Recent snowshoe trips confirm that winter is not quite done in Katahdin Woods and Waters, but spring is coming on strong! In the woods, the whisper of frozen flakes has been replaced by the drip, drip, plink of melting snow and hopeful cheeps and chirps of animals waking and returning. Likewise, here at Friends the busy work of readying for the next season is underway.
Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month, and we’re joining the National Park Service in encouraging everyone to pause and consider inspiring women who’ve made a difference. It’s a great moment to highlight Roxanne Quimby–a woman who followed her dreams from art student to homesteader, mother, entrepreneur, and ultimately conservationist. “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something,” she’s quipped. We’re so glad that “something” was her work to realize Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Read more about Roxanne’s path to making the largest gift of land in our national parks system’s history from the Burt’s Bees blog.
Snowshoeing Near The Monument
Kids from all over the Katahdin region are joining the Katahdin Learning Project in March on the Seboeis River Trail. Students are learning the fundamentals of winter travel as they learn and practice snowshoeing during this full day program. In addition to teaching skills and sharing the magnificent Seboeis river, KLP is leading thoughtful discussions and activities focusing on positive environmental actions we can all take to ensure these resources are available for generations to come.
Save the Dates!
It’s hard to imagine now, but soon we’ll be shedding our sweaters and dusting off our hiking boots…and getting ready for our summer and fall events in the Katahdin Region. Save the dates and stay tuned for details in the coming months:
6th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, August 27th
Stars Over Katahdin – Saturday, September 17th
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Ripple Effect – NPS and Community News and Notes
As the non-profit philanthropic partner to our National Park Service unit, we strive to amplify the work of our local, regional, and national NPS colleagues, and share inside news from right inside Katahdin Woods and Waters. We also want to recognize connected partners, so this month we are adding community “ripples” as well.
Following Katahdin Learning Project’s successful inaugural vacation camp at Millinocket Memorial Library, Katahdin Gear Library Assistant Coleman Haskell reports increased interest in the library’s Outdoor Adventure Club, which provides outdoor physical activities like cross country skiing, hiking, and campfire cooking for two hours every Tuesday after school. The library thanks Outdoor Sport Institute and Katahdin Area Trails for their partnership in making the club a success–and we are all looking forward to April Vacation Camp (psst–registration is open)!
Early this month, Governor Janet Mills and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston announced that six Maine Working Communities Challenge teams have been selected to receive three-year, $375,000 grants to begin implementing proposals that address local economic problems, including lack of work opportunity. Friends is thrilled to be collaborating on the Katahdin Region Working Communities Challenge, which advances local collaborative efforts that build strong, healthy economies and communities in Maine’s regions through local teams working together to improve economic outcomes for all people.
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