deraspe for a holistic Hatha Yoga experience intended to bring balance, mindfulness and fluidity into your life. Open blocks, release stress, heal yourself. All levels welcome. Saturday 10am. 2) Hike on our 33 acres of trails, following along a sweet brook finding your way to the top of Pleasant Mountain offering stunning views. Hike from 11:30am to 1:30pm. 3) Experience our healing temple in the woods; hand~crafted circular, cedar-lined, wood-fired sauna near our spring~fed…
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Paddle Biscay Pond to Pemaquid Pond, Bremen

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
This paddle, from Biscay Pond to Pemaquid Pond, in collaboration with the Pemaquid Watershed Association and the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, celebrates Maine Great Outdoor Weekend. This trip will be easy in difficulty and will be cancelled if raining. All paddlers participating are responsible for their own safety and each participant should determine in advance if conditions, and the venue, are suitable for their skill level. Participants must provide their own kayak or canoe, wear a personal flotation device (aka…
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Hike, Paddle, Tour or Visit, Bethel

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Choice of morning activities include a hike up Buck’s Ledge, paddle on Songo Pond, or tour of the Mt. Abram Ski Area solar electric panels. Noon time BBQ at the Mahoosuc Land Trust Office. The Beauty of our Backyard Arts Celebration will open at 11a.m. and traditional arts demonstrations begin at noon and run through the afternoon. Children may choose to build a fairy house in the woods behind the Land Trust.
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Apple Pumpkin Festival, Livermore Falls

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Family friendly fun day to celebrate Fall in the Androscoggin River Valley. This FREE event features vendors, food, music, kids' activities, games, & more!
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Cycle for Sweetser: A Family Fun Ride, Saco

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cycle for Sweetser is a community bike ride which will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 and will take place entirely on the Eastern Trail in Saco. Registration will open at 8:30am at 50 Moody Street in Saco. The rides begin at 10:00am and start/end at 50 Moody Street. The Eastern Trail runs alongside Sweetser’s Saco campus and makes for a perfect bike ride for families, community members, and biking enthusiasts. Post-race activities will include refreshments, apple cider pressing…
Vaughan Woods State Park

Vaughan Wood’s History Revealed, South Berwick

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a walk exploring the park’s historic woods! Learn about: Native Americans of Berwick The early Europeans who lived here The importance of Salmon Falls Animals which live here Explore & Discover: Natural & man made artifacts Our magnificent trees Interesting historic events Free with park admission, meet at the picnic area. For more information: Call the park (207)384-5160 or visit us online at: www.maine.gov/vaughanwoods

Pointing Dog Demonstrations with NAVHDA, Freeport

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Join L.L.Bean & the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) for a demonstration of pointing and searching – the two major aspects of the hunting dog’s work. Join us for this fun, fascinating display of animal talent at the L.L.Bean Discovery Park.
Wells Reserve Punkinfiddle Family Festival 2015

Punkinfiddle Family Festival & National Estuaries Day, Wells

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Punkinfiddle features traditional crafts, hands-on learning, lively music, old-fashioned games, fun food, farm animals, and lots of happy faces in a historic seaside setting. This event has become a tradition for both locals and folks from away. All outdoors, all day, all for families! Stuff a scarecrow, stomp your feet, paint a pumpkin, churn butter, quiz a fiddle maker, create a craft, walk the beach, and leave smiling.
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Paddle Tour of Gulf Island Pond & Riverlands State Park, Turner

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Come and celebrate the changing of seasons with a paddle on Gulf Island Pond along the shore of the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park! The paddling trip will depart from the boat access on Center Bridge Road in Turner at the northern end of the park, and include a round trip of approximately eight miles depending on the weather and water conditions. As paddlers follow the shoreline of the Riverlands State Park they will learn the history of the property that…
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Fairy House Building at Ferry Landing, Saco

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saco Bay Trails is hosting a Fairy House building event for young children on our Ferry Landing Trail (that’s why it’s called Ferry Landing). Odette Dansereau will be leading the construction with help in obtaining materials from the woods, finding likely building spots, any pointers in preferred Fairy Architectural technique, and making sure all enjoy the event. The trail is a short and pleasant walk through woods and over a boardwalk – perfect for ages 2 and up. The group will…
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Sebago to Sea Trail: Hike the Newly Opened Section, South Windham

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a guided hike along the Sebago to Sea trail from South Windham to Westbrook, which is now open for hiking. This section of the trail is for pedestrian use while the railbed remains inactive. The first 1.5 miles from South Windham is a flat easy walking path on an undeveloped railbed. We will be making a 3 mile round-trip hike stopping for beautiful views along the Presumpscot River. We hope you will join us on this peaceful…
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Fire Tower Open House, Acadia

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fire Tower Open House 2 hours; drop-in, Beech Mountain Summit Hike up one of several trails leading to the summit of Beech Mountain. Enjoy the views from the staffed fire tower at the top. For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Falling into Autumn: Exploring the Forest in Fall, West Bath

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) on Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 am at the Green Point Preserve in West Bath to explore how forest plants and critters transition from summer into autumn. KELT’s Land Protection Specialist and local naturalist, Chris Cabot, will lead participants through Green Point’s lovely stands of pines and hardwoods. Take in the early days of autumn surrounded by magnificent trees and end the hike with a splendid view of Winnegance Bay. Free! Adults and…

MOAC Pleasant Mountain Hike, Bridgton

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Day Hike up Pleasant Mountain, round trip is roughly 4 miles and is considered an Easy to Moderate hike. We will hike the Ledge Trail – directions from Portland: Follow Rte. 302 west to Bridgton and continue on Rte. 302 for roughly 5 miles. Turn left onto Mountain Rd. and drive past Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Distance from Rte. 302 to the Ledges Trail is 3 miles.
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The Great Hike, Boothbay Harbor

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
In celebration of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT) will again host The Great Hike at Ovens Mouth Preserve. Stroll along the salt marsh and tidal waters of Ovens Mouth while searching for clues for fabulous prizes in a fun for all ages scavenger hunt! After the hike, a BBQ on the abutting private farm will take place, which will include live music by The Spaceheaters and more games! The hike, fun games with prizes, and…
Maine Audubon Gilsland Celebration

GMOW at Fields Pond, Holden

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend at Fields Pond! The grounds are open to the public all day for hiking the trails paddling on Fields Pond. The Center and Nature Store are open Thursday – Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. As part of this year’s festivities, we are offering a mushroom workshop for adults (register here).
Fort McClary State Park

Introduction to Fort McClary, Kittery

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Friday & Saturday from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Join us for an informative Guided Tour of the Park’s historic structures. Learn about: – The early history of Kittery Point – The five wars & the Fort – Events this harbor has witnessed – Recent changes to the Fort – The men who served here Explore & Discover: – Our trails – The artifacts & structures here – Scenic Barters Creek – History along the Harbor Trail Meet at the bulletin board for the guided tour, where you’ll have…

Round Top Geocache, Rome

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Try your hand at geocaching at the summit of Round Top Mountain! Hike through picturesque hardwood and conifer forests along the Kennebec Highlands Trail. Bring your smartphone or GPS unit, muggles welcome! The Round Top mountain trail is a 3.9 mile loop through varied terrain and rated for intermediate hikers. Registration is required – contact the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance: (207) 495-6039; brcaeducator@belgradelakes.org  
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Tip Toe Mountain Preserve Geology, Vinalhaven

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The geology at the shores of Tip Toe Mountain Preserve is unique to Vinalhaven. There are formations and rocks there you will not see anywhere else. Join geologist George Kendrick to learn more about the geologic events that created them. This is a not to be missed reprise of one of our more popular walks this summer. We’ll hike in along an uneven woods trail, then there will be some rough footing over the seaweed and rocks.
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Maine Fly Gals Get on the Water, Windham

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Join us for food, drink, and flyfishing! The Sebago chapter of Trout Unlimited is providing a fun chance for Maine Women Flyfishers to get out on local waters with experienced river helpers! We are offering 12 spots to women, first come first serve, to get out on the water to fly fish. No equipment or experience required – just a good spirit of adventure! Fishing from 1:00-5:30pm, followed by group dinner at Buck’s Naked BBQ! There is no charge for…
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Explore Tide Pools, Freeport

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join staff at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park for this informal program on the rocky shore near Googins Island to discover the secrets of a tide pool. Free with park admission. Meet at the shore across from Googins Island. To get there, park in the first parking lot and follow the trail at the far end of the parking lot with a sign saying “To Shore and Casco Bay Trail” straight to the rock steps leading to the shore.
Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead History Walk

Vaughan Woods History Walk, Hallowell

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for a scenic stream-side hike and learn the story behind Vaughan Woods’ historic trails and stone bridges, including the fascinating tale of family land lost to industrialization during the mid-nineteenth century and two brothers’ life-long commitment to its piece-by-piece re-acquisition and resurrection as a nature preserve.
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Pointing Dog Demonstrations with NAVHDA, Freeport

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Happening from 10:00-11:00 and from 2:00-3:00 on both Saturday and Sunday
Join L.L.Bean & the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) for a demonstration of pointing and searching – the two major aspects of the hunting dog’s work. Join us for this fun, fascinating display of animal talent at the L.L.Bean Discovery Park.

Frenchman Bay Cruise, Bar Harbor

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Happens Friday-Sunday at 2:00pm
1 1⁄2–2 hours, Bar Harbor Inn Pier Climb aboard a majestic schooner and hoist sails in search of wildlife and history. $39.50 adults, $37 seniors (65+), $29.50 ages 6–11, $7 ages 2–5, infants free. Group rates (15+) are available. For more information contact 207-288-4585 or visit www.downeastwindjammer.com

Missing Mansion, Acadia

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Explore the site of George Dorr’s former mansion on this easy walk. Look for clues and learn about the man who helped create our national park. 1 1⁄2 hours, Compass Harbor parking area 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Bar Harbor on ME 3. Look for orange cones. For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Battery 201 Bunker Tours, Cape Elizabeth

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bring the entire family to hear noted Portland Historian Herb Adams describe not only the important function of protecting Portland Harbor during World War II but what life was like for the men stationed at this underground facility. Happening at 2:00 and 3:00pm.
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Explore the Bar, Acadia

September 26 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Join a ranger to discover what low tide reveals on the gravel bar that connects Mount Desert Island to Bar Island. Limited parking. 2 hours; drop-in, West/Bridge streets in Bar Harbor. For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Ducks Unlimited Youth Duck-Calling Contest, Freeport

September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join Ducks Unlimited and a panel of judges for an amateur Duck-Calling Contest. Whether you’re an expert or just want to give it a try, all are invited to try their hand at calling ducks for a chance to win L.L.Bean gear. Located on the First Floor, Hunting & Fishing Store
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19th Annual Harvest Dance Featuring North of Nashville, Freeport

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
19th Annual Harvest Dance Featuring North of Nashville Date: Saturday, September 26th, 2015 Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM Ages: Must be 21+ Our historic Mallet Barn (built in 1891) provides a unique venue for an evening of local food, local music, local brews and lots of fun! Doors will open at 6:00 PM a cash bar and an assortment of local food trucks and vendors. From 7:00 to 8:00 experience Contra Dance fun, then at 8:00 North of Nashville takes…
Maine Audubon Scarborough Marsh Canoe Tour

Full Moon Canoe Tour, Scarborough

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Saturday & Sunday
Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water. Arrive no later than 6:00. $12/ Members; $14/ Public Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100 Contact: smac@maineaudubon.org (207) 883-5100    
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L.L.Bean & Celestron Star Party, Freeport

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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This event is happening on Saturday & Sunday at the L.L.Bean Discovery Park
Join Celestron telescope manufacturer representatives and our expert staff for two amazing nights of star gazing in the Flagship stores’ Discovery Park. You’ll learn about planets and constellations and how to identify them while we teach you how to use a telescope and binoculars. The most exciting part of the party is that we might be able to observe the total Lunar Eclipse, late Sunday night, a rare treat! As an added bonus there will be a solar telescope set…
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Saco River Recreational Council Open House, Fryeburg

September 27
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All weekend!
Saco River Recreational Council’s Swans Falls Campground and Saco River Access Open House- 50% off camping ($7.50 pp) and $5 off parking if you mention you are participating in the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Come enjoy a fall weekend at the campground along the Saco River and maybe take a beautiful fall paddle on the Saco River. You could also go for a hike in the many trails within half hour of here or enjoy the shopping and restaurants, corn…
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The Incredible Trail Guys Challenge, Jefferson

September 27
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Self-guided adventure - open all weekend!
The Trail Guys is a game developed by world-renowned game-maker Aaron Weissblum. The Trail Guys Incredible Trail Challenge is a trail game for all ages. Here’s how it works: There are more than twenty five Trail Guys posted at key intersections of trails across the entire nature center – that’s 1,000 acres! Each trail guy is a colorful, but unique wooden figure. Next to each trail guy is a letter. Players will pick up a map and play-sheet at the…
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Fall Foliage Viewing from Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Prospect

September 27
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Open May 1 through Halloween
Ride an elevator to 420 ‘ feet up to the top of the world’s tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world for tremendous views of Maine foliage. After visiting the observatory, explore the massive cannons and dark passageways of one of America’s best-preserved granite fortifications, Fort Knox! Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory (closes at 5PM) is open daily at 9 AM until dusk through Halloween. The observatory is open until 5 PM, but will remain…
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Acadia’s Birds, Acadia

September 27 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Join a birding caravan to find, identify, and discuss some of Acadia’s most fascinating birds on this easy walk/drive. Bring binoculars. 3 hours, reservations required. For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Saco River Paddle, Fryeburg

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for an exploration of Maine’s scenic Saco River Sunday September, 27th. As the Fall foliage begins, we’ll float through the spectacular Silver Maple Floodplain Forest from Lovewell Pond in Fryeburg to Woodland Acres in Brownfield, and check out the miles of conservation land at the river’s edge along the way. Bald eagles, herons, turning leaves… perfect. Our trip will start at 9:00 am and end around 12 noon. This trip is free for members—boats included!! Not a member?…
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Hawk Watch, Acadia

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weather permitting, join rangers and/or Schoodic Institute staff at the perfect vantage point to learn about and help count migrating raptors. 3 hours, drop-in, Cadillac North Ridge Trail 200 yards (183 m) from Cadillac Summit parking area. For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Full Moon Guided Morning Paddle, Jefferson

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hidden Valley Nature Center is a gem of wilderness in MidCoast Maine. Comprised of 1,000 acres of contiguous, diverse habitat and more than 25 miles of recreational trails, HVNC is a destination for outdoor and nature enthusiasts. HVNC is also home to Little Dyer Pond. Little Dyer is about 120 acres, has no public access, and is the perfect setting for a quiet paddle. Join us for one or both paddles on Sunday September 27: Morning Paddle (9am-12noon): Naturalist Chuck…
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Center for Wildlife & Mt. A Present: “Eyes Like a Hawk”, Cape Neddick

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join CFW and Mount A for our popular “Eyes Like A Hawk” program to learn about bird migration with hands-on, live animal ambassadors! Registration required.

Pointing Dog Demonstrations with NAVHDA, Freeport

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Happening from 10:00-11:00 and from 2:00-3:00 on both Saturday and Sunday
Join L.L.Bean & the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) for a demonstration of pointing and searching – the two major aspects of the hunting dog’s work. Join us for this fun, fascinating display of animal talent at the L.L.Bean Discovery Park.
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Paddling and Pedestrians Along the Passy Rail Trail, Belfast

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The newly created Passy Rail Trail follows the Passagassaweak River; we invite boaters to start in Beslfast and paddle up the river and walkers to begin at the Rail Terminus Museum on Oak Hill Road and walk toward Belfast. In the middle, we will host a refreshment table and info booth.

Skowhegan Fall Fest 2015

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Skowhegan Parks & Recreation Department will host Skowhegan Fall Fest 2015 at Lake George Regional Park, West Side on Sunday, September 27 starting at 1:00 pm. Events will include trail tours, nature scavenger hunt, rock climbing wall, snacks, kayaks & canoeing. For more information call 474-6901.
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Fire Tower Open House, Acadia

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fire Tower Open House 2 hours; drop-in, Beech Mountain Summit Hike up one of several trails leading to the summit of Beech Mountain. Enjoy the views from the staffed fire tower at the top. For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Steamer Dig, Freeport

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Learn about the soft-shell clam, and then try your hand at digging with an experienced guide. Please bring mud sneakers or high waterproof boots, waterproof gloves, and a bucket. Clam hoes will be available to borrow at no cost. Free with park admission. Meet at the nature walk meeting area benches in the second parking lot. Pre-registration is required.  Please call the park at 207-865-4465 to register.
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Pointing Dog Demonstrations with NAVHDA, Freeport

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Happening from 10:00-11:00 and from 2:00-3:00 on both Saturday and Sunday
Join L.L.Bean & the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) for a demonstration of pointing and searching – the two major aspects of the hunting dog’s work. Join us for this fun, fascinating display of animal talent at the L.L.Bean Discovery Park.

Frenchman Bay Cruise, Bar Harbor

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Happens Friday-Sunday at 2:00pm
1 1⁄2–2 hours, Bar Harbor Inn Pier Climb aboard a majestic schooner and hoist sails in search of wildlife and history. $39.50 adults, $37 seniors (65+), $29.50 ages 6–11, $7 ages 2–5, infants free. Group rates (15+) are available. For more information contact 207-288-4585 or visit www.downeastwindjammer.com
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Ranger’s Choice, Acadia

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Discover stories of people and nature while enjoying Acadia’s striking scenery. Easy to moderate 2-mile (3.2-km) walk. 2 hours, reservations required For more information or to make program reservations stop by the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or call (207) 288-8832. The visitor center is open from 8:30 -4:30.
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Full Harvest Moonrise Hike, Lubec

September 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Celebrate the Harvest Moon with a hike to the summit of Klondike Mountain Preserve in Lubec. Join us for this spectacular event where we’ll hike to the summit to watch the sunset over Cobscook Bay and the moonrise over Campobello Island and the Lubec village. Be prepared to hike over uneven terrain on the trail and in low light conditions by bringing your own hiking stick and/or flashlight if desired. The trail to the summit of Klondike Mountain has some…
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Full Moon Walk, Biddeford

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Meet at the rear of the Southern Maine Health Care parking lot. Leave your electronics behind for a while and join us for a walk on the Eastern Trail with light provided by the full moon. No flashlights or pets please.
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Full Moon Canoe Tour, Scarborough

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Saturday & Sunday
Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water. Arrive no later than 6:00. $12/ Members; $14/ Public Advanced Registration Necessary. Call (207) 883-5100 Contact: smac@maineaudubon.org (207) 883-5100    
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L.L.Bean & Celestron Star Party, Freeport

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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This event is happening on Saturday & Sunday at the L.L.Bean Discovery Park
Join Celestron telescope manufacturer representatives and our expert staff for two amazing nights of star gazing in the Flagship stores’ Discovery Park. You’ll learn about planets and constellations and how to identify them while we teach you how to use a telescope and binoculars. The most exciting part of the party is that we might be able to observe the total Lunar Eclipse, late Sunday night, a rare treat! As an added bonus there will be a solar telescope set…
HVNC Guided Paddle

Full Moon Guided Paddle, Jefferson

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Valley Nature Center is a gem of wilderness in MidCoast Maine. Comprised of 1,000 acres of contiguous, diverse habitat and more than 25 miles of recreational trails, HVNC is a destination for outdoor and nature enthusiasts. HVNC is also home to Little Dyer Pond. Little Dyer is about 120 acres, has no public access, and is the perfect setting for a quiet paddle. Join us for one or both paddles on Sunday September 27: Morning Paddle (9am-12noon): Naturalist Chuck…
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Harvest Moon Eclipse on the Mountain, Blue Hill

September 27 @ 8:30 pm
Sunday, September 27th from 8:30pm-Midnight the Blue Hill Heritage Trust & Blue Hill Coop will be hosting “Harvest Moon Eclipse Night on the Mountain!” as a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Come join us in the Hayes Field at the base of Blue Hill Mountain to watch this amazing natural event. We will provide refreshments and a few telescopes. All you need to bring is a blanket and a sense of adventure! This event is free and open…
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Blood Moon Outing, Bangor

September 27 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Here’s a great opportunity to celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! Is it a clear sky night? If so, join us for a late night outing at West Penjajawoc Grasslands to witness the supermoon total eclipse. We’ll meet in the field at the newly raised bat nesting boxes – bring a headlamp or flashlight, a chair, binoculars, bug spray, and good stories. The eclipse is scheduled to begin at 9:07 pm and should show maximum coverage at 10:47 pm. Because…
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