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AMC Potluck and Presentation: Critical Hours, Brunswick

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St.
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
free

A misread map, a sudden storm, a forgotten headlamp-and suddenly a leisurely hike turns into a treacherous endeavor. In the past decade, inexpensive but sophisticated navigation devices and mobile phones have led to alarming levels of overconfidence on the trail. Adding to this worrisome trend, the increasing popularity of ventures into mountainous terrain has led hikers seeking solitude-or an adrenaline rush-into increasingly remote or risky forays. Sandy Stott, the "Accidents" editor at the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club, delivers…

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AMC Cathance River Snowshoe/Hike, Topsham

February 8

Celebrate the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend by joining us for a fun morning winter outing in Topsham at the Cathance River Preserve. We will lead the group on a snowshoe or hike (based on conditions) on the trails at the Preserve. This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. The trails will lead us down to the river where the ice formations can be magical in the winter. We will follow along the river and do as many…

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Acadia Winter Festival, Acadia National Park

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - February 10 @ 8:00 pm
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
Free

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park hosts the 2019 Acadia Winter Festival. The Acadia Winter Festival offers fun and informational programs that educate and inspire deeper connections to nature and the great outdoors in winter. Lodging and meals are available at our beautiful facilities on the Schoodic Peninsula. Cost of events vary. Please see website for more information.

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Constellation Walk at Holt Pond Preserve, Bridgton

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Holt Pond Preserve, Bridgton, ME United States
Free!

Join LEA educator, Alanna Doughty for a walk/ snowshoe out into the Holt Pond Preserve in Bridgton, Maine for an evening of star gazing and enjoying the brisk winter night. Winter is a fantastic time to learn your constellations because you can still go to bed at a reasonable hour! There is something about being out in the dark in the cold, contemplating the cosmos, knowing that soon enough we will find something warm to fill our bellies. What a…

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AMC Snowshoe at Harpswell Cliff Trail, Harpswell

February 9
Harpswell Cliff Trail, 263 Mountain Road
Harpswell, ME 04079 United States
Free

Beginning as a scenic shore walk along tidal Strawberry Creek, the Harpswell Cliff Trail proceeds through beautiful forests and climbs to 150-foot high cliffs that overlook Long Reach. We will snowshoe the trail if conditions permit, but be prepared to use microspikes if more ice than snow is present. The total trail distance is 2.3 miles, and prior snowshoe experience is recommended. Registration is required for this AMC activity; please contact the leaders for more information and to sign up!…

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Winter Fun at Fields Pond, Holden

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road
Holden, ME 04429 United States
Members Free

Maine Audubon is partnering with University of Maine, Curran Homestead, and the Maine Discovery Museum for a day of science, history, and fun on Fields Pond. Activities include: Winter lake ecology stations on the pond, traditional ice-harvesting techniques, hands-on ice-science experiments for kids at the nature center, and Belgian draft horse sleigh rides. Outdoor fun and learning for the whole family, minutes from downtown Bangor!

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Winter Wildlife Walk, Scarborough

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Libby River Farm, Black Point Rd.
Scarborough, ME 04074 United States
Free

Join us for our annual Winter Wildlife Walk, where we’ll explore the trails at Libby River Farm Preserve and look for signs of wildlife making their way through the winter. We’re likely to see signs of deer, coyote, turkey, woodpeckers, and maybe even a bobcat! Please prepare to be outside in the weather for a couple of hours. Bring along any drinks or snacks you’d like. If you have any concerns about whether this outing is right for you, feel…

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Winter Animal Tracking Walk, Rockport

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Erickson Fields Preserve, 124 West St.
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
Free

All ages are invited to join Maine Coast Heritage Trust steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen for a lively morning outdoors from 10 AM to noon and discover some of the wildlife stories that Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street, in Rockport has to offer. Fresh snow captures animal tracks, trails, and tunnels providing lessons untaught in any other season. With its varied habitat of woods and fields, Erickson Fields Preserve offers hundreds of clues for the intrepid outdoorsman who knows what…

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10th Annual Family Winter Fun Day Curtis Homestead, Leeds

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Curtis Homestead Conservation Area, Bog Rd.
Monmouth, ME 04259 United States
Free

Join the Kennebec Land Trust for a morning of winter fun at the Curtis Homestead Conservation Area in Leeds, the childhood home of former Maine Governor Kenneth M. Curtis, Rebecca Curtis Meredith, and Joyce Curtis. Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes and spend the afternoon exploring this wonderful 360-acre conservation property! If the snow is right, we’d love to build a community of snowmen! Bring whatever biodegradable accessories you’d like to use. Hot chocolate, hot dogs, and s’mores will be…

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Snow Stroll w/ Kennebunk Land Trust & Boulangerie, Kennebunk

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10

The Kennebunk Land Trust is hosting a naturalist walk on Saturday, February 9th beginning at 10am at Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary. This walk is part of Kennebunk’s Paint the Town Red and Appalachian Mountain Club’s Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! The 38-acre preserve has over 2,400 feet of frontage along the Mousam River. The trails can be described as easy to moderate. This guided walk is a snow or shine event. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Following the walk at…

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Maine Huts &Trails- Flagstaff Lake Adventure & History, Kingfield

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Flagstaff Lake Hut, 496C Main Street
Kingfield, ME 04947 United States
Free

Ski, fat bike, or snowshoe to the most popular eco-lodge in the Maine Huts & Trails System, Flagstaff Lake Hut. A hot, locally sourced lunch and a variety of regional craft beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from 11:30 – 1:30.   Following the lunch period, a fun and educational talk will be given that takes you on a journey to when Flagstaff Lake looked very different. Actually, to a time when there wasn’t a lake…

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Snowshoe Trek at Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
free

Join the Falmouth Land Trust on a winter hike through the snow. Grab your snowshoes for a walk around Gilsland Farms and the Maine Audubon and join members of our local community to explore our conserved properties and then warm up with hot cocoa after the walk. Please dress appropriately for the weather and remember your water. Snowshoes may be available to borrow. To register for snowshoes, or for more information please email: info@falmouthlandtrust.org.

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Sledding at Shepards Farm Preserve, Norway

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Norway Maine, 121 Crockett Ridge Road
Norway, ME United States
Free

Join us for a fun afternoon of sledding. Bring saucers, toboggans, and scoops (or borrow one of ours). All ages are welcome. Event is free. We will be holding this event again on February 21st!

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Snow Shoe & Wood-Fired Sauna, Denmark

February 9 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Nurture Through Nature, 77 Warren Road
Denmark, ME 04022 United States
$15

~Nurture Through Nature Eco Retreat Center in Denmark, Maine is excited to be a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekends. We are an off the grid retreat, resting on 33 private mountain-side acres at the base of Pleasant Mountain in the heart of Western Maine’s lakes and mountains region. Our sloped and forested land is gorgeous with private hiking trails, a spring-fed mountain brook and views of the White Mountains. Experience our award-winning and regionally recognized Finnish wood-fired sauna…

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Seeking Sweethearts, York

February 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mount Agamenticus, Mount Agamenticus
York, ME United States
$7.00

Join the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program and the Center for Wildlife of for a fun owl courtship and nesting program followed by a snowy owl prowl! This is the perfect pre-Valentine's Day event, connecting friends and families with the natural world of Mount Agamenticus while promoting outdoor physical activity and good health during a time of year when we may all need extra motivation to come out of our own hibernation! Come meet the Center for Wildlife's live owl education…

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When Locals Go Big; Climbing Denali, Greenville

February 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Greenville Town Office, 7 Minden Street
Greenville, ME 04441 United States
Free

February 9th 7:30-9:00pm Refreshments provided. In the spring of 2017, Greenville natives Rodney Folsom and Kevin Bradford traveled to Alaska with plans to climb Denali, North America’s highest peak at 20,320’. In an expedition that lasted nearly 2 weeks, including a bush plane flight onto a massive glacier followed by a 5-day approach on snow to their base camp, they managed not only to summit the peak, but to ski and snowboard back down the snow-covered slopes. This ski-mountaineering trip…

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Adult Cross-country Ski Clinic, Jefferson

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 17, 2019 at 9:00am

Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road
Jefferson, ME 04348 United States
$30 – $35

Veteran skiers and ski coaches will help boost your confidence and skill on skis. Cross country skiing is such a great way to enjoy Maine winters, and these clinics are designed to get you skiing with confidence for the rest of the winter. Skiers can rent xc-ski gear from Midcoast Conservancy. Once everyone is outfitted for the morning, we’ll head out onto the trails. Throughout the session, we’ll cover the basics of safe skiing from technique to trail etiquette. By…

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Maine Huts & Trails- Stratton Brook Expedition

February 10 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Stratton Brook Hut, ME United States
Free

Ski, fat bike, or snowshoe up to the newest eco-lodge in the Maine Huts & Trails System: Stratton Brook Hut. A hot, locally sourced lunch and a variety of regional craft beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from 11:30 – 1:30. Following lunch, a fun and educational talk will be given about the science of snow. Learn how each snowflake tells a story about the evolution of our landscape and how people continue to travel through…

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CLASSIC SKI CLINIC with Sarah Carter, Norway

February 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:01 pm
Roberts Farm Preserve, 64 Roberts Road
Norway, ME United States
$10

Polish your skiing skills or learn the basics with Sarah Carter. Free access to our classic skis/boots/poles for use on site.

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Hike Bath’s Peterson Canal, Bath

February 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
New Meadows Lake Boat Launch, ME United States
FREE

Modern day explorers are invited to experience this same tramp for the annual hike of the Peterson Canal. The canal was built to around 1790 to connect Merrymeeting Bay with the New Meadows River, facilitating downstream transportation of logs- “Lumber and Masts…directly into Casco Bay and to Falmouth without going to sea or running the hazard of going down that rapid torrent, the main Stream of the Kennebeck,” (from the petition to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts…

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Group Bike at Neptune Woods, Brunswick Landing

February 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
ME United States
Free

Join us on the new trails at Neptune Woods on Brunswick Landing where Six Rivers NEMBA will lead a fat tire mountain bike ride at 11:30am. After you've worked up your appetite, join us at Flight Deck Brewing for the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Brews for a Cause Fundraiser. Riders need to provide their own bikes.

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Acadia National Park Ice Climb, Bar Harbor

February 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alpenglow Adventure Sports and Acadia Mountain Guides, 228 Main St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
$50

The variety of terrain in Acadia National Park makes it a superb area to learn about ice climbing! All equipment is included. Photo opportunities are plentiful. What you need: Acadia National Park pass ( https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/fees.htm ), Day Pack, warm layers, 2 liters of water, snacks, and a packed lunch. 9:00am Meet at Alpenglow Adventure Sports and Acadia Mountain Guides 228 Main St. Bar Harbor ME 04609. Here we will outfit you with double boots, a harness, and a helmet. If…

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Winter Walker Wednesday, Wells

February 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road
Wells, ME 04090 United States
Free

Meet at the gazebo on the Wells Reserve's Laudholm campus for an informal wander along the trails. We will head out snow or not, so please come prepared for the conditions — microspikes, snowshoes or boots! (Snowshoes are available for a small fee with advanced notice.) Ages 7 and up are welcome.

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Valentine’s Hike with Ladies Adventure Club, Phippsburg

February 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bates-Morse Conservation Area, ME United States
free

The Ladies Adventure Club (LAC) loves nature, so we are offering a Valentine's Day hike for women of all ages to Morse Mountain in Phippsburg. The LAC offers Maine women adventure and community and an opportunity to challenge themselves in a supportive environment. Meeting in the parking of lot of Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, we will hike 2 miles up a partially paved road (not plowed, so we may use snowshoes or micro-spikes, depending on conditions) to a sweeping view…

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Cathance River Preserve Snowshoe for the 50+ crowd, Topsham

February 15
free

This outing is geared to active seniors (but open to all) who love to get outside in our winter wonderland. The pace will be geared to the group's abilities as a whole. You should have some experience snowshoeing or hiking with microspikes, but anyone with proper gear and ability are welcome. (Snowshoes are available if needed – contact leader to discuss) This is one of my favorite local hikes. We have a choice of doing the trails along the river…

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Ski FREE w/ Dave’s World US Cellular, Big Squaw Mtn. Greenville

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Big Squaw Mnt. Greenville, Greenville, ME 04441 United States
FREE

Free lift ticket Noon-4pm

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Snow Shoe & Wood-Fired Sauna, Denmark

February 16 @ 12:00 am - 3:30 am
Nurture Through Nature, 77 Warren Road
Denmark, ME 04022 United States
$15

~Nurture Through Nature Eco Retreat Center in Denmark, Maine is excited to be a part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekends. We are an off the grid retreat, resting on 33 private mountain-side acres at the base of Pleasant Mountain in the heart of Western Maine’s lakes and mountains region. Our sloped and forested land is gorgeous with private hiking trails, a spring-fed mountain brook and views of the White Mountains. Experience our award-winning and regionally recognized Finnish wood-fired sauna…

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Winter Tree Identification, Brownfield

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chamberlain Farm, 153 Chamberlain Road
Brownfield, ME 04010 United States
Free

USVLT on February 16th at Chamberlain Farm in Brownfield. Ward and Nancy Simonton, cornerstone members of our conservation community, have had the 77 acres of historic Chamberlain Farm in easement with USVLT since 2006. Meet us at the farm at 9:00am for a Winter Tree Identification snowshoe trek, led by William Abbott, the Executive Director of the Land Trust. After exploring the woods, we‘ll settle down by a cozy bonfire and sip some hot cocoa and cider. Please make sure…

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Essentials of Winter Camping, Portland

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Rippleffect, 159 State Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
$55

Learn about winter back country traveling with Rippleffect! Lessons include proper layering, proper snowshoe and crampon technique, winter shelter and back country cooking. We will meet at our office in downtown Portland then head out to snowshoe around the Presumpscot River Preserve. Transportation, Gear and food provided!

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Community Ski Free and Winter Fun Day, Waterville

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Quarry Road Recreation Area, Waterville, Quarry Road
Waterville, ME 04901 United States
Free

Celebrate the outdoors with a full day of fun winter activities and free access to the ski trails. Fun activities include disc golf, snow toss, Fat bike demos, guided snow shoe tours, winter scavenger hunt and more to be announced.

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Farmer for the Morning, Freeport

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road
Freeport, ME 04032 United States
$5

Farmer for the Morning $5 per person, 45 minutes, recommended for ages 2 to 6. Bring your young farmers to the barnyard for a morning of fun! We’ll start with a quick story before our little farmers help with farm chores and explore. We’ll also meet the animals and participate in activities with rotating themes. A perfect morning playdate with friends!

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Maine Huts &Trails- Poplar Stream Falls Guided Voyage

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Carrabassett Valley Airport Trailhead to Poplar Stream Hut, Carrabassett Valley, ME United States
Free

Meet a team of seasoned Maine Huts & Trails volunteers at the Airport Trailhead (10 am) and follow them up to our first eco-lodge: Poplar Falls Hut. Along the way through snow-covered pines, icy streams and trickling waterfalls you’ll learn about the world-class backcountry system that sits right in your own backyard! A hot, locally sourced lunch and a variety of regional craft beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the hut from 11:30-1:30. Following the…

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Maine Audubon Winter Carnival, Falmouth

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Road
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
$2

Join us for a celebration of winter weather and wildlife! Learn, create, and play at a variety of indoor and outdoor activity stations, including a winter wildlife touch table, giant snow shelter, scavenger hunt, tracking activities, snow science and art, face painting, snowshoeing with L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School, and more! Special kid-friendly shows with local musician Amanda Panda at 11:30 and 1:00. Amanda has performed all over the state and has just published her first CD. We are thrilled to…

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Winter Adventure with Cocoa, Bangor

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Saturday, February 16 at 10 a.m. meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Fox Hollow Lane (West Penjajawoc Preserve ). Bring snowshoes or skis depending on snow depth. If conditions permit, we'll explore out onto the Penjajawoc Marsh where you'll get a 360-degree view of BLT preserves (we'll bring a map to orient you). If rain and thaws have kept the Marsh too soft, we'll explore tracks on the Grasslands and along its edges. Bring your favorite energy bar…

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Laudholm Loppet All Trails Challenge, Wells

February 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road
Wells, ME 04090 United States
Free

  What's the Laudholm Loppet? An informal competition to encourage winter use of the trails. Ski, snowshoe, or hike any Wells Reserve trail and log the miles traveled. The loppet lasts from first snowfall to last remnant. Visit our website to learn more. Challenge yourself to touch a section of every trail at the Wells Reserve. Get creative with your route and let us know how you did. We will host a "warming hut" (the Visitor Center) from 11am to…

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Granite Backcountry Alliance Film Festival, Bethel

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Gem Theater, Bethel, 23 Cross St.
Bethel, ME 04217 United States
$5 – $10

The GBA film festival is produced each year by GBA’s parent organization Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Guests can immerse themselves in a night of short films that capture the spirit of winter. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning 90 minute lineup.

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Adult Cross-country Ski Clinic, Jefferson

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on February 17, 2019 at 9:00am

Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road
Jefferson, ME 04348 United States
$30 – $35

Veteran skiers and ski coaches will help boost your confidence and skill on skis. Cross country skiing is such a great way to enjoy Maine winters, and these clinics are designed to get you skiing with confidence for the rest of the winter. Skiers can rent xc-ski gear from Midcoast Conservancy. Once everyone is outfitted for the morning, we’ll head out onto the trails. Throughout the session, we’ll cover the basics of safe skiing from technique to trail etiquette. By…

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Porcupine Prowl, Lovell

February 17 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Heald & Bradley Ponds Reserve, Flat Hill Trail ME United States
free

February 17, 12:30-3:30pm Porcupine Prowl: Sometimes we get to see these quilled creatures, but always we find signs they leave behind announcing that they inhabit Flat Hill. With our friends from Lakes Environmental Association, the Greater Lovell Land Trust will host a porcupine prowl and see if we can piece together parts of their story, including hints of others who may also be looking for them (think maybe fisher or bobcat tracks). Join us to celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend…

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Kids Winter Survival Day, Grand Lake Stream

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Downeast Lakes Community Forest, Milford Road
Grand Lake Stream, ME United States
FREE

Do you know of kids who are interested in survival skills? Get them out of the house this February Break for a “Kids Winter Survival Day.” On Wednesday, February 20, join DLLT Deputy Director Colin Brown for a wintry excursion into the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. Hands-on lessons will include snow shelter construction, fire building, navigation, wild edibles, and more! This class is intended for students in grades 4-8, and kids should bring a lunch, water, and dress warmly for…

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