About North Star Adventures

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Our Expertise & Commitment

North Star Adventures is designed to reinvigorate your life, help you chart a new course or recommit to a passion or project, and strengthen your leadership and community building capacity through outdoor experiences.

North Star Adventures programs will exceed your expectations. The product and culmination of 25 years experience in outdoor adventure leadership education, our programs bring best practices in outdoor leadership education to you in fun, challenging and amazingly beautiful environments.

About Nancy Zane

Nancy Zane is the founder and visionary of North Star Adventures. She brings 25 years experience in cultivating outdoor leaders. As a former college educator, women's leadership program director, avid outdoor enthusiast, and medical professional she creates a physical and emotional safe place for you to explore the outdoors and expand personal comfort zones.

Prior to founding North Star Adventures she oversaw leadership development programs, developed and taught Adventure Education courses, and taught national certifications at Unity College in Maine.

Her personal outdoor experiences and adventures include cycling across the US on bicycle, rock climbing throughout the country including climbing big walls in Yosemite, sea kayaking in the Everglades, and backcountry ski touring in the Gaspe Peninsula.

Nancy's Credentials:

  • Wilderness EMT
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Maine Recreational Guide
  • Maine Sea Kayak Guide
  • American Heart Association, First Aid & CPR Instructor
  • National Registry EMT-B

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

–Helen Keller

"When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

–Aldo Leopold

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nancy's organizational, technical and leadership skills are stellar. Beyond that she brings a deep love of nature, a kind and compassionate demeanor and a great sense of joy and fun which is absolutely contagious! Along with self growth and personal discovery you are guaranteed to bring home wonderful long lasting memories."

- Pam Gallik Educational Consultant