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Portland Kids Duathlon
July 15th, 2018
Portland’s first duathlon race for kids gives young people ages 5-12 an opportunity to participate in the fast growing world of multi-sport. The run, bike, run format of a duathlon is fun and approachable for all.
For more information and to register: portlandkidsduathlon.com

Jul
17
Tue
Hiking & Paddling: Camden Sampler @ Camden Hills State Park
Jul 17 all-day
Hiking & Paddling: Camden Sampler @ Camden Hills State Park | Camden | Maine | United States

Join North Star Adventures for an exploration of Camden Hills State Park. We will start our day hiking the Maiden Cliff trail to the Ridge trail. Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Megunticook and Ragged Mountain. After a rest and re-hydrate we will descend to the the boat landing and paddle to Fernalds Neck Preserve. There we will have a picnic made from local organic ingredients and have time for a well deserved swim. Across the lake we will have a beautiful view of our previous hike, Maiden Cliff. The water of Lake Megunticook is beautiful, clean, clear and perfect for swimming. This is one of my favorite local excursions and I am delighted to share it with you. Treat yourself to an amazing day, on a beautiful lake, with fantastic views, local food and great swimming!

FMI: northstaradventures.me/

Brown Street River Float & Cookout @ Presumpscot River, Brown street boat launch
Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Brown Street River Float & Cookout @ Presumpscot River, Brown street boat launch | Westbrook | Maine | United States

Families and kids are all welcome for a fun afternoon on the river. Meet at Brown Street Boat Launch where Friends of the Presumpscot River and professional river guides from Portland Paddle and Maine Path & Paddle Guides will have canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards to try for free! The event will include a neighborhood cookout by the river.

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/2070844156487882/

Jul
21
Sat
Sea Kayaking: Leave No Trace @ North Star Adventures LLC
Jul 21 – Jul 22 all-day
Sea Kayaking: Leave No Trace @ North Star Adventures LLC | Unity | Maine | United States

During this two day course participants will learn and teach the principles of Leave No Trace. We will discuss the impact of human activity on the ocean and island environments. Each participant will be required to present a short (15-20 minute) class on one of the principles of Leave No Trace. We will camping on and exploring the Islands off the coast of Maine.

FMI: northstaradventures.me/

Jul
22
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Jul 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Jul
28
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Jul
29
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Aug
5
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Aug 5 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Paddle Battle @ The Nonantum Resort
Aug 5 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Paddle Battle @ The Nonantum Resort | Kennebunkport | Maine | United States

Paddle Battle is The Nonantum Resort’s annual Kennebunk River race for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and any non-motorized vessels. Drawing both competitive and recreational paddlers, plus a kids’ fun race, the event is an awesome afternoon out on the water. Crazy Costume and Crazy Craft competitions are new to this event! Then enjoy live music and family activities on the resort’s back lawn. Report to the registration table between 1PM and 2PM and you’ll find out where to drop in! Named a top Summer Fun event by Sports Illustrated Kids’ magazine! During the event you can enjoy a full pool bar menu of food and drinks at Latitudes.

There will also be a number of prizes given out at the end of the day!

Pre-Registration: $25 Individual or $35 Tandem
Day-of registration: $30 from 1:00PM-2:00PM at the Nonantum
PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING THEIR OWN
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE!

Load-in your equipment, then please park off-site at the Consolidated School and call our shuttle at 207-391-9689 for pickup. THERE WILL BE NO PARKING AT THE NONANTUM!

FMI: www.nonantumresort.com/about-the-resort/paddle-battle/

Aug
11
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Aug
12
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Aug 12 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Aug
13
Mon
Adventures in Art: Documentary Photography with Sarah Rice @ Moosehead Lake
Aug 13 – Aug 16 all-day
Adventures in Art: Documentary Photography with Sarah Rice @ Moosehead Lake | Greenville | Maine | United States

Join us for this extraordinary opportunity to create, through film, a story of the Moosehead Lake region. Photographer Sarah Rice will guide you through the process of creating the story of this spectacular area of the Maine highlands. We will explore by tandem sea kayak, steamship, and foot. Conditions permitting, we may have the opportunity to do some snorkeling to see what treasures lie within the shallows of Moosehead Lake.

Sarah rice is a documentary and editorial photographer based in mid-coast Maine. Freelance for more than a decade now she shoots regularly for the New York Time and Getty, and her work has been published by National Geographic, the New Yorker, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, CNN.com, NBCnews.com, and the Center for Investigative reporting among other outlets.

FMI: northstaradventures.me

Aug
19
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Aug 19 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Aug
25
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Aug
26
Sun
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle
Aug 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kayak Rescue Clinic @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

Getting back into a kayak after a capsize is more difficult than you might expect — but only if you’re not prepared. That why it’s important to be familiar with some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally goes for a swim. This course, open to anyone who has sea kayaked at least once before, will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues. Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in the U.S. and Canada) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters. As with all our courses, your instructor will customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. Wetsuits and all necessary gear are provided. Plan to get wet!

Sep
8
Sat
Exploration in Art: Sea Kayaking & Nature Journaling with Cloe Chunn @ Holbrook Island Preserve
Sep 8 all-day
Exploration in Art: Sea Kayaking & Nature Journaling with Cloe Chunn @ Holbrook Island Preserve | Brooksville | Maine | United States

Explore Penobscot Bay and the Holbrook Island area with North Star Adventures and Cloe Chunn. Cloe is a co-founder of the Maine Master Naturalist Program. Spend the day in the company of Harbor seals, osprey, guillemots, eiders, loons, and cormorants. Launching from Brooksville, Maine we will spend the day observing and recording the tranquility of Maine islands and critters that make them their home. Nature journaling allows you to gain a deeper respect and awareness for the beauty and fragility of the earth. It is an opportunity for personal growth and discovery, and connection with the natural world.

Exploring wild places, sharing them with others, and feeling her connection to Mother Earth, are what keep Cloe happy.

FMI: northstaradventures.me

Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.

Sep
22
Sat
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intro to Sea Kayaking @ Portland Paddle | Portland | Maine | United States

This is the course to take if you are new to sea kayaking. You’ll learn all the basics of the sport and leave with the skills and knowledge needed to kayak on protected seas with other paddlers. Your instructor will get your group started onshore with a brief talk about boats and gear. Then you’ll get fitted into kayaks and head onto Casco Bay to learn the essential strokes of the sport. You’ll take a brief paddle in Portland harbor and practice strategies for safe paddling in open waters. Your instructor will customize the lesson to work with each students’ goals, experience level and interests. The level 2 class is offered the following weekend and we recommend taking the two courses together.