Map & Compass: Staying Found

  Do you like to spend time in the woods? Do you enjoying hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, paddling, motor boating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing…? Are you a Maine Guide or aspiring Maine Guide? Are you a part of a Search & Rescue team? Whether you are a professional rescuer or you enjoy spending time in the backcountry with friends and family this course is for you!  You will learn to read and interpret the language of maps. After you feel confident … Read More

Adventure Team Building with North Star Adventures

North Star Adventures is happy to announce our Adventure Team Building Program. Our programs are outcome based and created with your organization’s specific goals in mind. Through proper sequencing and planning we will deliver a curriculum that will enhance your team’s ability to communicate and work together more effectively.  We create a safe space in which team members can build trust both on the physical and emotional level. Common experiences outside the work environment, on their own, foster deeper relationships. … Read More

Adventures in the Arts: October Knitting Retreat

Event cancelled due to unexpected shoulder surgery.  We will re-schedule for fall 2020. Thank you, Nancy Spend a glorious October weekend in Maine on a remote lake surrounded by vibrant colors and glistening blue water. Explore the brilliance of the Maine woods in autumn.  Let Maine guide Nancy Zane take you on a quiet paddle in the waters of Pocomoonshine or, perhaps hike the water’s edge.  Immerse yourself in the peaceful grace of the water, colors, sounds, sights and smells … Read More

Paddle Maine Monday

The Maine Coast: A paddling destination. Explore the nooks and crannies of this magical coastline with North Star Adventures. Maine has over 3,000 miles of coastline (over 5,000 miles if you include the over 4,500 islands)! Have you ever wanted to paddle the Maine coast but don’t have the gear, knowledge or paddling partner? North Star Adventures is excited to announce our new program for 2020, Paddle Maine Monday. Experience the tidal changes, biodiversity, marine life and coastal culture every … Read More

Half & Full Day Paddle Adventures: Available every day from June 25th – August 17th

Half and Full day Paddle Adventures:  Are you looking to experience the beauty of inland Maine? North Star Adventures will take you on either a full or half day paddle experience. Are you staying Down East, central, southern, or in western Maine?   We can put together a plan and meet at an inland lake or waterway near you. If you’d rather paddle on the ocean we can arrange that as well. We will take you to the quiet corners of … 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

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

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

Launch Party Success

After weeks of planning, preparation, and ,yes, some fretting, North Star Adventures officially set-sail with our Launch Party held on Saturday, January 27.  One of my biggest pre-event worries was, “What if no one shows up?”  Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the crowd that packed the cozy confines of the Waterfall Arts Center in Belfast. Unofficial numbers (several people in the audience counted) were around 70!  The standing-room-only crowd certainly exceeded my expectations. After I presented an … Read More