Nature Based Education Institute
NEW this year!
The Poplar Hut Hike/Overnight Experience!
Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20, 2018
Featuring a Saturday evening “owl prowl” and Sunday morning bird walk
“Maine Huts & Trails is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and operate a world-class system of backcountry trails and eco-lodges for people-powered recreation to enhance the economy, communities and environment of Maine’s Western Mountain region, for the benefit of current and future generations.” (MH&T, 2018)
“Our huts are spacious, architect-designed models of modern but rustic off-the-grid living. Vaulted ceilings, beautiful leather furniture, crackling woodstoves, and walls of windows welcome you in the common rooms. Your locally sourced meals are prepared in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, powered, like everything else, by solar or hydro energy. The clean, modern bathrooms feature hot showers and composting toilets. And the heated bunk rooms, while minimalist in design, are a welcome respite after a day on the trails. We know that you come to the huts to enjoy the outdoors, but we think the destination should be just as rewarding as the journey…Poplar Hut is the easiest hut to access from the Maine Huts & Trails headquarters in Kingfield. Hike through mossy ancient forests, along mountain streams and swimming holes, and past spectacular Poplar Falls…” (MH&T, 2018)
All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, pillowcase (pillows are provided), and towel, along with your personal items; everything else you need for comfort will be supplied. Since the hut produces its own power, electricity is at a premium; please do not plan to use items like hair dryers and curling/flat irons or electronic devices such as laptops, iPads, portable gaming devices, or personal stereos/CD/DVD players.
We’ll leave from the UMF campus Saturday after the conference (bring your own vehicle, or carpool with a friend) and drive to the parking area/trailhead in Carrabasset Valley. The hike from the trailhead to the hut is about 3 miles and should take 75-90 minutes. A delicious local-food dinner will be provided Saturday evening, and breakfast Sunday morning. A Saturday evening “owl prowl” and Sunday morning bird walk, both led by Kate Weatherby, will help you get the most out of your visit to the Poplar Hut; we will leave the hut at noon on Sunday for the hike back to the parking area.
Cost for the Poplar Hut Hike/Overnight Experience is $60 per participant and includes Saturday evening dinner and activities; overnight accommodations; and Sunday breakfast and activities.
This Experience is limited to 30 participants; be sure to register and pay early to guarantee your spot!