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Discover Hundreds of Reasons to Love the Outdoors:
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools Announces New Offerings for 2014

Hundreds of courses, trips and tours offered for kayaking, fly fishing, archery, clay shooting, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, bird watching, women's-only adventures and more throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest

Freeport, Maine, May 6, 2014 – The L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools is giving folks hundreds of reasons to discover their love of the outdoors through its new menu of 2014 courses, trip and tours, ranging from a few hours to several days. In addition to offerings for the beginner to the expert in kayaking, fly fishing, clay shooting, biking and camping, highlights for 2014 include stand-up paddleboarding yoga experiences, including a weekend-long retreat, multisport weekend-long adventures, island bird watching tours and more. New additional offerings include Teen Adventure Weeks, offered all summer long, featuring canoeing, paddleboarding, hiking, kayaking, fly fishing, archery, leadership skills, Leave No Trace ethics and more.

"L.L.Bean has always been about making it as easy as possible for people to get excited about the outdoors," said Gretchen Ostherr, Senior Manager for the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools. "Our Outdoor Discovery Schools are the embodiment of that principal. We try to remove the most prominent barriers to participation while sharing our passion for the outdoors in hopes of turning someone onto an activity that will hopefully become a lifelong passion."

L.L.Bean Outdoor Discover Schools' multiday, overnight adventures give people the opportunity to see the true beauty of Maine from a unique vantage point – kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, bikes and more. Some examples include:

  • Summer Weekend Getaway – A three-day, two-night adventure featuring home-cooked meals, hiking, canoeing and kayaking in a remarkable Maine wilderness setting
  • Kayak Camping Adventure – Three days and two nights of hiking, camping and kayaking in a pristine, remote Maine setting
  • Maine Bike and Kayak Trip or the Maine Bike and Paddleboard Trip – The best of Maine by land and sea; a chance to explore the beautiful Maine coastline, plus enjoy a lobster or steak dinner while camping at L.L.Bean's private oceanfront campground
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding Yoga Weekend Retreat – A great way to refresh your body and spirit with a relaxing weekend of yoga on land and sea, plus stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking tours of Maine's Casco Bay

To review the full host of L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools offerings, their locations and dates and to register online, visit www.llbean.com/adventure. For more information, call 888-552-3261

About L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools
Since 1979, the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools have been offering a variety of courses, trips, tours, seminars and clinics for activities such as kayaking, cycling, fly fishing, camping, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding and much more. The guiding principals have always remained the same: to promote an enjoyment of the outdoors by making it as easy as possible for people to engage in outdoor activities and to foster an appreciation and respect for our natural environment. These foundations are inherent in every program offered, whether it is a two-hour fly casting lesson, a half-day tour or a three-day trip. Last year, over 100,000 people participated in L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools programs.

Contact Information

For more information on L.L.Bean news items or to arrange an interview with one of our experts (topics range from the outdoors to business), contact L.L.Bean Public Affairs at publicaffairs@llbean.com or 207-552-6072.