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Gov. Janet Mills visits GearShare in Brunswick on Tuesday. contributed

To promote outdoor recreation for Maine children, Gov. Janet Mills visited GearShare in Brunswick on Tuesday. GearShare is a new non-profit organization that purchases, services, and leases outdoor recreation gear to tour guides and nature-related educators to connect students with the outdoors in Maine. Mills, a hiker, donated an LLBean Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife Maine Warden Day Pack during her visit.

“Everyone in Maine — especially our children — should be able to experience and enjoy our beautiful outdoors, not just those who can afford the equipment,” Mills said. “GearShare does an incredible job of equipping students for outdoor adventures so they can make memories of Maine that will last a lifetime. I was proud to donate a daypack to students and look forward to GearShare’s continued success.”

In partnership with the Maine Department of Education, Maine GearShare recently outfitted 108 students from 13 Maine high schools for their weekend whitewater rafting trip, Teens to Trails. GearShare’s next pilot program supports Trekker’s seventh grader trip to Acadia National Park.

“Maine GearShare is the result of a truly collaborative process between outdoor-focused organizations, funders and brands,” said Liv Berg, Interim Executive Director of Maine GearShare. “We all want to promote equal access to great outdoor experiences, and gear is a key component of that endeavor. After years of work, the board and staff are very much looking forward to starting this pilot project, seeing the equipment in action and testing, adapting and expanding our model.”

After her visit to GearShare, Mills took a tour of Maine Street in downtown Brunswick with Sen. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, including Daughtry’s brewery, Moderation Brewing Company; Vessel & Vine; hatch home; The mixture; and Little Dog Coffee Shop.

“Downtown Brunswick has a nice mix of specialty stores, open spaces and small businesses that you can’t find anywhere else,” Mills said. “I hope the people of Maine will get out there this summer and enjoy our incredible communities.”

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