As the founder of North Star Adventures I am a collaborator. I believe in synergy and that the sum is always greater than its parts. When communities work together, all of their individual parts can create amazing opportunities for folks of all ages and abilities. I realized that community-connecting is an integral part of who I am and what I do, from working with talented artists to becoming a business sponsor for the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust.

Below are a few highlights of these collaborative efforts and updates on service projects and upcoming opportunities.

Sebasticook Regional Land Trust Business Sponsor – As a business sponsor for SRLT, I am committed to supporting their mission by offering affordable educational opportunities for their members. Members can use the code SRLT for a 15% discount on all North Star Adventures Programs.

Maine Island Trails Association Business Member – The Maine Island Trail is a 275 mile water trail that extends from the New Hampshire border to the Canadian border. This is made possible through agreements with public and private land owners that are committed to coastal access and stewardship. Supporting access and stewardship aligns with my philosophy of community connections, practicing leave no trace principles and ensuring public access to the Maine coastline. Each year I offer a Wilderness First Aid Afloat class for MITA members at a discounted rate. Its always a fun weekend full of incredible learning and great people! Last year following the two day certification course we did a day long “On Water Scenario” class. We paddled into windy conditions to put our new knowledge into practice. CPR in a kayak was just one of the many skills we practiced on the water as well as managing severe allergic reactions, hyper and hypothermia, lightning drill, fractions and patient care.  It was a fabulous day of real life hands on teaching and learning.   Check the calendar for dates and times of upcoming courses.

Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors – Business Member and Vice President – MASKGI is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to raising professional standards for those guiding and teaching sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on the coast of Maine. We work closely with Federal, state, and local agencies and like-minded organizations to improve the safety of the paddling industry.

Service Projects:

Food Insecurity Fund Raiser – From June – August 2020 $5.00 from the sale of each North Star Adventure shirt will be donated to food insecurity programs in Waldo County Maine.

Past Events:

Wilderness First Aid for the Waldo County Technical Center On March 21 -22, 2020 I was scheduled to teach a Wilderness First Aid course at the Waldo County Technical Center. This was a fundraiser to send students to the Skills USA National Competition in Louisville Kentucky in June 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this event was cancelled but will be rescheduled for 2021.

Paddling Great Pond with Cape Elizabeth Land Trust   On Saturday September 21, 2019 I  lead a kayaking exploration of Great Pond. This was a fundraiser for the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. Ten people from the land trust spent two hours learning kayak technique as we explored this freshwater pond in Cape Elizabeth. It was a perfect warm and sunny September day. We all had a fantastic time learning techniques,trying out different boats,and exploring this peaceful freshwater pond on the Cape.

Sea Kayaking with Friends of Sears Island – On Sunday August, 2019 I was delighted to teach an Introduction to Sea Kayaking workshop for the Friends of Sears Island. It was a perfect day! The water sparkled, the wind was light as folks got their sea legs under them and made new friends. We had folks who had paddled before and complete beginners. What an incredible group of people. I am so lucky to have had this opportunity to work with such a wonderful organization and to meet so many people from all walks of life who are just as excited about paddling as I am. North Star Adventures donated 10%of the proceeds to FOSI.

Staying Upright –  On June 22, 2019  I Once again had the pleasure of working with Beth Arnold and Gerry Saunders. This time we were on the water. Gerry distributed a plethora of gear for folks to try out and play with. Beth, shared her expertise on paddle strokes, technique and setting sail using a tarp and paddles. I, as usual prepared the food and jumped in where necessary. It was a fabulous day on Unity Pond. We even had the opportunity to try our hand at canoe sailing. This was a fundraiser for the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust

If your organization would like to partner with North Star Adventures to create a unique fundraising opportunity please contact us.

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