Saturday, May 14 — Sunday, May 15

9am – 5pm | Ages 13+

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. This sixteen hour course focuses on basic skills necessary for responding to emergencies in the backcountry. We’ll cover response and assessment, survival skills, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, environmental emergencies, and medical emergencies.

This is an incredible course for teens and adults, not only will you gain the skills you need to care for people in remote locations, you will also have a fantastic time learning!

Fun and fast-moving, there will be a mix of classroom sessions, practice sessions and outdoor scenarios. Check out some of North Star Adventure’s program reviews!

Instructor Nancy Zane has more than 25 years of experience working, teaching, and playing in remote environments with youth and adults. In addition to teaching emergency medicine and the EMT program at the Waldo County Tech Center she is the founder of North Star Adventures where she guides private and public expeditions, day trips, and offers SOLO certification in wilderness medicine.

Course includes: Materials for practice scenarios, WFA book, WFA map, 2 year certification and instruction. Optional CPR certification add on for $25.

There is space for camping on Friday and Saturday nights for those traveling from a distance.

Supporter

$195

Actual cost — My family’s basic needs are met.

Subsidized

$175

I occasionally have difficulty meeting my family’s basic needs.

Scholarship

$155

Meeting my family’s basic needs is an ongoing challenge.

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I had so much fun and learned a lot. The environment was easy going and friendly. I felt comfortable making mistakes and trying again until I felt more confident!

North Star Adventures founder Nancy Zane has been inspiring individuals, students, and teams through adventure for over 25 years.

She has worked with sports teams, corporate groups, women’s groups, school personnel and families to create experiences that foster personal growth, teamwork, and open communication.

Upcoming Wilderness Skills Workshops:

Tracking
Tracking

Saturday, February 5th | 10:30am – 3pm

with Caitlin Thurrell and Jason Chandler

Once you learn to notice tracks, the entire world opens. Your steps out the door lead you to the well-worn trail of the hare, the red pile of freshly chewed spruce scales under a familiar tree, the deep sharp hoof print in mud, the claw marks in light snow, to the next track, and the next. Skilled hunters and foragers who already share our home: their lives open before our eyes. We share their world, and have much to learn from them, the rhythm and pattern of their steps, their senses and strategies. How they move can reveal something of our surroundings we didn’t see before. We stand in wonder, and we have undergone training and study and feel an inspiration that we are glad to share with you as well. Games, exploration, and lunch by the fire will make this an exciting day for all ages!

You may want to bring note taking materials.
Please dress for warmth and bring a hearty lunch.
We will be outside for the entirety of this workshop.

This event is for all ages and abilities.
6 and under are no charge and should be accompanied by an adult.

Sliding scale $25 – $75. No one turned away for lack of funds.

$25.00$75.00 Select options
Woodcraft
Woodcraft

Saturday, March 12th | 10:30am – 3pm

with Caitlin Thurrell and Jason Chandler

A fun and informative session around the fire carving spoons and bowls from wood off the landscape. Use hardwood coals from the fire we will hollow vessels, we’ll also cover blade tool safety, wood selection, splitting techniques, finishing, and knife sharpening. All are encouraged to bring their own knives; we will also provide for those who need one! Bring a pair of workable gloves that give some warmth and get excited to create something beautiful!

Dress for warmth and bring a hearty lunch.
We will be outside for the entirety of this workshop.

This event is for all ages and abilities.
6 and under are no charge and should be accompanied by an adult.

Sliding scale $25 – $75. No one turned away for lack of funds.

$25.00$75.00 Select options
Outdoor Cooking
Outdoor Cooking

Saturday, April 23rd | 9am – 4pm

with Nancy Zane of North Star Adventures

Good food can be the difference between an amazing experience and a complete disaster. Spend the day learning how to create a variety of culinary delights with North Star Adventures.

We’ll use Dutch ovens, fry bakes, fire, and stoves to create a multitude of delicious meals. Omelets, cinnamon rolls, bread, pizza, upside down cake, vegetarian chili, quesadillas, cornbread, and cookies are all potential menu items.

Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Leave No Trace principles for responsible backcountry fire use will be taught as well.

All ages and abilities are welcome, 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

This class includes: Instruction, all meal ingredients, and cooking equipment.

Sliding Scale: $75 – $115

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Map & Compass
Map & Compass

Sunday, April 24th | 9am – 4pm

with Nancy Zane of North Star Adventures

Do you like to spend time in the woods? Do you enjoy hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, paddling, motor boating, snowmobiling, or cross-country skiing? Are you an aspiring Maine Guide? Would you like to become part of a local Search & Rescue team? Whether your profession takes you to the woods or you enjoy spending time in the backcountry with friends and family this course is for you! You will learn to read and interpret the language of maps. After you feel confident in map reading we will help you to unlock the mystery of the compass. It is a simple but very effective tool that doesn’t rely on satellites or batteries. The final portion of the course is practicing using them together. We will set a fun course for you to navigate and test your skills!

The Maine woods are thick and can be featureless. Learning to trust your knowledge and your compass will open up a world of exploration. You will gain the skills to go into more remote locations with self-confidence. Bring yourself, a hearty lunch and your sense of direction!

Sliding Scale: $75 – $115

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Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid

Saturday, May 14 — Sunday, May 15

9am – 5pm | Ages 13+

with Nancy Zane of North Star Adventures

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. This sixteen hour course focuses on basic skills necessary for responding to emergencies in the backcountry. We’ll cover response and assessment, survival skills, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, environmental emergencies, and medical emergencies.

This is an incredible course for teens and adults, not only will you gain the skills you need to care for people in remote locations, you will also have a fantastic time learning!

Fun and fast-moving, there will be a mix of classroom sessions, practice sessions and outdoor scenarios. Check out some of North Star Adventure’s program reviews!

Instructor Nancy Zane has more than 25 years of experience working, teaching, and playing in remote environments with youth and adults. In addition to teaching emergency medicine and the EMT program at the Waldo County Tech Center she is the founder of North Star Adventures where she guides private and public expeditions, day trips, and offers SOLO certification in wilderness medicine.

Course includes: Materials for practice scenarios, WFA book, WFA map, 2 year certification and instruction. Add on optional CPR certification for $25.

There is space for camping on Friday and Saturday nights for those traveling from a distance.

Sliding Scale: $155 – $195

Register Now

I had so much fun and learned a lot. The environment was easy going and friendly. I felt comfortable making mistakes and trying again until I felt more confident!

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