Trekkers, a youth mentoring organization in Midcoast Maine, will be holding an unveiling ceremony for its new mobile classroom on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

The new bus will be the latest addition to the Trekkers’ fleet of buses that are specially designed for Trekkers’ outdoor, adventure-based expeditions. Trekkers’ mobile classrooms are outfitted with a roof rack, kitchen area, library, and storage areas for sleeping bags, sports equipment, art supplies, and musical instruments — all of which are needed to support the organizations’ experiential learning programs.

In the spring of 2011, Trekkers will begin expanding its mentoring programs to include seventh graders from all six communities of Regional School Unit 13. This initial expansion will be the first step in a six-year progression that will eventually bring 240 students into the program. Adding the third bus to the Trekkers fleet will provide extra space to accommodate additional students and their expeditions. The new bus was acquired from the Audubon Expedition Institute and Lesley University, where Trekkers’ Executive Director, Don Carpenter, received a master of science degree in environmental education in 1998. The program recently closed, but after hearing about Trekkers’ mission and its vision to expand its service in Midcoast Maine, Lesley University offered its 2008 mobile classroom to Trekkers at a very good price.

Trekkers will be unveiling the new bus at the Owls Head Transportation Museum at 3 p.m. Tours of the bus will be given until 4:15 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information about the unveiling ceremony, or about Trekkers programs, contact the Trekkers office at 594-5095.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located just off Route 73, on 117 Museum Street in Owls Head. More information about the museum can be found at www.ohtm.org. – END –