NATURE TREK

Nature Trek provides outdoor adventure opportunities for youth and adults with and without disabilities. Our goal is to open up the outdoor world for everyone, regardless of their ability.

Our outdoor adventures include: Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing, River Tubing, Swimming, Mountain Biking, Nature Crafts, Outdoor Games, Campfire Stories, Sing-alongs, Winter Activities including dog sledding and more.

Adaptations will be made for people with varying disabilities.

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January 2017

Momentum Yurt & Black Mountain Skiing: Thursday, January 12th-13th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate/Expert Downhill Skiers
Departs: 9a on Thursday, the 12th and returns at 1p on Friday, the 20th
Trip Leader: Rhonda
Capacity: 10
Cost: $20 (Payment due by 1/8)
Food: Pack a lunch for the 12th. All food thereafter will be provided.
Description: Spend a night in the wilderness of Mason Township in Momentum's very own, brand new Yurt. Play some games on the expansive deck, or go for a hike in the woods before coming back to the warm and toasty yurt. A cup of cocoa will warm you up! The next morning we'll awake with the sunrise, pack our gear, and head to the mountain for a day of skiing at Black Mountain, Maine's 3rd tallest ski & snowboard resort.

February 2017

Day on the Ice @ Owl Pond in Casco: Wednesday, February 22nd
Difficulty Level: Novice/Intermediate
Time: 9a-3p
Trip Leader: Dennisn
Capacity: All welcome
Cost: Free
Food: Hot drink and small snack will be provided.
Description: Join us for a day on the pond filled with ice fishing, games and snowmobile rides. Note: There is a half-mile hike to get onto this pond to spend the day, just so you are aware. However, a snowmobile is available for those with physical needs to get onto the pond.

March 2017

ME Primitive Skills School Overnight: Tuesday, February 28th-March 1st
Difficulty Level: Novice/Intermediate
Departs: 8a Tuesday, the 28th and returns at 1p on Wednesday, the 1st
Trip Leader: Matt
Capacity: 15
Cost: $30 (Payment due by 2/7)
Food: Pack a lunch for the 28th. All food thereafter will be provided.
Description: The Maine Primitive Skills School in Augusta teaches people how to live with the land sustainably, passing on Native American wisdom to the modern world. In this winter wilderness workshop, we'll camp out, explore funky shelters like the Earth Lodge, and get hands-on lessons on snow shelters, plant ID, fire skills, and more. Check out primitiveskills.com for more about MPSS.

April 2017

Arethusa Falls (NH) Day Hike: Thursday, April 27th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time: 8a-5p
Trip Leaders: Rhonda and Jeff
Capacity: 12
Cost: Free
Food: Pack a lunch, snacks, and water bottles in a backpack.
Description: A beautiful scenic hiking adventure to a massive waterfall. Seeing it with your own eyes is the only way to go; pictures do not do it justice. Challenge yourself on this 3-mile roundtrip hike.

May 2017

Northern Presidentials Waterfalls Hike: Thursday, May 4th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time: 8a-5p
Trip Leaders: Matt
Capacity: 12
Cost: Free
Food: Pack a lunch, snacks, and water bottles in a backpack.
Description: Spring is waterfall season! This 2½-mile loop starts with a stroll along the brook, passes through beautiful hemlock forests, and climbs gradually to not one but three tumbling White Mountain waterfalls.

June 2017

Peaks Island Bicycle Ride: Wednesday, June 21st
Difficulty Level: Intermediate; Ability to safely ride a bicycle is a must.
Time: 8a-5p
Trip Leaders: Rhonda
Capacity: 9
Cost: $10
Food: Pack a lunch, snacks, and water.
Description: Enjoy a casual bike ride around Peaks Island wooded and shoreline roads and paths. Explore Battery Steel and WW1 fort on the far end of the island. We will have lunch on the beach facing the open Atlantic and Ram Island.

July 2017

Upper Range Pond Kayak/Canoe/Fishing: Thursday, July 6th
Difficulty Level:Intermediate
Time 9a-5p
Trip Leaders: Jeff
Capacity: 12
Cost: Free
Food: Pack a lunch, snacks, and water bottles.
Description: Enjoy the day paddling, fishing and exploring Upper Range Pond in beautiful Poland, Maine. A body of water labeled "A fishing paradise," this jewel is known to offer brown Trout, White Perch and the favorite, Bass! We'll take a break on the shore line for some swimming and a picnic lunch. Remember to bring your fishing license, towel, sun block and a hat. If there is a need to borrow fishing tackle please let us know in advance. Tight lines everyone!
Casco Heath Kayak/Canoe/Fishing: Thursday, July 13th
Difficulty Level:Intermediate
Time 9a-5p
Trip Leaders: Glenn
Capacity: 12
Cost: Free
Food: Pack a lunch, snacks, and water bottles.
Description: Enjoy a day of light paddling, and try your hand at bass fishing on beautiful Thompson Lake. Feel free to pack a swim suit and towel for a midday dip to cool off from the summer heat! As always, you'll need your fishing license, and don't forget to pack the sunscreen. Let's see who will land "the big one!"
White Water Rafting with North Country Rafting in Bingham, Me: Wednesday, July 26th-27th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Departs: 9a Wednesday, the 26th and returns at 7p Thursday, the 27th
Trip Leader: Matt & Liz
Capacity: 16
Cost: $50 (Payment due 7/12)
Food: Pack a lunch for the 19th All food thereafter will be provided.
Description: Test your sense of adventure! Come join the thrill of white water rafting the Kennebec River- an experience that will get your blood a-flowing, your pulse pounding and excite the soul. North Country Rivers has been a favorite for years! On the 19th, we will set up our tents and campsite, have the option to use North Country's mountain bikes to explore the fields and trails, go swimming, practice wilderness skills, and the list goes on! It's an early morning on the 20th where we will dress and eat breakfast, pack up camp and complete all other preparations, all before check in at 8:30a! North Country leads us on an incredible adventure down the Kennebec River and even provides a hot meal in front of the campfire about 2/3 of the way down the river. Feel free to visit their website to learn more! www.northcountryrivers.com

August 2017

Clam Digging in Freeport, ME: Wednesday, August 16th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time: 9a-5p
Trip Leader: Dennis
Capacity: 9
Cost: Free
Food: Pack a lunch, snacks, and water bottles.
Description: Come along for a day of clam digging! Learn how to use a clam claw, enjoy the salt air, and bring home your very own bucket of clams. You'll need to bring an extra pair of mud boots on this trek! (Low tide @ 12:30p).
Sebago Lake State Park Camping: August 21st-23rd and August 23rd-25th
Difficulty Level: Novice/Intermediate
Departs: 1st trip- 9a Monday, the 21st and returns at 1p Wednesday, the 23rd
2nd trip- 9a Wednesday, the 23rd and returns at 1p Friday, the 25th
Trip Leader: Vicki & Matt
Capacity: 16 per trip
Cost: $25 (Payment due 8/7)
Food: Pack a lunch for the first day. All food thereafter will be provided.
Description: Explore this popular State Park with swimming, fishing, kayaking and many short hikes. After a fun-filled and activity packed day, sit back to enjoy the sunset from your camp site. This is why they call Maine "Vacationland."

September 2017

Flagstaff Lake Camping: Wednesday, September 6th-8th
Difficulty Level: Novice
Departs: 9a on the Wednesday, the 6th and returns at 1p on Friday, the 8th
Trip Leaders: Matt
Capacity: 12
Cost: $30 (Payment due 8/23)
Food: Pack a lunch for the 6th. All food thereafter will be provided.
Description: The waterfront Round Barn Campsites on Flagstaff Lake are a great home base for fun-packed days of paddling, swimming, and hiking on Mount Bigelow's north side. After that, enjoy an evening of campfires, stargazing, and the songs of the loons.
Grafton Loop Backpacking Overnight: Tuesday, September 12th-13th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Departs: 9a Tuesday, September 12th and returns at 3p Wednesday, September 13th
Trip Leader: Dennis
Capacity: 9
Cost: $20 (Payment due 8/29)
Food: Pack a brown-bag lunch for the 12th. All food thereafter will be provided.
Description: Join this overnight backpacking trip along a beautiful brook. Two miles of trail one way brings you to a camp site with tent platforms and a cooking area. This is the first time offering this awesome trip. Be one to pave the way!.
Bioluminescent Night Excursion in Castine: Wednesday, September 20th-22nd
Difficulty Level: Novice/Intermediate
Departs: 9a on the Wednesday, the 20th and returns at 1p on Friday, the 22nd
Trip Leader: Liz
Capacity: 9
Cost: $40 (Payment due 9/6)
Food: Pack a lunch for the 20th. All food thereafter will be provided.
Description: Come join us on a magical evening paddle in Castine Harbor under a blanket of stars in the midst of bioluminescent organisms that swirl and light up with every stroke of your paddle! Castine's Harbor is Maine's own Bioluminescent Bay with a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for these glow in the dark phytoplankton. We'll explore the constellations of the stars of the night sky immersed in the bioluminescent stars of the water! After our paddle, we will continue the magical evening camping under the stars!

October 2017

Baxter State Park: Tuesday, October 3rd-5th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Departs: 8a Tuesday, October 3rd and returns at 3p Thursday the 5th
Trip Leaders: Jeff & Rhonda
Capacity: 12
Cost: $50 (Payment due 9/19)
Food: Pack a lunch for the 3rd. All food thereafter will be provided.
Description: One of Maine's most beautiful state parks, with stunning views of mountains and wildlife are at every turn. The activities include; canoeing, hiking and exploring many serene trails that lead to waterfalls. The chance of seeing some moose are very good, so bring your camera and sense of adventure.
Advanced Primitive Skills Overnight: Monday, October 16th-17th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Departs: 9a Monday, October 16th and returns at 1p Tuesday the 17th
Trip Leader: Matt
Capacity: 15
Cost: $30 (Payment due 9/25)
Food: Pack a lunch for the 16th. All food thereafter will be provided.
Description: This combined outdoor workshop and camping trip at the Maine Primitive Skills School in Augusta will be for past Primitive Skills participants and anyone else who wants more "dirt time" and hands-on learning. Some of the topics of focus will include: nature awareness and movement skills, reading the landscape, constructing tarp shelters, knot-tying, water collection, coal burning containers, starting fires with ferro rods and bow drills, and making and setting traps.