Learn, live, and do good through these unique service focused programs. Take part in Mic Mac cultural ceremonies, embed yourself in Maine’s nautical heritage, or get dirty expanding and improving access to hiking trails across the state.
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.
Experience the Bold Coast through service and conservation work at Cutler Coast Preserve. On this trip we will have the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes on trails that lead to one of the most remote and beautiful stretches of coastline in the United States. You will work with trained trail specialists from local and state organizations and will have a hand in creating new and improved access for hikers. Learn what it takes to break trail, meet new friends, and build lasting connections. We will be base camping at nearby state run campsites and public reserved lands and exploring area attractions.
Start this trip by Paddling the Maine’s breathtaking coast with a Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Throughout the week we will explore Midcoast lighthouses, museums, and the rocky shores of our coastline and island communities. We’ll visit the world famous Wooden Boat school and the Apprenticeshop to learn how sail boats are made and lend a hand. The group will travel to Maine Maritime Museum to learn our state’s maritime heritage and culture through experiential exhibits, and go tide pooling at the terminus of the Duck Trap River. This trip will spend the week camping next to the ocean 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.