Summer Nova

Alternative Trips

Explore Maine in a unique way.  Visit local farms, catch a ride on a lobster boat, meet people of the Aroostook Band of Micmac, or discover the rugged coast of Maine.

On each trip you will:

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Explore Maine  while staying in the front country at parks or bunk houses
Explore the natural surroundings that support a diverse population of  wildlife including loons, bald eagles, coyote, beaver, otter and moose
Learn Leave No Trace principles, local ecology, and other various outdoor skills
Give back to the location by providing a service such as building bridges, maintaining trails, clearing campsites, building lean-tos and much more 

Aroostook Band of Micmac at Unity CollegeAroostook Band of Micmac

August 10-14

Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Mild to moderate.
Experience a unique Nova trip where we will travel to the most northern part of Maine and meet the people of the Aroostook Band of Micmac. We will spend time understanding the culture and history of the Micmacs, and meet and talk with the Elders. Activities that we will participate in include traditional ceremonies, crafts, and primitive skills. We will spend two to four hours daily helping set up for a Mawiomi of Tribes. This is a large, openly attended gathering where participants  learn about the Aroostook Band of Micmac. We may help set up parking areas, signs, and temporary shelters for this event. During our stay, we will camp in tents on the Micmac Tribal Land and learn outdoor cooking and living skills with the possibility of eating some traditional Micmac foods (learn more about the Aroostook Band of Micmacs here).

Downeast Adventures at Unity CollegeDownEast Adventures

July 27-31 FULL
August 17-21

Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Mild to moderate

Hike beautiful parks that are nestled in the heart of Downeast Maine, located in one of the most sought-after vacation regions in the state.  This trip will be divided into many adventures exploring lighthouses, sandy beaches, rugged shoreline, sea cliffs, reverse falls, and cobblestone beaches.  After this trip you will be able to say that you traveled to the farthest Eastern tip of the United States at Quoddy Head Lighthouse.

Island Community Living - Unity CollegeIsland Community Living

August 17-22 - FULL

Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Mild to moderate.
Experience the intersection of recreation and conservation through a service-based field experience along Maine’s beautiful, rugged coastline. We’ll enjoy Maine’s rocky coastal waters and, salty air while volunteering with organizations that work to protect and preserve the beaches, coastal parks and trails that beckon folks from both near and far. Service experiences may include coastal trail work, island restoration, beach clean-up, and protection of ecologically fragile areas along the coastline. We’ll learn about the significance of these efforts and how they are being carried out through public, private and governmental activities. We will camp at two state parks, Camden Hills and Warren Island State Park. 

Mainer Life - Unity CollegeMainer Life

July 27-31 FULL 
August 17-21 FULL

Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Mild to moderate.
Explore Maine from the land to the sea. We will stay at Robinson Cottage's on Denny's River located in scenic Downeast, in the township of Edmunds, Maine. We will stay in a cottage which has two floors with a full kitchen, living area, bathroom, and 4 bedrooms.  During this trip, we will explore Maine public lands and historical sites. We will also walk the trails of Cutler Coast and Cobscook Bay, known for its beautiful coast line.

Sustainable Farming - Unity CollegeSustainable Farming 

August 3-7 FULL

Prior Experience Required: No
Exertion Level: Mild to moderate.
Get local! Learn about Maine through our local farms, food, and community. During this trip, we will visit various farms to learn about the flourishing sustainable agriculture scene. Sites we may visit include, but are not limited to: the Maine Organic Farm and Garden Association, an organic dairy farm, an alpaca fiber farm, and even local farmers markets. We will spend time getting dirty at these farms as we help out with various service projects.