Check out the workshops from Festival 2017 below...

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All workshops are free with entry

2017 Workshop Schedule


Time  -  Workshop Title  -  Location  -  Presenter

10:00am-10:30am  -  Flat Tire Repair  -  Anthem Workshop  -  The Bicycle Coalition of Maine

10:00am-11:00am  -  Medical Mania  -  Red Workshop-  Acadia Mountain Guides

10:00am-11:00am  -  Create an outdoor film with your iPhone - Moff Booth - Maine Outdoor Film Festival

10:00am-10:45am  -  Becoming a Maine Guide  -  Main Stage-  Maine Path & Paddle Guides

11:00am-11:30am  -  Intro to Coastal Navigation  -  Anthem Workshop  -  Portland Paddle

11:30am-12:30pm  -  Like me or Knot  -  Red Workshop  -  Acadia Mountain Guides

12:00pm-1:00pm  -  Basic map & compass navigation  -  Anthem Workshop  -  L.L. Bean ODS

12:00pm-1:00pm  -  Create an outdoor film with your iPhone - Moff Booth - Maine Outdoor Film Festival

12:30pm-1:30pm  -  Strategies for hiking & camping with kids  -  Kids Village  -  L.L Bean ODS

12:45pm-1:15pm     Healthy Eating while Camping - Main Stage - Whole Foods Market

1:00pm-1:30pm  -  Solar Energy  -  Red Workshop-  ReVision Energy

1:30pm-2:30pm  -  Navigating with GPS  -  Anthem Workshop  -  L.L. Bean ODS

2:00pm-2:30pm  -  Lost....  -  Red Workshop-  Pine Tree Search & Rescue

2:00pm-3:00pm  -  Create an outdoor film with your iPhone - Moff Booth - Maine Outdoor Film Festival

2:00pm-2:30pm  -  Family Friendly Hikes in Maine  -  Kids' Village  -  Aislinn Sarnacki

3:00pm-4:00pm  -  Section hiking the A.T.  -  Red Workshop-  Jeffrey Ryan, Author

3:00pm-4:00pm  -  Backcountry water treatment-  Anthem Workshop  -  L.L. Bean ODS

3:00pm-3:30pm  -  Kid Friendly Kayak Trips  -  Kids' Village  -  Paddling Southern Maine

3:00pm-4:00pm  -  Zachary Fowler: winner of Alone Season 3 - Zachary Fowler

4:00pm-5:00pm  -  How to pack & organize your backpack  -  Red Workshop-  L.L. Bean ODS

4:15pm-5:00pm  -  What is Adventure Racing?  -  Anthem Workshop  -  Maine Summer Adventure Race


Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Many of us have dreamed of hiking the "AT", yet think we have to take months off from work to do it. Intrepid hiker Jeff Ryan has a different approach. He "section hiked" the AT in 28 years, doing a little piece at a time. Whether you want to learn how to do the trail in two trips, five trips or even more, Jeff can help you discover the joys of section hiking and how to plan to go about it.

Presenter:  Jeff Ryan, Author of Appalachian Odyssey
Age Range: kids, teens, adults
# of Participants: 50

Introduction to Coastal Navigation

Join certified Maine Guide Joe Gugliemetti to learn about basic coastal navigation.  Learn to read charts & use a compass.

Presenter:  Portland Paddle
Age Range: teens, adults
# of Participants: 20

Flat Tire Repair

In this workshop you will learn how to change a flat tire, obstacles to avoid, lessons from the road and trail, and once complete, a friendly competition to see who can change a flat tire the quickest! Tires, wheels and pumps will be provided.

Presenter:  The Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Age Range: kids, teens, adults
# of Participants:  12

Like Me or Knot

Get your hands on rope for this fun, interactive class covering common knots, hitches and bends (KHB). KHB’s aren’t just for sailors and climbers. Knowing a few key rope skills is a great secondary skill that makes getting other things done easier. The session will focus on the basic families of common KHB’s and core principles of creating a hauling system. If you have a favorite one you would like to share that’s great too. All welcome. We provide the ropes, you provide the hands!

Presenter: Acadia Mountain Guides
Age Range: kids, teens, adults
# of Participants: 20

Medical Mania

Following an introduction to assessment and scene management, participants will get an engaging, interactive opportunity to assess a variety of mock medical and trauma patients. A rapid fire rodeo format is used to assess your knowledge and help you learn through feedback about a variety of topics including concussions, spine injury or not, fractures, cold / heat problems, shock, etc. as well as common ailments that happen on outings.

Presenter: Acadia Mountain Guides
Age Range: kids, teens, adults
# of Participants:  20

Create an Outdoor Film Film with your iPhone!

More than half of what we see on the internet and in our real lives is in video. We share it, like, and watch it. Learn how to use your phone to make a mini outdoor adventure film! This workshop has two parts filming and editing. Learn how to master the art of creating a ‘Mini Outdoor Adventure Film’. Our workshop will show you how to shoot, edit, add music & even share footage you gathered at the LHOF.

Note: Come prepared with plenty of space to shoot video on your iphone.

Presenter:  Maine Outdoor Film Festival (No Umbrella Media’s
Age Range:  kids 10 and up, teens, adults
# of Participants:  up to 15 participants per session
Times:  Session One: 10-11am
             Session Two: 12-1pm
             Session Three: 2-3pm

Basic Map & Compass Navigation

Even with modern technology, the best foundation for navigation know-how is still having map and compass skills. Come learn how to stay on course with L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School experts.

Presenter:  L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School
Age Range:  teens, adults
# of participants: 50

The Essentials of Backcountry Water Treatment

Keeping hydrated is essential while on an outdoor adventure. Join us for a demonstration and discussion on the basics of clean water filtration. We'll go over crucial information about how to filter water for consumption, sharing tips and tricks we've learned during our many years exploring the wilderness. We'll also show you new innovations in filtering technology and point you to our best filtration products for your adventures.

Presenter:  L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School
Age Range:  kids, teens, adults
# of participants: 50

Success Strategies for Hiking and Camping with Kids

Learn time-tested strategies for instilling a love of the outdoors in your children and make hiking and camping fun for the whole family.

Presenter:  L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School
Age Range:  kids, teens, adults
# of participants: 50

Navigating with a GPS

If you're thinking of purchasing a GPS or have one you're not sure how to use, join our experts who will show you how to get started. Learn the most useful functions so you'll be ready for your next outdoor adventure.

Presenter:  L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School
Age Range:  teens, adults
# of participants: 50

How to Pack and Organize Your Backpack

Planning a multiday camping trip? What you bring and how you pack it will have major impact on your comfort. Discover the latest lightweight products, get expert tips on must-have backcountry items, and learn how to pack your backpack for maximum ease.

Presenter:  L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School
Age Range:  kids, teens, adults
# of participants: 50

Solar Energy

Have you ever wondered how you can produce your own power? Over the past 10 years, solar technology has dropped in price by more than 75% making today, more than ever, a great time to invest. Join ReVision Energy for a presentation on solar energy. Come learn about the latest technology for hot water systems, solar electricity, efficient air source heat pumps, electric vehicle charging stations and more. Our discussion will include current solar options and technology, including community solar farms, solar for non-profits, and you can find out what makes your home a good site for solar power, how much these systems cost, and what you can expect for a return on investment.

Presenter:  ReVision Energy
Age Range: Teens, Adults
# of participants: 50


This is a fantastic and important workshop for anyone that leads outdoor pursuits.  Join Bryan Courtois, President of Pine Tree Search and Rescue & Education Director of the Maine Association for Search and Rescue.  Learn how not to get lost in the woods or lose someone in your group.  If you find yourself in a lost person scenario, learn what the lost person and the trip leader should do when a member of the group goes missing.

Presenter:  Pine Tree Search and Rescue
Age Range:  Teens, Adults
# of participants:   50

Becoming a Maine Guide - What you should know

From whitewater rafting guides, to hunting guides, to recreational guides, sea kayaking guides there are lots of opportunities to become a Maine Guide. This workshop will explore the options, requirements and preparation needed to become a Maine Guide. David Butler is a Master Recreational Guide and owner of Maine Path & Paddle Guides. He has been guiding since 1996. With over 20 years of experience talking clients into the North Maine Woods he can share the highlights of guiding, and perhaps some of the challenges.  There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Presenter:  Maine Path & Paddle Guides
Age Range:  Teens, Adults
# of participants: 20

Family-Friendly Hikes In Maine: Tips for finding and enjoying trails

Aislinn Sarnacki will talk about the 35 Maine outdoor destinations featured in her new (and first ever) trail guide, "Family Friendly Hikes in Maine," published by Down East Books in partnership with the Bangor Daily News. For the past six years, she's written a weekly column and blog for the Bangor Daily News about hiking trails located throughout the state. Since she writes about a new trail each week, that amounts to nearly 300 trails she's explored and documented with words, photographs and videos. During the workshop, she'll offer some tips about finding trails near your home, as well as some tips about preparing for family hikes so you can truly enjoy yourself while out there.

Presenter:  Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News & Down East Books
Age Range: Kids, Teens, Adults
# of participants: 50

What is Adventure Racing?

Imagine a cross between a scavenger hunt and an off-road, multisport race, but where you only complete as much of the course as you are up for. The members of Strong Machine Adventure Racing, based in Portland, Maine, are on a mission to raise the profile of the sport of adventure racing in the state of Maine. After racing competitively for the past five years, including finishing ranked sixth in U.S.A. last year, Kate and Cliff White founded the Maine Summer Adventure Race in 2016 to make adventure racing more accessible to Maine's outdoors enthusiasts. This year, the race had 127 participants, and saw some of the best endurance athletes in the country lining up to race side-by-side with 70-year-old grandpas and 3-year-old girls. Come learn about this challenging yet fun sport, which encourages all participants to test their personal limits while gaining a deeper appreciation for the environment and the diverse opportunities it gives us to play outside.

Presenter:  Maine Summer Adventure Race / Strong Machine Adventure Racing
Age Range:  Kids, Teens, Adults
# of participants:  50

Kid Friendly Kayak Trips

In this workshop, Sandy Moore & Kimberlee Bennett will discuss nearby paddling trips on protected waters in Southern Maine.  She'll cover preparations, safety and actual trip suggestions with helpful handouts to set you up for success on your next kid friendly kayak trip.  

Presenter: Sandy Moore & Kimberlee Bennett, co-authors of Paddling Southern Maine
Age Range:  Kids, Teens, Adults
# of participants: 50

Healthy Eating while Camping

Join the staff from Whole Foods Market to learn about Healthy Eating options while camping, backpacking and enjoying the outdoors.  

Presenter:  Whole Foods Market
Age Range:  Kids, Teens, Adults
# of participants: 50