BeOnlineWithAMC Webinar - Carey Kish : 72 Days on the Florida National Scenic Trail

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm - Wednesday, June, 3, 8:30 pm

Carey on the FT in Big Cypress  National PreserveA Long Winter's Walk: 72 Days End to End on the Florida National Scenic Trail Three winters ago, Carey Kish tackled the Florida Trail, a journey of 1,100 miles on perhaps the least heralded and traveled of the country's major footpaths. Join Carey as he makes the grueling trek through the wild heartland of Florida from the edge of the Everglades to Pensacola Bay across an amazing landscape of sawgrass prairies, swamps, piney forests and palm groves, complete with alligators, snakes, skeeters and wild hogs. Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island is a veteran hiker, outdoors and travel writer, Registered Maine Guide, beer enthusiast and certified funmeister. The author of AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast and the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, Carey has hiked two dozen of the world's long-distance trails, including the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail (twice) and all but 177 miles of the 2,653-mile Pacific Crest Trail. See Related Links for link to webinar

Activity Categories: Meetings
Location: Online webinar - see related links
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Bill Brooke
FMI: Link to Webinar:

Canceled: Explore the Mill Brook Preserve (Subject to AMC COVID-19 policy at time of trip)

Date: Saturday, June 6

The Mill Brook flows from Highland Lake to the Presumpscot River in Westbrook. Each year, thousands of alewife fish migrate from pool to pool along the Mill Brook on their way from Casco Bay to Highland Lake in Windham. This 4-mile hike will explore the Mill Brook Preserve, an area maintained by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. Starting and ending at the MAGAN trailhead (parking is on Willow Drive, across Route 302 from the trailhead), we will follow a winding trail through the woods and beside the Mill Brook, stopping at the Southern Fish Viewing Pool to observe the migrating alewife. This hike is contingent on regional conditions at the time due to the Covid-19 virus and any State Social distancing orders if still in effect. It is subject to change as the safety and well-being of participants and leaders is our priority.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Westbrook, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Status: Canceled
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: easy to moderate
FMI: Decription of hike (with map)

BeOnlinewithAMC: AMC Trail Work Webinar with Kate Johnson and Peter Roderick

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 pm - Wednesday, June, 10, 8:00 pm

Sustainable trail workRegister in advance for this trail work webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4Q8BXUk6SN2azjkFiNaXCQ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Get out, get dirty, give back: have you ever been curious about the whats and whys of sustainable trail work? In this webinar presentation, we'll talk about the principles of building and maintaining trail. When we work, our goal is to balance the needs of human users with the ecosystem in which the trail is built. To this end, we'll talk about a few basic principles of this balance. Once we cover what guides our decisions, we can name some structures you may have seen on your favorite trails. We will talk about the difference between "construction" and "maintenance", and the different groups of people involved in the work. Tool function, safety, maintenance and storage will also be covered. Following this, Peter Roderick of the Maine AMC chapter will tell us about recent projects in that region to show us these principles in action. He will give us a glimpse of Maine's gorgeous trails and the work that goes into them! We will end the presentation with time for questions and name some ways that interested folks can get involved with trail work, whether with the AMC or otherwise. This presentation will be from June 10, 7-8pm. For further information, please email [ kjohnson at outdoors dot org ].

Activity Categories: Conservation, Instruction (Skills), Meetings
Location: Online
Region: Web Based
Leader: Phil Coyne , Peter Roderick
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy
FMI: Register in advance for this webinar

Canceled: New Meadows River, Brunswick (Subject to AMC COVID-19 policy at time of trip)

Date: Saturday, June 13, 9:30 am - Saturday, June, 13, 3:00 pm

From the Sawyer Park boat launch in Brunswick, we'll paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. About 5 hours or so. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. If weather conditions are not good, we'll go Sunday, 6/14. Trip difficulty: moderate. Leader: Carolyn Welch (207)725-8178. cwelch6789@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Sawyer Point boat launch, Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Status: Canceled
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Canceled: Mt Agamenticus Trail Work Day

Date: Saturday, June 20, 9:00 am - Saturday, June, 20, 3:00 pm

The Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region consists of more than 10,000 acres of forest, trails, wetlands, ponds and streams. It takes a lot of work to take care of this land and we are counting on support from volunteers to help us protect this great place. The best way to get involved and make a difference is through volunteering. The work for the day will involve learning trail maintenance techniques to deal with RUNNING & STANDING WATER ISSUES on the trail. Standard trail drainage structures and techniques include water bars, dirt dips, knicks, crib walls, out sloping retention ponds, check dams, etc. all designed to slow or removed water from the trail. Come have some fun and join us! Please bring your daypack, trail lunch, hiiking/work boots, water bottle, bug spray and work gloves (we have spares if you don't have any). Tools and equipment needed will be provided.

Activity Categories: Conservation, Hiking
Location: Mt Agamenticus, York, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Status: Canceled
Leader: David McCarthy

Bethel Point, Harpswell (Subject to AMC COVID-19 policy at time of trip)

Date: Saturday, June 20, 9:30 am - Saturday, June, 20, 2:00 pm

From the Bethel Point boat launch, we'll paddle up with the tide to Snow Island for lunch, then around in Quahog Bay, and return. There is a $5 charge for parking in the nearby lot. If weather conditions are not good, we'll go Sunday, 6/21. Trip difficulty: moderate. Leader: Carolyn Welch (207)725-8178. cwelch6789@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Bethel Point boat launch
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Alpine Garden Hike (Subject to AMC COVID-19 policy at time of trip)

Date: Sunday, June 21, 9:00 am - Sunday, June, 21, 4:30 pm

Diapensia and Alpine AzaleaExperience the beauty of the Alpine Garden. We will carpool up the Mt Washington Auto Road to the Cow Pasture parking area. We will then hike down the Huntington Ravine Trail to the Alpine Garden Trail. Along the Alpine Garden Trail, we will spend time looking and identifying the flowers and plants growing in the Alpine Garden. This moderate hike is a round trip of 2.4 miles at a slow pace.

Activity Categories: Conservation, Critical Treasure, Hiking, Photography
Location: Mt Washington, White Mountain National Forest
Region: New Hampshire, White Mountains
Leader: Peg Nation 207-583-2720 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stepen Brezinski 207-353-9854 (Before 9:00 pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Caribou Mountain Loop (Subject to AMC COVID-19 policy at time of trip)

Date: Friday, June 26

Join us for a 6.9 mile loop hike with 1,900 ft elevation gain and a beautiful summit view from Caribou Mtn and of Kees Falls, a 25-ft waterfall. Although the mountain elevation is low, there are some areas of scrambling and exposure and the trail crosses over a brook several times. This hike is rated difficult. We will move at a moderate pace and stay together as a group. Registration is required. **This hike is contingent on regional conditions at the time due to the Covid-19 virus and any State Social distancing orders if still in effect, and is subject to change as the safety and wellbeing of participants and leaders is our priority.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Evans Notch
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Kim Sanders , Denise Fredette
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Kim Sanders

Canceled: Gorman Chairback Lodge Trail Work

Date: Monday, July 6, 6:00 pm - Thursday, July, 9, 12:00 pm

Volunteer for trail work around the Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins. Maintain trails for the summer hiking season. Join other volunteers from Maine Chapter and beyond as we patrol hiking trails in the area in preparation for another busy summer in the Maine Woods. We berth in the bunkhouse and enjoy off time exploring the area including Gulf Hagas, a beautiful and wild river gorge, or any of the multitude of other trails in the Maine Woods.or relax around the Lodge and Long Pond. The trip begins with dinner on Monday. We will work on trails all day Tuesday and Wednesday and on Thursday morning.

Activity Categories: Conservation, Hiking
Adult Member Fee: $126
Adult Non-Member Fee: $126
Location: Gorman Chairback Lodge
Region: Maine, Inland
Status: Canceled
Leader: David McCarthy 207-363-2791 (before 9:00 pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: David McCarthy

Sea Kayaking - Androscoggin River, Brunswick (Subject to AMC COVID-19 policy at time of trip)

Date: Saturday, August 22, 9:30 am - Saturday, August, 22, 3:00 pm

Androscoggin RiverFrom the Water St. boat launch in Brunswick, we paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. About 5 hours or so. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. If the downstream river flow is heavy due to recent rains, we will go to another nearby location. If weather conditions are not good, we'll go Sunday, 8/23. Trip difficulty: moderate. Leader: Carolyn Welch (207)725-8178. cwelch6789@gmail.com.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Water St boat launch, Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

American Canoe Assn. Level 2 Essentials of Sea Kayaking Touring

Date: Friday, September 11 - Sunday, September 13

Heading out of the harborAmerican Canoe Assn. Level 2 Essentials of Sea Kayaking Touring/Knubble Bay Camp - Want new confidence as a kayaker? Friendly, experienced kayakers and ACA instructor lead you through stroke and rescue techniques that can change your game. Sheltered marine environment. Individual and small group instruction..

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Adult Member Fee: $85
Adult Non-Member Fee: $98
Location: Knubble Bay Camp, Georgetown, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Mary McCann-Baker 207-399-8534 (Before 9PM)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Gail Fensom

Sea Kayaking -Middle Bay, Brunswick (Subject to AMC COVID-19 policy at time of trip)

Date: Saturday, September 12, 9:30 am - Saturday, September, 12, 3:00 pm

From the Mere Point boat launch in Brunswick, we paddle out with the tide, have lunch on an island, and return on the incoming tide. About 5 hours or so. We'll watch for ospreys and eagles. If weather conditions are not good, we'll go Sunday, 9/13. Trip difficulty: moderate. Leader: Carolyn Welch (207)725-8178. cwelch6789@gmail.com

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Mere Point boat launch, Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

AMC OUTDOOR LEADER TRAINING

Date: Saturday, September 19, 8:00 am - Saturday, September, 19, 4:00 pm

Join experienced Maine AMC Leaders and AMC's Leadership Training Manager for a one day workshop to develop and practice leadership skills necessary to plan and lead safe and enjoyable chapter activities. This workshop is for new and prospective leaders with no prior AMC leader experience and for experienced leaders looking to improve their skills. The workshop format will be a combination of presentations, discussion, and interactive sessions on outdoor leadership including; leader decision making, group management strategies, accident scene management, trip planning, and others. Whether you are an experienced leader looking to make your trips run more smoothly, or are interested in becoming a leader, this workshop will give you the skills and confidence you need to lead a chapter activity. Participants successfully completing this workshop will meet AMC's requirement for chapter trip leader training.

Activity Categories: Leadership Training
Location: Maine Audubon, Falmouth, ME 04105
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Denise Fredette
Registration is required for this activity.

Trail work & boundary work at Medawisla

Date: Friday, October 9 - Monday, October 12

Boundary work crew with Steve TatkoWith hundreds of miles of property lines and trails, the AMC in Maine has lots of volunteer work opportunities. For this trip we will be staying in bunkhouses at Medawisla Lodge and spending our days in small groups, prepping trails for visitors and maintaining boundary lines. If you love to work outside with likeminded people and relax in the evening with delicious food, this is the trip for you! Work days are fun and varied and can be scaled to all abilities, but will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. This may include hiking, carrying tools, bushwhacking, clearing or creating trails, painting boundary markers, and stacking firewood. Tools and instruction will be provided.

Activity Categories: Conservation, Hiking
Adult Member Fee: $126
Location: AMC Medawisla Lodge and Cabins
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Stephanie Lynch , David Lynch
Registration is required for this activity.