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TRIPS & EVENTS

We believe that anyone can have fun and feel confident and safe in nature. We make an effort to offer opportunities for people of all backgrounds, skill levels, identities, experiences, and abilities. All Kindling Collective trips have an activity level and a group type to help you choose activities and adventures that are right for you.

ACTIVITY LEVELS

Activity Level W: Outdoor learning, sitting, and walking on open, mostly even paths and terrain.  0-4 hours/day. 

Activity Level X: Activity with mild elevation gain on uneven terrain. 1-4 hours/day. 

Activity Level Y: Comfort climbing stairs, swimming, and balancing your body weight are helpful skills to have for this level of activity. Activity may include moderate elevation gain on uneven terrain. 3-6 hours/day. 

Activity Level Z: Expect moderate to significant elevation gain on uneven terrain. Participants should be comfortable climbing stairs, carrying weight, and balancing their body weight. 6-8 hours/day.

GROUP TYPES

OPEN: Open events are for everyone! Anyone of any identity is welcome.

QUEER: Queer events are designed as an affinity spaces for queer and trans people. If you think you might be queer or trans, you are queer enough. While we love our allies and advocates, if you’re not queer, please don’t come to these events.

QT BIPOC: QT BIPOC events are for people who identify as both BIPOC and queer and/or trans. If you’re not queer/trans and BIPOC, please do not attend these events.

Current Classes, Events, and Workshops:

Register to reserve your spot with the link in the event title. If an event does not have a link, registration is not live!

JULY

Diversify White Water: Community River Float | SAT 7/14/24

TBA | TBA, Southern Maine

Activity Level: X -- Group Type: Queer & BIPOC & QT BIPOC

 

Herbal First Aid | WED 7/17/24

5:30pm | Mt. Joy Community Orchard, 151 Washington Ave, Portland

Activity Level: W -- Group Type: Open

Come spend an evening with local herbalist Madeleine Weatherhead learning about common plants and their traditional uses for first aid!

Queer Intro to Backpacking | SAT 7/20-22/24

10:00am | TBA, Maine

Activity Level: Y -- Group Type: Queer

We’re excited to take a group of queer folks hiking in northern New England for a 2-day, 2-night backpacking trip. This trip is for people who are new to backpacking or want to develop their backpacking skills in a queer-centered environment. Experienced trip leaders will instruct participants in the basics of navigation, setting up camp, and other backcountry skills. We’ll hike, camp, and build community in the woods!

AUGUST

Queer Canoe: Allagash | SAT 8/8-15/24

3:00pm | Allagash River, Maine

Activity Level: Y -- Group Type: Queer

Let's go to the North Maine Woods (Wabanaki Confederacy Territory) to a very special river for a week of canoeing and building queer community. This trip is for people who are new to canoeing or want to develop their canoe tripping skills in a queer-centered environment. Experienced trip leaders will instruct participants in the basics of paddling, navigation, setting up camp, and other backcountry skills. We’ll canoe, swim, explore, camp, and enjoy the Allagash in queer community!

SEPTEMBER

Gay 4-Day Backpacking | FRI 9/13-16/24

TBA | TBA, Maine

Activity Level: Z -- Group Type: Queer

A very special, very fun, very gay 4-day, 3-night backpacking trip in Northern New England. Experienced trip leaders will help participants develop their skills in navigation, camp craft, and other backcountry skills. We’ll hike, camp, hang, and be gay in the woods!

Queer Hike: Katahdin | FRI 9/27-29/24

SOLD OUT

5:00pm | Baxter State Park, Millinocket, ME

Activity Level: Z -- Group Type: Queer

Come camp with Kindling in Baxter State Park and hike Mt. Katahdin in queer community! Katahdin is a sacred mountain for Wabanaki people. Participants will engage in cultural pre-learning and discussions/activities to learn about the mountain's history and significance and to reflect on action steps they might take to be in right relationship with the land and people of so-called Maine. Proceeds from this event will benefit a Wabanaki-led organization.

Kindling Collective is committed to providing affordable access to the outdoors. If our class, workshop, or trip pricing creates a barrier for you, send us an email at info@kindlingcollective.org. We will never turn away someone for the inability to pay.


We are always growing our list of offerings! If you have an idea for a one-day class, ongoing workshop, or trip reach out to us at info@kindlingcollective.org.

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