Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Walk~Taft Point Gouldsboro ME

Mickey Hill Nova Scotia

Join Sandy for a relaxing Forest Bathing Walk at Frenchman Bay Conservancy trails at Taft Point, Gouldsboro ME.

Saturday, May 18th

Space is limited.
Please RSVP by calling 422-2327 or emailing austin@frenchmanbay.org at least 12 hours in advance. Tea and snacks shall be served. Once filled, you may be added to a wait list.

Carpooling is highly recommended due to limited parking. Please meet at the FBC office, Tidal Falls in Hancock.
Guests shall carpool over together and begin walk onsite at 9:45 am.

What is Forest Bathing? See this intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wixyvQMCFj4

For preserve directions and more information visit www.frenchmanbay.org
http://frenchmanbay.org/events/spring-hike-taft-point-forest-bathing/

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Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Walk~Frazer Point, Winter Harbor

Mickey Hill Nova Scotia

Join Sandy for a relaxing Forest Bathing Walk along Frazer Point Picnic Area.

50% of proceeds for this walk shall go to local Winter Harbor organizations: SACC, ACWC, SI and SAFA.
Special Offer of only $20.
(Regular fee in Season is $40)

Space is limited.
Please RSVP at least 12 hours in advance. Tea and snacks shall be served. Once filled, you may be added to a wait list. Carpooling is highly recommended due to FREE Admission ~ Acadia National Park Days.

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Intro to Climbing – Acadia Nat’l Park

Climbing in Acadia

Learn how to climb outside accompanied by a sea breeze! Check out the iconic Acadia National Park from a new angle. Our staff will teach you how to climb outside on a top rope. Learn climbing technique and enjoy an incredible view.

This course is an opportunity to experience the pleasure of multi-pitch rock climbing. You will enjoy the scenic views and fresh ocean air of Acadia National Park while hanging out on the side of a cliff. Each participant will have a chance to experience climbs ranging from two to three pitches.

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Spring Baby Goat Social – Steuben, Maine

Maine baby goat

Have you always wanted to have goats? Are you thinking about adding some to your herd? Do you just want to know more about goats or snuggle with some newborn cuties?

We invite you to visit for our BABY GOAT SOCIAL –Our farm will be open Sunday March 31st from 12 to 2PM for you to visit the goats and ask any questions you may have. So far we have had 16 of our 36 does kid for this season and have 25 newly born kids bouncing through the barns!

We are reserving kids at this time for those who may be interested. Contact us to reserve yours!

This is NOT an Open Creamery Day — just a relaxed “get your goat fix” day ❤️😊🐐

Spring Baby Goat Social

Our first 2019 Open Creamery Day will be on Sunday, May 26th — complete with all our goodies for sale, face painting, farm tours and general festivities… please save the date!

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Paddlefest! St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Kayaking in Maine

http://paddlefestnb.ca/Paddlefest is a Music & Outdoor Recreation Festival in the small seaside community of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The 4 day festival combines music, art & beer and outdoor activities such as canoeing & kayaking for a long weekend of fun for music lovers and adventure seekers alike!

Music / Art / Kayaking / Canoeing / Stand-Up Paddle-boarding / Workshops & Clinics / Kids Events / Beach Clean Ups / Yoga / Environmental Talks / Craft Market / Food Vendors / Local Beer & Cider / the Annual Paddlefest Brunch & more!

Click here for more info

Ultimate RAPIDS Pass

$150.00 (Early Bird Pricing)
  • Admission to All Official Paddlefest Venues* (THURSDAY – SUNDAY)
    *subject to capacity /  19+ / 1 Person Per Pass
Main Stage Pass
May 16th – 19th, 2019
  • Admission to Main Stage (FRIDAY-SUNDAY) + Other Select Venues*
    *subject to capacity /  19+ / 1 Person Per Pass
    ON SALE MARCH 7
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Maine Maple Weekend – Church’s Sugar Shack –Columbia Falls

Maine maple syrup

Join us for Maine Maple Weekend at Church’s Sugar Shack, located on Route 1 in Columbia Falls! We will be open both days from 9 AM – 4 PM. Come learn the process of making maple syrup from tap to table! We will be giving demonstrations on our wood fired evaporator, free samples of maple syrup over vanilla ice cream and a walk through our sugar bush! We will have maple syrup, maple sugar and jams & jellies available for sale. This will be weather permitting. We have improved our driveway since last year!

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Blue Hill Heritage Trust Winter Hike – Meadowbrook Forest

winter hike in Maine

Wednesday, March 13th Meadowbrook Forest 10am-noon

Join BHHT volunteers Merrie Eley & Barbara Kourajian for their 4th Annual Winter Hikes Series! These fun group hikes are a great way to explore the woods in the winter. Please dress accordingly, and bring snow shoes, ice creepers, or sturdy boots and poles depending on the conditions. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided, so please let us know if you can attend so we have enough for everyone and so we can notify you of any changes in case some nasty weather sneaks up on us (registration not required, it just helps).

These hikes will take place on BHHT properties and everyone is welcome. Hope to see you out in the woods this winter!

Meadowbrook Forest is located off the Bucksport Rd in Ellsworth. From the Ellsworth end of the North Bend Rd, turn right towards Ellsworth and travel apx 2mi until you see the BHHT Event Sign along the right side road. *More information on parking to come. Please stay tuned.

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Machias River Canoe Trip – Sunrise Canoe and Kayak

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Truly wild from headwaters to the sea, one of the few completely natural flowing rivers in the eastern US. 4 days, $590pp

 

Machias River, Eastern Maine

**Guided Canoe Trip Info for 2019**

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The Machias (muh-CHAI-yus) river flows through the remote woodlands of eastern Maine 75 miles from headwaters to the sea. Regarded as an adventurous and challenging wilderness canoe trip, the Machias is also nationally recognized for it’s high concentration of valuable atlantic salmon rearing habitat.

In 1973 the last dam was removed from the Machias making the river and it’s tributaries one of the largest naturally flowing river systems in the eastern United States. Today, nearly the entire Machias watershed has been preserved through conservation efforts ensuring the river’s natural beauty, pristine wildlife habitat and recreational access for generations to come.

The word “Machias” is loosely translated as “bad run of water”. True to it’s name the river has a number of class III ledge-drop rapids spread throughout it’s course which are a source for many fireside tales. These class III drops are relatively short and easy to scout which is advisable since the nature of these rapids can change as water levels fluctuate in early spring. Holmes falls is the only mandatory portage but depending on our itinerary and water levels we may elect to carry or line some of the hairier class III’s.

Trip Overview

Dates: 4 days, May
Cost: 4-day $59/person
30% non-refundable deposit to confirm dates
Balance due 2 weeks prior to trip
Where: Trip meets in either Machias or Bangor, Maine
Included: all canoeing and camping gear, all food and meals prepared starting with lunch day 1 through lunch the last day, transportation arrangements to and from the river from Machias, guide services.
Not included: sleeping bags, personal items/clothing (a packing list will be provided), personal beverages, guides gratuities, fishing licenses.
Reservations: Sunrise Canoe and Kayak
(207)255-3375
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Our Guided Trips

Our canoe trips are led by Master Maine Guides who have worked as professional river guides for over 20 years. All of our guides started on the Machias river in the early 1990’s learning the basics of whitewater canoeing on the lower stretches then challenging themselves on the upper river and tributaries. Today, the Machias still remains at the top of the list for spring whitewater.

Before Your Trip

Our goal is to meet if not exceed your expectations while providing a river trip you will not soon forget. Your trip forms are very helpful to us in striving to meet this goal. Each individual should fill out and return a completed trip form to us at their earliest convenience.

Your guide will be in contact with you prior to your trip to answer any questions you might have concerning the trip or preparing for it. Your guide will also want your input in preparing the menu for the trip and may have specific questions for you after receiving your trip forms.

First Day Of Your Trip

Your guide(s) will meet you the morning of your trip and travel to the put-in. At the put-in, they will cover canoe packing procedures and conduct a basic dry-land canoeing/river orientation including a safety briefing. Then you will put in and head down river where you will encounter rapids on your first day!

Instruction

The Machias will challenge and strengthen your whitewater canoeing skills and your guides will be right there to help you get the most out of your Machias river experience!

Scouting wilderness whitewater and making decisions on how to best negotiate a rapid is a crucial skill for a wilderness canoeist. Your guides have been making these decisions for themselves and the parties they’ve led for over 20 years and they have run the rapids on the Machias at many different water levels with loaded and unloaded canoes. Even so, many of the rapids on the Machias need to be scouted first before making a decision on how to negotiate them because the water levels can change from day to day. Your guides will discuss and share their experience with you at each rapid helping you to make the best decision on how to negotiate them considering your skills and ability.

Solo canoeing is a specialty of your guides! If you have the basic skills and some experience solo canoeing in whitewater then the Machias will be a very rewarding experience for you! Your guide will coach and help hone your skills as a solo canoeist. Your guide will have individual conversations with you about how to negotiate each rapid while sharing their knowledge and experience with you as well as making recommendations for you based on your skill level.

Canoe poling is another skill your guides rely on and will be happy to teach you the basics. Many of the rapids on the Machias are difficult to pole with ledge and rock bottoms that are easy to get a pole stuck in but there are also beautiful stretches of gravel bottom river to pole as well especially at lower water levels.

Camping

Camp sites on the Machias river will have a fire ring, but not always a picnic table or privy. Other than these simple improvements, there are no other facilities available along the river corridor.

Meals

Morning and evening meals are prepared by your guide over an open fire. The entrees change each day. Typical morning meals include ham and eggs, french toast and bacon, and pancakes with sausage accompanied with fresh fruit, cereal, juice, coffee, and tea. Evening meals include chicken stir fry, breaded pork chops with green beans, marinated steak with rice, or pasta dishes with a hearty red or white sauce accompanied by appetizer, wine, and dessert. Lunches are buffet style with deli meats and cheeses, bread or wraps, fresh fruits and vegetables, pickles, chips, and cookies.

Your guide will go over the planned menu with you before your trip and welcome any input regarding personal preference or dietary requirements you may have.

Fishing

Fishing on the Machias river can productive for brook trout in the spring and generally decent action for smallmouth bass throughout the summer. The larger headwater lakes have healthy populations of white perch. Fishing licenses are required for anyone wishing to fish.

If you plan to fish, a Maine fishing license is required. 3-day, 7-day, and seasonal licenses can be obtained online through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website (http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/fishing.htm) or at most fishing supply retailers.

Wildlife

Bald eagles are common sightings on the St. Croix and those with a keen eye may spot a couple nests along the way. Moose, white-tailed deer, black bear, and coyote also inhabit the St. Croix valley. Seeing a coyote or a black bear is extremely rare. It is possible to hear coyotes in the evening.

Bears along the waterway have not been a problem which may be an indication of how little use the river actually sees over the course of a year.

Last Day Of Your Trip

We will canoe to our take-out point on the morning of the last day planning to arrive there by noon. If your vehicle is parked in the Machias area this will ensure you are back at your vehicle and off to your next adventure by 2:30 pm. If we are transporting you party back to the Bangor area this will ensure we back at your hotel by 4:30 pm.

The Details

Trip Size

We typically run trips of 3-4 participants with 1 or 2 guides however if you have a larger group interested in running the Machias it’s not a problem for us. A second guide will be added to your trip if there are at least 7 participants or 4 boats however a second guide may be added to your trip regardless of the number of participants.

 

Pricing

Pricing for 4-day trips is $590/person, both require a minimum of 3 participants to run the trip. A 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your dates.

Included in the price: services of registered Maine Master Guide(s), transportation to and from the river, all meals on-river which is typically lunch the first day through lunch the last day, and all canoeing/camping/packing gear.

Not included in the price: sleeping bag s, personal items and clothing (a personal packing list will be provided to you), personal beverages, transportation round trip from Bangor, and fishing licenses.

Getting Here

If you are arriving by car, your Machias river trip will meet in Machias, Maine. If you are arriving in Bangor by plane we can meet you at your hotel and provide transportation for your party (up to 6 participants) round trip from Bangor for an additional fee of $240.

Reservations

Contact Sunrise Canoe and Kayak, Rob Scribner

Located At: Sunrise Canoe and Kayak
168 Main Street, Machias Maine
Toll Free: 1-877-980-2300
Local: (207)255-3375
Website: www.sunrisecanoeandkayak.com/
Email: info@sunrisecanoeandkayak.com
FB Page: facebook.com/sunrisecanoeandkayak/
FB Msg: m.me/sunrisecanoeandkayak
Postal Address: 68 Hoyttown Road, Machias ME 04654
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Kids Winter Survival Day – Grand Lake Stream

Maine hike
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 the weather. Parents must pre-register their child(ren) for this unique opportunity.
To pre-register, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100, or email info@downeastlakes.org.
This program has an inclement weather date of February 21.
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Ocean Drive Bird Walk – Acadia

Maine Wildlife

Join us for a casual late winter stroll along Ocean Drive between Sand Beach and Otter Cliffs. You can’t beat the view, and with the ocean on one side and evergreen forest on the other, we have the potential to see a good variety of birds. Remember that winter access for the park is via Schooner Head Road off Route 3 after Bar Harbor village.

Please pre register for this event by emailing deaudubon@gmail.com

March 9th – 9am-noon (Rain date March 10)

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

http://www.downeastaudubon.org/p/programs-events.html

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