Androscoggin River to Merrymeeting Bay

Date: Saturday, July 20

Heading into Merrymeeting BayA joint venture with the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay. Join us for a morning outing as we take advantage of the tides to take us to Merrymeeting Bay and then helping us return to our launch site. Plenty of opportunities to look for eagles and osprey and other wildlife. We'll try to find a good spot to stop for lunch before we return with the incoming tide. We'll talk about the importance of Merrymeeting Bay (the largest estuary north of Chesapeake Bay) and the rivers that flow into it. This will be a longer paddle based on conditions and group ability. Plan on up to 10+ miles and being on the water for about 5 hours. Best for sea kayaks and longer boats due to length of paddle and open areas subject to wind. PFDs must be worn at all times on the water. Knowledge of self or assisted rescue a plus. Must be able to reenter boat from the water. Rentals available from Seaspray Kayaking. TO REGISTER: Please email Michelle with info on boat, gear and level of experience including a phone contact. Correct meeting time and full details will be emailed upon registration.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Water Street Boat Launch, Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate plus
FMI: Friends of Merrymeeting Bay
FMI: Water Street Boat Launch

Sea kayak to Woodward Point, New Meadows River

Date: Sunday, July 21

Summer paddleCome join us for an afternoon paddle to check out Woodward Point on the New Meadows River from a water vantage. This will be a leisurely paddle down the river (working a little against the tide) as we watch for ospreys and eagles and their nests along the shore. You'll get to learn a bit about how the project to protect this property by the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust came to be and it's current status. This is a joint venture to introduce you to this beautiful part of the coast. After viewing the area around Woodward Point from the water, we will make a group decision on how much further to paddle. There is a small Bureau of Parks and Land island we could visit. We will then paddle back to the launch with the incoming tide. The New Meadows River is home to lobster boats and pleasure crafts. Please be mindful of boat traffic. Sea kayaks with at least one waterproof compartment required. PFDs must be worn at all times. TO REGISTER: Please email information on your level of paddling experience, type of kayak and length, emergency gear you carry, and a phone contact. If you have any questions, please call Michelle. Correct times and meeting location will be emailed upon registration.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Sawyer Park, Bath Road, Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
FMI: Maine Coast Heritage Trust
FMI: Brunswick Topsham Land Trust

Sea Kayaking, Mere Point Brunswick

Date: Thursday, July 25, 9:30 am - Thursday, July, 25, 3:00 pm

From the Mere Point boat launch, we will paddle out with the tide to The Goslings islands, have lunch, and return on the incoming tide. Afterwards, we can stop at Judy's Store for ice cream.

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.
Trip Difficulty: moderate

Kayak Island Overnight in Middle Bay

Date: Friday, July 26, 2:30 pm - Saturday, July, 27, 12:00 pm

A lovely gravel beachMeet at the Mere Point Boat Ramp at 2:30 p.m., aiming to be on the water at 3:30 p.m. We will head up into Middle Bay on the rising tide to visit Crow Island Preserve, then make our way to the Norton Preserve on the northeast corner of Birch Island, both are on the Maine Island Trail. We'll have a nice beach and gorgeous views for our overnight. There are hiking trails and a picnic table, but no other amenities. Participants will bring an appetizer to share, their own food and are responsible for transporting all waste (including human) off the island. We will return to the boat ramp by noon on July 27. This is an intermediate level trip of approximately six to eight nautical miles. Kayaking experience is required. Weather conditions can change quickly on a summer afternoon. Participants must have sea kayaks at least 16 feet long (not sit on top) and wear spray skirts and PFDs at all times. This trip is limited to eight participants. Register by emailing Alicia Heyburn at aheyburn@gmail.com to receive a complete gear list for this tent camping trip. Rental equipment and delivery is available through SeaSpray Kayak. This trip is offered jointly with Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Mere Point Boat Ramp
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Alicia Heyburn
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Alicia Heyburn

Hike Rumford Whitecap Mountain

Date: Sunday, July 28

Prime blueberry picking at the top of the mountain!Rumford Whitecap Mountain is a moderate-level hike for beginners and an easy, enjoyable hike for experienced hikers. The climb has moderately steep sections and parts of the trail are on exposed granite rock. The hike's payoffs are excellent views from the top AND plentiful blueberry bushes along the ledges at the summit. Participants should expect a stop at the top for a snack and blueberry picking! Total distance: 4.6 miles Elevation gain: 1610' Due to the exposed environment at the top of the mountain, weather conditions can change rapidly on Rumford Whitecap. Participants will be expected to wear sturdy hiking boots with good grip in case of rain, as the granite ledges are slippery when wet. The land trust that manages Rumford Whitecap's trails requires dogs to be kept on leash. If you plan to bring your pet, please notify the leader when you sign up for the hike. ***Although this trip is listed as 20's & 30's, it is open to all who are young at heart.***

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Andover, Maine
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Natalie Skovran
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Natalie Skovran

Sea Kayaking Casco Bay - The Goslings and more

Date: Thursday, August 1

Lunch at the Little Gosling IslandA morning start. Mostly open water paddle in Casco Bay from Mitchell Field in Harpswell to The Goslings and maybe Little French Island or Little Whaleboat Island. Launch from a mostly sandy beach. High tide around noon. A great paddle to visit beautiful islands and spot seals along the way as they watch us. We will probably stop at the Gosling Islands for lunch before heading back to shore. Experienced sea kayakers only. Must have knowledge of self and assisted rescue, spray skirt and clothing and gear for the conditions - including water temperatures. Plan on 4-5 hours on the water. Due to the open water nature of this paddle be prepared for wind, chop or waves. Sea kayaks only. TO REGISTER: Please email Michelle (meamc@micstan.us) and include info about your experience, gear including kayak info, phone contact and any other pertinent info.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Mitchell Field, Harpswell, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate plus - Experienced paddlers
FMI: Mitchell Field - Maine by Foot

Canceled: Sea Kayaking Sebascodegan (Great) Island

Date: Friday, August 2

We'll put in at Bethel Point mid morning as the tide is coming in and paddle out to Yarmouth Island. We then have a choice of going east to Malaga Island (Maine Coast Heritage Trust) if conditions are very calm or heading west and north to Little Snow island (Bureau of Parks and Land). Lunch on either island and return as the tide is starting to go out. Plan on at least 4 hours on the water. Parking is just up the road at a commercial lot for a fee. Sea kayaks with 2 waterproof hatches a must, sprayskirt, pfd. Knowledge of self and/or assisted rescue. TO REGISTER: Email Michelle with info on your kayak including length, safety equipment and gear you carry, and a phone contact. Also include of bit of info of current paddling experience. Correct times will be emailed once you have registered with requested info provided.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Bethel Point, Sebascodegan Island, Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Status: Canceled
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
FMI: Bethel Point Launch
FMI: Malaga Island

Sea Kayaking/Camping Warren Island - Butter Island - Ram Island

Date: Friday, August 9 - Tuesday, August 13

Near Halifax IslandMulti-day trip with stays on Warren Island State Park - Butter Island and Ram Island. Fully equipped sea kayak, open water experience, self and group resuce skills and sense of adventure.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Warren Island State Park Islesboro Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.

Cathance River/Head of Tide Paddle

Date: Saturday, August 10

Head of Tide FallsThis outing is a joint venture with the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay. Join us on a leisurely morning paddle going with the tide up to the Head of Tide. Come learn about the rivers that flow into Merrymeeting Bay and the importance of this area (the largest estuary north of Chesapeake Bay). Great opportunity for seeing ospreys, eagles, and sturgeon jumping out of the water. Enjoy a swim below the waterfall. We also have the opportunity to get out at the picnic area at the Head of Tide Park and go for a short hike or just relax for a bit before heading back out with the tide. About 9 miles of paddling round trip. All boats must have water proof hatch for flotation and at least 12 feet long. PFDs must be worn at all times on the water. Kayak rentals available from Seaspray Kayaking. TO REGISTER: Contact Michelle and include information on boat, gear, level of experience and a phone contact. Correct times and full details will be emailed upon registration.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater, Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Mailly Waterfront Park, Bowdoinham, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm) , Stan Moody
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
FMI: Mailly Waterfront Park
FMI: Friends of Merrymeeting Bay

BALDFACE CIRCLE HIKE

Date: Saturday, August 10

Join us on this beautiful loop hike in the Evans Notch area of New Hampshire's White Mountains. This is a strenuous 9.8 mile hike with some scrambling over ledges. We will follow the Baldface Circle Trail from Rt. 113 to the 3,570 ft summit of South Baldface Mountain and continue along the ridge to the 3,610 ft North Baldface Summit for a total elevation gain of about 3,600 ft. We will descend the Bicknell Ridge Trail to complete the circle.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Chatham, NH
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Debby Kantor 207-854-3431 (before 8pm)
Co-Leader: Tom Pettingill
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
FMI: Description of hike
FMI: Description and driving directions

Royal River Kayak/Canoe

Date: Sunday, August 11

From the Royal River boat launch in Yarmouth, we will paddle upstream against a slight current, quickly losing sight of the houses so it feels like we are on a remote wilderness river. There will be ample opportunities to see wildlife, including blue herons and muskrat. Plan to be on the water for 2-3 hours in the morning with the group deciding when to turn back towards the parking lot. An easy and enjoyable paddle for beginners and experienced boaters alike! This paddle is for all level paddlers, but participants should be in good physical health and accustomed to some aerobic activity. A reasonably fit person who can paddle for at least 2 hours should be comfortable on this trip. Your safety or that of the group may depend on this, so please be prepared. This paddle will be done at an easy pace but you should be able to pick up the pace in case of changing conditions. Please be aware that pfds will be required to be worn at all times during this paddle, as per AMC policy. When contacting the trip leader to register, please include information about the type of boat and level of experience you have. *If you do not have access to a boat, please still contact the leaders as we may be able to lend a single or tandem kayak or canoe.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Flatwater
Location: Royal River, Yamouth Maine
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Status: Wait Listed
Leader: Natalie Skovran , Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Natalie Skovran

Sea Kayaking, Androscoggin River, Brunswick

Date: Saturday, August 17, 9:00 am - Saturday, August, 17, 3:00 pm

From the Water St. boat launch in Brunswick, we will 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. An after paddle option will be gathering on the veranda at the Seadog for refreshments. If the downstream river flow is heavy, we will go to another nearby location. If conditions are unfavorable, we'll go Sunday, 8/18. Trip difficulty: moderate.

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.
Trip Difficulty: moderate

Sea Kayaking - New Meadows River

Date: Saturday, August 24, 9:30 am - Saturday, August, 24, 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. An after paddle option will be gathering on the veranda at the Seadog in Topsham for refreshments. If the conditions are unfavorable, we will go on Sunday August 25th Trip difficulty: moderate.

Activity Categories: Paddling - Sea Kayaking
Location: Sawyer Park , Brunswick
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Carolyn Welch 207-725-8178 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: moderate

AMC OUTDOOR LEADER TRAINING

Date: Saturday, September 21, 8:00 am - Saturday, September, 21, 4:00 pm

Horns Pond BackpackJoin experienced Maine AMC Leaders and AMCs 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 AMCs requirement for chapter trip leader training.

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

Bigelow Backpack

Date: Saturday, October 5 - Sunday, October 6

Taking in the View from HighThis trip is for hikers new to backpacking or those who would just like to spend an overnight in the beautiful Bigelow Range. We will hike to Horns Pond from the Stratton Brook Road via the Horns Pond Trail on Saturday (4.8 mi) camp at the Horns Pond Campsite on Saturday night, and hike over The Horns, West Peak and Avery Peak on Sunday via the AT, returning to our cars via the Fire Warden's Trail (8.6 mi). Total elevation gain and loss over 3,000'. Limited to 6 fit, experienced hikers.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Horns Pond
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Sarah Hunter , Denise Fredette
Registration is required for this activity.
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Work - Appalachian Trail near Stratton

Date: Saturday, October 5, 8:00 am - Saturday, October, 5, 3:30 pm

Trail Volunteers looking goodTrail maintenance on AT near Stratton. Followup trip to take care of maintenance as required. Bridge replacement and blaze refreshing on the job list among other things. Perfect time of year to be out on the trail with foliage near prime and biting insects only a distant memory. Join us please.

Activity Categories: Conservation
Location: AT crossing of Route 27
Region: Maine, Western
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Jon Doty 207-612-6823 (Before 9PM)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Trail and Boundary Work - Medawisla Lodge and Cabins

Date: Friday, October 11 - Monday, October 14

Boundary WorkersWith hundreds of miles of property lines and trails, the AMC in Maine has lots of volunteer work opportunities. For this trip will be staying in a bunkhouse at the newly rebuilt Medawisla Wilderness Lodge and Cabins.Come experience the new facilities and help get the nearby trails ready for all the guests who will be staying at this newest Maine Woods Initiative lodge.

Activity Categories: Conservation
Adult Member Fee: $122
Adult Non-Member Fee: $122
Location: Bowdoin College Grant East
Region: Maine, Inland
Status: Full
Leader: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (before 9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
Registrar: Peter Roderick 207-293-2704 (Before 9PM)
Trip Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Date: Thursday, January 1

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