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120+ events Statewide to Celebrate 8th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
Experience fall in Maine Sept 25-27
PORTLAND, Maine– – Thousands of Mainers are expected to join in the eighth Great Maine Outdoor Weekend and celebrate fall weather and activities in the great state of Maine. The event includes over 120 different outdoor activities in all corners of the state.
“You don’t want to miss this one,” says planning team member Donna Bissett of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, “we’ve again partnered with National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands and a fee-free day in Acadia National Park and other federally managed public lands in Maine. Take advantage of these special days with GMOW events.”
Activities range from classic hiking trips in some of Maine’s most beautiful areas to more unique opportunities like kite flying, full moon celebrations, and trail clean up and work days. “Some of my favorites include a guided kayak tour in Damariscotta, fall education programs for families at Maine Audubon, and a “star party” at the L.L. Bean Discovery Park in Freeport. But, with over 120 events to choose from, there is certainly something for everyone!” says GMOW Coordinator Kaitlyn Bernard of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
“The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a perfect opportunity to get out and explore Maine’s best recreational resources. Explore new trails, parks, and preserves. Get to know organizations in your community, or travel to a new corner of the state and experience something new,” suggests Scot Balentine of L.L.Bean. Many of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend events include free equipment rental and lessons, and nearly all of the events are family friendly.
The momentum behind the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is continuously building. The initiative included more than 15,000 participants in 2014 through the February & September events. “One of the best ways we’re able to measure our growth is through engagement with our participants,” says Kristel Hayes, planning team member and founder of Mesh Marketing. “We encourage folks to share their stories and photos with us on social media using #GMOW. It’s so fun to see others out there celebrating – and each photo you share gives you a chance to win one of our great prizes!”
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a project of the Maine Outdoor Coalition, which is a network of partners dedicated to increasing connections to the outdoors for all people in Maine by identifying, promoting, and amplifying opportunities for statewide action and impact: www.maineoutdoorcoalition.org. Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Planning Partners include: Appalachian Mountain Club, L.L. Bean, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Mesh Marketing, No Umbrella Media, and WinterKids. For more information about the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, visit www.greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org.