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Join AARP Maine and the Appalachian Mountain Club for Our Free Lecture Series in September!

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AARP Maine is delighted to collaborate with the Appalachian Mountain Club for a three-part lecture series this September. Join us for these free events that will help you learn all about Maine's Dark Skies, how to get in shape for hiking and all about opportunities to get outside and enjoy all that Maine has to offer!

Registration is free, but required. Each lecture is one hour including time for Q and A.

September 15th at 7PM – Jenny Ward and John Meader “Maine’s Dark Skies”

Join Jenny Ward, AMC’s Maine Brand Strategist, and John Meader, Director-Owner-Educator of Northern Stars Planetarium and Educational Services, as they share about the importance of dark skies and the significance of AMC’s newly designated International Dark Sky Park, the first and only International Dark Sky Park in New England. Learn about the benefits of dark sky conservation and how you can participate in preserving this precious resource. See Jenny and John's bios below! Register here.

September 22nd at 7PM – Josh Barlow, DPT “Conditioning for Hiking”

Josh Barlow is a Physical Therapist and AMC Maine Volunteer Trail Work Leader. Join Josh for his presentation on how to condition your body for hiking that uses his 21 years of experience as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. The best way to get in shape for hiking this fall is to just get out there and hike more frequently. However, often back pain, hip pain, knee pain, or foot pain can limit your enjoyment or hiking goals. Josh will show you exercises that you can do this winter to prepare for hiking next spring that will help you be in better shape and may also help prevent common injuries. Register here.

September 28th at 7PM – “Be Outside with AMC Maine”

Join AMC Maine hike leaders as they share ideas and suggest locations for getting outside in Maine this fall. After learning about the opportunities, you will be invited to join an in-person AMC-led hike later in the fall at the height of the foliage season. Register here.


**Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.


BIOS for the September 15th event:

John Meader began his planetarium career as a student operator in 1979 at the University of Maine's Jordan Planetarium. In 1983 he became the Planetarium Director of the Francis Malcolm Science Center in Easton, Maine while teaching Observational Astronomy classes at the University of Maine at Orono, the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Loring Air Force Base, and Kennebec Valley Community College. In 1987 John founded Northern Stars Planetarium. He is a Fellow of both the International Planetarium Society and the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society, the Archivist/Historian of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society, and a founding member of Dark Sky Maine, a non-profit that promotes Maine’s dark sky heritage through sensible lighting and education. He serves on the board of the Friends of the L.C. Bates Museum in Hinckley, Maine and is a Registered Maine Guide.

Jenny Ward is the Maine Brand Strategist for the Appalachian Mountain Club. A graduate of the University of Maine and Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, she was instrumental in the successful launch of AMC’s Medawisla Lodge & Cabins and led the effort to designate AMC’s Maine Woods as an International Dark Sky Park. She serves on the boards of Destination Moosehead Lake, Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corp, Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation, Greenville Planning Board, and Maine Trails Coalition and is a Piscataquis County Advisor for the Maine Community Foundation. Her numerous volunteer efforts are centered around her love of the people and landscape of the Moosehead region. She is a Registered Maine Guide, and in her free time she loves to hike, trail run, cross country ski, and stand under the stars and look up.

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