Upcoming events

    • April 23, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Portland Gear Hub, 155 Washington Ave., Portland
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    Are you riding your bike around town without any idea of what to do if you get a flat tire or your chain falls off? 

    Join the Portland Gear Hub for an introduction to your bike, it's components, and easy how-to's of on-the-go repair. Great opportunity to ask questions and develop your bicycle knowledge. 

    Portland Gear Hub's mission is to offer affordable gear, teach new repair skills, and provide a safe community space to help the people of Maine get outside.



    No experience necessary for this adventure.

    • April 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Near Bartlett, NH
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    Join the LAC for an early spring hike up North Kearsarge Mountain, in Bartlett, NH. This is a popular hike and a challenging warm up for the hiking season. Total mileage from the car is 5.7 miles with 2,536 ft elevation gain. As a reference, this is the same distance as the South West Ridge of Pleasant Mtn. with twice the elevation; the elevation gain is steady but never super steep on a well-maintained trail. 

    The summit offers 365 degree views and an awesome large fire tower. 

    Guides: Meg Clews and Quincy Oster Van Winkle.

    Meet up at 10 a.m. in at the Local Grocer, near the trail head.

    Post-hike, there will be an optional stop Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale. All of their gear is made in New Hampshire and it’s an awesome outdoor equipment and clothing store. 

    This hike is moderately difficult.


    • April 29, 2019
    • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 151 Middle St, Portland, ME
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    Join the Ladies Adventure Club, Athleta and Brave Pursuits for a social evening at the new Portland Athleta store. We’ll have an opportunity to hear from LAC member Jeanette Hardy Baum who will soon launch Brave Pursuits, a company that uses travel as a tool to build confidence. We’ll also get the inside scoop on some excellent Athleta gear. All folks who join us that evening will receive 20% off a non-sale item. Feel free to bring a friend who would like to learn more about the LAC, Brave Pursuits or just really likes Athleta gear.



     



    • May 04, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Cumberland Foreside, ME
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    Come explore an afternoon workshop on dreams led by LAC member Kate Kooperman. Spending time going deeper into the dream world can potentially access more meaning and insight for our daily lives. Bring a dream to share and Kate will guide you through visualization exercises, looking more closely at the images to see what they reveal. Coming with a recent dream is best. The group is capped at four participants, which will allow each person time to share and receive feedback. Please prepare by writing down your dreams every day from now until we meet (or as best you can). Kate is a clinical social worker who holds a life long fascination with dreams and their meaning. Please feel free to call her with any questions before signing up (contact Gillian for her cell number). 


    • May 09, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Gillian's house
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    Join AMC & LAC guide Sarah Hunter for a lesson on how to prepare for a backpacking trip.

    Are you thinking of heading out on your first backpacking adventure this summer? Or your first one in many years? Maybe you’ve been on a few trips recently and you want some ideas for streamlining your gear.  Join us for an evening backpacking workshop! We'll discuss must-have items, gear options, how best to pack your pack, along with lots of helpful tips. Come get excited - and prepared! - for backpacking season.


    • May 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Peaks Island
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    Peaks Island walk & picnic!

    A scenic 20-minute ferry ride to the island from Portland is half the fun. The perimeter road is paved and mostly flat, approximately half waterfront, half residential. Distance approximately 4.5 miles. Many benches along the waterfront offer scenic views of the Bay. We will find a nice spot for our BYO picnic, or pick up supplies at the island market. 

    No experience necessary for this adventure. 

    10:15 ferry to Peaks, meet at the boarding ramp to the boat. BYO ticket ($7.70) 

    2:45 Return ferry to Portland 


    • May 14, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Portland Gear Hub, 155 Washington Ave., Portland
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    Join the Portland Gear Hub for a bike ride in order to develop your confidence and knowledge of biking around town. We will discuss practical know-how, and then debrief and talk about biking skills as we ride together as a group. 

    Portland Gear Hub's mission is to offer affordable gear, teach new repair skills, and provide a safe community space to help the people of Maine get outside.

    Some experience on a road bicycle in an urban setting is required for this adventure.

    • May 24, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Mill Brook Preserve, Westbrook, ME
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    Presumpscot Regional Land Trusts Mill Brook Preserve in Westbrook features a 5-mile trail system on 130 acres of forested land along Mill Brook in Westbrook. Mill Brook is notable for the largest annual migration of alewife fish from Casco Bay to Highland Lake. The fish migration can be seen while hiking along the trail in late May and early June. This secluded and hilly forest valley is peaceful and feels remote while just minutes from Maine’s largest urban center.

    LAC leader, Alicia Heyburn, is a huge fan of alewives and will lead this Friday adventure (and tell you all kinds of stories about migratory fish). Pack a picnic lunch. We will hike in a drizzle, but not a downpour. In 2018 we did this hike on the exact day that the fish started arriving and it was spectacular!!

    Trail map. Directions sent with registration. This is a point to point hike, and we will arrange our car shuttle at the trailhead. 

    This is a moderate to intermediate hike. There is no elevation gain, but we will cover about 5 miles. No dogs please. The fish will be enough!

    • May 25, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ten Apple Farm, 241 Yarmouth Road Gray, ME 04039
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    The LAC is partnering with Ten Apple Farm for a goat hike! Yes, a goat hike. You’ll hike through the Ten Apple Farm woods with a herd of Alpine dairy goats. The hike consists of an approximately 1.5 mile loop through the woods on fairly well maintained trails. There is some steep terrain. Along the way we’ll hear about goats as pack animals and you’ll learn a thing or two about raising and caring for goats. After the hike, try your hand at goat milking, and enjoy some fresh goat milk and cookies. If you don't fill up on cookies, we can gather for lunch post goat hike at the New Gloucester Village Store, which is about a 10 minute drive from Ten Apple Farm.


    No prior goat-herding experience necessary for this adventure.

    • May 31, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    • Evergreen Cemetery
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    Ann Thayer of the Maine Master Naturalist program will lead us on an early morning bird walk through Evergreen Cemetery. May is when the warblers come through and Evergreen is a hot spot for viewing these colorful little gems. Please bring binoculars if you have them or try and borrow a pair if you don't own your own. Fingers crossed the warblers cooperate this year!

    This adventure is accessible to everyone.

    • June 02, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Camp Wohelo, Raymond
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    Let's get ready for summer adventures! To kick off, LAC is offering a Super Sunday on June 2nd FILLED with outdoor skill building and ample time to hang out on the beach with your LAC community. Registration deadline is May 13th, but why wait?

    Location: Wohelo Camps on Sebago Lake

    The day-long adventure includes a great lunch of sandwiches, salads, drinks and a treat, and your choice of guided introductions to:

    +Creative writing workshop

    +Canoeing

    +Paddle boarding

    +Sea kayaking

    +Yoga

    +Open water swimming (wetsuits probably)

    +Nature walk with tree and bird ID

    +Learning how to read a nautical chart and plan a trip offshore

    +Compass work for land or sea

    +Camp Stove use and delicious meal ideas (no dehydrated mashed potatoes!)

    +Campsite selection tips for safety and comfort

    +How to set up a tent and make it comfy!

    +++And you always have the choice to simply frolic in the lake, lie on the beach or take out a canoe with a buddy!+++

    Bring a friend to this smorgasbord of mini adventures wrapped into one SUPER day; your older daughters are welcome too! Reserve your spot by May 13th on the LAC website.




    • June 08, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Downtown Freeport
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    Back again in 2019 by popular request, we will bike from downtown Freeport to Wolfe's Neck Farm (recently rebranded as Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment) for a peek at their sheep, goats, chickens and ducks. This route includes a short section of dirt road, but there are alternatives or we can walk bikes with skinny tires. We will then continue to Maine’s top rated farmer's market at Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick for breakfast and browsing and then return to Freeport via Pleasant Hill Road. The ride is approximately 17 miles and there are some good hills (another chance to walk your bike).

    All levels of cyclists are welcome, and an efficient road bike or hybrid is best (not your beach cruiser). Helmets are required. We will form groups by ability, and gather up at meeting points along the way. If you would like to get breakfast at the farmers market, bring money, and you may want a small backpack or panniers so you can bring goodies home.

    Please make sure your tires are pumped up, and a kit to repair a flat is always good insurance. If you'd like a refresher, consider the LAC Bike Maintenance class on April 23 and the May 14 Safely Biking on the Road adventures. 



    • June 12, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Prouts Neck, Scarborough
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    This adventure will begin with a stroll along the beautiful Cliff Walk located in the Prouts Neck area of Scarborough. While not technically difficult, there are stretches of the trail that involve walking across beach stones and up small inclines so be sure to wear solid walking shoes. The path winds around Prouts Neck and features stunning views of the open ocean, rocky cliffs and beautiful summer ‘cottages.’ The trail also passes right by Winslow Homer’s studio, which is now owned by the Portland Museum of Art. At the end of the trail, we’ll take a short walk down the road to the Black Point Inn where people can grab a cocktail at the bar and take it out to one of the Adirondack chairs on the lawn overlooking both Ferry and Pine Point Beaches. 



    • June 14, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Reid State Park
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    Another installment in our "Like a Mainer" series (remember smelt fishing?), we are going clamming!

    Guided by Georgetown's Shellfish Warden and an environmental educator from the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, we will "dig a tide" at Reid State Park. No clam digging license is needed to dig a peck of clams from the sandy flats near Todds Point. You will enjoy the scenery and hunting for softshell clams and other tidal creatures, while learning about the local clam digging industry and the importance of clean water to the clams and the harvesters that dig them.

    Whats a peck? A peck is slightly less than a half of a 5-gallon pail. What will you get? Probably far less, but take home what you dig!

    Participants pay the $6 park entrance fee if you don't have a park pass. 

    You bring: gloves, boots and a bucket. Willingness to get mucky, Water/snack.

    We provide: clam hoe, instruction, encouragement.



    • June 15, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Jenny's House
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    Come cook with Jenny! LAC member, Jenny Morrison will lead us in a cooking class on a Saturday evening at her house in Windham and then we'll all gather around her farmhouse table to enjoy the meal that we've prepared. On the menu: homemade parmesan, ricotta (sourced from local cheese maker) and mozzarella raviolis with a fire roasted tomato sauce, meatballs (locally sourced grass-fed beef), and salad (greens from Jenny's garden).

    Jenny says that pasta making has been a tradition in her family since as long as she can remember and she was taught by her Italian grandmother on the same pasta roller that her grandmother's mother brought from Italy. Jenny started a bake shop/catering business when she first moved to Maine and made dessert for the lobster chef of the year competition; her Oreos were voted one of the best local gifts by the PPH and she has been featured in a WCSH 207 cooking segment. We're in good hands for this adventure.

    Join in for a lovely evening of LAC community, fun and lively cooking and delicious eating.


    • June 22, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Chebeague Island
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    Summer is on its way and that means bike riding season is almost upon us. For this adventure, we'll bike from the Shaw's parking lot in Falmouth to the Chebeague Island ferry lot on Cousins Island (approximately 10 miles), we'll ferry over to Chebeague, bike the length of the island (4 miles) to the Casco Bay Lines departure point, hop on that ferry and then bike back to Falmouth from the Casco Bay Lines in Portland (approximately 6 miles). Whew! It's going to be awesome. That's a total of approximately 20 miles, but broken up by two ferry rides.

    The price includes your ferry tickets. 

    Guide: Gillian

    Pack a lunch and plenty of water. All levels of cyclists are welcome, and a road bike or hybrid is best (no beach cruisers on this ride, please). Helmets are required. If you'd like a refresher course before this adventure, please sign up for the LAC Bike Maintenance Class on April 23rd or the May 14th Safely Biking on the Road class.

    Appropriate for LAC members who are comfortable riding a bike on the road. There are some hills on Route 88.