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Your printable calendar of Gateway to Maine Outside Spring/Summer 2017 outings!

If you are interested in joining us on one, be sure to reserve your spot with the organization that is leading the outing.


April 15th, 2017 - Springtime Surprises!

Host: York Parks & Recreation Deptartment and Center for Wildlife

When: Saturday, April 15th

Trail Search, Egg Hunt, Storywalk, Photo ops, Center for Wildlife Nature's Nesters Presentation & Bird Box Building, Prizes and more. Fun for the whole family. Get Outside with us! Space is limited and reservations are required. Town of York residents may register now thru April 13th. This is a fair weather event and has been extremely popular in years past. Please register by visiting You can also call the Parks and Recreation Office at 363-1040 or stop in anytime.


What: Outdoor Adventure
Where: Cape Neddick Adventure level: Easy
April 22, 2017 - Discover Vernal Pools at York Land Trust's Highland Farm Preserve

Kids investigating a vernal pool

Host: York Land Trust and White Pine Programs

When: Saturday, April 22, 9:30 - 12:00 p.m. (rain date Sunday, April 23)

Follow naturalist experts from White Pine Programs as we explore the world of vernal pools. This is a family-friendly program designed for both adults and kids of all ages. To register, click here. Please visit York Land Trust's webpage at

What: Outdoor Adventure
Where:  Rt. 91/York
Adventure level: Easy
May 13, 2017 - York County Audubon Global Big Day


Host: York County Audubon

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 12:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. (24 hours)

Join us to work with Cornell Lab of Ornithology in a citizen-science project called “The Global Big Day.”  People all over the world will go birding on May 13, 2017, and record what they see.  Then enter that data into eBird, where it will give a global image of bird populations and locations. Join a team, or to go out on your own. The count day runs for 24 hours starting Friday at midnight.  Birders from all over the world will join in the effort, and you can follow the progress of the Big Day on the Cornell Lab’s Global Big Day website: If you’d like to join a team of birders, or for more information, click here, see our Facebook page, or call Monica Grabin at 985-3342. All levels of experience and all ages are welcome.

What: Outdoor Adventure
Where: York County
Adventure level: Easy
June - August 2017 - Saturday Morning Summer Bird Walks at the Wells Reserve

Eastern Towhee

Host: York County Audubon

When: Every other Saturday: 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/5 and 8/19

Join us at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm every other Saturday this summer starting June 10th for a guided bird walk around the Reserve property.  Beginners are welcome.  Please bring binoculars if you have them; if not, you can borrow some. These walks are free and open to the public.  We meet in the parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and reservations not required.  The additional dates are 6/24, 7/8 and 7/22, 8/5 and 8/19.  Walks typically last about 2 hours. For more information click here or visit the York County Audubon website for more information

What: Outdoor Adventure
Where: Wells
Adventure level: Moderate
Mount A's Story Walk Trail!

Host:  Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program

When:  Self-Guided/daylight hours

The Story Walk™ program combines the benefits of physical activity, time outdoors in nature, literacy and family time by taking children’s books and posting them, in pieces, along a recreational path or hiking trail. Discover this winter's feature: "A Porcupine's Promenade" a new book by local author Lyn Smith and illustrated by Jamie Hogan. To find the trail, visit: Enjoy!

What: Outdoor Adventure
Where: York/South Berwick Adventure level:  Easy-Moderate