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Beach Profiling - NEW!
with Jacob Aman
Beach profiling is a simple surveying technique used to measure the impacts of coastal erosion. Learn how citizen science is tracking sand erosion at beaches from York to Scarborough since 1999 through monthly data collection and collaboration with state and university researchers. This data is used to help beach management make decisions at the local and state level, and the data is shared at the annual Maine Beaches Conference. Find out how it’s done and how you can get involved as a volunteer.
INSTRUCTOR: Jake Aman has been working at the Wells Reserve since 2008. He manages fisheries-related monitoring and restoration projects and works with volunteers to monitor coastal environmental conditions in Southern Maine.
Bicycle Safety - NEW!
with Charley LaFlamme
This course is intended for adults with little to moderate experience with bicycling, who would like to learn more about its various aspects. Topics to be covered include equipment, clothing, technique, basic maintenance, safety and rules of the road. The goal is to increase your knowledge and confidence for whatever kind of bicycling you enjoy. The course will follow League of American Bicyclists (LAB) education guidelines.
INSTRUCTOR: Charley LaFlamme founded the Bicycle Coalition of Maine in 1992 along with a handful of other cycling enthusiasts. He’s a League Cycling Instructor, the League of American Bicyclists’ regional trainer for the northeast, an expert bicycle witness for court cases and chairs the Ogunquit Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee.
Boater Safety & Seamanship - NEW!
with Chris Mayo
This course will provide you with an overview of U.S. Coast Guard mandatory safety gear and safe boating practices. You will also discuss principles of safe boating, based on the instructor’s extensive personal experience. There will be a brief opportunity for hands-on application of basic seamanship skills such as knot tying, cleating, and securing boats to docks and moorings. You will also examine the effects of the wind and current while boating and docking.
INSTRUCTOR: Chris Mayo is the Wells Harbormaster for over 6 years. He was a commercial fisherman for most of his life and worked on NOAA research ships for 4 years becoming one of the youngest Chief Boatswains. Chris attended Maine Maritime Academy and earned his Associates degree in Marine Transportation and Small Vessel Operations.
Exploring the Cosmos - NEW!
with Scott Negley
Explore the wonders of the night sky. We will study the appearance and causes of celestial events such as aurora, comets, meteor showers and eclipses including the partial eclipse of the sun in August 2017. We will discuss features of the planets revealed by NASA’s missions with special focus on planets that may have conditions suitable for primitive life forms. You will view the night sky in a portable planetarium featuring the April constellations as well as comets, meteors and the moon’s progression of phases. We will also explore the earth’s change of seasons as it orbits the sun.
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Negley has been teaching astronomy for more than 40 years in a variety of capacities including university instructor, school district planetarium director, Elderhostel teacher and currently as the owner/operator of Mainely Stars Planetarium, a portable planetarium company.
Fly Fishing Made Easy - NEW!
with Ron St. Saviour
Discover what makes fly casting work, how to choose the right system and how to properly match and balance all the components of your system. The typical fly-casting system consists of a rod, reel, backing line, leader and tippet. Learn and practice basic casting strokes including back, forward and roll casts. Understand how to prevent or cure common casting problems. Equipment is available, or bring your own.
INSTRUCTOR: Ron St. Saviour is a Registered Master Maine Guide in Outdoor Recreation and a Licensed Professional Maine Forester. He is also the founder and director of Southern Maine Guide Service “Outdoor School”, a unique alternative education program.
with Steve Rand
To legally hunt in Maine you must complete a Hunter Safety class. This course has 3 parts that lead to certification: class meeting, home study and the range day. After the initial class you will complete your assignments at home using an independent study guide and corresponding website. Estimated home study time is 15 hours. Submit your assignments on range day, along with an assembled survival kit. You must attend both classes and pass the final test with a minimum score of 70% to earn your certificate. Range day is Saturday, May 6, at the North Berwick Rod and Gun Club. Minimum participation age is 10. Please call 646-4565 to register.
INSTRUCTOR: Steve Rand is active in the North Berwick Rod and Gun Club and is very concerned about firearms safety. He teaches Hunter Safety in area adult education programs.
Nordic Fitness Walking
with Lauren DeLong
Get outside and enjoy the early spring weather. Learn how to burn extra calories and gain balance, support and confidence by walking with specialized poles. Nordic Walking burns up to 40% more calories, increases upper body strength, improves balance, and reduces stress on your hips, knees and spine. It’s great for those desiring a more intense workout, those recovering from knee and hip surgery, or if you have a balance disorder. We’ll begin with the history of Nordic Walking, pole fitting, then head out on our first Nordic Walk. The instructor will provide poles.
INSTRUCTOR: Lauren DeLong is the owner of YorkNordic.com and is a certified Nordic Walking instructor. She teaches Nordic Walking throughout New England, South Carolina, and Florida.
Outdoor Survival Skills - Part 1
with Ron St. Saviour
This series is offered in 4 parts. You may register for any combination of the parts, or the whole series at a discounted price. Register here for Part 1 only.
Part 1: Basic Survival Skills
Learn survival techniques that will enable you to survive should you become lost or injured while in the woods. Topics include camping skills, safety, environmental issues, fire building, shelters and dealing with heat exhaustion or frostbite.
INSTRUCTOR: Ron St. Saviour is a Registered Master Maine Guide in Outdoor Recreation and a Licensed Professional Maine Forester. He is also the founder and director of Southern Maine Guide Service “Outdoor School,” a unique alternative education program.