Conservation club plans Outdoor Family Fun Day

According to the latest predictions, temps will reach 85 in Bangor on Saturday.

Seems to me that means it’s the perfect time to get outdoors … or learn some new outdoor skills indoors.

Both options will be available in Brewer as the Penobscot County Conservation Association will hold its annual Outdoor Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Best of all, there will be no charge for any of the activities on tap.

Morning activities will run until noon, when lunch will be available for purchase. More activities will begin at 1 p.m.

Among the options:

  • The U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance will stage a Trailblazer Adventure Day Program, whereby attendees take part in different events and earn a patch.
  • The Penobscot Riverkeepers will take people out on the Penobscot River in a 28-foot canoe. Rides start at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; a safety briefing, life jacket fitting and instructions are part of the trip.
  • The Maine Science Lady will be on hand to answer the question: “What’s in the pond water?”
  • The Penobscot Fly Fishers will offer hook-free fly-casting lessons throughout the day. Participants must be age 10 or older.
  • Maine game wardens and their dogs will attend, depending on their availability.
  • Staffers from the Penobscot River Restoration Project will help kids make wood block prints, as well as learn about carving and stamping.
  • Loaner equipment will be provided for those who want to learn about geocaching.
  • PCCA instructors will teach the basics of using an air rifle.
  • The Maine Bowhunters Association will teach archery for beginners.
  • The Maine Trappers Association will also have a display.

To find the PCCA clubhouse, head out North Main Street (Route 9) in Brewer. The club is down a short dirt road on the left and is clearly marked by a large sign.

John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.