The following is an excerpt from an article published By Deirdre Fleming

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Sheridan Steele, Acadia National Park’s superintendent, started a push to get kids into Maine’s outdoors during a summit back in 2006, hoping the idea would gain momentum.

In three months, the results will be felt across Maine.

It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is scheduled for the first weekend in March. It is the culmination of what Steele started five years ago, aided by the work of a new outdoor coalition.

Outdoor groups, agencies and nonprofits across Maine met in September to discuss how to connect more Maine families with the outdoors. They decided an extraordinary weekend would be a good first step.

So on March 2-4, outdoor groups, land trusts and retailers will collaborate to teach, guide and mentor Maine adults and youth in outdoor skills and wildlife activities at a number of locations.