Why Map & Compass

In our world of electronics, you may ask why Map & Compass…it is so…primitive!  The push of a button on a cell phone, GPS or PLB (personal locator beacon) is easy, convenient, more accurate, universal, no need to add or subtract declination…no need to think! While the world of electronics makes our lives easier, it does have its limitations. Tree cover, remote location, cost, and battery life, are the most common reasons our devices may fail. A basic base plate … Read More

Community Collaborations

I am excited to unveil a new page on my website:  Community Connections. One of the most important aspects of my business is collaboration with the community. I have been meeting with people throughout Maine and looking for areas in which we can work together to create unique affordable programming. I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people!  My first collaborative effort has been with Northwood Natural Learning. In February we delivered a Maine Recreational Guide course at … Read More

Cooking Extravangaza

  On Saturday, April 21st, I had the pleasure of working with Beth Arnold and Gerry Saunders.  We spent the day creating culinary delights with a group of fantastic people from Maine and raising money for the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, SRLT . Gerry taught the finer points of using a Dutch oven and fry bake. Folks worked together creating  biscuits, cinnamon buns, brownies, and apple crisp. Beth worked the fire pit. She helped folks create some pretty amazing chili and pesto … Read More

Happy Camper Backpacking Food

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Good food means happy campers, tent mates, spouses, and kids. The variety of ingredients available for creating delicious meals for outdoor enthusiasts has quadrupled since I first started backpacking.  Back in the day you had to do a significant amount of prep work in order to have a good, healthy, hardy, and satisfying meal. Now with a click of a button, you can order dried fruits, vegetables, meat, powdered hummus, dried refried beans, powdered cheese, eggs, and even peanut butter! … Read More

Wilderness First Aid Afloat

This  past weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a SOLO Wilderness First Aid Afloat Course at the Waldo County Technical Center in Belfast, Maine. This is the fourth year I have taught this course for the Maine Island Trails Association (MITA).  MITA  I don’t get on my soapbox about many things but Wilderness Medicine is one of them. I believe with all my heart that anyone who spends time in the back country, regardless if they are a guide or … Read More

Featured Program: Introduction to Outdoor Culinary Arts

Join North Star Adventures LLC on Saturday April 21st from 9am – 4pm for our Outdoor Culinary Arts Program. Enjoy a day of great food and community. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust (SRLT). All are welcome. We do require that people under the age of 18 be accompanied by an adult. The event will be held at the North Star Adventures base at 491 Stevens Rd in Unity Maine. Good food can mean the … Read More

Sebasticook Regional Land Trust Presents: Nancy Zane’s Favorite Local Paddles

As I sit and look out the window at the current blizzard (some news outlets report anywhere from 18 -24 inches of snow are possible), it is hard to imagine that the first day of spring is next week. Will I soon be able to put away my skis, and hop into my boat for a brand new season of paddling adventures? The tranquil, and sometime not so tranquil, waters of Maine’s lakes, rivers, and bays await. Where will this … Read More

North Star Adventures Trip Log: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

As a school teacher, one of the many perks of my job certainly includes February break (I teach Emergency Medical Services at Waldo County Technical School). Sometimes I’m not certain who is more excited for the break–teachers or the students.  The vacation week allows me to enjoy the beauty of the Maine winter, and plan extended visits to some of the more scenic spots our state has to offer. For this winter break, our group’s destination was Katahdin Woods and … Read More

Featured Program: Adventures in Art

I am excited to be working with so many amazing artists. In last week’s blog I talked about gaining strength and inspiration in the natural world. Adventures in Art is a vehicle where you can funnel that inspiration and creative energy into a process or product that will bring you closer to your authentic self. Paddling, hiking, or skiing in the backcountry will put you in touch with muscles you never knew existed (it’s a good thing). It will also … Read More

Why I Chose North Star Adventures

During the North Star Launch Party in January someone asked me why I chose North Star for the name of my program. “The North Star – Polaris, sits almost directly above the North Pole. It is a reliable gauge of North if you find yourself lost on a clear night without a compass. Sometimes we all need to refocus and right our own ship. North Star Adventures is designed to reinvigorate your life, help you chart a new course or … Read More

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