by Hazel Stark
One of the things we pride ourselves on at Maine Outdoor School is providing totally custom outdoor learning experiences for clients. In schools, that usually means helping teachers meet particular learning standards. For organizations, that means helping us both meet our missions through nature-based experiences. As Registered Maine Guides, it means providing outdoor experiences that match the interests and skills of a family or other group. In late July 2019, I guided a hike for a family that did just that.
When you visit a new place, how do you get to know that place? For this Californian family, they love to learn about the natural world wherever they go. They requested a 2-hour hike where they could both explore a new place near Milbridge, which they visit at least once a year, and learn something about it.
I took them to the Hollingsworth Trail in Steuben, where I picked them some wild Maine blueberries for a pre-hike snack and showed them the amazing ecosystem diversity present along the trail. It was fun for me and for them!
They even reviewed Maine Outdoor School on Yelp afterwards, saying:
"Hazel and Joe are a young husband & wife team, both certified Maine guides. They organize fun and educational nature outings throughout Downeast Maine. Hazel recently took our family on a walking tour of Hollingsworth Trail in the Petit Manan Wildlife Sanctuary. She was very interactive and engaging. We had a wide range of ages 10-46 in our group and she pointed out lots of interesting ecology for all of us. If you have a small or large group and want someone with a lot of local knowledge to explore Downeast Maine with, call them and ask. They know their stuff and this is their full time business, not a side hustle. We will definitely plan another activity with them next time we're in Milbridge!
Thanks to the Ondich family for your interest in the wonders within Downeast Maine!
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