On each trip you will:
- Explore Maine while staying in the front or back country campsites
- Explore the natural surroundings that support a diverse population of wildlife including loons, seals, porpoises, bald eagles, coyote, beaver, otter and moose
- Learn Leave No Trace principles, local ecology, and other various outdoor skills
- Give back to the location by providing a service such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and much more
Island Exploration: Community Service
Dates: August 19-23
Exertion Level: Mild to moderate.
Experience the intersection of recreation and conservation through a service-based field experience along Maine’s beautiful, rugged coastline. We’ll enjoy Maine’s rocky coastal waters and, salty air while volunteering with organizations that work to protect and preserve the beaches, coastal parks and trails that beckon folks from both near and far. Service experiences may include coastal trail work, island restoration, beach clean-up, and protection of ecologically fragile areas along the coastline. We’ll learn about the significance of these efforts and how they are being carried out through public, private and governmental activities. We will camp at two state parks, Camden Hills and Warren Island State Park.
Maine Conservation Experience
Dates: August 5-9
Exertion Level: Moderate
Get ready to experience and add to the beauty of Maine! On this trip, we will have the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes on the trails that stretch across fields, wetlands, or mountains ranges. Students will work with trained trail specialists from local and state organizations and will have a hand in creating new trail structures as well as rehabilitating old ones. Learn what it takes to break trail, meet new friends, and build lasting connections. We will be camping in remote campsites.
Maritime: Life at Sea
July 29-August 2
August 19-23 *Reserved for students who live outside the New England States
Exertion Level: Mild to Moderate
Experience life by the sea. We will explore the Midcoast’s lighthouses, museums, and the rocky shores of our coastline and island communities. Visit Mount Desert Oceanarium to learn about the Lobster industry and explore Lobster biology and lore. Travel to Maine Maritime Museum to learn our state’s maritime heritage and culture through experiential exhibits. Paddle the waters and explore the coastline by sea kayak with a Maine Sea Kayak Guide. This trip will spend the week camping at Camden Hills State Park.
Aroostook Band of Mi’kmaq: Community Embrace
Dates: August 12-16
Exertion Level: Mild to Moderate.
Experience a unique Nova trip where we will travel to the most northern part of Maine and meet the people of the Aroostook Band of Mi’kmaq. We will spend time understanding the culture and history of the Mi’kmaq, and meet and talk with the Elders. We will participate in traditional ceremonies and crafts. Two to four hours daily, we will help with various service projects for the community such as gardening or setting up temporary shelters. During our stay, we will camp in tents on the Mi’kmaq Tribal Land and learn outdoor cooking and living skills with the possibility of eating some traditional Mi’kmaq foods. (learn more about the Aroostook Band of Mi’kmaq here).