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Jan
27
Sat
Full Moon Snowshoe @ Randall Orchards
Jan 27 @ 4:30 pm

Join us for a full moon winter walk on Randall Orchards – the farm we helped protect as farmland forever. We will meet at the farm at sunset and head out to explore the 500-acres of conserved orchard and forest while watching the full moon rise.

After an hour guided walk, led by Master Naturalist, Jeanne Christie and Board President Mike Parker, we will end with hot cider from apples grown and pressed onsite at the orchard.

Limited space; RSVP required to info@prlt.org.

FMI: www.prlt.org

Jan
30
Tue
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Explore the wonders of nature under the light of the full moon at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Let your eyes adjust to the ambient light, enjoy the shadows and the sounds of coyotes, owls, and the trees blowing in the wind. We’ll end the evening with a hot drink and camaraderie at one of the heated cabins. Meet at the gate promptly for a 2.5 mile trek to the pond for the full moon rising. Please no dogs. If you are borrowing our snowshoes, please make arrangements and arrive early for a fitting.

FMi: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/full-moon-hike-3/

Jan
31
Wed
Full Moon Hike @ Emmons Preserve
Jan 31 @ 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Emmons Preserve | Kennebunkport | Maine | United States

Enjoy the magic of winter with a full moon hike at the Emmons Preserve! KCT Board Member, Russ Grady, will lead the group on a moderate 3 mile hike on the Trust’s trails. There will be several opportunities to stop along the way and enjoy the glow of the moon. Weather will dictate gear (snow shoes, poles, winter clothes, etc…). While we hope to use the moon light, bringing a flash light or headlamp is always a good idea. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice to enjoy in the headquarters after the hike. Meet at our headquarters located at 57 Gravelly Brook Road in Kennebunkport at 8pm. Free, all welcome!

Thanks to C.A. Smith Photography for his full moon photo taken in the Smith Preserve.

https://www.facebook.com/events/284288665426671/

Feb
1
Thu
Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek @ Pisgah Hill Preserve, Dougherty Road trailhead, Pownal
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek @ Pisgah Hill Preserve,  Dougherty Road trailhead, Pownal | Pownal | Vermont | United States

Thursday, February 1st, 2018. Join us for our 7th annual full moon hike/social event atop Pisgah Hill in New Gloucester. Cars line Dougherty Road; in 2017 seventy-five members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends hiked the loop trail through the perfect amount of new snow, shared some cheer at the summit, toasted with hot cocoa, toasted marshmallows, and hooted at the big orange rising moon under the only three hours of clear sky all week.

We can’t wait to see you for our 7th annual, only a few moons away.

FMI: rrct.org

Full Moon Walk on the Eastern Trail @ Eastern Trail
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Full Moon Walk on the Eastern Trail @ Eastern Trail  | Saco | Maine | United States

Don’t miss this! The Eastern Trail Alliance will host two evening walks to see the full moon from the trail. It’s FREE and an experience not to be missed. Walks are 60-90 minutes. All ages welcome (but flashlights and furry friends are not).

Meet at 6 p.m. at either location below:
1.) Southern Maine Health Care, Biddeford. (back parking lot off W Cole Rd) with Biologist & Trustee Joe Yuhas
2.) Pine Point Rd, Scarborough-Eastern Trail crossing parking lot with Executive Director Carole Brush

Feb
23
Fri
Becoming an Outdoor-Women Winter Skills Weekend @ University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond
Feb 23 – Feb 25 all-day

Learn or improve your skills in topics such as ice fishing, outdoor survival, cooking wild game, fly tying, snowshoeing, wildlife tracking, shelter building, shotgun, archery and more! All in a safe and comfortable environment with knowledgeable and dedicated instructors.

Session I

Archery: Hit the bullseye with this workshop and learn how to shoot safely and accurately! Our certified 4-H instructors will get you on target quickly and by the end of this session you’ll become a proficient archer, and possibly a better bow hunter! We’ll cover equipment, shooting form, and how to choose your first bow.

Ice Fishing: Learn the basics of ice fishing. Learn how to use a power auger, set traps and use different types of fishing equipment, and most importantly how to hook and catch a fish! You’ll also learn fish I.D. and bait selection. There will be plenty of time to try different equipment and learn specific tactics on catching fish. This year, we’ll actually be cooking lunch right there on the ice, because let’s face it, eating is the best part of fishing on the ice! (Heated ice shacks provided.)

To get your Maine Fishing license: https://moses.informe.org/cgi-bin/online/moses_v3/index

Wild Game Cooking (Indoors): The desire to harvest, cook, and eat wild game is growing rapidly! Step into the camp kitchen where you’ll turn wild game into an amazing meal! Learn cooking and seasoning techniques, and prepare food that will be served later for all to try! Big game as well as waterfowl and other game meats will be the focus.

Intro Snowmobiling: Learn the basics of snowmobile travel and soon you’ll be riding on our course designed to challenge new riders. The workshop will include proper layering and outerwear for long trips on a snow machine. Our instructors will cover snowmobile safety, emergency preparedness, and basic operation…along with plenty of time to ride on various terrain.

Wildlife Tracking: There’s nothing better than hitting the powder on snowshoes in the Maine woods in February! But once you’ve begun your journey, you soon realize that other living creatures have already been there…What crossed my path? Who was here before me? Learn tracking and wildlife identification along the way, and see some amazing forest features too. Bring the camera, because you may just catch a glimpse of just who left those tracks ahead!

Fly Tying: Spring is just around the corner…and that means fly fishing! Let us show you how to tie a fly that is guaranteed to catch fish! You’ll have a chance to tie several flies of your own, and learn a bit about fishing for Brook Trout and salmon as well.
Session II

Shotgun Sporting Clays: Breaking clays over fresh snow is a great way to spend the day! We’ll work on safe gun handling and basic shotgunning and then we’ll take it to the sporting clays range for some highflying clay target shooting! Learn proper stance, follow through, and point and shoot techniques from certified instructors, and have a chance to shoot different types of 12 and 20 gauge shotguns. Ear and eye protection is supplied.

Intro Snowmobiling: Learn the basics of snowmobile travel. This will include proper layering and outerwear for long trips on a snow machine. Our instructors will also cover snowmobile safety, emergency preparedness, and basic operation…along with plenty of time to ride on various terrain.

Deer Hunting Intensive: This workshop takes the new deer hunter to the next level! Maybe you’re new to hunting, or simply want to learn how to be more successful in the Maine woods. The focus will be on judging distance, shot placement in realistic scenarios, and shooting from a ground blind and tree stand. This will be a live fire workshop that will emphasize making ethical shots and how to blood trail and recovery game. Also covered will be scent control, use of calls and lures, as well as other tactics. This workshop will be taught by a Master Maine Guide that specializes in hunting.

Fly Tying: Spring is just around the corner…and that means fly fishing! Let us show you how to tie a fly that is guaranteed to catch fish! You’ll have a chance to tie several flies of your own, and learn a bit about fishing for Brook Trout and salmon as well.

Winter Survival-Staying Found: Exploring the outdoors can be exciting, but staying “found” is critical, especially when poor weather or an emergency arises. This workshop will cover basic navigation with map and compass and trip planning, and then blend current technology such as GPS, and other modern tracking devices that are helpful in staying safe and on track. Several great aps will be discussed as well as using iNReach or SPOT devices in the backcountry. Time will be spend indoors and out as we explore the benefits of proper planning and preparation.

Trapping In Maine: Maine has a long history of various methods of sustainably harvesting legal wildlife. Trapping is one of those management tools. In this workshop you will learn the basics of wildlife management practices, furbearer identification, and basic trapping sets and techniques. You will have a chance to practice with a pole, dirt, and water set, and learn how to lure various species while preventing non-target species to your site. This workshop is by a member of Maine Department of Inland and Fisheries.
Session III

Winter Camping 101: If Winter Camping sounds scary to you, let us change your mind! Our seasoned staff will teach you the basics of overnighting in the winter. Learn how to apply your summer camping skills and prepare yourself with shelter building, proper layering and even how to choose/plan the right menu. Once you understand how to prepare, the winter becomes an amazing time to camp…think of all the empty campgrounds and less frequented trails just for you!

Shotgun Advanced: The demand for the next step in shotgun shooting is the inspiration for this workshop! We’ll cover various chokes and patterning, shooting multiple targets, and various shooting positions. We’ll include wing shooting, waterfowl, and turkey shooting with respect to shot placement and shotshell selection as well as shooting various types of shotguns to get a better idea on what works best for you and the type of shooting you plan on doing.

Wild Game Preparation: Cabela’s Focus on cutting/grinding/ sausage/jerky, etc.: With the increase in folks hunting for their own wild game meat, the demand for knowing how to process at home has grown in popularity. Rather than sending that whitetail to the butcher, try to process your own at home! With support from Cabela’s you’ll learn basic butchering skills and what to do with your bounty of wild game meat. We’ll grind fresh burger, make sausage and wild jerky, as well as other cuts, as well as showing how to preserve your game meat for storage.

Archery: Hit the bullseye with this workshop and learn how to shoot safely and accurately! Our certified 4-H instructors will get you on target quickly and by the end of this session you’ll become a proficient archer, and possibly a better bow hunter! We’ll cover equipment, shooting form, and how to choose your first bow.

Fly Tying: Spring is just around the corner…and that means fly fishing! Let us show you how to tie a fly that is guaranteed to catch fish! You’ll have a chance to tie several flies of your own, and learn a bit about fishing for Brook Trout and salmon as well.

Snowshoe Trek to Mt. Christopher: Enjoy the crisp beauty of hiking in the winter woods. We will strap on snowshoes and go over some techniques for making your snowshoe hike a successful one! As you hike up Mt. Christopher your guide will add in plenty of ecology tidbits and fun facts to enjoy.
Session IV

Wildlife Tracking/Snowshoeing: There’s nothing better than hitting the powder on snowshoes in the Maine woods in February! But once you’ve begun your journey, you soon realize that other living creatures have already been there…What crossed my path? Who was here before me? Learn tracking and wildlife identification along the way, and see some amazing forest features too. Bring the camera, because you may just catch a glimpse of just who left those tracks ahead!

Fire Cooking: Have you ever tried getting that smoky fire-cooked taste, only to wind up with a charred mess? In this class we will teach you the art of fire cooking. We will introduce cooking directly in the coals with foil, dutch ovens and cast iron skillets. This primitive backcountry skill isn’t quite as hard as it may seem; with the right direction from our experienced teachers you will be baking up some tasty cobbler or stew in no time!

Turkey Hunting: As the snows melt and spring arrives, so does Turkey season! Hunting this wary bird takes patience, skill, and know-how. Learn how to dress, set up or construct a ground blind, set decoys, and practice the art of bringing them in with various calls. Participants will leave with all of the basics to get started in this growing sport, and each will take home their own turkey call!

Reaching New Heights: Climbing Wall/Rock Climbing Intro: Whether it’s your first time at an indoor rock-climbing wall or you’re an old pro, let our trained staff belay you up our 35’ wall! We’ll cover gear, safety basics, and different techniques to give you the best advantage at tackling this vertical challenge. All the equipment is provided. However, if you have climbing shoes feel free to bring them, all other equipment used must be ours.

Fly Tying: Spring is just around the corner…and that means fly fishing! Let us show you how to tie a fly that is guaranteed to catch fish! You’ll have a chance to tie several flies of your own, and learn a bit about fishing for Brook Trout and salmon as well.

Handgun Safety – Concealed Carry: Whether you are looking to start shooting recreationally, or carrying concealed, this new workshop will start you in the right direction. Covering an array of action types, professional firearms instructors from Howell’s Gun Shop will teach you how to shoot safely and what you need to know about carrying a handgun.

FMI: extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond/adult-programs/becoming-an-outdoors-woman/becoming-an-outdoorswoman-winter-skills-weekend/

Feb
28
Wed
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Explore the wonders of nature under the light of the full moon at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Let your eyes adjust to the ambient light, enjoy the shadows and the sounds of coyotes, owls, and the trees blowing in the wind. We’ll end the evening with a hot drink and camaraderie at one of the heated cabins. Meet at the gate promptly for a 2.5 mile trek to the pond for the full moon rising. Please no dogs. If you are borrowing our snowshoes, please make arrangements and arrive early for a fitting.

FMi: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/full-moon-hike-4/

Mar
1
Thu
Full Moon Walk on the Eastern Trail @ Eastern Trail
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm
Full Moon Walk on the Eastern Trail @ Eastern Trail  | Saco | Maine | United States

Don’t miss this! The Eastern Trail Alliance will host two evening walks to see the full moon from the trail. It’s FREE and an experience not to be missed. Walks are 60-90 minutes. All ages welcome (but flashlights and furry friends are not).

Meet at 7 p.m. at either location below:
1.) Southern Maine Health Care, Biddeford. (back parking lot off W Cole Rd) with Biologist & Trustee Joe Yuhas
2.) Pine Point Rd, Scarborough-Eastern Trail crossing parking lot with Executive Director Carole Brush

Full Moon Hike @ Emmons Preserve
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Emmons Preserve | Kennebunkport | Maine | United States

Enjoy the magic of winter with a full moon hike at the Emmons Preserve! KCT Board Member, Russ Grady, will lead the group on a moderate 3 mile hike on the Trust’s trails. There will be several opportunities to stop along the way and enjoy the glow of the moon. Weather will dictate gear (snow shoes, poles, winter clothes, etc…). While we hope to use the moon light, bringing a flash light or headlamp is always a good idea. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice to enjoy in the headquarters after the hike. Meet at our headquarters located at 57 Gravelly Brook Road in Kennebunkport at 8pm. Free, all welcome!

Thanks to C.A. Smith Photography for his full moon photo taken in the Smith Preserve.

https://www.facebook.com/events/284288665426671/

Mar
29
Thu
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Jefferson | Maine | United States

Explore the wonders of nature under the light of the full moon at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Let your eyes adjust to the ambient light, enjoy the shadows and the sounds of coyotes, owls, and the trees blowing in the wind. We’ll end the evening with a hot drink and camaraderie at one of the heated cabins. Meet at the gate promptly for a 2.5 mile trek to the pond for the full moon rising. Please no dogs. If you are borrowing our snowshoes, please make arrangements and arrive early for a fitting.

FMi: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/full-moon-hike-5/