Outdoor Adventure Series kicks off in Rangeley

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RANGELEY – On Monday, July 11, the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust kicked off its 2011 edition of the popular Outdoor Adventure Series with a GPS workshop conducted by Patty Cormier of the Maine Department of Conservation. This will be our fourth year of offering these educational and fun-filled events to members of the Trust.

During Monday’s hands-on workshop, participants learned how GPS units work and how to use them to navigate the landscape safely and efficiently. Ms. Cormier was a fabulous instructor and everyone had a great time. A surprise picnic lunch featuring hot dogs and homemade potato salad topped off a beautiful morning of fun and education at the EcoVenture Camp for Kids base camp on South Shore Drive.

The Outdoor Adventure Series has provided a great opportunity for Trust members to enjoy the region’s lands and waters while forging friendships with fellow members. Fees for the events range between $10 and $40 per person. For paddling events we provide a limited number of canoes and kayaks on a first come first served basis or participants are welcome to bring their own.

Slots are still available for the following 2011 Outdoor Adventure Series events:

Monday, July 18 – Paddle on Upper Richardson- Enjoy a flat-water paddle in RLHT canoes or kayaks (your choice or bring your own). We’ll depart the Mill Cove Boat Launch off Rte. 16 for a paddle along the shoreline of Upper Richardson Lake to Big Beaver Island for a BYOP (bring your own picnic).

Tuesday, July 26 – Nature Tour at Cascade Stream Gorge w/ IFW Biologist Chuck Hulsey – Explore forest ecology and wildlife habitats along this scenic trail system with Wildlife Biologist Chuck Hulsey from MDIFW. Chuck’s nature hikes are always informative and entertaining.

Monday, August 1 – Kayak/Canoe Kennebago River and Lake with lunch @ Grant’s Camps- This paddle will begin on Upper Kennebago River, cross Little Kennebago, and circle back to the meandering rive through the causeway at Big Kennebago Lake. Lunch will be served at Grant’s Camps.

Monday August 8 – Mooselookmeguntic Lake Boat Tour & Picnic – A tour of Mooselookmeguntic Lake aboard comfortable and spacious party boats. Relax, enjoy the scenery, watch wildlife and learn the history of Maine’s 7th largest lake. A picnic lunch will be provided at a scenic shorefront site.

Monday, August 15 – Paddle Hunter Cove on Rangeley Lake – Come enjoy a flat-water paddle in RLHT canoes or kayaks for a paddle around Hunter Cove to view our newly acquired Hunter Cove Uplands conservation lands. We will stop for dessert and a beverage at our landing site at Hunter Cove Sanctuary and then make a short loop into Rangeley Lake.

Non-members may purchase RLHT memberships starting at $25.00 and become eligible to participate in all 2011 OAS events. Joining RLHT is easy and can be done at anytime on our website at www.rlht.org. Events fill rapidly and capacity is limited. To learn more about RLHT or to join in the fun, contact Bill Pierce by email at bpierce@rlht.org or call 864-7311 (ext. 3)

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