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Shinrin Yoku Forest Walk, Boothbay

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Experience being in the woods through a guided Shinrin Yoku, or "Forest Bathing" walk. Discover the health boosting benefits of moving slowly and mindfully through the forest. This walk consists of a series of invitations, in which participants slow down and open their senses, while interacting with the natural world. Enhance your health, wellness, and happiness during this easy walk that covers only a ½ mile in about 1 hour. This hike will be led by Boothbay Region Land Trust…

Winter Wonderland at La Verna Preserve, Bristol

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with a joint Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) and Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) hike at the PWA La Verna Preserve in Bristol. Join the fun and hike or snowshoe, weather depending, to the beautiful vista overlooking Muscongus Bay with Bill Claflin, PWA Preserve Steward, and Joan Ray, MVLT Land Protection & Stewardship Specialist. Duration about 3 hours. Bring water and appropriate walking shoes, boots, and/or snowshoes & ice cleats. Binoculars and a camera are…

Bald Pate Mt. Snowshoe, Bridgton

February 4

The trails at Bald Pate Mountain offer scenic views, a forest returning from past timber harvests and ice-storm damage, a unique pitch pine habitat with fragile soils at the summit, and a haven for wildlife. A relatively easy mountain hike with options for a steeper climb up 360' to the top or a gentler longer ascent. Summit at 1100'. Views to Pleasant Mountain and the lakes in the area. A mid morning start with lunch at the top. Snowshoes and…

Snowshoeing in Topsham

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Alice's Awesome Adventures to snowshoe and look for winter animal habitats and tracks. We'll visit a winter bog, check out some trails, and have fun!

Winter Tracking and Snowshoe/Hike, Rockport

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Winter is a fantastic time to get out and explore a Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserve! Join MCHT steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen on Great Maine Outdoor Weekend for a lively morning outdoors on Saturday, February 4, and discover some of the wildlife stories that Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport has to offer. Fresh snow can capture animal tracks, trails, and tunnels providing lessons untaught any other season. With its varied habitat of woods and field, Erickson Fields Preserve in Rockport…

XC Ski, Snowshoe, or Hike the Sunrise Trail

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join East Coast Greenway Alliance, Frenchman Bay Conservancy, & Sunrise Trail Coalition for a great day on the snowy trail in celebration of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! Meet at the Downeast Sunrise Trail parking lot on Railroad Siding Road, off Washington Junction Road in Ellsworth at 10:00 am. Refreshments to follow around a bonfire! If you are in need of skis, snowshoes, or poles, we are working on coordinating rentals. Contact Eileen at 422-2328 or eileen@frenchmanbay.org for gear reservation information.

Family Fun at Raymond Community Forest, Raymond

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join Loon Echo staff for a snowshoe hike and scavenger hunt at the brand new Raymond Community Forest. Varied terrain and impressive views await those that explore this special preserve. Traction devices may be necessary in the event of ice. If conditions allow, we will build “Raymond” the giant snowman to welcome friends to the preserve during the winter! Hot chocolate and cookies will round out the event.

Four Ponds/Spruce Mountain Snowshoe Hike, Roxbury

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust’s Great Maine Outdoor Weekend hike will be held on Saturday, February 4th – destination, Four Ponds/Spruce Mountain. This 2,530-foot summit is very close to the famous Height of Land overlook, which is where we will meet at 10am in the parking area. We can proceed to the summit of Spruce Mountain and then down the backside to series of remote, high-elevation ponds within the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands’ Four Ponds area. This is…

Family Winter Walk at Pleasant Hill Preserve, Scarborough

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A fun family trail walk - learn about nature's secrets in Winter! Led by SLT's Toby Jacobs and Kathy Mills. The walk will be about a half-mile total, and will be followed by hot cocoa!

Snowshoe and Sauna Steam, Denmark

February 4 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Snowshoe on our 33 forested acres nestled along the lower slopes of Pleasant Mountain that hold a maze of private hiking trails leading to a spring-fed mountain brook. Experience sweeping views of Mt. Washington and the White Mountains. This is an ideal place to reconnect with nature. Afterwards, sauna from 4-6pm for deep relaxation and community connection. Bathing suits are required and there is a changing room at the sauna. Please bring your own drinking water and towel.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Fun Day, Skowhegan

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Skowhegan Parks & Recreation Department at the Ice Rink located at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Beech Street entrance to celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Events will include ice skating, snowshoeing, a broomball game and more. This is a free family event.

Snowshoe Baldpates, Grafton Notch

February 5

Snowshoe to the west and east peaks of Baldpate Mtn. from Grafton Notch. Round trip distance 8 miles, elevation gain of 2,280 ft. Enjoy extensive views of the western Maine mountains and lakes from the East Peak. This is moderate to strenuous hike suitable for experienced winter hikers. Full winter gear including snowshoes with crampons/cleats and crampons or micro spikes are required. Contact the trip leader to register and for more information.

Try out Snowshoeing, Harpswell

February 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Have you always wanted to try snowshoeing? Enjoy the easy trails and ocean view at Harpswell’s Mitchell Field while celebrating Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. All ages and experience levels are welcome to come to this event. Snowshoes of all sizes will be available for use. Show up anytime between 1 and 3 p.m.

Afternoon on the Eastern Trail, Biddeford

February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Our goal is to enjoy a winter day in Maine out in the snow on the trail to explore nature at a leisurely pace. This activity is oriented for family groups and children are welcome. For newcomers to the ET we will give a brief history of the development of the trail and exciting plans to extend it southward. The trail is constructed on the old Eastern Railroad bed and it is relatively flat and easy going. Depending on the trail…

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