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  • How To Start an Outing Club at your High School ~ Roundtable Discussion
  • Rock Wall Climbing
  • Exploring the Vertical World of Maine
  • Beginner Fly Casting
  • Adventure Racing 2.0 ~ A Tune Up for the T3 Maine Adventure Race
  • Dirt Jumping, Freeriding & Cross Country Mountain Biking
  • I Think I Shall Go For A Walk: One Teen Plans a Thru Hike on the Appalachian TrailRock Wall Climbing
  • Maine Wildlife - Eagles, Loons & More
  • Backcountry Chef
  • Winter Camping Essentials
  • Find Your Place In Acadia
  • Gear Up for Surfing in Maine!
  • Teambuilding Activities and Initiatives
  • Biathlon 101
  • My Favorite Hikes in Maine
  • Canoe Camping
  • Risk Management for Outdoor Programs
  • The Foot Guru
  • Around the World On a One-Burner Stove
  • Geocaching
  • Tattle Tale Tracks ~ Animal Tracking
  • How To Lift Heavy Things with Your Pinky Finger
  • Wilderness First Aid: The Fundamentals
  • Layer Up ~ Dressing for the Outdoors
  • Start a Fire ~ Boil an Egg!  Firebuilding 101
  • A Not-Neat Knot Need Not Be Tied! ~ Knots for Campers
  • Owls of Maine ~ Habitats & Adaptations
  • Leave No Trace ~ Improve Your Next Outing
  • Tie a Fly!
  • The Outdoors After High School: Bowdoin Outing Club
  • Challenging & Fun Opportunities in Baxter State Park 
  • Making Meals to Maximize Energy!
  • Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program
  • Walk (Ramble) the United Kingdom with Ray
  • I'm in a Watershed?
  • Get Outside with the Maine Conservation Corps!
  • Become a Maine Whitewater Guide ~ everything you need to know!
  • Rocky Mountain Semester at the High Mountain Institute
  • 9 Hours North (A Multi-Day Kayak Expedition in the Saguenay Fjord)
  • Psychiatrist!  Group Campfire and Trail Games
  • Meal Planning for Group Camping
  • What's All This Talk About Obesity?
  • Biking as Healthy Recreation & Transportation Alternative
  • The Ultimate Campsite
  • Dutch Oven Cooking
  • Wild Med Theater
  • How Can I Land a Sweet Job in the Outdoors?
  • Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk in England
  • Paddles, Pelts, and Primitive Skills
  • Expeditiously Traveling Blind
  • Help!  I Can't Walk Out!
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Outdoors: Starting Your Own Nature-based Tourism Business
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Teens To Trails Conference 2010


These first sessions in blue are of particular interest to Outing Clubs leaders AND wannabes:
Complete alphabetical listing of workshops follows below ...


How To Start an Outing Club at your High School ~ Roundtable Discussion
Are you a student or teacher looking for tips on how to get an Outing Club off the ground?  Could you use some advice on organizing or leading trips?  Are you involved in an Outing Club and have some experience to share?  Join this roundtable discussion of Outing Club do's & don'ts & ideas for starting & leading an Outing Club program. There will be both student and adult leaders on hand & plenty of time for your questions and the sharing of information and experiences.

Facilitator:  Shawn Carlson
Shawn has started Outing Clubs at three different high schools over high teaching career & is happy to share his experience in working with administrators to get a new Club off the ground and working with teens to organize Outing Club trips.  


Risk Management for Outdoor Programs
Are liability concerns preventing you from starting an Outing Club?  Rufus E. Brown's workshop will introduce the fundamental concepts of liability protection for outdoor leaders. Basic legal and practical risk management concepts will be discussed.

Presenter:  Rufus Brown
Rufus E. Brown is an attorney with Brown & Burke, PA in Portland, Maine, whose practice includes outdoor law and litigation.  As a former Deputy Attorney General, he represented Baxter State Park.  In private practice, he represents Wilderness Medical Associates and New England Outdoor Center.  He has written extensively on issues of risk management in outdoor programs. Rufus is a highly regarded writer and analyst, with an extensive record of volunteer and educational work throughout the State of Maine.


Wilderness First Aid: The Fundamentals
What happens when people get too hot, too cold, too dehydrated, or they twist their ankles, skin their knees, or bump their heads?  What kinds of things should outdoor leaders know about?  This workshop covers the foundations of wilderness medicine.  We will talk about common backcountry medical problems, and offer practical tips for preventing emergencies before they happen.  This workshop will also survey the educational opportunities available for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders alike.

Presenter:  Eric Duffy
Eric Duffy has been an instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates since 2000.  He is a Wilderness EMT, State of Maine EMT-B, and a Registered Maine Guide.  Eric has been the health care coordinator for The Chewonki Foundation since 2007.  Before this he spent four years as the outdoor education director at Hebron Academy, three years supervising the sea kayaking and Maine Guide training programs at the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, and eight years working seasonally as an EMT in the winter and a sea kayaking guide in the summers.  Eric is also a T3 board member and serves as the director of Bremen Rescue.


How Leave No Trace Can Improve Your Next Outing
Okay to toss my apple core in the woods?  Is nature calling when hiking? What are the best Leave No Trace practices for my outing club?  Leave No Trace is a way to promote the responsible use and enjoyment of nature's gifts to which we have been entrusted.  During this inspiring and fun session, you will learn how you and members of your Outing Club can practice and teach Leave No Trace. Join us for a Backpack Relay, Ethical Dilemma and Dispose of Waste Debate.

Presenter:  Gabriel Williamson
Gabriel Williamson is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. He and his wife, Marcia, spent three years as Traveling Trainers for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics based in Boulder, CO. Together they taught  Leave No Trace practices and principles to thousands while driving 50,000 miles each year in the lower 48 states. Gabe is a campground ranger at South Branch Pond in Baxter State Park and a member of the State of Maine Leave No Trace Steering Committee.


Meal Planning for Group Camping
How to plan a menu, buy the food and create great meals for a group camping experience.  Camp and kitchen gear for group cooking.  With special attention to cost saving tips, dietary restrictions, and food choices appropriate for the trip.

Presenter:  Dave Butler
Dave is the owner of Maine Path & Paddle Guides and Maine Multisport.  He has been a Maine Guide since 1996 and is a founding member of the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization.



Psychiatrist!  Campfire and Trail Games
Stuck playing the same games and telling the same stories around the campfire?  Come and learn some great games and brainteasers to play on your next outings.  This will be an active session where we actually try out some of the games!  Please bring your own games to share with others.  This session is geared to Outing Club participants or advisors.

Presenter:  Catie Wooten
Catie is the Yarmouth Outing Club Advisor and a science teacher at Yarmouth High School.  She has been leading trips in New Hampshire and Maine with kids for 8 years, starting as trip leader at a girls summer camp.  She loves spending time outside with kids, and adventuring into Maine's wilderness!


My Favorite Hikes in Maine
What an incredible hike!!  I can't believe there aren't more people up here!  This is awesome!  Want to discover some really great hikes in Maine that would be perfect for your family or Outing Club?  Let us share some of our favorites.  Includes photos and basic information to plan a trip of your own.  Come watch some slides and listen to several presenters in ONE WORKSHOP talking about their favorite hikes in Maine!  Handouts available.

Presenters:  Rob Rowse and fellow hikers
This workshop will be presented by 4-5 people, each discussing one of their favorite hikes.  Led by Robert Rowse, T3 Board member and father of three girls who love to climb mountains.  In

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Here is an alphabetical listing of workshop descriptions. There's something for everyone:


9 Hours North (A Multi-Day Kayak Expedition in the Saguenay Fjord)
In September of 2009, three kayakers from Maine set out on an expedition to explore the Saguenay Fjord. The fjord, formed thousands of years ago by glaciation, is home to feeding Beluga Whales, sheer cliffs, and a 14' tidal flux. Its cold, fast moving currents connect Lake Saint-Jean to the Saint Lawrence River and create a unique habitat for a multitude of living organisms. In this workshop, you can expect to gain insight on trip planning, preparation and execution, as well as gain familiarity with an amazing Canadian Landscape that is close to home!

Presenter:  Eric Hanson
Eric is in his fourth year as an Earth/ Environmental Science Teacher at Windham High School. He has spent the last 12 years  working as a kayaking instructor and guide on the coast of Maine and has also spent time as a whitewater raft guide in the Forks. A member of the Windham High School Outing Club staff for the past three years he most enjoys leading the annual "Soup To Summit Hike." Eric is also one of three directors of the Annual Maine Kayak Fishing Tournament which involves over 100 professional and recreational kayak fisherman from across the country. His most recent adventures have taken him to Florida, Belize, Quebec, and Puerto Rico. Other passions include whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, kayak fishing, photography, and visiting with family and friends.



A Not-Neat Knot Need Not Be Tied! ~ Knots for Campers
Learn how to tie a few basic knots that can untied later! Every good camper needs to know a few good knots. The goal is to have a rope you can use again and again and a knot that is easy to untie. Try your hand at these ... Bowline. Dragon Bowline, Truckers Hitch, Taught Line, Clove Hitch, Figure 8 & Rope Coil.

Presenter:  Bob Myron
Bob is a Master Maine Guide and a Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide, ACA Instructor Trainer in Canoeing and Kayaking and an avid sailor. Bob has led trips on the Maine Coast and in the Allagash region for many years.



Adventure Racing 2.0  ~  A Tune Up for the T3 Maine Adventure Race
Not for the faint of heart, this interactive workshop will engage participants in a mini-version of the exciting orienteering race known as a rogaine.  Attendees will develop map & compass skills while working in pairs to solve a navigational puzzle.

Great news!  Teens To Trails is announcing
the first-ever T3 Maine Adventure Race!  Join us Saturday May 15th for an orienteering race for high school students at Bradbury Mountain State Park. We created this event with high school Outing Clubs in mind!  Teams of 2 or 3 racers follow clues & use maps & compasses to find as many checkpoints as possible before time expires. The Adventure Race will use a "rogaining" format which is an outdoor treasure hunt of sorts.  During this session, Race Director Cory Snow will introduce participants to this new form of adventure racing.  Learn how to strategize to win!  Give it a try. Form your own team & SIGN UP TODAY at the Conference.
CHECK OUT our How To VIDEO

    •    Great PRIZES for the top three teams, plus additional prizes and raffles
    •    You must PRE-REGISTER to compete!
    •    You can register online on our website anytime
    •    Announcement of Outing Club Contest Winners and the ...
    •    Winner of the Outing Club Grand Prize Raffle


Presenter & Race Director:  Cory Snow
Cory spent last school year teaching in New Zealand.  He returned to introduce Americans to the tremendously popular sport of Rogaining!   Join this workshop session and see what it's all about and get tips on how to win this Race!!!

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Around the World On a One-Burner Stove
Get your taste buds ready!  Create great dishes inspired by cultures across the globe with Lincoln Outdoor Center guides at a typical island campsite.

Presenters:  Lincoln Outdoor Center
About Us.  We are based on the coast of Maine and are extremely proud of the fact that it is one of best places in the world to get on the water. Though we have taken clients all over the world, the majority of our trips are based right here. We specialize in designing and executing single-day and multi-day wilderness paddling programs. Through these programs we seek to share our passion for paddling and exploration.  We hope to educate our clients through experiences that develop an understanding of the world around them and the people with whom they interact.



Backcountry Chef
While you should leave your chef's hat at home, you can still make delicious food on backcountry expeditions.  With a focus on baking, Emily will share her decade of backcountry cooking experience through a hands-on workshop that will spice up your current repertoire of recipes and offer a foundation for beginners.  Can you smell the cinnamon rolls baking?

Presenter:  Emily Dolci
As an Outward Bound & NOLS student, Emily developed a love for the outdoors and an appreciation for a delicious backcountry meal.  She's honed her skills on personal trips throughout Maine, the Tetons, and Alaska and as an instructor for Outward Bound in the Maine Northwoods.  She recently returned to her "inside life" as a teacher at Windham High School after completing a southbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.  Amazingly, she still likes oatmeal after eating it everyday for five months.



Become a Maine Whitewater Guide ~ everything you need to know!
Becoming a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide is a challenging, but rewarding process that requires a wide arrange of skills.  This session will introduce you to the skills required to become a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide, including the training process and certain requirements such as safety, and river morphology.  Join us in this hands-on workshop to help you achieve your ultimate summer job!

Presenter:  Casey Ryder
Casey is a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide and is also currently a student at Washington County Community College in the Adventure Recreation and Tourism program.  Casey will be joined by three other students and Guides to facilitate this hands-on workshop.



Beginner Fly Casting
Have you always wanted to try fly-fishing, but didn't know where to start?  Let L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools fishing experts teach you the fundamentals of basic fly casting to build the skills you need to get out on your favorite fishing spot.  These workshops will be limited to just five participants for each instructor per session, so get there early to sign up!

Presenters:  L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools Instructors



Biathlon 101
Participants can try shooting with a laser rifle, learn the basics of the sport, and experience ski tuning for fast skis! Mike Smith and Seth Hubbard of Maine Winter Sports Center will present a clinic on biathlon.  This sport is the ultimate combination of rifle marksmanship and cross-country skiing.   

Presenters:  Seth Hubbard & Mike Smith
Mike & Seth are working to "re-introduce cross-country skiing as a lifestyle in Maine" with the Maine Winter Sports Center in Aroostook County. Mike is a an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves helping others experience the great outdoors, when Mike isn’t getting communities on skis he is leading white water kayak trips in Panama or biking the length of Maine, Seth is a former Maine Winter Sports Center and USBA biathlete who enjoys helping other reach their goals.



Biking as Healthy Recreation and Transportation Alternative

Discussion and hands-on workshop on the importance of biking to maintain both personal and environmental health. We will explore all the skills and safety issues involved in the use of a multi-geared bike.  Demos on proper instruction and safe bike set-up for fun and safe biking.  All equipment, bikes & helmets provided.

Presenter:  Cliff Krolick
Cliff is a professional mountain biking instructor and founder of BackCountry Excursions, LLC located in Parsonsfield, Maine which is entering its 20th year as the oldest running commercial mountain biking facility in all of North America.  Here Cliff guides mountain bikers, designs trails, and entertains riders from near and far. He is also trail designer consultant and has assisted in development of numerous riding areas.

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Canoe Camping
Information, tips, and open discussion about canoe camping.  From deciding where and when to go; to paddling down a scenic Maine river; to setting up a camp that is comfy and secure; we will discuss ideas that will help your group have a great canoe camping experience.

Presenter:  Dave Butler
Dave is the owner of Maine Path & Paddle Guides and Maine Multisport.  He has been a Maine Guide since 1996 and is a founding member of the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization.




Challenging and Fun Opportunities in Baxter State Park!
Take a "breath-taking" virtual hike up Katahdin.  Slide down the cold clear waters of Ledge Falls, a natural water slide.  In this interactive workshop, see what challenging and fun opportunities the Park has to offer to people of all ages and abilities. Find answers to your questions -- What should I know about hiking Katahdin? What trail is the "easiest" up Katahdin? How can I make a reservation for an Outing Club?  

Presenter:  Marcia Williamson
Marcia worked as a seasonal campground ranger in the shadow of Katahdin in Baxter State Park for 11 years. She then traveled the country for three years with her husband as a Traveling Trainer for Leave No Trace teaching low impact recreational practices, often to outing club members. Her heart then brought her back to her favorite park, Baxter State Park, where she is now the Park's Interpretive Specialist.



Dirt Jumping, Freeriding & Cross Country Mountain Biking
Join the staff of Bath Cycle and Ski, and check out the different facets of Mountain Biking -- from Dirt Jumping to Urban Freestyle, from Winter Endurance racing to full on Downhill Racing. Check out examples of all types of bikes, as well as videos, information on where to ride, and riding tips.

Presenters:  Staff of Bath Cycle and Ski



Dutch Oven Cooking
Learn how good outdoor cooking can be.  We will be making a scrumptious meal with a dutch oven. We will also be talking about how to cook with a dutch oven in an environmentally responsible way.

Presenter:  Dan Pierce
Dan has been playing in the outdoors all of his life.  Currently he is team building for business, schools and nonprofits at Cairn Leadership School.  He is a Registered Maine Guide, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  The goal of Cairn Leadership School is to make outdoor experiences open for all who want to be outside.



Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Outdoors: Starting Your Own Nature-based Tourism Business
You have the knowledge. You have the passion. You have a deep respect for Maine’s natural resources, and you live for outdoor recreation. Learn how you can put this all together to start your own nature-based tourism business. And no, you’re not too young.

Presenters:  Marc Edwards and Cliff Krolick
Marc Edwards is an educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and works to support small and home based businesses, particularly nature-based tourism businesses. Through his work, he has had the pleasure of getting to know Cliff Krolick, a passionate and experienced mountain biker, lover of the outdoors, and successful nature-based tourism entrepreneur. Cliff owns and operates Back Country Excursions in Parsonsfield, Maine, and is an excellent role model for young entrepreneurs.


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Expeditiously Traveling Blind
Attention.  ACME (Auditorily Committed Maine Expeditioners) is seeking recruits for today's unusual mission.  We're in search of a crack team able to travel blind.  Literally! Excellent listening, team building skills and suitable clothing for traveling outdoors required.  Blindfolds will be provided.  All ages welcome.  Limited to 10.

Presenter:  Jeannie Christie
Jeannie Christie is a volunteer leader with the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.  She has been wandering around the mountains of Maine, the canoe paths of Minnesota and the shores of Chesapeake Bay off and on for many years, sometimes alone and sometimes leading a group of intrepid adventurers.  Jeanne is also a Chapter Youth Program leader for the Maine Chapter of AMC and eager to recruit the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and help them acquire the skills necessary to fuel their own explorations into the great outdoors.



Exploring the Vertical World of Maine
Are you looking to transition from indoor climbing to real rock?  Do you want to rock or ice climb outside for the first time? Do you wonder the best way to get a group of students outside climbing?  Are you already a good climber and have a desire to teach others to climb? In this workshop, guides from Acadia Mountain Guides will share suggestions for getting started in the outdoor world of climbing and describe the expected best practices for people seeking to bring groups climbing. We will highlight some of our favorite climbing areas in Maine, show you the basic types of gear that you will need and where to find it, and describe nationally-accepted indoor and outdoor training and certification programs for climbers.  Discover the vertical world today!

Presenter:  Acadia Mountain Guides
Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is based in Orono and Bar Harbor, ME. AMG is Maine’s only full service, year round climbing school. They offer a full spectrum of instruction and guiding, ranging from introductory programs for individuals, families and groups to high-altitude mountaineering expeditions in other parts of the world. A strong advocate for instructor and guide education on a national level, AMG is staffed by highly-skilled climbers and educators who have been further trained and evaluated by organizations such as the PCIA and AMGA.


Find Your Place In Acadia
Discover the treasures of Acadia National Park that compel so many people to return again and again. Whether you choose to hike steep historic trails, bike the carriage roads, sea-kayak around islands, or rock climb on ocean cliffs, your experience of Acadia's magic will be all your own. Learn a little about Acadia's geology, ecology and history as you begin to plan your adventure in the park and imagine your next favorite place. Already love Acadia? National Parks are great places to work -- information about volunteer and paid job opportunities for summer positions will be provided. 

Presenter:  Michael Marion
Michael has worked as an interpretive park ranger with the National Park Service for seventeen years, including assignments at Grand Teton, Joshua Tree, Badlands, Great Basin, Death Valley and other national parks. He is currently the Lead Education Ranger at Acadia, where he teaches curriculum-based programs and leads hikes for elementary and middle-school
students. He enjoys adventuring in the natural world in all seasons by foot, bike, skis or kayak.

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Gear Up for Surfing in Maine!

The ski and snowboard season is coming to a close and what activity do we choose next?? Surfing! There is a huge amount of coastline here in Maine and ... yes, we DO get some good waves rolling in. This workshop will introduce the gear that you will need to get started and get better as a surfer. We will discuss the proper selection of a board and wetsuit that will fit the needs of all types of surf and all ability levels of surfers. Board size, style, thickness, etc. will be discussed as well.

Presenter:  James Krams
James has been surfing for over 20 years all along the east coast. He grew up in Long Island, NY surfing breaks like Lido, Long Beach, Montauk. James moved to Portland ten years ago in order to have good surf and great mountains to snowboard on, all in one area. He is the Board-sport (Surf and Snowboard) Product Manager at the new Wilderness House location in Scarborough. He and his wife have also welcomed a brand new baby surfer and shredder into the world named Amelia. She already has 2 pair of checkered slip-on Vans and a mini wetsuit.


Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. This workshop is an interactive activity that promotes the use of GPS units and prepares the user for geocaching activities on their own.  If weather permits, we will conduct a large portion of the workshop outdoors.

Presenter:  John Philbrick
Adventure Bound is Maine's only whitewater rafting facility devoted to youth and family programs.  Our alcohol-free adventure center on the Kennebec River guarantees a quality outdoor experience and our staff are dedicated to sharing their enthusiasm for the outdoors with others.



Get Outside with the Maine Conservation Corps
Want to spend time outside helping to improve Maine's recreational trails and conservation efforts?  Opportunities with the MCC include constructing and rehabilitating hiking trails, conducting watershed surveys, teaching kids about the environment, and many more! The MCC is dedicated to environmental education, conservation, and stewardship - learn how you can help make these things happen!

Presenter:  Sarah Gaffney
Sarah Gaffney served two AmeriCorps terms with the Maine Conservation Corps and she and her husband maintain a section of the Appalachian Trail on Saddleback Mountain, which is also where they got married.  They live in Vassalboro with their 2 dogs and 3 cats.


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Help!  I Can't Walk Out!
Ever wondered what happens when you can't walk to your car or help?  In this workshop participants will learn how to help someone who has broken a leg or injured their spine and can't walk out.  Students will learn how to rescue someone who has been injured,how to safely move someone and how to package and carry someone in a litter.  Don't know what a litter is? ...then come learn and see what rescuers do in the backcountry.

Presenters:  Dr. Anja Whittington & Amanda Morin
Dr. Anja Whittington is an Assistant Professor of Recreation/Leisure Services at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  She runs the recreation and leisure services department and teaches courses in backcountry skills and wilderness medicine. Amanda Morin is the Outing Club Director at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  She takes students on a variety of outings ranging from winter trips into Baxter State Park to skiing at the local ski area.



How Can I Land a Sweet Job in the Outdoors? (Outdoor Career Development)
Ever wonder how you can turn your passion for adventure and the outdoors into a career?  During this workshop, you can find out!  Learn what experiences you can gain in high school, what colleges offer outdoor adventure majors, explore the different seasonal jobs in the northeast and the professional careers you can get when you graduate from college.  We'll also talk about what employers look for when hiring for these awesome positions.

Presenter:  Cary Rhodes
Cary is the Education Programs Coordinator for the Appalachian Mountain Club and is responsible for coordinating the summer Teen Wilderness Adventure Program and environmental education outreach throughout the school year -  graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Adventure Education from Unity College and spent the following years on the east and west coasts as a wilderness and environmental education instructor.



How To Lift Heavy Things With Your Pinky Finger
A common challenge with many trail projects in the field is moving material in an efficient and low impact way through the woods.  This work shop will explore a variety of tools and methods to move materials without breaking your back.  Our discussions and demonstrations on tools and methods will lead to conversation about recreations and the environments that the projects take place in.  This is an interactive workshop that will take place outdoors weather permitting.

Presenter: Walter Opuszynski
Walter has worked in the fields of recreation and land management since earning a degree from Unity College at the turn of the century.  He currently works with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail as Trail Director.  The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile water-based trail that stretches from Old Forge, NY to Fort Kent, ME with 65 miles of portage trail.  The trail connects very unique watersheds and communities and weaves through historic Native American travel routes.



How To Start an Outing Club at your High School ~ Roundtable Discussion
Are you a student or teacher looking for tips on how to get an Outing Club off the ground?  Could you use some advice on organizing or leading trips?  Are you involved in an Outing Club and have some experience to share?  Join this roundtable discussion of Outing Club do's & don'ts & ideas for starting & leading an Outing Club program. There will be both student and adult leaders on hand & plenty of time for your questions and the sharing of information and experiences.

Facilitator:  Shawn Carlson
Shawn has started Outing Clubs at three different high schools over high teaching career & is happy to share his experience in working with administrators to get a new Club off the ground and working with teens to organize Outing Club trips.  


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I Think I Shall Go For A Walk: One Teen Plans a Thru Hike on the Appalachian Trail
Join AT teen thru-hiker Kevin Kirby as he describes how his 2,000-mile hike came to be and the finer details of execution. Share his experience through photos and stories - like the time he camped out in a storm! Bring your questions and learn from a teenager who made his dream a reality.  You can read Kevin's Trail Journal on www.trailjournals.com/kirby

Presenter:  Kevin Kirby  GA>ME 2008
Kevin planned his hike while in high school and returns to us from college to share his AT story.



I'm in a Watershed?
While out and about on trails, lakes and rivers, you are always in a watershed and always in someone's backyard. Making connections to the land by meeting local people (and wildlife) can enhance any trip while building a strong sense of community. Everyone lives in a watershed. Everything we do impacts someone else. Connect with people, learn about the environment and make a difference in your life.

Presenters:  Jessica Decke & Jonathan Downing
Jessica Decke, Tanglewood Summer Camp Director, has been working in the environmental education field for over 10 years.  She has a BS in Wildlife Conservation and an MS in Environmental Studies.  Jonathan Downing, Blueberry Cove Camp Director, has over a decade of experience in designing and leading outdoor adventures, teambuilding and program management. He is a registered Maine Master Guide with a BA in Geography.



Layer Up ~ Dressing for the Outdoors
After completing this workshop, you will understand how to layer and what to layer with.  From x-country skiing to hiking the AT, layering can make or break an outdoor adventure.  There are many layering combinations to choose from. We will help you understand the benefits of different fabrics, how to use them together, and find the answers to questions you should ask yourself when shopping for outdoor apparel and outerwear.

Presenter:  Rachel Deans, Eastern Mountain Sports
Rachel Deans is recent college graduate and a NOLS grad.  Rachel has been in the outdoor industry since 2006.  She can be found hiking in chest high snow in the Cascades or running for miles around the city of Portland.  Rachel knows how to use current fabric technology to her advantage and she will show you how to do the same.  Rachel works for Eastern Mountain Sports in Portland.



Leave No Trace ~ Improve Your Next Outing
Okay to toss my apple core in the woods?  Is nature calling when hiking? What are the best Leave No Trace practices for my outing club?  Leave No Trace is a way to promote the responsible use and enjoyment of nature's gifts to which we have been entrusted.  During this inspiring and fun session, you will learn how you and members of your Outing Club can practice and teach Leave No Trace. Join us for a Backpack Relay, Ethical Dilemma and Dispose of Waste Debate.

Presenter:  Gabriel Williamson
Gabriel Williamson is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. He and his wife, Marcia, spent three years as Traveling Trainers for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics based in Boulder, CO. Together they taught  Leave No Trace practices and principles to thousands while driving 50,000 miles each year in the lower 48 states. Gabe is a campground ranger at South Branch Pond in Baxter State Park and a member of the State of Maine Leave No Trace Steering Committee.


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Maine Wildlife - Eagles, Loons & More!
Bill Hanson has been involved with extensive studies on loons, eagles, fish and other wildlife around Maine's lakes and rivers.  These studies have involved capturing and banding 100's of loons, tree climbing and handling over 200 eagles at their nest sites, as well as tracking loons, eagles and fish outfitted with radio and satellite transmitters.  The results of these studies have discovered some fascinating information about the life history and behaviors of these species.  Bill's powerpoint presentation is packed full of slides of eagles, loons, fish and other wildlife. Come see some unusual close-up wildlife photos and learn some interesting information about these amazing animals that we all hope to see during our trips outdoors.

Presenter:  Bill Hanson
Bill Hanson is a biologist who has conducted wildlife and fisheries studies in Maine for 30 years.



Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program
Does camping and backpacking in Maine's wilderness gem, Baxter State Park,  sound like something  you'd like to do?  Friends of Baxter State Park offers ten high school students an extraordinary opportunity to learn more about the importance and meaning of wilderness during an all-expense-paid leadership program for nine days in August.  Apply in January to get in on the selection for next August.  Come learn more about the program and meet some of last year's participants to hear about their experiences.

Presenters:  Friends of Baxter State Park & past participants
Friends of Baxter State Park offered ten high school students a chance to spend a week in the park last August. The program was funded by a grant from the Quimby Foundation. It was a great success. Participants worked with wilderness leaders and specialists in  nature photography, flora and fauna of the Park and its geologic and fragile areas.  Hear how they learned about career opportunities in Natural Resources, painted with a regional artist at Katahdin Lake, and other exciting programs.



Making Meals to Maximize Energy!
Healthy food is so important for our bodies during active times. This workshop will explore what foods give you strength and allow lasting endurance. The workshop will have you moving around, making food, and will leave you with tasty recipes that lead toward peak performance!

Presenters:  Ashley Bracy and Stephanie Agne
Ashley Bracy and Stephanie Agne RD LD work for a Healthy Maine Partnership, a state wide effort to make Maine a healthier place to live and work.  Much of their time is dedicated to educating worksites, schools, communities and especially youth on the importance of healthy eating and overall wellness.



Meal Planning for Group Camping
How to plan a menu, buy the food and create great meals for a group camping experience.  Camp and kitchen gear for group cooking.  With special attention to cost saving tips, dietary restrictions, and food choices appropriate for the trip.

Presenter:  Dave Butler
Dave is the owner of Maine Path & Paddle Guides and Maine Multisport.  He has been a Maine Guide since 1996 and is a founding member of the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization.



My Favorite Hikes in Maine
What an incredible hike!!  I can't believe there aren't more people up here!  This is awesome!  Want to discover some really great hikes in Maine that would be perfect for your family or Outing Club?  Let us share some of our favorites.  Includes photos and basic information to plan a trip of your own.  Come watch some slides and listen to several presenters in ONE WORKSHOP talking about their favorite hikes in Maine!  Handouts available.

Presenters:  Rob Rowse and fellow hikers
This workshop will be presented by 4-5 people, each discussing one of their favorite hikes.  Led by Robert Rowse, T3 Board member and father of three girls who love to climb mountains.  In his spare time, Rob does graphic design for T3 ... in fact, Rob designed the beautiful Conference 2010 poster - BUY ONE for just $5!


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Owls of Maine - Habits & Adaptations of Maine's Native Owls (all ages)
Our live Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Screech or Saw-whet Owls are the highlights of this program, which introduces participants to the owls native to Maine and New England. We begin with slides and sounds to learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl. Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light!

Presenter:  The Chewonki Foundation
The Chewonki Foundation is a recognized leader in creating lifetime stewards of the natural world.  Chewonki offers a broad array of environmental education programs, traveling natural history programs, summer camp & wilderness trips for teens, and a residential academic Semester School program for high-school juniors.



Paddles, Pelts & Primitive Skills: Traditions of the Northwoods at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center
Ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of pioneer woodsmen and women, to carve your own canoe paddle and strike out relying on your skills and wits to survive in the Maine Woods? In this hands-on workshop, Bryant Pond 4-H Camp's educators demonstrate the primitive and modern outdoor skills that our staff and students practice daily at camp and on our multi-day wilderness trips.

Presenters:  Ryder Scott and Ron Fournier
Ryder Scott is Program Director at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center.  As an outdoor environmental educator for over fifteen years, Ryder's passion is facilitating outdoor experiential learning that sustains individuals, communities and the planet.  Ron Fournier is a registered Maine Guide, avid outdoorsman and educator, and father of four.  Ron is dedicated to passing along the traditions of the Maine Woods to the next generation.



Psychiatrist!  Campfire and Trail Games
Stuck playing the same games and telling the same stories around the campfire?  Come and learn some great games and brainteasers to play on your next outings.  This will be an active session where we actually try out some of the games!  Please bring your own games to share with others.  This session is geared to Outing Club participants or advisors.

Presenter:  Catie Wooten
Catie is the Yarmouth Outing Club Advisor and a science teacher at Yarmouth High School.  She has been leading trips in New Hampshire and Maine with kids for 8 years, starting as trip leader at a girls summer camp.  She loves spending time outside with kids, and adventuring into Maine's wilderness!




Risk Management for Outdoor Programs
Are liability concerns preventing you from starting an Outing Club?  Rufus E. Brown's workshop will introduce the fundamental concepts of liability protection for outdoor leaders. Basic legal and practical risk management concepts will be discussed.

Presenter:  Rufus Brown
Rufus E. Brown is an attorney with Brown & Burke, PA in Portland, Maine, whose practice includes outdoor law and litigation.  As a former Deputy Attorney General, he represented Baxter State Park.  In private practice, he represents Wilderness Medical Associates and New England Outdoor Center.  He has written extensively on issues of risk management in outdoor programs. Rufus is a highly regarded writer and analyst, with an extensive record of volunteer and educational work throughout the State of Maine.



Rock Climbing
Join members of the Windham Outing Club in engaging your mind and muscles as you climb on our rock wall.  Participants will learn how to wear a harness & problem solve climbs along with basic belay techniques. Indoor climbing is a great thrill and challenge for all ages and abilities! In addition to being just plain fun, climbing provides an excellent place to increase self-esteem, develop team building, communication and problem solving skills.

Presenters:  Jeff Riddle & Windham Outing Club
Jeff teaches Earth Science, Adventure Physical Education, coaches Cross-Country, and advises the Windham Outing Club.  He has spent past summers using his Sea Kayaking Guides license to guide for Seaspray Kayaking.


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Rocky Mountain Semester at the High Mountain Institute

The Rocky Mountain Semester (RMS) is a unique opportunity for juniors and some seniors in high school to spend a semester living, traveling, and studying in the mountains of central Colorado and the canyons of southeastern Utah. In essence, our school combines some of the best qualities of an academic program at a rigorous boarding school with the adventure of a summer backpacking expedition. The High Mountain Institute also offers summer leadership and outdoor workshops.

Presenter:  Paul Landsberg
Paul is an alumnus of the Rocky Mountain Semester at the High Mountain Institute. He has returned to HMI to participate in The Leading Edge leadership development program and to instruct the High Peaks Adventure program.


Start a Fire ~ Boil an Egg!   Firebuilding 101
Learn about different types of tender and how to start a fire with a spark. Students will build small fires (outside) and boil an egg in a paper cup! Led by East Grand Outdoor Ed students.  

Presenters:  East Grand High School Outdoor Education students
East Grand Outdoor Education Students are part of a very active year-long program promoting leadership development, teamwork, trust and physical fitness while gaining an appreciation for the outdoors and all that it has to offer!

Download East Grand Adventure Race ~ May 8th ~ info and registration form


T3 Maine Adventure Race ~ Get Ready to Compete!
Great news!  Teens To Trails is announcing the first-ever T3 Maine Adventure Race!  Join us Saturday May 15th for an orienteering race for high school students at Bradbury Mountain State Park. We created this event with high school Outing Clubs in mind!  Teams of 2 or 3 racers follow clues & use maps & compasses to find as many checkpoints as possible before time expires. The Adventure Race will use a "rogaining" format which is an outdoor treasure hunt of sorts.  During this session, Race Director Cory Snow will introduce participants to this new form of adventure racing.  Learn how to strategize to win!  Give it a try. Form your own team & SIGN UP TODAY at the Conference.
CHECK OUT our How To VIDEO

    •    Great PRIZES for the top three teams, plus additional prizes and raffles
    •    You must PRE-REGISTER to compete!
    •    You can register online on our website anytime
    •    Announcement of Outing Club Contest Winners and the ...
    •    Winner of the Outing Club Grand Prize Raffle


Presenter & Race Director:  Cory Snow
Cory spent last school year teaching in New Zealand.  He returned to introduce Americans to the tremendously popular sport of Rogaining!   Join this workshop session and see what it's all about and get tips on how to win this Race!!!



Tattle Tale Tracks ~ Animal Tracking
Learn the various configurations of animal tracks ~ walking, loping, galloping and bounding ~ and learn how to identify different tracks that you find.  Learn how tracks are measured and how to make a "tracking" stick.  Handouts available to take home so you can get outside and practice what you've learned!

Presenter:  Shannon LeRoy
Shannon is the Programs Manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club's Maine Woods Initiative in Greenville.


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Teambuilding Activities and Initiatives

Interactive, fun, and informative workshop on activities and initiatives that you can use to build community and teamwork within your Outing Club, groups & staff!

Presenter:  Lisa Carter, UMO Maine Bound
Lisa is the Coordinator of the Maine Bound Adventure Center at the University of Maine.  She grew up in Georgia exploring the Smoky Mts. any chance she could get.  She is an avid kayaker, canoeist, and backpacker.  One of her favorite activities is spending time with her two rambunctious Border Collies.  Lisa is a certified Wilderness First Responder, LNT Master Trainer, and ACA Instructor.



The Foot Guru
Everything you ever wanted to know about matching feet and footgear.  An introduction to the various types of outdoor footwear and how to determine what shoes/boots are appropriate for an individual's foot structure and activity and why it is so important to get a good match!

Presenter:  Ned Doughty, Eastern Mountain Sports



The Outdoors After High School: A Panel
What are your plans after you graduate from high school?  Join a panel of Bowdoin students to hear about their experiences with the Bowdoin Outing Club and various outdoor summer jobs, from Guiding to summer Camps to the U.S. Forest Service.

Presenters:  Bowdoin Outing Club
Panel members are all student leaders from the Bowdoin Outing Club with a passion for the outdoors and plenty of outdoor experience both at Bowdoin and summer jobs.



The Ultimate Campsite
Learn how to set up your campsite! The mantra: Is it dry? Is it safe? Is it leave no trace? We'll go over ways to make this happen!

Presenter:  Bob Myron
Bob is a Master Maine Guide and a Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide, ACA Instructor Trainer in Canoeing and Kayaking and an avid sailor. Bob has led trips on the Maine Coast and in the Allagash region for many years.



Tie a Fly
Participants will get to try their hand at fly tying ~ several experienced fly tyers on hand to help answer questions and get you started.  Materials provided.

Presenters:  Wayne Martin & other experienced fly tyers



Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk in England

Hike Wainwright's 190-mile Coast to Coast trail, spanning England from the town of St. Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. Also described by some as a hike from the Cumbrian coast to the Yorkshire coast. Full Disclosure -- this was a very "civilized" hike as it was over an 18-day period from B&B to B&B with day packs.  Most enjoyable!

Presenter:  Janice Ronan
Janice enjoys most outdoor activities, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, biking, hiking, swimming and canoeing.  She recently spent 93 days in the United Kingdom walking, rambling and hiking throughout the countrysides.


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Walk (Ramble) the United Kingdom with Ray
Ramble with Ray and Janice Ronan throughout the United Kingdom.  England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland will all be seen here. Seven Sisters, Giant's Staircase, Tory Island, Conwy, Betws-Y-Coed to name a few.  Have I got you yet?  Bring your own water and trail mix.

Presenter:  Ray Ronan
Ray "WalkinHome" Ronan is a former Appalachian Trail thru hiker (2000) and spends much of his time protecting and improving the A.T. for the the Maine Appalachian Trail Club.  Recently he and his wife Janice spent 93 days in the U.K. sightseeing.



What's All This Talk About Obesity?
You'll be amazed by the statistics. The rate of obesity among children and adults has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. The higher rates of obesity are causing major health and economic consequences for our society.  Tim will present an overview of the obesity epidemic, discuss the causes of obesity and share some ideas on how we can all work together to prevent obesity.

Presenter:  Timothy Goltz
Tim is a Family Physician in Damariscotta.  In addition to his full time practice, for the past 5 years he has been a member of the MaineHealth Healthy Weight Workgroup and is the chairperson of the MaineHealth Preventive Health Taskforce.



Wild Med Theater
A hands-on workshop providing participants with interactive opportunities to respond to medical scenarios under the guidance of a highly experienced wilderness educator and medical practitioner. Work in teams to respond to scenes designed to focus on overall accident leadership, assessment, first aid skills, wilderness medical guidelines and rescue actions. This workshop is open to both medically-trained and non-trained individuals. You'll get just a little bloody!

Presenter:  Jon Tierney, Acadia Mountain Guides
Jon is a practicing flight paramedic with over 25 years of emergency medical experience. He has worked as an NPS climbing ranger in alpine parks and in busy urban EMS services.  He now works with LifeFlight of Maine and instructs for Wilderness Medical Associates. Jon is also an internationally licensed IFMGA mountain guide who has been guiding since 1984. He is the owner of Acadia Mountain Guides and was the primary developer of the climbing instructor training programs used in the U.S.



Wilderness First Aid: The Fundamentals
What happens when people get too hot, too cold, too dehydrated, or they twist their ankles, skin their knees, or bump their heads?  What kinds of things should outdoor leaders know about?  This workshop covers the foundations of wilderness medicine.  We will talk about common backcountry medical problems, and offer practical tips for preventing emergencies before they happen.  This workshop will also survey the educational opportunities available for outdoor enthusiasts and trip leaders alike.

Presenter:  Eric Duffy
Eric Duffy has been an instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates since 2000.  He is a Wilderness EMT, State of Maine EMT-B, and a Registered Maine Guide.  Eric has been the health care coordinator for The Chewonki Foundation since 2007.  Before this he spent four years as the outdoor education director at Hebron Academy, three years supervising the sea kayaking and Maine Guide training programs at the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, and eight years working seasonally as an EMT in the winter and a sea kayaking guide in the summers.  Eric is also a T3 board member and serves as the director of Bremen Rescue.



Winter Camping Essentials
Ever looked outside in the middle of winter and wondered if you could handle a night out in the cold? Well, you can! This workshop will de-mystify the art of being comfortable while camping out during our coldest winter nights. Whether you are setting up camp on the soccer field or you are deep in the backcountry, let the snowbank become your bunk. This workshop will help prepare groups for winter camping and includes tips to keep even those "cold sleepers" toasty warm. Join us for a dynamic workshop with demos and trip suggestions in tow.

Presenter:  Craig Hanson
Craig has been playing in the outdoors for all his 23 years. He enjoys hiking, cycling, skiing, kayaking, and anything to get outside! He has been an instructor of both whitewater and sea kayaking and has been involved with outing clubs since he helped to start one as a high school student in 2000. Now an Assistant Outing Club Advisor for the Windham High School Outing Club, Craig carries a Wilderness First Responder certification, a Maine Whitewater Guide's license, and has level II avalanche training.

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