The following links will lead you to even more resources for trip planning and ideas, wilderness trainings, gear finding, information on getting in the outdoors and more. We you hope find them useful!
American Canoe Association - Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation
The Appalachian Mountain Club - Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world. We offer advice, guidebooks, maps, and unique lodges and huts to inspire your next outing.
CalTopo - A website offering free suztomizable topographic maps for anywhere in the country. Measure distances, mark trailheads, annotate, creat pdfs and more.
Children and Nature Network - The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.
Chimani - Top-notch apps for exploring and touring the National Parks. We like to think of these apps within the tradition of the telescope or astrolabe of our adventuring ancestors - instruments to help us navigate the natural world (terrain and trails) and provide insight into its workings (the weather, moon phases, tides). All of this information is presented on an intuitive user interface that is visually well designed, includes professionally designed maps, up-to-date and well-researched content, high quality photographs and rock-solid programming.
GearCommons - Want to get outside but don’t have the right gear? No problem. GearCommons is your gateway drug for outdoor adventure. Search the GearCommons community and rent the gear you need from someone nearby.
Leave No Trace -The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy.
Maine Land Trust Network- Established in 1995, the Maine Land Trust Network strengthens the land conservation community by serving as a central hub of information. It brings conservationists together to facilitate information exchange and collaboration. Additionally, the Network provides a broad array of programs, services, and resources that build the capacity and sustainability of land conservation organizations throughout the state.
Maine Winter Sports Center’s Health Hometowns Program - Since its inception in 1999 the Maine Winter Sports Center has been dedicated to creating a healthier, more active, outdoor lifestyle throughout Maine. Healthy Hometowns, the community development division of MWSC, meets this challenge by providing resources such as equipment, curriculum, and training to volunteers and professionals across the state. Internationally recognized as one of the top youth development programs in the world, Healthy Hometowns seeks to build the active, outdoor culture of Maine with an emphasis on accessibility, sustainability and quality.
Mount Washington Avalanche Center – The MWAC is operated by the Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest and is the only American avalanche center east of the Rockies. With the rich history of skiing and climbing here, it is also the oldest forecasting program in the country. Make sure to check in with these guys before planning any travel on or near Mount Washington in the Winter.
National Outdoor Leadership School - The mission of the National Outdoor Leadership School is to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment. We define wilderness as a place where nature is dominant and situations and their consequences are real. Living in these conditions, away from the distractions of modern civilization fosters self-reliance, judgment, respect, and a sense of responsibility for our actions. It can also be a profoundly moving experience that leads to inspiration, joy and commitment to an environmental ethic. We believe that education should be exciting, fun and challenging.
National Safety Council - Being Safe When Being Outdoors
Outdoor Pursuits - Outdoor Safety
Pack Out Gear- It's Pack Out Gear's goal to provide quality, brand-name gear at an affordable rate so that more people can experience and value the natural world. We're a small company that wants to get you into the woods. We rent tents, backpacks, dry bags, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads… the essentials you need to stay warm and dry! We'll send the gear directly to you… and when your trip is over, simply send it back! SHIPPING IS FREE!! Take a look around and have fun out there!
Online First Aid Resources:
ACLS Training Center Wilderness First Aid Basics
Online CPR Certification: Offers online CPR training, first aid courses, bloodborne pathogen classes and a number of other certification options that are designated to help the general public gain the CPR skills and knowledge to help save a life!