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Registration Open for a Fantastic Opportunity for Youth to Enjoy the Outdoors!


 


Summer in Maine – short, sweet and so much to do! In our area, there are plenty of wonderful options for camps, programs and sports for youth to get involved with. For several years, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has been a leader in providing quality youth programming year-round.  Starting in 2014, the District staff along with our partners at the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) developed a fantastic summer youth program, the Teen Wilderness Expedition.

The Teen Wilderness Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night trip for ages 12-16 to AMC’s Medawisla Lodge, from Tuesday, July 11th to Thursday, July 13th. On this trip, youth will get a chance to explore all Medawisla has to offer, all while enjoying fun outdoor recreational activities and experiencing the diverse and expansive natural resources that we depend on in Piscataquis County.

The PCSWCD staff along with the education staff at the Appalachian Mountain Club have worked together to develop a fun and engaging program that offers something to peak everyone’s interest. There will be fishing and hiking for the outdoor enthusiast, leadership skills building games for our future leaders, outdoor skills building, ample time to relax, kayak or swim with friends along the sunny shores of Second Roach Pond where it meets the Roach River, and so much more. If the activities alone weren’t enough to entice you, youth will love the delicious family-style meals, clean and spacious cabins and the overall experience of staying at one of AMC’s famous wilderness lodges. This experience is truly a trip of a lifetime and is always enjoyed by the youth that join us each year. The registration fee covers the cost of all the gear and equipment needed to participate in activities, meals, snacks and the overnight stays at this incredible lodge.

If the fun, learning and stay at the lodge weren’t enough, this program also provides youth with an opportunity to explore various careers in the field of natural resource conservation. They will be guided through activities by PCSWCD staff, AMC staff, naturalists, resource professionals and skilled volunteers with experience working in these fields. The vast natural resources in Piscataquis County provide countless job opportunities and exploring these natural treasures inspires youth who naturally engage with the outdoors to consider future careers in these fields.

The PCSWCD is very proud of this program and we look forward to sharing this experience with youth interested in trying something new this summer! We have many repeat campers and work to provide a new adventure for all each year.

If you have a child ages 12-16 who would like to join us for this fun outdoor adventure, please contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District for registration information at 564-2321 ext. 3, info@piscataquisswcd.org or stop by our office at 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. 

We will see you for the 2017 Teen Wilderness Expedition!  

The Annual Trout Sale is Here!  Its Almost Time to Stock Your Pond with Trout!

 


 


Ponds that are stocked with trout provide multiple benefits for landowners and their families, and this is the time of year to order your trout to stock your pond. The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Trout Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 11:00AM to Noontime. Customers must pre-order all trout by Thursday, May 4th in order to receive them on May 6th.

Trout provide food for wildlife and migratory birds. Ponds that are stocked with trout can provide for recreational fishing for your family and friends. Trout can also provide families with a low-fat, low cholesterol, high protein, heart-healthy fish. By stocking 6″-8″ or larger trout in early spring and feeding them throughout the growing season, many nutritious meals may be enjoyed before the ice cover in winter.

If you are a returning customer, or stocking your pond for the first time, a current permit is required by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department for the species most appropriate for your pond. A copy of this will need to be submitted with your preorder. You will also need to bring your original permit to the sale in order to receive and transport your trout.

If you do not have a permit you may pick up an application from the PCSWCD office, request one by email from us or download the application from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website at www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/forms_applications.htm.

Contact the PCSWCD at 564 – 2321, Extension 3, by email at info@piscataquisswcd.org, visit our new website at www.piscataquisswcd.org, or stop in at the USDA Service Center at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover – Foxcroft for more information on this sale that supports our education programs and also enhances your natural landscape.

Exploring Springtime Birds at the Law Farm Birdwalk – A FREE Family Friendly Event!

 

 


 


Join us for a morning Birdwalk on Earth Day as we explore springtime birds at the Law Farm! On Saturday, April 22nd (snow date, April 29th) the Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) will be hosting birding expert, Bob Duchesne, for a Birdwalk, starting at 8:00AM, to view year round birds in Maine and also some returning springtime birds!

Bring your binoculars and cameras, wear your mud boots or other sturdy weather-proof footwear, and join us as we hike out to the wetland observation deck and explore the beautiful one mile nature trail, the Looping Trail, all while we experience the joys of birds and their habitat at the Law Farm. The Looping Trail winds through the edge of open fields, softwoods, mixed hardwoods and the edge of a wetland. The Law Farm’s extensive wetlands with natural biodiversity offer ideal habitat for birds.

We may discover, see and hear hermit thrushes, winter wrens, eastern phoebes, yellow-rumped warblers, pine warblers, palm warblers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and broad-winged hawks, in addition to chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers as we traverse the fields, woodlands and wetland at the Law Farm.

Bob Duchesne became interested in birds in the first grade. Interest grew to passion, and today Bob is one of Maine’s top birding experts. He is Vice President of Audubon’s Penobscot Valley Chapter in the Bangor area. Bob is a frequent tour leader and has led trips from Atlantic Canada to the Florida Everglades. In 2009, Bob completed development of the Maine Birding Trail and has authored a guidebook for the state, published on Down East Books, which the PCSWCD’s Demonstration Forest is listed in. He currently writes a weekly birding column for the Bangor Daily News. Bob recently began a sixth term as a member of the Maine House of Representatives, where he serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and helps direct state environmental policy.

The Law Farm is located at 22 Lee Cemetery Road in Dover-Foxcroft. Since the land was deeded to the District in 2009, the PCSWCD has developed a trail system and created an engaging outdoor space for Piscataquis County residents and visitors to enjoy and actively learn about the benefits of a community forest.

The Law Farm Birdwalk is a great way for folks to enjoy what the Law Farm has to offer as an outdoor educational and recreational space, while learning first-hand from Maine’s Birding Expert Bob Duchesne. At the end of the workshop, one participant’s name will be drawn for a bluebird house to help foster their at-home bird watching. We hope you join us for this FREE family friendly outdoor event! Donations to the PCSWCD are also greatly appreciated. The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District encourages everyone interested in coming to the Birdwalk to RSVP by calling our office at (207) 564-2321 extension 3 or emailing us at info@piscataquisswcd.org.

 

Register today using the form below for any of these upcoming events!

You may mail your payment to: PCSWCD, USDA Service Center, 42 Engdahl Drive, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426, or stop by our office at this same address.