Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program switches to DIY, virtual programs

SKOWHEGAN –The Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program has canceled all in-person programs, but replaced them with virtual on-your-own outdoor offerings.
Programs inlude:
* SAORP Book Club, Session 1 — the book club, meeting via Zoom, will chat about tales of outdoor adventure and fuel a collective enthusiasm to get outside when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. April’s book is “Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail,” by Jennifer Pharr Davis. Connections will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, via Zoom.
* Skowhegan Scavenger Hunt — Discover Skowhegan and enjoy the fresh air. Pick it up outside the SAORP office, 48 Court St., any time day or night, or print at home. After it’s completed, return it to the office. There will be a prize drawing for those who correctly answer seven questions and a bonus prize for those who correctly answer 10. The hunt began March 27 and ends April 30
* Trail Condition Updates and Videos — Updates about trail conditions in Skowhegan with the hope that the more options that are out there, the less crowded each one might be. For those of you who’d rather play it safe and stay inside, SAORP will video some of our trail walks and post them on Facebook.
* Virtual Nature Meditations & Skill Clinics — SAORP will be posting videos of guided meditations and outdoor skill clinics on its new Facebook page. Members are especially excited about a camp-cooking series that will include jambalaya, macaroni and cheese, and several other backcountry dishes.
The new Facebook page can be found under Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program (@skowheganamericorps).

PHOTO: Also known as ghost plant (or ghost pipe), Indian pipe is an herbaceous perennial considered rare because it has no chlorophyll and doesn’t depend on photosynthesis, thereby able to grow in dark forests. This clump of Indian pipe was found growning under a canopy of white pine trees in Central Maine. With hiking trails readily available and the onset of spring, multiple woodland wildflowers will soon spring to life. (Linda Galway photo)