MIDCOAST OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (MOLI)
We are an outdoor collaborative.
Unlike other organizations who provide outdoor experiences for youth using primarily in-house resources, the MOLI organizational model leverages the capabilities of existing organizations from the myriad of youth serving non-profits in the Midcoast area. Through our SunDog OE program, we create a dynamic and sustainable program without creating another stand-alone non-profit that duplicates the educational competence and expertise already resident in the region.
Outward Bound is a non-profit educational organization and expedition school that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through active learning expeditions that inspire character development, self-discovery and service both in and out of the classroom. Outward Bound delivers programs using unfamiliar settings as a way for participants across the country to experience adventure and challenge in a way that helps students realize they can do more than they thought possible. Expeditionary Learning, a chartered entity of Outward Bound, offers a whole school reform model to more than 150 elementary and secondary schools throughout the country.
MAINE SPORT OUTFITTERS
Maine Sport is recognized as the premier destination for outdoor gear, clothing, and footwear. Their staff receives regular training and are very knowledgeable about the products they sell. For over 30 years they have helped customers enjoy the great Maine outdoor experience. They also offer the best selection of outdoor trips and instructional programs in the Northeast.
MIDCOAST RECREATION CENTER
The Midcoast Recreation Center, Inc. is a non profit organization committed to the promotion of healthy living in our community through sports and fitness programs regardless of your ability to pay. The MRC is located on Route 90 in Rockport. They offer indoor tennis, seasonal ice skating, off season arena programming, fitness and dance classes.
Atlantic Climbing School
For over two decades Atlantic Climbing School has been Maine’s premier climbing guide service, specializing in small, custom rock and ice climbing courses in Acadia National Park, Camden, Maine and beyond. ACS is one of just 30 programs in the U.S. accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). ALL of their staff are certified by the AMGA as either Rock Guides, Rock Instructors or Single Pitch Instructors, and are the ONLY guide service in Maine to have this distinction.
MERRYSPRING Nature CENTER
Merryspring is a non-profit 66-acre nature park and education center in Camden and Rockport, Maine, with trails and gardens open to the public every day during daylight hours, free of charge. This member-supported organization offers talks, classes and workshops throughout the year. Merryspring’s mission is “to practice, teach and advocate sound principles of ecology, conservation and horticulture in order to protect our natural environment, and to provide natural landscapes and cultivated areas for public enjoyment.”
KIEVE - WAVUS EDUCATION
Kieve-Wavus Education empowers people to contribute positively to society by promoting the values of kindness, respect for others, and environmental stewardship through year-round experiential programs, camps for youth and adults, and guidance from inspirational role models.
Kieve (kee-ave') is a Celtic verb which means to strive in emulation of – to work hard to acquire skills, knowledge, and attitudes from others so as to improve yourself. Wavus (wah-vus) was a revered legendary chief, who with his people inhabited the Point long ago.
COASTAL MOUNTAINS LAND TRUST
Coastal Mountains Land Trustis a nonprofit land conservation organization, founded in 1986, that seeks to permanently conserve land to benefit the human and natural communities of Western Penobscot Bay. CMLT owns over 5,000 acres of the mountainous region west of Penobscot Bay as permanent conservation land. These Preserves include many of the natural highlights of this area, and are managed to protect wildlife habitat and biodiversity, while providing a natural laboratory for environmental education and opportunities for low-impact outdoor recreation.
MIDCOAST Habitat for HUMANITY
Midcoast Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Midcoast Conservancy believes in saving the places you love here in the heart of the Midcoast. As a regional land trust, they work on a scale that matters to create resilient natural communities. Land, Water and Community are the soul of their work. Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center comprises 1,000 acres, rich with a variety of habitat and terrain including over a mile of shore front on Little Dyer Pond. Miles of multi-use trails, rolled and groomed XC ski trails, several rustic huts and tent sites are available for you. Trails are knit together to give you access to one of the most ecologically diverse and undeveloped tracts of forestland in the Midcoast. The bog trail affords a unique opportunity to get up close to a fragile and beautiful ecosystem.
Keeping it local
Service activities are a cornerstone for any SunDog OE experience. Service-learning is the act of learning while performing acts of service. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the role of service, learn about and sometimes see the people and places that are impacted by their efforts. Projects may include trail work, a river cleanup, or other projects.
Have a Service-learning Project idea? Let us know how SunDog Outdoor Expeditions can help you!