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2019 Festival Schedule

 
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Friday, September 20th

Maine Outdoor Film Festival

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Join the Maine Outdoor Film Festival and Teens To Trails at the 3rd annual Life Happens Outside Festival at L.L. Bean…

Time:  6:30 Food Trucks | 7:15 Show Time

Cost: Free, with all donations going toward Teens To Trails

Location:   L.L. Bean Discovery Park – 95 Main St, Freeport, Maine 04032

Presented in partnership with: Teens To Trails.

Featured Food Trucks

 
 
 

Saturday, September 21st

 

10:00 - 4:00

 
 

HIGH ADVENTURE ZONE


Reach new heights on Camp Kieve’s three-sided rock wall, plus enjoy games and other activities all day.

 
 
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Ride Zone

Come try Highland Bike Park's full size Ride Zone!

 

Survivalists

Clarence Gilmer (Winner of Naked and Afraid)

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Clarence’s survival skills began in the streets of Baltimore with his three brothers. Violence and crime was a challenge to deal with and navigate in a safe and respectful manner. Clarence would spend most weekends and all vacation time backpacking on the Appalachian Trail attempting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. In 2006 he quit his office life completely. While on a long adventure trip, after surviving a sailboat crash in a tropical storm on his way to Brazil, getting robbed in Juarez, Mexico and getting lost in the desert in southern California, Clarence knew he had to learn more about survival. Education is a constant for him. He feels that there’s something to learn on a daily basis. Teaching survival in diverse environments for many consecutive years has given Clarence assurance that he can handle most situations with patience and grace. His personal and professional life goals are to always be learning about the world around him and teach those skills to students of all ages.

Zach Fowler (WInner of Alone, season 3)

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Outdoorsman and Youtube Creator Zachary Fowler is a Vermont native who moved to Maine to become a wooden boat builder. Although building classic wooden boats was a passion and skill, Zach’s real love was always for the outdoors. This would be expressed by his years providing for his family, occupying an off-grid Yurt style home, and living a self-sufficient lifestyle. Fowler’s enthusiasm for the outdoors and strong work ethic was proven when he applied for, and won History channel’s “Alone” show, where he survived for 87 days in Patagonia, eating only 63 fish and 2 birds. After winning the show, Fowler chose to start his own Youtube channel where he could reach an audience and share his appreciation and knowledge of the great outdoors through video series such as the “30 Day Survival Challenge” and “Trick-Shot-Tuesday”.

Exhibitors

 
 
 

Leave NO TRace

Tom O’Brien - Leave No Trace Trainer and Master Educator, located in Topsham, ME.

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Newly appointed Maine State Advocate for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.  Retired Boy Scout Leader with over 22 years experience in the outdoors.

Tom is passionate about teaching youth and adults to make ethical choices to minimize their impact in the outdoors.  Tom wants to develop a network of Master Educators, Trainers and volunteers who can increase our joint outreach to individuals and organizations throughout Maine.  Our Team needs to build contacts with organizations that are committed to protecting the outdoors, e.g., outdoor retailers, parks and forests, schools and local communities to share our learning about the importance of Leave No Trace.

Join Tom at the Leave No Trace information booth to learn more about what you can do to minimize your impact in the outdoors.


Gear Drive

Teens To Trails is collecting lightly used and new outdoor gear to distribute to High School Outing Clubs throughout Maine. We collect gear throughout the year to distribute to Outing Clubs through our Grants-to-Clubs programs or one-off requests.

Please drop-off gear at the Teens To Trails base camp!

Gear Raffle

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT TEENS TO TRAILS 

Check out this year’s package below

 

Workshops & Events

10:15 - 11:00

 

10:00 - 12:00

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Yoga and Mindfulness in the Outdoors

with Katherine Oakes Englishman

Start your day with a grounding and energizing yoga practice that is open to all ages and abilities. The class blends movement with practical mindfulness techniques to help increase joy, resilience, and well being while at home, in school and in the outdoors. No previous yoga experience is required! Please come with a yoga mat, an open heart and mind.


Clarence Gilmer - fire building

Learn how to build a safe, efficient and effective fire for staying warm and for cooking – a basic skill for the campsite as well as an emergency shelter site. During this hands-on skills session, you will learn how to identify materials to use to build a fire (even when everything is wet), and how start a fire using flint and steel. Clarence will also cover how to create a safe fire ring and review wood collection. From keeping warm to purifying water to cooking food, fire-making is a fundamental survival skill for anyone who spends time in the woods. Don't miss it.


Clinic: Fly Casting Basics

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Are you curious about the sport of fly fishing? Join us and we’ll teach you how the fly rod, line and leader all work together, and help you to understand the mechanics of the basic fly cast.

Slacklining

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Slacklining is a great way to improve your balance and agility.  Stop in to test our line and get some tips on how to improve your technique and overall athletic performance while having a ton of fun!    

11:00 - 2:00

 

MAMM (Maine Academy of Modern Music)

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Maine Academy of Modern Music's rock band program takes the individual skills and techniques learned in private lessons to the next level.  MAMM matches students of similar interests and abilities and teaches individual instrumentalists how to work together to make music as a group.  MAMM student bands appear regularly at popular local events and venues, including LL Bean's Discovery Park stage!

1:00 - 2:00

 

High Adventure Film Screenings (indoors)

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Meet us at L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Center to get off your feet for a few minutes to enjoy some incredible extreme sport films of kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, B.A.S.E jumping and more.  

1:30 - 3:30

Clarence Gilmer - fire building

Demonstrations in the Survival Skills Activity Zone

Learn how to build a safe, efficient and effective fire for staying warm and for cooking – a basic skill for the campsite as well as an emergency shelter site. During this hands-on skills session, you will learn how to identify materials to use to build a fire (even when everything is wet), and how start a fire using flint and steel. Clarence will also cover how to create a safe fire ring and review wood collection. From keeping warm to purifying water to cooking food, fire-making is a fundamental survival skill for anyone who spends time in the woods. Don't miss it.

2:00 - 3:00

Sterling Rope Presents “Adaptive”

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Jim Ewing – a Sterling Rope engineer and below-the-knee amputee – enlists professional climber, Maureen Beck – born without her left hand – to attempt the first all-adaptive ascent of the über classic and deeply remote Lotus Flower Tower (5.10+) in Canada's Cirque of the Unclimbables. As their adventure unfolds, we see that the ability to adapt is universal and a common thread that unites us.

2:00 - 4:00

 

Clinic: Paracord Survival Bracelet Making

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Parachute cord (paracord) is a multi-use material that is useful in many daily situations.  Having a bracelet made of paracord is a well-known and respected survival tool. Come learn about paracord’s many uses and walk away with a self-made bracelet.

Demonstration:  Try a Recurve Bow Today

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Stop by our indoor archery range to test a recurve bow to see how much fun this wonderful sport can be. Our staff will demonstrate how to use a recurve bow and teach you basic technique before you get a chance to try.