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18th Annual Source to the Sea begins July 12
Registration for the Trek is now open on the ARWC webs site, http://arwc.camp7.org.
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The 170-mile journey begins at the river's headwaters on Lake Umbagog in New Hampshire on the evening of July 12 and will finish in Brunswick, Maine on August 11.
This year there is a theme focusing on Connecting People, Communities and Cultivating Healthy Lifestyles.
Some anticipated highlights include: additional 'after hours' paddle, tai chi, yoga, gourmet potluck, hiking, kid's day, cookouts and possibly a paddleboard clinic. Educational sessions will focus on native plant species, fish habitat, ornithology, weather, and river ecology.
We are once again partnering with Maine Adaptive Recreation & Sports for a day of paddling and another day with the Clean Water Carbon Fund. Stay tuned for more exciting partnerships.
Diana Petrakos is the new program coordinator for the trek, filling the shoes of Jessie Perkins, who is now at the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce.
Diana’s love for the wilds of Maine and New Hampshire extend back to the 1980's as a field instructor and program manager for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. Since those years her professional focus has been on organizational and community development as well as education in New England and abroad.
To this day it is on a trail, river, lake, ocean and in the mountains that you’ll find her the happiest. Yet there is something about being out on the water that really soothes and satisfies her soul.
Are you looking for ways you can help? There are two major ways you can help. First, by volunteering. Volunteers are needed to help in the planning of the Trek. Simple tasks include spreading the word about the Trek by distributing posters and brochures, doing a presentation on the Trek, making follow-up phone calls and encouraging your place of work to get employees out on the river.
If you are interested in leading a section of the Trek please contact Diana.
And, second, by sponsoring and making monetary contributions to the Trek will help keep the popular paddle “afloat.”
In the past, each person paddling has made a recommended voluntary $10 donation. With fewer sponsors this year, Source to the Sea is looking for local sponsors throughout the communities paddlers will be traveling through.
If you would like to make a donation in support of the Trek, please visit http://arwc.camp7.org and click on the Source to the Sea 2013 link and click Donation.
All inquiries should be made to Diana Petrakos via email, email@example.com, or by calling 754-8158, you can also mail donations to Androscoggin River Watershed Council, P.O. Box 1541, Bethel, Me. 04217.
A complete list of the 2013 paddle schedule is also available on the website.