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Hiking Fundamentals: Planning, Safety, and Gear Demystified

$29

with Jenny Cusick, Central Lincoln County Adult Education

Calendar May 20, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This talk is a comprehensive introduction to Hiking Basics but includes tidbits for all levels of hikers. Hike Smart, Hike Safe. Participants will be introduced to essential hiking knowledge and skills required to hike safely. Topics include gear selection: footwear, clothing and equipment; navigation tools; planning for various weather conditions; safety and basic first aid supplies; and what to include in a survival kit. A list of resources will be provided, a collection of hiking books will be available for perusal, and gear will be available for hands-on review. The evening will conclude with a slide show of hiking and backpacking trips. The slides showcase breathtaking images capturing the essence of hiking and backpacking adventures across various U.S. national parks, the beautiful state of Maine and the stunning landscapes of the French Alps. It takes viewers on a visual journey through iconic trails, showcasing diverse terrains, from the Grand Canyon's majestic vistas to the red sandstone of Canyonlands, to Knife Edge and Baxter State Park. The narration highlights key experiences, including search and rescue in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, emphasizing the thrill of exploration, encounters with wildlife, and the visual richness and natural beauty of each location. The information presented and narrative of unforgettable outdoor experiences is intended to inspire you to hike! Compasses and whistles will be available at the class for a fee.

Jenny Cusick is an avid outdoors person. Her passions include running, hiking, backpacking, bicycling touring/bikepacking, and kayaking. Jenny spent ~10 years volunteering with the Pemigewasset Search and Rescue Team in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In 2023 she spent 66 days bikepacking 2700 miles from Banff, Canada to Antelop Wells, New Mexico.

Gold Prospecting

$49

with Kevin Frost, Windham/Raymond Adult Education

Calendar May 21, 2024 at 4:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Here’s the coolest class you’ll find this coming Spring! We’ll talk about various prospecting and panning techniques, including the basic set up you’ll need to get started. Learn how to read the river, and where to legally hunt for gold in the rivers of Maine! Kevin is going to lay it all out for you - what a great adventure to have with your friends! or your kids! or all by yourself!

 

 

 

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Maine Boating Safety

$19

with Brad Rounds, Windham/Raymond Adult Education

Calendar May 22, 2024 at 5:15 pm, runs for 1 week

Participation in a boating education course will teach how to properly operate and maintain a boat. The Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife course is approved by NASBLA. Passage of a final exam is required. The course covers proper operation and safety (boat handling, equipment, trailering), laws, emergencies and cold-water survival, self-help first aid, and environment/ethics. You must attend the entire course to receive your certificate.

 

 

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Exploring the Elements of Bikepacking through the GreatDivide Mountain Bike Trail

$29

with Jenny Cusick, Central Lincoln County Adult Education

Calendar May 22, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Bikepacking is the fusion of biking and minimalist camping, an adventure-rich experience. This class takes a thorough trip into the essence of bikepacking: Self-sufficiency, exploration, and connecting with nature are part of the transformative experience of traversing the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail and showcasing its challenges and rewards. This “how to” presentation will use Jen’s adventure on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail (Stretching from Canada to Mexico, a 2,700-mile journey through diverse terrains), as the basis for covering the following technical topics: Lightweight and versatile gear: Tents, sleeping bags, stoves, navigation tools, and bike repair kits. Route Planning and Navigation: GDMBT's intricate route - Navigating through varied landscapes, terrains, and altitudes. The significance of thorough route planning, including understanding terrain challenges, water/food availability and wildfire hazards. Physical and Mental Preparation for both endurance and fitness - Preparing the body for long rides and varying terrains. Mental resilience: Coping with isolation, unexpected situations, and the demands of long-distance biking. Leave No Trace Principles & Environmental responsibility: Minimizing impact and preserving the natural beauty of the trail. Proper waste disposal, campsite ethics, and respect for wildlife. Safety Measures: Importance of safety gear: Helmets, first aid kits, and communication devices. Understanding potential hazards: Wildlife encounters, weather changes, and remote locations. Compasses and whistles will be available at the class for a fee.

Jenny Cusick is an avid outdoors person. Her passions include running, hiking, backpacking, bicycling touring/bikepacking, and kayaking. Jenny spent ~10 years volunteering with the Pemigewasset Search and Rescue Team in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In 2023 she spent 66 days bikepacking 2700 miles from Banff, Canada to Antelop Wells, New Mexico.

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Lighthouse and Puffin Cruise-Bar Harbor

$180

with Steve McGrath, Kittery Adult Education

This is an online classover ZOOM.

Thursday, May 23 –online- 6-8pm

Sunday, May 26 –on the cruise in Bar Harbor time TBD *you are responsible for your own arrangements/cost once time has been agreed on in class

Tuesday, May 28 –online -6-8pm

Registration Fee: $180

Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Volunteer Training W24

Free

with Kelli Gilzow Stowell, Augusta Adult and Community Education

Calendar May 23, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This is a five-week course that will provide participants, 16 years and older, with the tools and understanding needed to lead small groups of participants through a day of open-water fishing adventure. We will explore the principles of the Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs campaign and use our knowledge to offer a day of open-water fishing. This course is geared to pair mentors with youth to promote spring and summer, outdoor education and develop a love for life-long learning.

INFORMATIONAL DATE: April 4 from 1:00-3:00 pm.

4 weeks of class held Thursdays, from 6:30-8P 

April 25, May 2, May 9, NO May 16, May 23

Practical Assessment on Friday, May 24 from 1-430P at BiCentennial Nature Park, Rte 3, Augusta.

This course will be taught by Kelli M Gilzow Stowell, our certified Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs Instructor, Certified Educational Trip Leader for Augusta Adult and Community Education AACE Program Coordinator, Augusta Parks and Recreation Outdoor Educator, and Certified American Red Cross Instructor.

Breeding Birds of Fort Foster

$22

with Dave Tucker, Kittery Adult Education

Calendar May 25, 2024 at 7:30 am

Focus on birds who nest at the fort. Bring binoculars. Class will meet at the entrance gate of Fort Foster. Additional fee may be required for entrance to Fort Foster.

Saturday, May 25, 7:30-10:30am *rain date 5/26

 

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Foraging

$45

with David Spahr, Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

Calendar May 25, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week
3 additional sessions through Aug 18, 2024

Crave the forest's bounty? Join David (65+ years of experience!) for an immersive foraging adventure. Learn to identify edible treasures, from berries to mushrooms, and uncover the secrets of plant ecology. This isn't just a walk, it's a transformative experience that fills your basket and your soul! Limited spots, register today! David is a member of the Maine Mycological Assoc. NOTE: This class will start with an outdoor talk at the waterfront followed by the walking portion.

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