FARMINGTON — Kevin Frost is a registered Maine guide and owner of Bug’n Out Adventures. As a guide, he specializes in recreational adventures and wilderness education. In the warmer months, Frost holds introductory gold panning clinics at Coos Canyon in Byron, and leads guided hikes to destinations such as Angel Falls and Tumbledown.

“Bug’n Out Adventures is committed to promoting Maine through a combination of education and adventure,” said Frost. “We can get you there from here.”

Frost was born and raised in Rumford. His resume is packed with experiences that show his commitment to both education and the outdoors. He has built sections of the Appalachian Trail with Maine Conservation Corps and instructed outdoor life activities for YMCA.  He currently works in the English Language Learners department at Edward Little High School in Auburn. He has taken Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife safety classes for hunting, ATV, snowmobile and boating; and is CPR and first aid certified with the American Red Cross. He holds a degree in hospitality from Southern Maine Community College. Frost has held a Maine Guide recreation license since 2015.

Kevin Frost, registered Maine guide and owner of Bug’n Out Adventures, will offer  gold prospecting, and wilderness survival and emergency preparedness classes at adult education centers throughout the region this winter and spring. (Submitted photo)

“Maine is traditionally an outdoor recreation state,” said Frost. “This is one of the last states to be technologically connected so people still remember spending time outside no matter the season. I want to reconnect people with those memories and with the outdoors.”

In order to help achieve that goal, Frost created a partnership with adult education centers in Farmington, Livermore Falls, Bethel, Mexico, South Paris, Auburn and Lewiston. Throughout the winter and spring, Bug’n Out Adventures will offer introductory classes in gold prospecting, and wilderness survival and emergency preparedness.

“I support education and the outdoors so I thought it would be a good fit,” said Frost. “My hope is that people will take the skills they learn and get out into the woods.”

The courses are designed to give learners an overview of what they need to know before heading out on an outdoor adventure. “It’s an overall knowledge of the big picture but often people with more advanced experience learn something they can take away,” said Frost.

The wilderness survival and emergency preparedness class is a six-hour course held over two evenings. The course will review survival needs and emergency pack essentials. Lost person and catastrophic event scenarios will help students put the skills they learn to use.

“The course is designed to build confidence for outdoor adventurers,” said Frost. “It is open to anyone interested in beginner level survival training for wilderness and emergencies.”

Gold prospecting students will learn about the techniques used to find gold and equipment needed to get started. Students will also learn about publicly accessible locations where sizable gold has already been found. Students will receive a pan, vile and pay dirt guaranteed to contain real gold.

Franklin County Adult Education, 129 Seamon Rd. will offer the two-day wilderness survival course on Thursday, March 21 and 28 at 5:30 p.m. The gold prospecting course will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. To register for the course, visit rsd9.maineadulted.org or call 778-3460.

For more information about Bug’n Out Adventures, email [email protected] or find Bug’n Out Adventures on Facebook.

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