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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February 2018

Day on the Ice @ Owl Pond in Casco: Tuesday, February 6th
Difficulty Level: Novice/Intermediate
Time: 9a-3p
Trip Leader: Dennis
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.
Owl Pond Overnight: Tuesday, February 6th-7th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Departs: 9a Tuesday, the 6th and returns Wednesday at 3p
Trip Leader: Dennis
Capacity: 6
Cost: $10 (Payment due by 1/23)
Food: All food provided.
Description: An ice fishing adventure with a twist - camping on the ice overnight. Spend time ice fishing and pulling in the big one. Explore Owl Pond and the surrounding wilderness on snowshoes, cross-country skis and snowmobile rides. The accommodations for the overnight are tents, and zero-degree sleeping bags; COZY!

March 2018

Highland Center, Crawford Notch New Hampshire: Wednesday, March 7th-8th
Difficulty Level: Novice/Intermediate
Departs: 9a Wednesday, March 7th and returns Thursday at 3p
Trip Leader: Jeff
Capacity: 12
Cost: $40 (Payment due by 2/21)
Food: Pack a lunch for the first day; All food provided thereafter.
Description: A beautiful scenic hiking adventure right out the back door waits. Snowshoe hikes to choose from include around the ponds, through the woods, or to the top of Elephants Head Peak. Spend the night at the lodge playing games and sipping hot chocolate by the fire.

April 2018

ME Primitive Skills School Overnight: Monday, April 30th-May 1st
Difficulty Level: Novice/Intermediate
Departs: 9a on Monday, the 30th and returns Tuesday at 5p
Trip Leader: Matt
Capacity: 16
Cost: $40 (Payment due by 4/16)
Food: Pack a lunch for the first day; All food provided thereafter.
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.

May 2018

Coffee Pond Fishing Trip: Thursday, May 10th
Difficulty Level: Novice
Time: 9a-3p
Trip Leaders: Jeff & Glenn
Capacity: 12
Cost: Free
Food: Pack a lunch, snacks, and water bottles in a backpack.
Description: Swimming for the daring and fishing for the fisher-people. You're invited to cast a line for Splake and Bass. Let's see what you can catch!

June 2018

Peaks Island Bicycle Ride: Wednesday, June 20th
Difficulty Level: Must be able to safely ride a bicycle.
Time: 8a-5p
Trip Leader: Liz
Capacity: 12
Cost: $20 (Payment due by 6/6)
Food: Pack a lunch, snacks, and water bottles in a backpack.
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 2018

White Water Rafting w/ US Rafting: Wednesday, July 25th-26th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Departs: 9a Wednesday, the 25th and returns Thursday at 7p
Trip Leader: Matt
Capacity: 16
Cost: $50 (Payment due 7/11)
Food: Pack a lunch for the first day; All food provided thereafter.
Description: : The Kennebec River is no doubt, the most rafted river in Maine. From the put-in at Harris Dam through the Upper Gorge, you'll learn to work as a team as you negotiate the many rapids the Kennebec has to offer like "Rock Garden", "Big Mama", "Whitewasher", and the famous "Magic Falls". The Upper Gorge is the "Ultimate Adrenaline Rush" of fun mixed with fear. This trip is for beginners or experienced rafters alike, no experience is necessary. The lower portion of the river allows you to take in the forests, hills, and wildlife that the Kennebec has to offer. This is also a great time for a swim or to share stories with your guide who is with you the entire journey. For more information, see US Rafting's website: www.usrafting.com

August 2018

Sebago Lake State Park Camping: August 20th-22nd and August 22nd-24th
Difficulty Level: Novice/Intermediate
Departs: 1st trip- 9a Monday, the 20th and returns Wednesday at 1p
2nd trip- 9a Wednesday, the 22nd and returns at Friday at 1p
Trip Leader: Vicki & Rhonda
Capacity: 16 per trip
Cost: $40 (Payment due 8/6)
Food: Pack a lunch for the first day; All food provided thereafter.
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 2018

Flagstaff Lake Camping: Wednesday, September 5th-7th
Difficulty Level: Novice
Departs: 7a on the Wednesday, the 5th and returns Friday at 5p
Trip Leaders: Matt
Capacity: 16
Cost: $40 (Payment due 8/22)
Food: Pack a lunch for the first day; All food provided thereafter.
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.

October 2018

Lily Bay State Park on Moosehead Lake: Tuesday, October 2nd-4th
Difficulty Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Departs: 9a on the Tuesday, the 2nd and returns Thursday at 5p
Trip Leaders: Jeff & Rhonda
Capacity: 12
Cost: $40 (Payment due 9/18)
Food: Pack a lunch for the first day; All food provided thereafter.
Description: One of Maine's treasures, Moosehead Lake holds endless adventures for all. The group will be camping on the edge of the lake, with breathtaking views- a little slice of paradise. At your doorstep, Lily Bay State park offers boating and fishing (don't forget your fishing license!), plus hiking adventures in every direction. Keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife!
Baldpate Mountain Backpacking Overnight: Wednesday, October 10th-11th
Difficulty Level: Intermediate/Expert
Departs: 8a on the Wednesday, the 10th and returns Thursday at 3p
Trip Leader: Dennis, Matt, Glenn
Capacity: 9
Cost: $20 (Payment due 9/26)
Food: Pack a lunch for the first day; All food provided thereafter.
Description: Join us on the backpacking trip of a lifetime. You will hike on the Appalachian Trail through Grafton Notch into a lean-to. Backpackers can opt to scale up to the majestic and scenic peak of Baldpate Mountain or relax at the lean-to. Campfires and cooking for the evening, then hiking back out the Table Rock Trail for a view of the valley.