Community Connections

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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 many talented artists to becoming a business sponsor for the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust. My Community Connections page highlights these collaborative efforts, keeps you updated on service projects and opportunities, and is the place where you work with me to design your personalized adventure.

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 will receive a discount on all North Star 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.

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust: Paddling Great Pond - On Saturday September 21st, 2019  I will be leading a two hour kayaking exploration of Great Pond. This is a fundraiser for the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust.  This CELT sponsored event will allow participants to learn more about kayaking while exploring Great Pond. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing for kayaking, and the program is designed for people ages 8 and up. Kayaks and life preservers will be provided. For more information and to register click on the following link: Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Sea Kayaking with Friends of Sears Island - On Sunday August 5th 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, Saturday June 22, 2019 - Once again I 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.

Other Collaborative Connections:

Go Inland.me is a collaborative effort of five businesses. Our goal is to support, promote and work together to create opportunities in Waldo County. Experience the handcrafted life, connect with Maine artists, agrarians and adventurers. Go Inland

Northwood Natural Learning - In February I worked with Trevanna Grenfell to offer a Maine Recreational Guide Course. Trevanna is an extraordinary naturalist and co-founder of Northwood. I am very lucky to be working with her. We will complete the guide course with a Backcountry Skills Canoe Trip the weekend of June 8th - 9th. Hopefully, this is the first of many collaborations with Trevanna! Check out the following link for information and to register. Backcountry canoe weekend

Improvised "Hypo Wrap"
Improvised "Hypo Wrap"
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Maine Island Trails Association – 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!  This 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.  Look forward to doing an On Water Scenarios in 2020. Check the calendar for dates and times. To learn more about MITA check out their webpage: Maine Island Trail Association