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Bold Coast Service Learning: Building Bridges & Trails for Coastal Preservation

Program Number: 21458RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/8/2014 - 6/13/2014; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/25/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lubec, Maine
Price starting at: $875.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The Bold Coast of Maine boasts an otherworldly beauty that every hiker should experience, but as more people come to enjoy this precious stretch of coastline, the need increases for active stewardship and preservation efforts to maintain it for future generations. Bridges must be built above sensitive bog ecosystems and trails must be blazed to lead hikers through the region while minimizing the impact on fragile vegetation. On this adventure of service, join land trust stewards and Maine Registered Guides in these efforts and gain a full understanding of the complex process of planning and building trails and bridges on the Bold Coast.




Highlights

Work alongside Registered Maine Guides to preserve a precious American landscape by promoting sustainable practices, building bog bridges and blazing new trails.
Visit the easternmost lighthouse in the U.S. and drop by Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
Board a boat on Passamaquoddy Bay for panoramic views of Eastport, Lubec and Campobello Island while surrounded by porpoises, seals and sea birds.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles on forested trails, possibly uneven and with roots.




Date Specific Information

9-20-2015

New lodging



Coordinated by Cobscook Community Learning Center.




Accommodations
Newly constructed Lodge in a quiet, beautiful, retreat setting. First and second floor rooms with beautiful wood floors, a library, and a community room for gathering.
Meals and Lodgings
   Eastland Motel
  Lubec, Maine 5 nights
 Eastland Motel
Type: Motel
  Description: The Eastland Motel is newly renovated and immaculate with two beds in most rooms. The motel is managed by owners who are warm and hospitable. This accommodation is a popular eco-adventure destination for lighthouse lovers, kayakers, and outdoor photographers--and boasts bird watching on the grounds.
  Contact info: 385 County Road
Lubec, ME 04652 USA
phone: 207-733-5501
web: eastlandmotel.com
  Room amenities: All rooms equipped with cable television, free Wi-Fi, and free in-room phone for calls anywhere in the US and Canada. All rooms now include a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker
  Facility amenities: Famous home-baked continental breakfast.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $75-100 Call for a price quote for additional nights before and after program
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $75-100 Call for a price quote for additional nights before and after program
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
6:30 pm, Sunday You will be staying at Eastland Motel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 am, Friday You will be staying at Eastland Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Ample parking space is available at the motel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lubec, Maine
  Nearest city or town:  Machias, Maine
  Nearest highway: Route 189
  Nearest airport:  Bangor, Maine
  From End of Program
  Location: Lubec, Maine
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Campobello Island

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
West's Transportation
phone: 800-596-2823

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27 each way (2012 price)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

110 miles

   

Service runs to/from Bangor once daily, leaving Bangor at 3:15 pm and arriving in Whiting at 6:00 pm. Program coordinator needs to be notified for transport to Lubec (207-853-4877). Return to Bangor is scheduled daily at 10:30 am, arriving in Bangor at 1:15 pm. Requires careful coordination with flight arrivals and departures. For more details, visit www.westbusservice.com

 

Campobello Island

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
CCLC Shuttle
phone: 207-853-4877
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$125
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 100 miles

   

CCLC will be running a shuttle van from Bangor to Lubec on Sunday, with a return trip to Bangor on Friday. The shuttle will be timed to make sure that you do not miss any part of the program. It will leave Bangor no later than 2:00 pm. on Sunday, and will leave Lubec by 11:00 am. on Friday. You will need to contact the program coordinator to arrange for pick up times and locations in Bangor. Program Coordinator: 207-853-4877.

 
Driving Directions
  Bangor, Maine From Interstate 95 in Bangor take Exit 182A and follow the signs to Bar Harbor and US Route 1, which will put you onto Interstate 395 for three miles. Get off on Exit 4 and follow directional signs to Route 9 and Calais. Turn right off the exit ramp and follow signs for Route 9. Travel approximately 70 miles and turn right onto Route 192 to Machias. In Machias, turn left onto US Route 1. Travel approximately 17 miles into Whiting, where you will make a right onto Rt. 189. Follow 189 to Lubec where you will find the Eastland Motel on your left as you approach Lubec.
  Calais, Maine Travel south on US Route 1. Travel through the towns of Perry, Pembroke, into Whiting. In Whiting, turn left on Rt. 189. Turn left onto Rt 189 and follow it towards Lubec. You will find the Eastland Motel on your left as you approach Lubec.
  From the South via Route One Travel north on US Route 1. Travel through the towns of Ellsworth, Machias, into Whiting Village where you will make a right onto Route 189. Follow 189 towards Lubec. You will find the Eastland Motel on your left as you approach the town of Lubec.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation with Guides and Land Trust Stewards
(Sunday, June 8)

Note: Plan your arrival in Lubec in time to take in this picturesque coastal village.



   
 Arrive To: Eastland Motel in Lubec, Maine
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at waterfront restaurant in downtown Lubec.
 Evening: Following dinner, Maine guides and land trust stewards will discuss the activities planned for the week and discuss Monday's activities in detail
   
Accommodations: Eastland Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bog Brook Cove Preserve on Moose Cove, 2nd largest contiguous area of conservation land on the Maine Coast. West Quoddy Head Lighthouse State Park, easternmost point of land in US.
(Monday, June 9)

Note: Begin trail maintenance on this Preserve, a wonderful mix of beautiful cobble beaches, rocky headlands, blueberry fields, bogs and spruce forests.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the Eastland Motel, famous for their home-baked continental breakfast fare.
 Morning: Head out with your Maine Guides for the Bog Brook Preserve where you will join land trust stewards for a morning of working on roads and trails. You will trim along a gravel road, clearing vegetation as needed, past the beaver lodge dam, then along the handicapped accessible trail to a gorgeous overlook of the Grand Manan channel and very short trail to several cobble beaches. The guides and stewards will discuss the historic use of these lands and the vegetation and landscapes that need to be preserved in making all properties accessible to the public,
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail.
 Afternoon: After cleaning up today's trail work, we will head to West Quoddy Head State Museum and Park, the easternmost point of land in the continental U.S. There is a beautiful trail which stretches long a rugged coastline and offers magnificent views of Grand Manan. You can also visit the lighthouse museum and get a good grasp of the maritime history of the lighthouse and channel.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a seaside restaurant in downtown Lubec.
 Evening: Enjoy a presentation by a member of a long-time fisherman's family.
   
Accommodations: Eastland Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Boot Head Preserve is known for its steep cliffs, ravines and cobble beaches. Boot Head epitomizes the dramatic "Bold Coast" which drops into the deep waters of Grand Mahan Channel. Boot Head is home to varied wildlife, nesting birds and fragile plants.
(Tuesday, June 10)

Note: Bog bridging at Boot Head Preserve and a exploration of Campobello Island, Roosevelt Cottage International Park and Herring Cove



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast at the Eastland Motel, famous for their home-baked continental breakfast.
 Morning: Head out with your Maine Guides to Boot Head Preserve on Boot Cove Road where you will meet up land trust stewards for a morning of replacing cedar bog bridging planks on a spur to the bog. Carrying the wood is heavy, but building the sections happens quickly making it a rewarding task. We'll put down chicken wire to create a no-slip surface. An upland spruce-fir community with areas of forested bog and cedar swamp dominates inland portions of the property and surround the unusual coastal raised peatland. Coastal raised peatlands are uncommon worldwide, and in the U.S. found only in Maine. Your guides and trust stewards will discuss the characteristics of this piece and talk about what they do to preserve the integrity of this place.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail.
 Afternoon: After finishing up the morning's bog bridging project, we'll head to Campobello Island where we'll visit Roosevelt Cottage International Park, the summer home museum of FDR and Eleanor. We'll also stop by Herring Cove Beach to enjoy a look at Fundy Bay.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a Lubec community center and meet several local residents
 Evening: Enjoy an evening of local entertainment at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott.
   
Accommodations: Eastland Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Treat Island, 71 acres featuring a mix of open meadows and spruce forest, offers stunning vies , bold headlands, and gravel beaches. In addition to its scenic beauty, Treat Island boasts an intriguing human history.
(Wednesday, June 11)

Note: Boat from Lubec out to Treat Island for planning and installing new trails on this recently acquired property.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a delightful breakfast with your hosts, famous for their home-baked continental breakfast fare.
 Morning: Head out by boat from Lubec's dock to Treat Island to plan and clear new trails on this fairly new preserve. You will use skills learned during your days with the trust's stewardship staff for trail placement and construction. Recorded history on Treat Island dates back to 1794, with the establishment of a trading post by Revolutionary War Colonel John Allan. Today, the International Boundary Commission maintains range marks on the island, and the Army Corps of Engineers operates a marine concrete testing station on 3 acres on the island's northwest side.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on the island.
 Afternoon: When the trail work for the day has been accomplished, the boat will pick everybody up for a spin about the Bay, taking in the abundant marine life.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a Lubec waterfront restaurant of your choice.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening with a walkabout in downtown Lubec, watching the tide move through the Lubec Narrows which separate mainland U.S. from Canada's Campobello Island.
   
Accommodations: Eastland Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Lawrence Head at the Hamilton Cove Preserve, a rocky promontory with dramatic views. This 1250 acre preserve provides opportunities to experience some of Maine's most remote and wild terrain.
(Thursday, June 12)

Note: Clearing trails at Hamilton Cove's Lawrence Head. Explore Historic Eastport.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a nutritious breakfast with the Eastland's specialities.
 Morning: Head out with Maine Guides for Hamilton Cove Preserve where we will meet up with the land trust stewards. We'll be clearing trails this morning, cutting the fast-growing alders out of the viewsheds along the main trail to the Lawrence Head Platform. The extensive alder community found here is unique to coastal Maine and Alaska. The preserve also supports black bear, moose, fox, coyote, snowshoe hare, bobcat and other mammals. Whales and harbor seals can sometimes be seen offshore.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail.
 Afternoon: After a quick stop at your motel, we will head for Eastport for a walkabout in the historic downtown waterfront. We'll enjoy a short hike up to the Overlook at Shackford Head State Park.
 Dinner: Enjoy a lobster dinner at seaside restaurant in Eastport.
 Evening: Graduation Festivities
   
Accommodations: Eastland Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Say good-bye to your new friends and hosts.
(Friday, June 13)

Note: Make sure you check out anything you may have missed in Lubec before you leave town.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy one last breakfast with you Eastland Motel hosts.
 Morning: Bid farewell to your new friends and partners and journey safe to your home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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