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America's Boating Course
with Scott Miller
This day-long workshop is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of safe boating. The course covers safety equipment, trip planning navigation rules and aids, state and federal regulations, anchoring, dealing with adverse conditions and emergencies, communications, trailering, and knots and lines. The course also introduces navigation and the use of charts - important information on determining where you are and how to safely go where you wish. The information is useful for users of all sorts of watercraft (power, sail, paddle) and for both ocean and freshwater boating. The course includes an examination for certification for states that require operator licenses. This course is sponsored by the United States Power Squadrons. Students who take the course and pass the exam will be offered a free 6-month membership in United States Power Squadrons. Scott Miller is an avid offshore sailor and racer, who has pursued rigorous practical and safety training in the UK and US. He holds a Yachtmaster Offshore certification. Student manuals are required and will be available at the Ellsworth Adult Ed Office after 03/16/18; as this is a one-day course, there is required reading to be done before the day of class. The manuals are $30.00 (may be shared) and there is an additional $10.00 per person fee payable to PBSPS, both to be paid when picking up the manual. These costs are in addition to the Adult Education registration fee. Please bring a bag lunch!
Archery Hunter Safety - Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
with Ernest West
Location and date change - please see below. This archery education course will provide a student with a wealth of knowledge regarding equipment, proper hunting methods, responsibilities, and general safety. Course covers equipment, personal safety, survival/first aid, hunter responsibility, map and compass, ethics and landowner rights. Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend both classes to receive your certificate. This class is required to be eligible to purchase a crossbow license. Please bring a bag lunch for the Saturday class. Ernie has been teaching CPR/First Aid courses for more than 20 years as well as outdoor recreation safety courses for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife courses are available to students 10 years of age and older; school age students must be accompanied by an adult.
This class meets Thursday 3/15/18 from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday 3/24/18 from 9:00am-4:00pm.
Beekeeping - Beginners
with Peter Cowin
This class is designed to stimulate interest and questions about beekeeping as a hobby or to help with pollination. It covers what is needed, where to locate bee hives, where to buy them, what it costs and how to care for bees so they survive the winter. Many join the class because they are aware of the huge importance and decline of honeybees and other pollinators and just want to help. Learn about the fascinating hobby of beekeeping, pollinate your garden and grow your own honey! Peter Cowin is President of the Penobscot County Beekeepers' Association and writes a monthly column "The Bee Whisper's Diary" in the Bangor Daily News. Makeup class (if needed) 04/24/2018.
Beekeeping - Intermediate
with Peter Cowin
This class is designed to look in more detail at key aspects of beekeeping, particularly helpful to those who wish to run several hives and get the most out of them. The course is a good follow-on from the beginner’s course. Building up hive strength, swarm prevention, splitting hives, making nucs, disease prevention, feral colony relocation and honey production are all covered. Peter Cowin is President of the Penobscot County Beekeepers' Association and writes a monthly column "The Bee Whisper's Diary" in the Bangor Daily News. Makeup class (if needed) 06/05/18.
Crossbow Hunter Safety - Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
with Ernest West
Location changed to VFW Hall. This course covers personal safety, survival/first aid, hunter responsibility, ethics, map and compass, and landowner rights. Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend the full class in order to receive your certificate. This class is required to be eligible to purchase a crossbow hunting permit. Ernie has been teaching CPR/First Aid courses for more than 20 years as well as outdoor recreation safety courses for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Prerequisite: Archer Hunter Safety. This class meets immediately after the Archer Hunter Safety class on 03/24/18. Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife courses are available to students 10 years of age and older; school age students must be accompanied by an adult.
Fly Fishing - Basic Fly Casting
with Kevin Tracewski
The goal of this course is to provide students with the casting skills necessary to fish effectively on your own. This is a “hands-on” course, so your time will be spent with a fly rod in hand, working on your own casting. Most instruction will be done is small groups, but casting suggestions will also be offered on an individual basis. Videotape analysis of your casting stroke will be provided. Students are encourage to use their own fly rod and reel, but equipment will be available for anyone who needs it. Please do not buy new equipment just to take this course. This course will be taught in Orono by Registered Maine Guide Kevin Tracewski (directions will be sent to registered students). Makeup class (if needed) Sunday 04/22/18.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden! Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association
with Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners
Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The course will also cover the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region. We will even send you home with free seeds! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.
Yoga: Beginners Hatha Yoga Session 2 (Dates changed to March/April)
with Hannah Horecka
Beginners Hatha Yoga builds body awareness and flexibility through slower-moving progressions of traditional postures and conscious breathing. Props are used to allow every body type to experience the benefits of a yoga asana (posture) practice. Whether you are brand new to yoga or have limitations that have kept you from trying yoga in the past, you can feel safe and supported when you explore your own practice in this class. Hannah was trained in Hatha Vinyasa Yoga at ShivaShakti School of Yoga in Camden and has been practicing yoga for over 12 years.