Nancy’s passion for the beauty and solace of nature, her cracker jack competency in guiding and wilderness first aid and her kindness and thoughtfulness to everyone make her a guide extraordinaire. And did I mention that she is one of the most humble people you’ll ever meet?

Leslie Stein, M ED - Maine

I have attended two different training sessions with North Star Adventures, and learned a lot from both. During a 3-day Wilderness First Aid Afloat course (for SOLO certification), Nancy Zane guided us through the material using multiple teaching approaches to accommodate the group’s diversity of learning styles, with lots of hands-on training as well as informal quiz and discussion time. Later in the year, an on-water medical emergency practice session provided our large group of kayakers from my kayak club an opportunity to learn and practice basic knowledge and skills in handling the most common emergency situations we are likely to face as we lead or participate in group kayak trips. In addition to being a fabulous teacher with deep knowledge and experience in outdoor emergency medicine, Nancy makes classroom activities and practice in the outdoors fun and memorable. I highly recommend Nancy Zane and North Star Adventures, and would certainly engage them again for First Aid re-certification or for another on-water session for my kayak club.

David Siegfried - Wilderness First Aid participant

To all those who have wanted to sign up for a group adventure but were shy or anxious about doing a “group thing”, Nancy Zane is the woman you should break the ice with! Despite Nancy’s impressive personal accomplishments, she remains totally approachable, warm, modest, and funny. I went on a sea kayaking trip with Nancy that stripped away all my insecurities and left me feeling successful at being an introvert doing a “group thing” for the first time. Nancy also provided the sense of trust, safety, and experience I needed to push myself at what can be a potentially dangerous sport. Nancy facilitated my confidence and skills, which is exactly what I needed in a guide. She cultivated such a supportive, non-competitive, casual atmosphere in the group that I made quick friends with total strangers. Off the water, I would have been completely comfortable taking time for myself to read, draw, or just be alone, but I was having such a blast that I did not want to! I came home wind-blown, sunburned, pleasantly sore, de-stressed, and deliriously happy I had taken a chance and signed up with Nancy Zane and North Star. Do it!

Kelly Desrosiers - Women's Sea kayaking participant

Nancy has all the skills to lead you solo or as a group. Nancy will guide you through the Maine woods and waters, kayaking, skiing snowshoeing hiking, biking, and give you the most amazing adventures! Looking forward to many more trips with Nancy!

Nnenaya Bloomstein - Day hike participant

Nancy Zane is an experienced outdoors woman, leader and facilitator! I have been on several of her trips and each time I come away with a renewed energy and new skills!

Adriana Bellerose - Women's Adventure participant

Nancy is wonderful, and I have learned so many things with her in the 3 short years I’ve known her. From backpacking, to cross country skiing, to outdoor cooking, wilderness first responder and more. Nancy is an amazing individual with so much to teach and share.

Alicia Nicole Gastelu - Unity College student

We had a wonderful winter adventure that included rustic but very comfortable accommodations in a yurt, and days filled with snowshoeing, hiking and camaraderie around a nightly fire, not to mention the great home cooked meals that Nancy prepared. She always was ready to share her broad knowledge of the natural world, safety in the woods, and even understanding the best ways to choose equipment (in this case snowshoes) that best suits your needs! Nancy maintains a laid-back approach with lots of humor and wonder in the mix, but always remained vigilant to conditions and each person’s abilities. I highly recommend joining any of the expeditions North Star offers. They all deliver you into the heart of nature!

Connie O’Brient - Women's Winter Weekend participant

Nancy is an exceptional outdoor leader, teacher, and mentor. She knows how to make people of all abilities feel safe enough to challenge themselves, and, of course, she knows the outdoors!

Michele Sharpe - Women's Leadership participant

North Star really IS the way to go! I have been on many outings with Nancy Zane, from canoeing and kayaking to hiking and skiing/snowshoeing, and I have also taken one of her Wilderness First Aid courses. Without exception, I couldn’t have been happier! When you go out with Nancy, you cannot help but have a great time and learn from her, regardless of your own level of experience. She makes everyone feel comfortable and part of something special. Treat yourself to some time outdoors with Nancy, and you will thank yourself for it!

Sylena Bradeen

We had an unforgettable day with Nancy and North Star Adventures last summer! Nancy took us sea kayaking from the beautiful harbor at Castine out to a secluded island where we created nature journals, swam, explored, and ate the really good food that she brought along. Dorothy and I plan to sign up for further adventures for sure!

Jim Macdonald - Adventures in the Arts participant

Nancy’s ability to connect with clients and students on a person level is impeccable. Her genuine and caring demeanour allowed me to reach my full potential as a climber, backpacker and paddler. She created a comfortable environment that pushed me out of my comfort zone to realize my full potential. Nancy is an incredible coach, mentor, instructor and friend. Thank you for everything!

Mike Froehly - Instructor

Nancy Zane is a gem in the outdoor adventure world and anyone who is lucky enough to have an outdoor experience with her is in for a treat! Safety is always uppermost with Nancy, but fun is definitely also always part of any adventure with her. I can’t recommend her highly enough!

Judy Williams - Women's Hiking participant

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 - Bangor, Maine

Spent the weekend taking a Wilderness First Aid course. We highly recommend North Star Adventures and Nancy Zane. It was a very hands on experience and super informative.

Susie Cooke - Wilderness First Aid participant

Nicole Caruso - Multi adventure participant

New England fall foliage

What a terrific course! Very thorough and enjoyable. I recommend this to everyone and hope Nancy comes back to do it in MA again.

Kara Glinnen - Wilderness First Aid Afloat participant

I have been on many outings with Nancy Zane, from canoeing and kayaking to hiking and skiing/snowshoeing, and I have also taken one of her Wilderness First Aid courses. Without exception, I couldn’t have been happier! When you go out with Nancy, you cannot help but have a great time and learn from her, regardless of your own level of experience. She makes everyone feel comfortable and part of something special. Treat yourself to some time outdoors with Nancy, and you will thank yourself for it!

Sylena Bradeen - Multi adventure participant

Nancy has such amazing knowledge of the Maine coast, she knows all these tiny harbors tucked away in the most idyllic spots. She and I did a kayak trip this summer to such a spot. Perfect is an understatement and I always feel so safe with her and when we are out she always asks me what I think about the navigation weather tides etc that are part of our kayak adventure. Nancy is the best!

Edwina Ducker - Sea Kayak participant

I have known Nancy for 15 years and have had many outdoor adventures with her. I can’t emphasis enough how incredibly skilled she is in outdoor adventure technical skills as well as wilderness survival skills and medicine. Nancy has spent a lifetime loving the outdoors and exploring the many aspects of how human beings can interact with and experience the wilderness with the utmost respect and awe. Nancy is well known for bringing the spirit of joy, learning, and adventure into any outing she organizes.

What sets Nancy apart is that she genuinely enters into any outing seeing all participants as bringing an equal amount of value to the experience. Because of her kindness, she brings out the the best in people as she shares her knowledge and skills.

 

Julie Johnson - Women's Adventure participant

I took my first hiking adventure with Nancy last July and had a great time. It was 2 nights 3 days and all the food she prepared was wonderful. Everything was planned out for our group by her which made it even more enjoyable and relaxing. So wonderful to be unplugged and in the woods for a few days. The hikes she lead us on were decided by the group. Nancy listened to what we were looking for and our level to make our adventure specific to us. A fantastic get away! Thank you Nancy!

Lynda Despard - Women's hiking participant

Nancy Zane is outstanding! The course we went thru this weekend, Wilderness First Aid Float presents great content and detail..but more importantly were the “simulated” scenarios..which was so, so valuable. Thanks Nancy!!

John McGrath - Wilderness First Aid Afloat participant

In my experience, Nancy Zane is a master planner with any activity she has been involved with. I’m amazed at her ability to lead and manage events/outings seemingly effortlessly

Lainie Kertesz - Maine

I’ve taken several Wilderness First Aid courses from Nancy at North Star. Top notch instruction with creative scenarios!

Sam Frankel - Wilderness First Aid participant

Canoe Skills – Staying Upright! was a great experience. We didn’t have the best weather but Nancy et al made the most out of it! Along with some essential canoe basics, safety and maneuvers we learned how to make a sail out of materials we had in our packs to take advantage of the conditions that were handed to us. Would recommend any of Nancy’s outing 100% !!

Holly Greaney - Staying Upright participant