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Nature Conservancy Celebrates Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

All Mainers invited to get out and enjoy the season, March 2-4, 2012


BRUNSWICK, ME | February 27, 2012

Ski, snowshoe, sled or just take a stroll. Whatever winter revelry you enjoy, The Nature Conservancy invites you to join in celebrating the first annual Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, March 2-4th.

Conservation and community organizations throughout the state will be hosting events designed to encourage Mainers to celebrate wintery weather. The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with local ski mountains as well as sponsoring snowshoe hikes on two of its preserves.

“Our connection to nature is part of what makes Maine such a special place. We want everyone to have the opportunity get outside and enjoy all that the Maine winter has to offer,” said Mike Tetreault, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine.

Saturday, March 3

Shawnee Peak Nature Lovers’ Deal
Shawnee Peak, Bridgton, 8:30 am to 4 pm
Shawnee Peak is offering half-price lift tickets to the first 60 people to stop by The Nature Conservancy’s table, thanks to a Great Maine Outdoor Weekend celebration hosted by The Nature Conservancy at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton. In return for the ticket discount, we’ll be asking people why they love nature. They may be featured in our new video! Be one of the first 60 people to stop by The Nature Conservancy’s table in the lodge to tell us why you love nature and receive your half-price lift ticket for the day. Dress for a day on the slopes and think about what nature in Maine means to you.

Berry Woods Preserve Snowshoe
Berry Woods Preserve, Georgetown, 9 am to noon
This is a three mile round trip hike or snowshoe (depending on ground conditions) through Berry Woods Preserve to the Kennebec River. The hike is over gentle terrain through coastal forest where we will look for animal tracks, listen for drumming woodpeckers, and enjoy a vista of the lower Kennebec River at the mid-point of our hike. Bring your snowshoes and join us for some fun! Reservations for this free hike are required by contacting your trip guide, Nancy Sferra, Director of Science and Stewardship, at nsferra@tnc.org or 207-373-5068. Bring your sense of adventure, snowshoes, warm layers, a snack and water. This hike will go on rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Note: If there is little or no snow we will hang up our snowshoes up for hiking boots.

Sunday March 4

Mount Abram Nature Lovers’ Deal
Mt. Abram, Greenwood, 9 am – 4 pm
Skiers and snowboarders can get a $20 ticket – more than $20 off the regular price – their one-day lift tickets thanks to a Great Maine Outdoor Weekend celebration hosted by The Nature Conservancy at Mount Abram in Greenwood. Just stop by The Nature Conservancy’s table in the lodge to register and receive your discounted lift ticket for the day. In return for the ticket discount, we’ll be asking people why they love nature. They may be featured in our new video! Dress for a day on the slopes and think about what nature in Maine means to you.

Tatnic Hills Snowshoe
Tatnic Hills Preserve, Wells, 1- 3:30 pm
Join us for an afternoon snowshoe ramble through the Nature Conservancy’s 200-acre Tatnic Hills Preserve in Wells, Maine. We’ll follow a moderate two mile loop through a northern hardwood forest and then continue west for an additional easy two mile meandering trail in old farm fields which have seceded into pine-hemlock woodlands. Investigating unique tracks left behind by the winter wildlife, we will learn about the history of the old stone walls and cellar holes, climb granitic outcroppings and view their geological history and try our hand at identifying some leafless tress in this beautiful winter landscape. Reservations for this free hike are required by contacting your trip guide, Jon Bailey, Southern Maine and New Hampshire Stewardship Specialist, at jbailey@tnc.org or 207-251-3126. Bring your sense of adventure, snowshoes, warm layers, a snack and water. This hike will go on rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Note: If there is little or no snow we will hang up our snowshoes up for hiking boots.

Statewide, Great Maine Outdoor Weekend events will take place in every county in Maine, offering a mix of traditional and unconventional winter activities – most of which are free and at an introductory level. Participants can enjoy snowshoeing, winter hiking, cross-country skiing and ice fishing, or try their hand at something a bit more out of the ordinary such as snowmobile golf, an air-rifle biathlon, digging for winter steamers, or spending an evening with owls.

A full schedule of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend activities, searchable by zip code, is available at: http://greatmaineoutdoorweekend.org/


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.

Contact information

Misty Edgecomb
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Nature Conservancy
617-532-8317
medgecomb@tnc.org

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