UMM Students Prepare for Week-Long River Expedition

Trip develops awareness and appreciation of Maine woods

St John River Trip MapMACHIAS, ME – The River Canoeing and Camping course at the University of Maine at Machias is hands-on learning at its best. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many, the course takes students on a week-long journey down one of the greatest wilderness canoe expeditions in Maine: The St. John River.

This year’s trip will take 17 students, led by three students enrolled in the advanced River Trip Guiding course, on the one-hundred mile paddle from Baker Lake in northwestern Maine to Dickey Bridge at the northern tip of the state. Three registered Maine Guides will accompany the students on the trip.

Rick Scribner, associate professor of recreation management, is the instructor for the May-term course, which is designed to prepare students to lead a group of people on an extended canoeing trip down a wilderness river. The learning experiences in the course are designed to help students develop an awareness and appreciation of the Maine woods, and to enjoy it safely, while leaving it environmentally sound.

The 10-day course, held May 17 – 28, begins with two days of classroom instruction and preparation, followed by a day-long drive from Machias to Baker Lake. From there, the group will launch their canoes and begin the one-hundred mile expedition, stopping to eat and sleep along the way. Several days later, they’ll pull out at Dickey Bridge, southwest of Fort Kent, and return home.

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