Trips 2021

On this page you can find information about all of the AESOP trips for 2021 including a brief trip description and information about the leaders for each trip. Make sure to read this information before making your trip preferences in Garnet Gateway.

Each description also includes some classifications that you can use to get a better understanding of criteria such as how far a trip is from medical care or how active a trip will be. You can find more information about those classifications and what they mean here.

Franconia & Thorncrag Chill 1

Explore some of the most beautiful mountain peaks New England has to offer in this very high intensity backpacking trip. The off-campus day covers 8.4 miles of scenic views and ridgeline traverses along the Franconia Ridgeline in Kingston, NH. While on campus the other day, participants will relax on some lighter hikes/walks along the River Walk in Lewiston and Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary. While there are no requirements for trips, note that Franconia Ridge will be the most intense of the hiking trips and so participants must be willing and able to accept the challenge that comes. Everyone who chooses this trip, however, will experience some of the most beautiful views in New England and will have accomplished one of the most iconic backpacking routes in New England.

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 4, Day 2- 1
  • Day 1: Backcountry
  • Day 2: Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Highest
Meet the leaders!

Hello Hello and welcome to the Bates family! I hope you all are doing well! I am STOKED you all to be coming to Bates in the fall, but more importantly, to go on AESOP!!! My name is Steven Sparks, I am a Junior hailing the super cool and exciting state of Connecticut. Catch me training for rowing or trying way too hard at any other sport. In my free time, I like to eat, nap, then eat again. When I’m not eating, sleeping, and rowing, I will usually be canoeing all over my state, Hiking random parts of the AT, or (and the most fun of all) Studying for chemistry! As a chemistry major, I have also learned skills that include: -Useless memorization -Working without sleep or energy -Sounding smart but knowing nothing -Being able to create memes and take notes at the same time What should you expect on the trip that Lily and I are leading??? Only an amazing hiking trail, the best vibes, exploring the mountains of New England, Cardgames and making new friends! We can’t wait to see you all on campus!

Hello!! WELCOME TO BATES!!! My name is Lily Kinder and I am beyond excited to meet all of you! I am so hype to explore the mountains and search for birds with you amazing humans. I am from the extraordinary White Mountains of New Hampshire so it’s pretty cool we’ll all be going and exploring there! I am soon to be a senior (ahhhh!) and I am a neuroscience major and anthropology minor. I spend most of my time rowing…but in any free time I can find I’ll most likely be escaping to the ocean. A little bit more about me, I LOVE ice cream with a passion…and peanut butter (I am currently in a huge debate with my friends about whether peanut butter is better than almond butter…let me know if you have any strong opinions on this as we hike along the most beautiful ridge ever). The last thing you should know….THIS AESOP IS GOING TO ROCK and I can’t wait to start this adventure with all of you!

Franconia & Thorncrag Chill 2

Explore some of the most beautiful mountain peaks New England has to offer in this very high intensity backpacking trip. The off-campus day covers 8.4 miles of scenic views and ridgeline traverses along the Franconia Ridgeline in Kingston, NH. While on campus the other day, participants will relax on some lighter hikes/walks along the River Walk in Lewiston and Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary. While there are no requirements for trips, note that Franconia Ridge will be the most intense of the hiking trips and so participants must be willing and able to accept the challenge that comes. Everyone who chooses this trip, however, will experience some of the most beautiful views in New England and will have accomplished one of the most iconic backpacking routes in New England.

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 4, Day 2- 1
  • Day 1: Backcountry
  • Day 2: Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Highest

Meet the leaders!

It is my honor to introduce you all to my co-leader, Elliott Vahey! Ok so where to start with Elliott. She is one of the kindest, most curious, and grounded people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! Elliott LOVES to drink tea (like concerning amounts of tea), listen to LOTS of podcasts, has a not-so-great sense of direction (don’t tell her I told y’all), and is a voice memo aficionado. A true midwesterner hailing from the state of Ohio, her favorite great lake is Lake Michigan (personally I’m team Huron) and is one of those people who knows how to do just about everything. She surfs, climbs, runs, is a great guitar player, and is deadly on both the soccer and frisbee field (she plays for Bates’ Women’s/gender non conforming team!). Elliott is one of those people who I trust in entirety, and is someone whose advice I seek day after day. She is empathetic, charismatic, and is someone who makes you feel comfortable no matter your situation nor how long you have known her. Overall, Elliott rocks and I am SO excited for y’all to meet her and get to know her dazzling personality. Stay safe and see you in the fall! – Jasper :)

As summer sadly comes to an close, we find ourselves thinking, “It’s a shame to be returning to long nights studying in Ladd Library, but wouldn’t it be so marvelous to start the school year hanging out with an awesome new group of people and going on adventures together?” It would indeed! Wherever you are in the world right now, we’re looking forward to welcoming you with open arms. This leads me to my next point, and may I just say, it is the honor of my lifetime to introduce you all to THE Jasper Beardslee. Hailing from the sunshine state, Jasper is surprisingly enthusiastic about Maine winters and is very strategic about his layering strategies during the coldest months. If you are in need of advice on best bundling techniques, you should definitely seek him out. When he’s not climbing various structures, listening to Grimes, gardening Scotch Bonnets or leading D&D campaigns he is likely off embarking on shenanigans with friends, including but not limited to skateboarding down hills on his belly. Among other things, Jasper is a: stationary enthusiast (and fantastic letter writer), embroidery extraordinaire, amateur lock picker (and has proven his skills in times of need) and avid fist bumper. If Jasper is missing and you’re having trouble finding him, you should check the first floor of the library, where he often dwells and, as an Environmental Studies major, can be found memorizing the names of trees. Jasper drinks at least one cup of chocolate milk a day, the Commons dessert he is most passionate about are frozen novelties and this past year, after losing his silverware, he made the decision to eat almost all his food exclusively with a pair of chopsticks he keeps on hand at all times. When he’s not talking about frisbee, he’s not talking. Just kidding. But the kid loves frisbee, and is a proud member of the men’s team here at Bates, Orange Whip. Jasper travels by wheels (rollerblades and his bike, even in January), flippers (for snorkeling), surf/snow boards and occasionally by foot in the most dire of circumstances. His go-to catchphrase is “swag.” Jasper is a fantastic conversationalist and overall top notch human, and we’re both ECSTATIC to meet you all.

Tumbledown & Nature/Yoga 1

A 5.3 mile loop trail will lead you up 1,952 feet for a breathtaking view of surrounding mountains and Tumbledown pond where you may take a dip if you please! This trek is slightly strenuous and technical as it features steep uphills, large boulders, and a ladder. Be prepared to use some climbing skills!  The second day of this trip begins with a 1.7 mile walk off campus to the David Rancourt Preserve trailhead. You will enjoy a brief hike through a forested area and then arrive at a sandy beach where you may walk along the shoreline or hang out with your fellow peers. After walking back to Bates, you will end your trip with an evening of group yoga and sunset-watching on top of Mt. David. Only a 5 minute hike from the center of campus, Mt. David offers a scenic panorama of the Lewiston-Auburn region. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 2, Day 2- 1
  • Day 1: Backcountry
  • Day 2: Frontcountry 
  • Activity Level: High

Meet the leaders!

Hi guys! I’m Jack, a senior on campus, and I’m really excited to welcome y’all to Bates! Here at Bates, I play on the golf team, go on runs, and like to play the piano or read a book when I have some free time. I’m also the type of person who loves to procrastinate studying by engaging in a nice philosophical conversation. Still academic right? My co-leader Loren is awesome, and you’ll probably like her more than me. Anyways, I’m excited to meet all of you in August!

Hey bobcats! Welcome to Bates!! My name is Loren Andrews, I’m an incoming senior here at Bates and I’m super excited to welcome you to the great state of Maine. Just like most people at Bates, I’m from Massachusetts. I’ve spent many summers exploring everything Maine has to offer and I’m excited to share a classic hike – Tumbledown – with you all. Get ready for fun a day of hiking, sunshine, and some mountaintop lake views. We’ll also get to spend a day as yogis seeing who is less flexible – me or Jack. A little more about me is that I love hiking, running, and cooking, but you’ll usually find me in Dana Chemistry doing what I love most <3. Jack and I can’t wait to spend a few days getting to know you guys and telling you all you need to know. See you soon!!

Tumbledown & Nature/Yoga 2

After walking 1.7 miles from campus to the David Rancourt Preserve trailhead, you will enjoy a brief hike through a forested area and then arrive at a sandy beach where you may walk along the shoreline or hang out with your fellow peers. Once you’re back at Bates, you will end your day with an evening of group yoga and sunset-watching on top of Mt. David. Only a 5 minute hike from the center of campus, Mt. David offers a scenic panorama of the Lewiston-Auburn region. The second day of your trip begins with a 5.3 mile loop trail that will lead you up 1,952 feet for a breathtaking view of surrounding mountains and Tumbledown pond where you may take a dip if you please! This trek is slightly strenuous and technical as it features steep uphills, large boulders, and a ladder. Be prepared to use some climbing skills! 

  • Evacuation Level: Day 1- 1, Day 2- 2
  • Day 1: Frontcountry
  • Day 2: Backcountry 
  • Activity Level: High

Meet the leaders!

Hey guys! My name its Izzy Mckinlay. I’m from Los Angeles, California and I am a rising sophomore. Some small facts about me…. I am on Bate’s lacrosse team and planning on majoring in Environmental Studies. But on to the fun stuff, I am super excited to take you guys up to Tumbledown, the views should be amazing, and theres a beautiful pond (some practice for the puddle jump). Definitely not a Yoga master but me and Ameen have been researching through manyyyy youtube playlists, so you’ll have two intermediate Yogis on your hands. Can’t wait to meet you guys!

What’s up AESOP family my name is Ameen Asbahi. I’m from the suburbs of Chicago, and am going to be a sophomore at Bates next year. One thing I do for fun is make music, and some of my favorite artists are Saba, Daniel Caesar, and Bob Marley. Another huge passion of mine are animals and the outdoors, and I can’t wait to take y’all on an absolute gem of a Maine hike in Tumbledown Mountain. I hope I can make AESOP as fun and positive an experience as possible, and help introduce you guys to Bates in the fall.

Rock Climbing & Yoga 1

Spend your AESOP connecting with other first-years and learning some cool moves on rock faces, in yoga positions, and more! On day one of your trip, you and your group will meet up with a professional guide at an outdoor rock climbing location in Maine or New Hampshire (location TBD) and hone your rock climbing skills. No prior rock climbing experience is necessary; with your two leaders and a guide (from Salt Pump climbing co.), you’ll be in good hands! Depending on the location, first-year students on this trip will either have access to portable restrooms or will need to rely on “backcountry” restrooms such as campsite toilets and/or forested areas (toilet paper and hand sanitizer will be provided). At the climbing site, everyone will participate in helping each other climb, and climbing is a challenge by choice- you’ll get to choose how much/how hard you will climb. On day two, you will relax and strengthen your muscles with a local yoga instructor (from Chill Yoga) and work on bouldering at “the wall,” a small indoor rock wall in Merrill Gym. On this day, you’ll have full access to running water and indoor toilets and should expect around one hour of instruction-based yoga. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 3, Day 2- 1
  • Day 1: Backcountry
  • Day 2: Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: High

Meet the leaders!

Hellooooo first years!! My name is Parker and I am a Senior here at Bates. I am an Earth and Climate Sciences major and a Gender and Sexuality Studies minor from Sandwich, New Hampshire. Daphne and I were on the same AESOP trip as first years way back in 2018, and we also led an AESOP together in 2019. Some of my favorite things are gardening, cooking, rock climbing, and dogs. At Bates I am most likely found loitering in commons or wrestling warthogs in the Ladd basement. This past year has been tough here in Lewiston, and we cannot wait to meet some of you wonderful people and explore Maine a bit!

Heyo first years!! I’m Daphne (she/her/hers) and am a Senior Environmental Studies major and Gender Studies minor here at Bates. I’m from Sausalito, California and am super excited to lead another AESOP with Parker who I actually met on our AESOP! I enjoy skiing down mountains in the winter and biking up and down them in the summer. I also like cooking, but prefer eating, especially a good sharp cheddar cheese. On a sunny day at Bates I’ll be outside leaning against a tree looking like I’m doing homework, or if it’s cold outside catch me doing the same thing inside Commons. I love adventuring in Maine and can’t wait to meet everyone, and share our special little spot with you all!

Rock Climbing & Yoga 2

Spend your AESOP connecting with other first-years and learning some cool moves on rock faces, in yoga positions, and more! On day one, you will relax and strengthen your muscles with a local yoga instructor (from Chill Yoga) and practice bouldering at “the wall,” a small indoor rock wall in Merrill Gym. On this day, you’ll have full access to running water and indoor toilets and should expect around one hour of instruction-based yoga. Day one will prepare you for day two when you and your group will meet up with a professional guide at an outdoor rock climbing location in Maine or New Hampshire (location TBD) and hone your rock climbing skills! No prior rock climbing experience is necessary; with your two leaders and a guide (from Salt Pump climbing co.), you’ll be in good hands! Depending on the location, first-year students on this trip will either have access to portable restrooms or will need to rely on “backcountry” restrooms such as campsite toilets and/or forested areas (toilet paper and hand sanitizer will be provided). At the climbing site, everyone will participate in helping each other climb, and climbing is a challenge by choice- you’ll get to choose how much/how hard you will climb.

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 1, Day 2- 3
  • Day 1: Frontcountry
  • Day 2: Backcountry
  • Activity Level: High

Meet the leaders!

Hey AESOPers!!  My name is Matt Clayton and I’m super excited to get to know you all this year as well as to climb and yoge (is there a verb that means “to do yoga”? Ponder this. I’m going with “yoge”)!! I’m a rising Senior from the lovely town of Wayland, MA. Here at Bates, I’m an Economics major, Math minor, but much more notably, I’m part of the Ultimate Frisbee team, I host an epic radio show at the campus radio station, and I’m the lead aeronautical engineer for High Altitude Balloon Club (I duct tape stuff to cardboard and send it into the sky tied to big weather balloons). I’m also a huge fan of mother nature, and love to spend quality time with her climbing, running, hiking, skiing and floating on the puddle with my inflatable rafts of various sizes! More about me that you didn’t ask for: I’m addicted to the Tremors movies, my favorite animal is the buller’s mollymawk, I’m in love with Marden’s (look it up), and I’m currently watching the Bruins take on the Capitals in overtime of the 3rd game of the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (man I hope they win…….). Can’t wait to meet you all, get excited!!

Hellllooooo there!!!!! My name is Milly Detels and I hail from the great town of Marblehead Massachusetts (although I went to high school in Bethel Maine). I’m a math and physics major at Bates and enjoy climbing, sailing, running, snowboarding, or really anything that gets me out and into the mountains! When I’m not in the mountains you can find me in math stats, studying math in different buildings, or just being super confused about math. A few other things you should know, my music has been described as “middle school music,” my favorite show is New Girl, and I LOVE bagels. Matt and I are super stoked to climb up some walls with all of you! See you soon!!

Sea Kayaking Damariscotta & Music

Located in a small coastal town to the East of Lewiston, Damariscotta includes a beautiful coastline, relaxing beaches, and a historic lighthouse at Pemaquid Point. On day one of your trip, you’ll explore the main street in the town of Damariscotta and the beach, then in the afternoon, you’ll be fitted with gear and will go on an adventure with a guide (from Midcoast Kayak) and explore the wildlife, nearby islands, and more. You do not need to have any prior experience paddling, and first-years should expect around four hours of physical activity, mostly involving the upper body (arms and torso). While there will be access to running water and restrooms in the morning, while on the kayaking trip, “backcountry” restrooms will include campsite toilets and/or forested areas (toilet paper and hand sanitizer will be provided). On day two, get to know your group better over music! Bring your instrument, or borrow one from a family member or friend, and share your favorite songs, artists, and/or have a jam session with your leaders. There will be full access to restrooms and running water on day two, and day two will involve low physical activity. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 3, Day 2- 1
  • Day 1: Backcountry
  • Day 2: Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Intermediate

Meet the leaders!

Charlotte Collins is the kindest, most positive and vivacious person in south central Maine. She is a rising senior majoring in both Biology and Studio Art. In her free time, you can find Charlotte running around a field and throwing a flat piece of plastic to other people (playing ultimate frisbee), edifying other students about sex (working with the Peer Health Educators), or rubbing together some pieces of horse hair whilst making noises with her throat (playing fiddle and singing with friends/bands on campus). Charlotte is one of those people who is excited about life and she can’t wait to share that excitement with anyone she meets. She grew up in Maine and loves the outdoors in all capacities which will make her a perfect guide for exploring the Maine coast!

Alex Platt is a legend. You can find him chilling with his record player and jamming out to Grateful Dead on guitar with friends or absolutely crushing it out on the Ultimate Frisbee field. Standing at 6’6″, he may come off as intimidating, but he is anything but that. A lover of deep conversations and crazy adventures, he is the guy you want in your band or as an outdoor adventure partner. He loves to sail, hike, mountain bike, and honestly just chill in gorgeous places. After taking a year off from Bates during the pandemic, he is back in the northeast and worked in a hut in the White Mountains of New Hampshire over the summer. Alex is a rhetoric and religious studies double major and will be a super junior in the fall! He is stoked for an amazing AESOP group and he can’t wait to play music and kayak with you!  –Written by Charlotte

Sea Kayaking Crescent Beach & Thorncrag Chill

Located about 60 minutes south of Lewiston sits the pristine landscape of Crescent Beach State Park. Here you will be able to take a guided sea kayak adventure to take in the beautiful Maine coastline along with Two Lights Lighthouse and numerous possible wildlife. It can be a little wavy, so you will want to be prepared to get wet. After you return from your adventure on the water, you have the chance to chill on the vast stretches of sand that Crescent Beach has to offer. On your second day you’ll make the short walk (3 miles round trip) to Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary where you can explore various nature trails, hangout and play games in the meadow, and so much more. There is running water and modern toilets available at Crescent Beach State Park. No prior kayak experience necessary.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Intermediate

Meet the leaders!

Hi everyone! My name’s Emma and I’m a rising senior here at Bates. I am SO excited to lead sea kayaking with my fearless fellow leader, Alex. I’m from Franklin, Massachusetts which is a smallish town right near the Rhode Island border. At Bates, I’m a sociology major, minoring in education and religious studies. I’m also a member of the Bates women’s rowing team. When not whipping it down the Androscoggin river with my team, I can be found distracting both myself and my friends in the library or lingering for hours at a table in commons (or lingering on Garcelon when there’s a pandemic and commons seating isn’t open). In my free time outside of Bates, I like to go hiking, hangout with friends, binge watch Netflix, or post up on a beach for hours. My AESOP freshman year is still one of my favorite Bates memories and I’m hoping Alex and I can make this one just as fun for all of you! I can’t wait to meet y’all!

My name is Alex and I’m rising senior Biology and English double major on the Men’s Rowing team and am super excited to be leading Sea Kayaking this year! I was an AESOP leader last year and am thrilled to be given the opportunity again this fall. When I’m not on the river, you can usually find me on the ski slopes or in a science lab. Being from Washington DC, I’ve really loved getting to know the Maine outdoors these past few years and can’t wait to share it with you all!

Sea Kayaking Crescent Beach & Board Games

Located about 60 minutes south of Lewiston sits the pristine landscape of Crescent Beach State Park. Here you will be able to take a guided sea kayak adventure to take in the beautiful Maine coastline along with Two Lights Lighthouse and numerous possible wildlife. It can be a little wavy, so you will want to be prepared to get wet. After you return from your adventure on the water, you have the chance to chill on the vast stretches of sand that Crescent Beach has to offer. On your second day you’ll be able to take part in a variety of card games and boardgames, along with other chill activities around campus. There is running water and modern toilets available at Crescent Beach State State Park. No prior kayak experience necessary. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Intermediate

Meet the leaders!

Howdy AESOPERS!!!!! I am absolutely stoked to meet all of you in the Fall and be a part of your AESOP experience! Before we meet, though, I just wanted to introduce myself a little bit more. My name is Dennis and I am a junior here at Bates. I hail from the lovely town of Arlington, Massachusetts and am majoring in politics and minoring in history. On campus, you can find me playing pickup soccer, cornhole, and spikeball as well as lounging around on the quad, probably in a beach chair. If it gets cold or rainy, I’ll find my way inside to watch some Netflix (The Crown, specifically) or put together a puzzle. When I feel like getting away from Bates, I love to ski the icy slopes of Sunday River and Sugarloaf, hike the rugged Maine terrain, find swimming holes, and explore Portland.

Hello future AESOPers! I am so so SO excited to meet you in the fall! My name is Alice and I am rising junior studying Anthropology and Religious Studies! I grew up in Maine and can’t wait to show you guys around your new home! On campus, I spend the majority of my time sitting in commons or sitting outside of commons (because covid)! If I’m not in doing that, I’m either at track practice, skiing at Sugarloaf (the best skiing in the East), or playing games with my friends! I really enjoy thrifting, collecting cool stickers, and making jewelry – maybe y’all share some of my passions?! See ya soon :)

Popham & Field Games 1

Maine is home to some of New England’s most scenic beaches, including Popham. This trip is perfect for all you beachgoers, whether you choose to spend the day soaking up the sun or in the (cold, but refreshing) water. Plan to spend your ‘local’ day of AESOP at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary; as the name implies, Thorncrag is indeed a nature sanctuary which, with its plethora of hiking trails, caters a scenic experience for all. Running water, as well as toilets and showers, can be found at Popham Beach only; such facilities can’t be found at Thorncrag.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hey, guys! My name is Ana and I am so pumped to be your AESOP leader! I can’t wait to take you on some fun adventures, get to know you and introduce you to the culture here at Bates. I am a sophomore, my majors are English and Politics and my minor is Rhetoric and Film. I play on the Women’s Lacrosse team and I am a part of the oldest co-ed a capella group on campus, the Crosstones. I am soooooo looking forward to meeting you all! We’re gonna have the best time.

What’s up AESOPers! I’m Tasker Peacock, a rising sophomore from just outside Chicago. I love Bates and cannot wait to share that with you all during our two days together. I’m on the Mens Squash Team at Bates and am super excited to get more involved on campus this fall. Starting college is super weird but there is arguably no better way to dive into Maine than checking out Popham and we are psyched to explore the stunning beach with you. Ana and I are so excited to welcome you to Bates and share all that it means to be a Bobcat!

Popham & Field Games 2

Maine is home to some of New England’s most scenic beaches, including Popham. This trip is perfect for all you beachgoers, whether you choose to spend the day soaking up the sun or in the (cold, but refreshing) water. Plan to spend your ‘local’ day of AESOP at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary; as the name implies, Thorncrag is indeed a nature sanctuary which, with its plethora of hiking trails, caters a scenic experience for all. Running water, as well as toilets and showers, can be found at Popham Beach only; such facilities can’t be found at Thorncrag.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Yo. My name is Kona, I grew up in Colorado Springs CO. Here at Bates, I am on the swim team (along with my partner Izzy!) and I am a Physics and Math double major with a minor in DCS. I consider myself to be somewhat of an avid outdoorsman, as I love climbing the beautiful mountains back home during the summer, and speeding down the slopes on some skis in the winter. I’ll be researching galaxies over the summer here at Bates with the Galaxies Lab, but I’m more excited to be chilling on the beach with all you incoming freshman AESOPers and my partner Izzy! See you guys soon!

Hi guys!!! My name is Isabel but everyone calls me Izzy. I’m going to be a senior in the fall majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in math! I’m from sunny Saratoga, California but am spending my summer in Boston! Some of my favorite things are my dog Iggle (featured in my photo), playing cards, going to the beach (perfect for this AESOP), mario kart, and watching cooking shows (especially master chef). At Bates, I’m on the swim team, am a lifeguard, work for the student run meal delivery program called Easy Eats, and am a member of the outing club! I’ll be leading Popham & Field Games 2 with one of my best friends and teammate Kona!! We CANNOT WAIT to meet our group of Aesopers and all you First Years :)

Popham & Board Games/Crafting 1

Maine is home to some of New England’s most scenic beaches, including Popham. This trip is perfect for all you beachgoers, whether you choose to spend the day soaking up the sun or in the (cold, but refreshing) water. Plan to spend your ‘local’ day of AESOP at Bates, competing head-to-head with fellow First Years (and Leaders alike) in a variety of board games, familiar or not. You will also have the opportunity to tie-dye your First Year shirt at the crafts station, among other activities. Running water, toilets and showers can be found at Popham Beach.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

My name is Colin and I am a sophomore from New York (used to live in the Bronx but now I live way, way upstate) and I am super excited to be leading an AESOP trip to Popham beach! I am on the cross-country and track teams here at Bates, and I love exploring the woods around Lewiston and swimming in the ‘Scog (the beautiful, sanitary Androscoggin river). I look forward to meeting you all!

Hi everyone! My name is Ruby and I am a sophomore from Brooklyn! At Bates, I am a member of the Environmental Coalition and I play club soccer. I love spending time outdoors and trying new foods! I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Popham & Board Games/Crafting 2

Maine is home to some of New England’s most scenic beaches, including Popham. This trip is perfect for all you beachgoers, whether you choose to spend the day soaking up the sun or in the (cold, but refreshing) water. Plan to spend your ‘local’ day of AESOP at Bates, competing head-to-head with fellow First Years (and Leaders alike) in a variety of board games, familiar or not. You will also have the opportunity to tie-dye your First Year shirt at the crafts station, among other activities. Running water, toilets and showers can be found at Popham Beach.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hellooooo ‘Cats! My name is Josh Collins and I’m so excited to be on this trip with you all! I’m so happy to be an AESOP leader this year and to have the opportunity to provide the best trip that myself and other members of my class weren’t previously able to experience due to COVID-19. The Maine outdoors are incredibly beautiful and my co-leader and I are excited to meet you all :-)

What’s up class of 2025!! My name is Francisca (she/her/hers) and I am sophomore here at Bates. I’m from Porto, Portugal, but I went to boarding school in India. I haven’t declared my major(s) yet, but I am interested in Biochemistry and Physics. At Bates. I am part of the Frisbee team and the 2BEATS (the hiphop club)! I’m excited to meet you all!!

Cape Elizabeth Chillin & Field Games

Located just south of Portland, Cape Elizabeth offers numerous locations for Mainers to enjoy the outdoors. On this trip you will travel to Fort Williams for a day of chillin along the shores of Casco Bay. You’ll have the opportunity to swim, explore the Portland Head Lighthouse, and much more. On your second day, you’ll be chillin around campus and have the opportunity to play a variety of field games. There are no permanent toilet facilities at the park, and instead portable restrooms throughout. This trip is great for anyone that like the outdoors but doesn’t want anything to strenuous.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

I’m Hallie Hayne. I am a rising sophomore who is planning to major in biology and minor in math. I play on the club soccer team here at Bates. I am from New York City. I love spending time with my friends, going to the beach, and playing with my dogs. I am so excited to meet the incoming freshmen and welcome them to the Bates community!

What’s up First Years! I’m excited to welcome you to LA (Lewiston-Auburn). Not too far from Bates, I live in the great Kennebunkport Maine. A familiar sign when taking I-95 up to Lewiston. In the summertime, you can find me working in the Ben & Jerry’s right in dock square. Other than that I’m most likely at the beach. At Bates, I’m following the Pre-med track and most likely majoring in biology. Other than doing work in the library you’ll most likely find me in commons or riding around on my onewheel.

Cape Elizabeth Chillin & Board Games

Located just south of Portland, Cape Elizabeth offers numerous locations for Mainers to enjoy the outdoors. On this trip you will travel to Fort Williams in for a day of chillin along the shores of Casco Bay. You’ll have the opportunity to swim, explore the Portland Head Lighthouse, and much more. On your second day you’ll be able to take part in a variety of card games and boardgames, along with other chill activities around campus. There are no permanent toilet facilities at the park, and instead portable restrooms throughout. This trip is great for anyone that like the outdoors but doesn’t want anything to strenuous.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hi future ‘cats! My name is Sophie and I am so pumped to lead AESOP 2021. I am a psychology major, education minor, and avid cereal-lover. On campus, I can be found on Bardwell field playing frisbee, in Le Ronj (the coffee shop on campus), and in the steel pan drumming room. This summer, I will be in Maine scouting the best hammock spots in Cape Elizabeth. I encourage you all to spend this summer practicing your best “chillin,” in preparation for our trip. Finn and I met wayyyy back when on our very own AESOP trip and have been good pals ever since. AESOP was an amazing start to our time at Bates and we want to create that same experience for you all. In the meantime, we will be crafting the best AESOP playlist there ever was. Can’t wait to meet you, bobkittens <3

What’s up my fellow Bobcats! My name is Finn, and Sophie and I will be leading your AESOP this year. I know Sophie goes over the details of how we know each other so I won’t bore y’all. As a born and raised Californian, I love being outdoors hiking and surfing. At Bates I am a co-leader of club basketball and am a member of the steel pan band with Sophie. I hope that all of you have a relaxing summer vacation and are ready to have some fun at Cape Elizabeth in August!

Old Orchard Beach & Sports 1

For those who love hanging out at the beach and getting their tan on, this trip is for you! Old orchard beach is located in Old orchard town, 51 miles south from Bates and 15 miles south of Portland. Old orchard pier offers places to eat, drink, shop, and have fun. The biggest hot spot on the pier is the amusement park! There will also be opportunities to take part in other activities such as mini golfing! On the second day, you will have the joy of competing in any sport of choice with your fellow first years, followed by a relaxing sunset watch on mount David. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

My name is Tia Freund, I am from Newfields New Hampshire. I work as a sailing instructor every summer, teaching kids how to sail. I am on the girls club lacrosse and soccer teams at Bates. Some of my favorite memories are skiing with friends at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, or Lost valley. I enjoyed up-cycling clothes and painting on canvas during quarantine. One of my favorite things I did at Bates freshman year was learning how to ride a skateboard. I have a love for the ocean and the outdoors so I am very excited our group gets to head to Old Orchard Beach for our trip! Can’t wait to meet you all this fall!

Hey AESOPers! My name is Ben and I will be a sophomore at Bates in the fall. On campus I am an active member of the Ultimate Frisbee team, a director in the Bates Outing Club, and a member of the men’s club hockey team. Additionally, I enjoy riding my skateboard around campus and going to Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary just off campus whenever possible. I am so stoked to be an AESOP leader this year! The obvious limitations of AESOP this past year, although still an amazing time due to my wonderful leaders, just led me to want more AESOP. I can’t wait to experience this exciting start to your time at Bates along with everyone!

Old Orchard Beach & Sports 2

For those who love hanging out at the beach and getting their tan on, this trip is for you! Old orchard beach is located in Old orchard town, 51 miles south from Bates and 15 miles south of Portland. Old orchard pier offers places to eat, drink, shop, and have fun. The biggest hot spot on the pier is the amusement park! There will also be opportunities to take part in other activities such as mini golfing! On the second day, you will have the joy of competing in any sport of choice with your fellow first years, followed by a relaxing sunset watch on mount David. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hi my name is Adrian Miguel deCola! I love adventures, embracing friendships, and learning about physics, computer science, philosophy and every world wonder. My idea of fun includes hanging out with friends embracing each other’s company while exploring. I’m so excited to be leading this trip because it’s definitely going to be an adventurous, down-to-earth, spontanious bonding experience. With Hannah and I you can expect an easygoing, venturesome introduction to your Bates experience. Get excited to spend some quality time and create long-lasting memories with some amazing people.

Hey!! I’m super stoked to be one of your AESOP leaders! My name is Hannah and I’ll be a junior this year. Before Bates, I had no idea what I wanted to major in– so don’t worry if that’s you– and I’m now a Psychology and East Asian Studies double major. In my free time, I love hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants, going on hikes, and watching TV. I’m a member of AASIA, which is an affinity club on campus, and work at the front desk of Ladd library (wave if you see me!). Being from New York City, AESOP seemed daunting at first because I hadn’t had a lot of outdoor experiences, plus I’m a little shy around new people… But it was really fun, and I even met some of my best friends there! I hope you’re as hyped as I am to make some amazing memories to kick off your 4 years at Bates! Have a great summer and see you in August!

Mt. Blue & Field Games 1

A steep 3 mile hike up Mt. Blue, the first day of this trip offers a rewarding experience that features beautiful wildflowers and rocky climbs. This trail leads to a spectacular summit with an elevation of 3,187 feet where you may ascend to the top of an observation tower for an even better view of the mountainous landscape that surrounds Weld and Webb Lake. The second day of the trip entails a light hike through Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, a serene and green oasis that is perfect for bird watching! During the later part of the second day, you will be immersed in exciting team-building games. While using the entire campus as your field in a game of “Capture of the Flag” and venturing through North American train routes in the “Ticket to Ride” board game, you are guaranteed a healthy mix of competition and collaboration. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 2, Day 2- 1
  • Day 1: Backcountry
  • Day 2: Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Intermediate

Meet the leaders!

My name is Sebastien Kleitman. I am French but have been living in the USA since 10th grade. I am a future history major and also a proud member of the debate club. I look forward to meeting the class of 2025 and hope to contribute in making all of your transitions into this new environment as enjoyable as possible!

Hey everyone! My name is Cam. I’m a sophomore from Belfast, Maine, which is a great town about an hour and a half north on the coast. Some mildly fun facts about me: I’m an old sophomore (21) because I took a gap year, I’m a crippling coffee addict, I live on the third floor of Chu, and I’m part of the sailing and debate teams here at Bates. I’m also a huge poker/board game player and generally like outdoors stuff. You can email me at canders2@bates.edu if you want, and get psyched for Aesop!

Mt. Blue & Field Games 2

A light hike through Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, the first day offers a serene and green oasis that is perfect for bird watching! During the later part of this day, you will be immersed in exciting team-building games. While using the entire campus as your field in a game of “Capture of the Flag” and venturing through North American train routes in the “Ticket to Ride” board game, you are guaranteed a healthy mix of competition and collaboration. The second day of this trip entails a steep 3 mile hike up Mt. Blue, a rewarding experience that features beautiful wildflowers and rocky climbs. This trail leads to a spectacular summit with an elevation of 3,187 feet where you may ascend to the top of an observation tower for an even better view of the mountainous landscape that surrounds Weld and Webb Lake.

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 1, Day 2- 2
  • Day 1: Frontcountry
  • Day 2: Backcountry
  • Activity Level: Intermediate

Meet the leaders!

Hello hello Class of 2025! My name is Amalia, and I am a senior (gasp) this year! I’m from Middlebury, VT, and Pamplona, Spain and I grew up bilingual and a dual citizen. I am a Gender and Sexuality Studies major with a concentration in public health, and I ADORE my major and department. Outside of class I can be found working at the Ladd Library Circulation Desk, tutoring Psych Stats in the Math and Stats Workshop and running the Bates Voter Engagement program called Bates Votes (let me know if you want some help registering in Lewiston or are interested in some fun stickers). My favorite place on campus is the Ladd Library patio located between Ladd and Coram and I am trying to get the name “Laddio” to catch on. Finally, I love to cook in my free time and have been obsessed with the New York Times cooking app this year. Peter and I met in an education class here at Bates and have been friends ever since! I am super excited to be leading this trip with someone as kind and thoughtful as him. We could not be more excited to explore Mt. Blue with you all and to play some games outside!

Hey hey! I am Pete, I use He/him pronouns, and I will be a Junior this year. I was raised in Newport, Rhode Island and am studying geology and education here at Bates. Aside from rocks and edjumacation I am passionate about many activities out-of-doors. I love the ocean and am very fortunate to have grown up learning about all the critters and crafts operating in it! Since coming to Bates I have had a blast exploring what beauty Maine has to offer and I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned with you all! I am certainly someone who enjoys conversation and meeting new folks which bodes for as exciting an experience for me as it will be for you all. Cheers!

Camden Hiking & Pokémon GO!

Join this eccentric trip for beautiful views, low to intermediate levels of activity, and bonding over Pokémon GO! On day one of your trip, you and your group will explore Lewiston/Auburn by foot, and try your best to catch ‘em all! You’ll also have a chance to check out the rock wall on Bates campus and get a panoramic view of Lewiston from the famed Mt. David. Day one will include full access to running water and bathroom facilities, and first-years should expect a half-day of walking and an hour or so of bouldering if they so choose. On day two, you and your group will head to Camden, Maine, an adorable coastal town to the east of Lewiston. You’ll have a whole day to explore Camden Hills State Park, which includes Mt. Battie, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the rocky Maine coastline and Penobscot Bay, and maybe even find more Pokémon! On this day of the trip, there will be access to portable toilets near the entrance of the park, and at the summit. First-years should be prepared for a day of moderate-level physical activity. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 1, Day 2- 3
  • Day 1: Frontcountry
  • Day 2: Backcountry
  • Activity Level: High

Meet the leaders!

Hi everyone!! My name is Nathan Huynh (he/him/his) and I’m from San Diego, California! I am the former youngest person alive and my favorite meal is my mom’s spaghetti. In my free time at Bates, I like to try and find the turtles and massive goldfish living in Lake Andrews (the Puddle). I can’t wait to meet y’all and go adventuring! <3

My name is Levi, I use he/him pronouns, and I’m from Portland, Oregon (which I lovingly refer to as “the other Portland” when I’m on campus). I have loved growing up and adventuring in the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, but I have to admit that Maine has some scenery that definitely rivals what I’m used to from home. I am (most likely) majoring in Neuroscience so I spend lots of time in the science buildings and studying on the second floor of the library, but on nice days I can probably be found around campus reading or listening to music in my hammock. My first year at Bates was anything but normal because of COVID-19, but I still had a fantastic time on campus and I can’t wait to introduce a new class of bobcats to everything that Bates has to offer.

Yoga & Meditation

Find relaxing moments and opportunities for deeper connection on this low-key and grounded AESOP. On day one of your trip, explore your artistic side by tie-dying and playing some games to get to know your group. While the tie-dye dries, your group will walk to the Garcelon Bog, a small preserve located about a mile away from the Bates campus. At the Bog, your group can try out a walking meditation, and connect with the old trees and greenery. When you’re back on campus, your group will have the option to self-lead some outdoor yoga and try out new positions. There will not be access to bathrooms during the excursion to the Bog, but there will be full access to restrooms during the rest of day one. On the second day, you and your group will travel to Smiling Hill Farm, which distributes dairy products all over main, and has been operating since the 1700s. After exploring the area, you’ll try out some Goat Yoga, then have the option to get fresh ice cream afterward. On this day, you’ll have access to public restrooms. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hey squad, My name is Kynan (Ky) Jenkins and I’m excited to be your AESOP leader! Just so you won’t end up doing Yoga with a stranger, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a rising senior who emerged from Rockville, Maryland. I am currently studying psychology and philosophy with a concentration in identity, race, and ethnicity. Most of my time is filled with being a part of anime club, club soccer and Black Student Union, but sometimes you might catch me enjoying Italian bakery with a couple of friends. Some of my favorite things to do include watching soccer (Manchester City), and discussing Jane the Virgin (#TeamMichael). This will be my first time leading an AESOP and I am beyond excited to share this experience with you. Don’t be afraid to reach out with any questions, but for now I will see you soon!

What’s up bobkittens!! My incredible co-leader Ky and I can’t wait to meet you all and have the best AESOP ever! This fall I’ll be a senior at Bates and I hail from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Some of my favorite activities on campus are checking out the critters in the pond, eating outside with friends, and heckling my math professors during Thursday math lunch. In Lewiston, I spend a lot of time in the local schools, getting ice cream at Dairy Joy, and walking to the seasonal farmer’s market to get sambusas. I can’t wait to share Bates and Lewiston with you all and discover some new places, too!

Shredding & Rollodrome 1

Explore Maine on wheels and in the water as part of this shredding (a slang term for sports like snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing) trip! On day one, you’ll explore Lewiston/Auburn on wheels, with your own (or borrowed) skateboard, bike, roller skates, or anything with wheels. You’ll also head over to the Rollodrome, an old-timey roller skating facility, where you and your group can bond over skates, and/or attempt roller derby. This day will include running water and restroom facilities at Bates Campus and the Rollodrome. On day two, your group will hit the waves at a nearby beach (likely Popham beach depending on weather and wave conditions), and learn to surf or hone your surfing skills. There are public restrooms at Popham beach, and first-year students should feel comfortable swimming in the ocean and participating at a high level of consistent physical activity for this trip. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 1, Day 2- 2
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Highest

Meet the leaders!

Hey guys! My name is Max Freund, and I am a senior at Bates. I am the president of Shred club (club for surfing, skiing, skating, snowboarding), and love to play club soccer + frisbee in my free time. I am also an ES major and History minor. On any given day you can catch me riding my skateboard to class, slamming unhealthy amounts of coffee, and chillin in my favorite study spot, the first floor of the library. In my time at Bates I would defiantly say AESOP was one of the most memorable moments I’ve had. Going on an adventure with 11 new batesies you have never met is an AMAZING time, especially as a first year in college. I made some amazing memories, and met some people who I now call my best friends. Super PSYCHED to meet you all!!! We have an epic trip lined up this year, and are gonna have an awesome time :)

Hi all!!! My name is Tamsin and I will be leading Shredding & Rollerdrome (aka “shredSOP”) with my co leader Max!! We are so so excited to meet you all. I am an Environmental Studies and Economics double major, and love surfing, hiking, and dancing A LOT. I am part of the Ultimate Frisbee team at Bates, Eco-Reps (the sustainability group), and Women in Economics :) I am excited to welcome you all to Bates; it is an incredibly special place, and I have made so many memories here that I will never forget. Here’s to a great few days with you all exploring the city of Lewiston and the beaches of Maine!

Shredding & Rollodrome 2

Explore Maine on wheels and in the water as part of this shredding (a slang term for sports like snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing) trip! On day one, your group will hit the waves at a nearby beach (likely Popham beach depending on weather and wave conditions), and learn to surf or hone your surfing skills. There are public restrooms at Popham beach, and first-year students should feel comfortable swimming in the ocean and participating at a high level of consistent physical activity for this trip. On day two, you’ll explore Lewiston/Auburn on wheels, with your own (or borrowed) skateboard, bike, roller skates, or anything with wheels. You’ll also head over to the Rollodrome, an old-timey roller skating facility, where you and your group can bond over skating, and/or attempt roller derby. This day will include running water and restroom facilities at Bates Campus and the Rollodrome.

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 2, Day 2- 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Highest

Meet the Leaders!

Bio & photo coming soon

Bio & photo coming soon

Farmsop (Nezinscot) & Thorncrag 1

Nezinscot Farm, located just 20 minutes away from campus, is perhaps the perfect spot to spend a day outside—if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, that is. Although there are a variety of farming activities included in this trip, related to produce as well as livestock, you can expect to have some dirt under your nails by the end of the day! Plan to spend your ‘local’ day of AESOP at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary; as the name implies, Thorncrag is indeed a nature sanctuary which, with its plethora of hiking trails, caters a scenic experience for all. Running water and toilets are available at Nezinscot only; this is not the case for Thorncrag, where such facilities do not exist.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hellloo future bobcats! My name is Reilly (she/her) and I can not wait to welcome you here to campus in just a few short months!! I hail from Northern California and I will be a senior here at Bates next year. I am a Politics major and a Spanish minor and I have a GEC (concentration) in Earth and Climate Sciences. Here at Bates I work as a restorative justice fellow and I will captain ColdFront, our women’s, non-binary and gender non-conforming frisbee team beginning in the fall. A few more things about me: despite being gluten free I’ve been told I have great taste in snacks, I am currently on season 2 of glee and I explore the wilds of Maine whenever I get a free moment. I look forward to showing you some of our favorite spots and getting to know each of you soon! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions between now and when you arrive. My email is rdwight@bates.edu and the coordinators can be reached at aesop@bates.edu.

Hello fellow Bobcats and welcome to the Bates College community! My name is Jake Jenkins and I, along with my fearless co Reilly Dwight, will be your Aesop leaders for Farmsop! I pretend that I am from Colorado, but I’m actually from New Jersey (slightly disappointing, I know). When I’m not being an academic force, I like to have bro bro time with my roommate Owen by playing Xbox all day and night long. When I’m not gaming, I ski/bike/climb/lift big things on the side! My favorite food is spaghetti calzones (peep Luiggi’s – down the street from Bates). I don’t know anything about farming, but I love DIRT. I’m so stoked to meet y’all! Roll cats:)

Farmsop (Nezinscot) & Thorncrag 2

Nezinscot Farm, located just 20 minutes away from campus, is perhaps the perfect spot to spend a day outside—if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, that is. Although there are a variety of farming activities included in this trip, related to produce as well as livestock, you can expect to have some dirt under your nails by the end of the day! Plan to spend your ‘local’ day of AESOP at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary; as the name implies, Thorncrag is indeed a nature sanctuary which, with its plethora of hiking trails, caters a scenic experience for all. Running water and toilets are available at Nezinscot only; this is not the case for Thorncrag, where such facilities do not exist.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Aloha! Kamusta! My name is Anna! I am Filipino/Hawaiian and I’m from O’ahu, Hawai’i. Just know, sometimes I speak pidgin (broken english) and people cannot understand me. Don’t worry though, I speak english majority of the time. It only happens when I get excited!! (: Also, I graduated from a high school known for its spirit and I was a part of council, so I am full of spirit and I am pretty loud and I am so excited to meet all of you! Just know, you will properly be cared for by both your AESOP leaders. Like Lilo and Stitch once said, “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind.” We will become like family on our AESOP, trust me, you will not get left behind!

Hola qué tal! I’m Adi, a first-generation Mexican-American who loves embracing new friendships and inclusion through kindness. I am a plant enthusiast, animal lover, who loves sunrises and sunsets. I grew up in the highlands of Michoacán, Mexico cultivating my ancestors land and caring for animals with my dad. I have a love for farming and nature that stems from the compassionate relationship my dad inspired me to build with the natural world. In our AESOP you can expect a tight-knit bonding experience, interacting with the natural world through farming, gardening, furry friends and a whole lot of Hawaiian and Mexican culture. As two women of color diversity and inclusion are incredibly important to Anna and I, we will make sure you are welcomed into a warm, inclusive, supportive environment during our AESOP. You can expect to finish this AESOP trip with long lasting memories of love and support that will extend into your Bates experience. We can’t wait to meet you!

Art Outside & Board Games 1

If you are looking for some inspiration for drawing or painting, or want to relax outside at some beautiful landscapes – look no further! Art Outside & Board Games will have you spending one day off campus, enjoying the outdoors, while painting and drawing some of the beautiful landscapes around us. The other day will be spent continuing to hone the work you’ve created or start a new piece, as well as enjoying some board games in the sun and shade of the Bates Campus. If willing, work will be in a presentation at the end of the AESOP two-day event with the other art/theater AESOP trips for anyone to see.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry 
  • Activity Level: Low

Meet the leaders!

Howdy Bobkittens! I am so thrilled to be your trip leader for Art Outside & Board Games 1 in a few short months! It’s hard not to hype up AESOP without sounding overenthusiastic, but that’s simply because it really is that awesome. My goal is to make your first experience at Bates as memorable and as fun as humanly possible! Your co-leader Belle and I are beyond excited to meet you. We have spent the summer planning an unforgettable trip to welcome you all to campus! To tell you a bit about myself, I graduated high school in Seattle, WA. Still, I grew up living in Georgia, South Korea, and Turkey. So from wherever you are joining us, I hope to help you find your place and your people at Bates. Personally, I met some of my best friends on my AESOP trip, and I have no doubt that you’ll make some lasting connections while we are together! I love running, biking, cross-country skiing, sailing, rowing, and really any sport that gets me outside exploring my surroundings. Regardless of how you like to get out there, I cannot wait to share some of my favorite spots around Maine with you. On campus, I am a double major in Politics and Sociology, focusing on Public Health. You can almost always find me outside or studying in some hidden corner of campus. I volunteer as a French translator for refugees in Lewiston through ILAP, and more generally, with the French department. I’m also on the sailing and club cross-country teams. I cannot overstate how excited I am to be a part of your Bates’ AESOP experience. Please don’t hesitate to treat me as a resource for anything you might want to know about Bates before and after the trip. Scratch ‘em up! Alexandre

Hey, howdy, how ah we? Hope everyone’s enjoying their summers and is as pumped as we are for an IncReDiBLe AESOP trip. My name is Belle, I’m a rising senior from São Paulo, Brazil and alongside the lovely Alex, we will be leading Art Outside & Board Games 1! I can’t wait to get to know everyone, but in the meantime, Alex and I have started a Spotify playlist for our AESOP so please add a song so our trip can have some sick toons (if you prefer to email us the songs you want on the playlist feel free to do so as well!). Can’t wait to actually meet you all!!! For real. If you have ANY questions email or text us! We are a great point of contact if you have any questions regarding AESOP, move-in, or about Bates life in general. My # is (305)206-7168 and my email is abernhoe@bates.edu! Much love, Belle

Art Outside & Board Games 2

If you are looking for some inspiration for drawing or painting, or want to relax outside at some beautiful landscapes – look no further! Art Outside & Board Games will have you spending one day off campus, enjoying the outdoors, while painting and drawing some of the beautiful landscapes around us. The other day will be spent continuing to hone the work you’ve created or start a new piece, as well as enjoying some board games in the sun and shade of the Bates Campus. If willing, work will be in a presentation at the end of the AESOP two-day event with the other art/theater AESOP trips for anyone to see.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry 
  • Activity Level: Low

Meet the leaders!

Hello Bobkittens!! I’m so pumped to be part of your Bates welcome waggon and lead you on the best part of orientation: AESOP! My name is Abhi Agarwal (he/him) and I’m from Andover, Massachusetts but I like to say I’m from Boston. I’m a math and econ major and physics and philosophy minor, but please don’t judge me by my academic interests. I’m really fun, I swear. In my free time I like to chill on the quad, go on day trips to every corner of Maine to taste every flavor of ice cream, and do my math homework (sorry). You can find me on campus being louder than anyone has right to be on the ground floor of Ladd Library or (fingers crossed) sitting in commons for way too long pretending to do work. Look, the ambiance of the top floor is unmatched. I’m SO excited to meet you in the fall and for us to have a fantastic AESOP together!!!

Hello Bobkittens!! I’m so pumped to be part of your Bates welcome wagon and lead you on the best part of orientation: AESOP! At Bates I’m an Art History major and a Rhetoric, Film, and Screen studies minor, which just means I desperately want you to tell me about your favorite movie. Catch me on campus playing Ultimate Frisbee or sitting in commons from breakfast to lunch (which I have dearly missed this year and hope to return to in the fall). I love to do anything where I can be outside with my friends, and preferably some snacks too, such as a picnic, beach day, hiking, or whatever. I am from Broomfield, Colorado so I’m used to the snow but these Maine winters are a different type of cold! Brr! When not freezing my toesies off, I spend all the time I can out lounging in the sun with a good book. AESOP is such a wonderful and unique adventure and I just can’t wait for you all to get to experience it! SO excited to meet you in the fall!

Dancing/Music Comm. Engage & Dance/Jam

One day will be spent jamming and grooving in a dance studio, so make sure to bring the skills you’ve acquired from any style of dance (whether hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, or jazz) and any instruments you may have from home! After getting to know your peers and the art of dance through fun introduction games, you will explore the dance composition process and play music with your peers! Your off-campus day will be spent volunteering at the Portland Conservatory of Music, a community music school that teaches musical theory, literature, and performance. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1 
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Bio & photo coming soon

Bio & photo coming soon

Chillin at Wolfe’s Neck & Bates Garden

Located along the coast of Casco Bay just outside of Freeport, sits Wolfe’s Neck Farm and State Park. During your time off campus, you’ll be able to visit the animal barns and explore the various fruit and vegetable fields that Wolfe’s Neck Farm has to offer. You’ll also have the opportunity to hangout along the shoreline at Wolfe’s Neck State Park. On your second day, you’ll get to spend some time in one of the Bates Gardens close to campus. There are restroom facilities at both the farm and park.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hi cats!! My name is Ashka and I’m a rising senior from Westchester, New York and Mumbai, India. I’m a Politics major and French minor with a concentration in law and society. At Bates, I’m the co-coordinator of Bates Votes, a Mediation and Restorative Justice Fellow, and love spending my time climbing rocks, buildings, and mountains! I love cold chocolate, warm hugs, and occasionally tossing a frisbee. I met David on my AESOP trip and the two of us have been pals ever since. I am so excited to lead a trip with someone as kind and hilarious as him. For me, AESOP is about building a community with people through conversation and laughter as we explore the surrounding area! David and I are stoked to chill at the gorgeous Wolfe’s Neck state park and spend some time working in the Bates garden! Fun facts about David: 1. Invented the sport of frisbee in the 1800s 2. Turned down the role of Jack in Titanic 3. Thought Pittsburgh was in Ohio

Hey Aesopers! My name is David, and I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m a rising senior Philosophy major with concentrations in the ancient world and queer studies. At Bates, I am a captain of the men’s ultimate frisbee team, love going on hikes, and road tripping with my friends. I’m known for being able to eat most cupcakes in one bite. I’m thrilled to be leading AESOP again and that Ashka and I have an opportunity to welcome you all into the Bates community. AESOP was a very important part of my first year experience as it was a place where I felt comfortable asking questions, learning something new, and being my authentic self. Ashka and I will do our best to create an inclusive environment for you all whether we are at Wolfe’s Neck or the Bates garden. This is bound to be an awesome experience, and Ashka and I are super excited to meet you all! Fun facts about Ashka: 1. Taught Alex Honnold how to climb 2. Turned down the role of Donna in Mamma Mia! 3. Voted 8 times because she is so passionate

Chillin at Wolfe’s Neck & Field Games

Located along the coast of Casco Bay just outside of Freeport, sits Wolfe’s Neck Farm and State Park. During your time off campus, you’ll be able to visit the animal barns and explore the various fruit and vegetable fields that Wolfe’s Neck Farm has to offer. You’ll also have the opportunity to hangout along the shoreline at Wolfe’s Neck State Park. On your second day, you’ll be chillin around campus and have the opportunity to play a variety of field games. There are restroom facilities at both the farm and park.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hey guys! My co-leader is Will and he hails from Houston Texas! When he isn’t riding horses, using the word “y’all” in every-other sentence, and rocking a sickkk cowboy hat… Will loves to play club soccer, hang out with his wicked cool friends (aka me) and absolutely wipe out on Lost Valley ski jumps. Some cool facts about Willium are that he once ate ten plates of broccoli as a dare in commons (I don’t think this is actually cool he just wanted me to include it…) and that he actually lived on a life boat for a month… aka he’s ~outdoorsy~. You can also always spot Will from a mile away on campus because even if it’s 0 degrees outside he will ALWAYS be only wearing a t-shirt and shorts (no joke). We are so hyped to be leading an AESOP trip together and we can’t wait to meet all of you!!!

What’s up y’all! My co-leader is Gabby and she’s from Short Hills, New Jersey. She’s an academic beast (majoring in Psychology), she makes the world a better place (volunteering at Hillview mentoring young girls in Lewiston), and she could give Popeye the sailor a run for his money (she’s on the club sailing team). Also, she’s funny, outgoing, and creative. Just make sure you never ski with her; she’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. We met during orientation, found out we lived in the same hall, and instantly became friends because she’s the best. We both had so much fun leading an AESOP together last year and we can’t wait to do it again. We are so excited to meet y’all; it’ll be a blast!

Biking & Video Games 1

Are you an avid biker? Are you passionate about the great outdoors? If you said ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then this trip might be for you! The Eastern Trail, which extends more than 65 miles along the coast of Maine, is perhaps the greatest biking trail in the state. While you won’t be biking the Eastern Trail in its entirety, expect to do so for about 30 miles—this will consume most of the day. Plan to spend some of your ‘local’ day of AESOP competing head-to-head in some of your favorite video games, including, though not limited to, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros! Several portable toilets can be found along the Eastern Trail, though infrequent.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: High

Meet the leaders!

Hey Y’all it’s your AESOP leader Eli. A little bit about myself, I’m from Vermont, I’m on the nordic ski team and I love mountain biking. A little fun fact… I am in the Bates Knitting Club, Knitwits, even though I don’t really know how to knit. So now that y’all know my life story I’m stoked to meet you all and hear yours (that was a joke, you don’t need to tell me your life story (unless you want to)). I can’t wait to meet all of you! If you have any questions about school, life, or even existential ones don’t hesitate to reach out. Yours truly, Eli

Hey AESOPers! My name is Cici and I am a rising junior here at Bates College. I major in Environmental Studies, and minor in Anthropology. I grew up in Connecticut and now mostly live on Block Island! I like to ski, hike, run, play guitar, and love all things involving food (and snacks… favorite snacks being chocolate and pretzels). I am stoked to be involved with AESOP this year!

Biking & Video Games 2

Are you an avid biker? Are you passionate about the great outdoors? If you said ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then this trip might be for you! The Eastern Trail, which extends more than 65 miles along the coast of Maine, is perhaps the greatest biking trail in the state. While you won’t be biking the Eastern Trail in its entirety, expect to do so for about 30 miles—this will consume most of the day. Plan to spend some of your ‘local’ day of AESOP competing head-to-head in some of your favorite video games, including, though not limited to, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros! Several portable toilets can be found along the Eastern Trail, though infrequent.

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: High

Meet the leaders!

Hello everyone! My name is Oliver and I am from Hong Kong. I am going to be a senior this year and am majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Film. As an international student, I was really intimidated by going to school in a different country. AESOP served as a great icebreaker for me as I got to meet new people and explore places that I’d never been to which I am so excited for all of you to experience. On campus, I am apart of an A Capella group called the Manic Optimists and am also a student leader of the Bates Photography Club. I also work a couple jobs on campus including the facility manager at the gym and an IT desk assistant. My favourite artists include Jon Bellion and Justin Bieber and I love EDM music! Please feel free to say hi if you see me around on campus!

Hi Cats! My name is Anna and I am a senior Biology major from Hingham, MA. I play lacrosse here at Bates and work for commons as a capacity control tracker. I love spending time with friends, being on the ocean, running, and doing puzzles! If there was one thing in this world that I could not live without it would be music; I love all genres but my favorite being EDM / EDM pop. My favorite movie is “Miracle” and favorite commons dessert is the almond nut cookies (look out for those, you will not be disappointed). AESOP was one of the best times I have had thus far at Bates and I am looking forward to making your time just as enjoyable. Can’t wait to meet you all very soon!

Habitat & Field Games 1

Want to give back to the community whilst working on your home building skills? If so, then this trip is for you! This will be a great opportunity to work on projects that will serve as great service to the local community. First years will be able to get out and explore Maine while offering great service to those in need. On the second day, you will be able to participate in field games of your choice, as well as a walk to downtown Lewiston to familiarize yourself with the area and explore!

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

“Yoo whattup bobkittens, My co-leader Avrah is the coolest cat on campus.” Haha, we’ll pretend that’s something Rishi would say—this is actually Avrah (Rishi’s co-leader). I wanna tell you a little about Rishi. Rishi and I both loved our freshman year Aesop trips. We were both JA’s in the same dorm last year and loved connecting with our first years! We wanted to continue doing what we love—hanging out with the brand new bobkittens, so here we are as Aesop leaders! To start I’ll give you some quick facts about Rishi: from a suburb of Philly, he’s majoring in Biochemistry, and he really dislikes the green paint color choice of Bonney Science building. You’re gonna see this dude everywhere on campus. Like i mean everywhere. He does everything you can imagine, from being a boss in the organic lab to acting on stage to leading the South Asian Students Association. Rishi’s genuinely one of the most down to earth and friendly people I’ve met at Bates and I’m beyond stoked to lead a trip with him. I hope to see you all there!

Hey everybody, my name is Rishi and I’m gonna introduce you to my co-leader, Avrah. Honestly, she’s probably the friendliest person you’ll ever meet, and she has endless love in her heart (which I know she’ll want to share with all of you). She’s from the Bay so you know she got swag, and she’s an Environmental Studies major. Avrah definitely embodies what it means to be a caring and conscientious community member— she tutors kids, administers COVID vaccines, works as an EMT at Bates, and so much more. And on top of all that, she puts a smile on everybody’s face. I personally think we make a great team, so you should join our trip (I promise we’ll have a lot of fun)!

Habitat & Field Games 2

Want to give back to the community whilst working on your home building skills? If so, then this trip is for you! This will be a great opportunity to work on projects that will serve as great service to the local community. First years will be able to get out and explore Maine while offering great service to those in need. On the second day, you will be able to participate in field games of your choice, as well as a walk to downtown Lewiston to familiarize yourself with the area and explore!

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hey Aesop-ers!! I’m SO GOSH DARN EXCITED to be a part of this trip with you! ASH-ling and I have wanted to do this since we met on our trip three years ago! We can’t wait to meet you all. Anyways, I’m Cameron. I use he/him pronouns and I’m a politics major from the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York State. I came from a very small private high school in a rather small town, which meant arriving at Bates was pretty overwhelming! That said, AESOP was a really (and I mean REALLY) fun way to begin the year, and lots of people I met then are still my friends :). I’m a senior and I’ll be writing my thesis this fall: I’m really interested in affordable housing, city-planning and construction technology. If you like ultimate frisbee, I’m your guy! I don’t do much playing these days, but I played through high school into my freshman year, and I love the game. During my down-time I love playing guitar in my room, scrolling through the many art and geography reference books in the library and eating at Halal Market on Lisbon Street or the Italian Bakery on Bartlett. My favorite video games are Europa Universalis IV, Minecraft and Assassin’s Creed, and my favorite books are Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and Siddartha by Herman Hesse. Looking forward to doing some building with you all!

Hello all!!!! As Cam would say, I’m so “gosh darn” excited to meet all of you!!! My name is Aisling, it’s Irish and confusing but basically it means “dream” in Irish and it’s pronounced Ash-ling (but I’ll respond to anything that sounds remotely close). Cam calls me Ace because of my dope card tricks that I’ve been showing off ever since Cam and I met on our AESOP three years ago, so be prepared for me to whip out a nice deck from time to time. I use she/her pronouns and I’m from Hanover, New Hampshire; I live right next to the Appalachian Trail so I grew up hiking, swimming, kayaking, and all that lovely outdoors-y stuff. I’m a Biochemistry and Spanish double major following the pre-med track, and on campus you can find me on Bates EMS, as an ARC tutor, and as a tour guide. My interests include reading way too much and getting 0 sleep because of it, karate, painting, knitting, and I’m an absolutely mediocre Mario Kart player. I’m so so so excited to be leading this AESOP for y’all, I personally had a FABULOUS AESOP experience and met some of my Bates besties during my trip (including Mr. Cam Brown). I can’t wait to meet all of you and to watch you pretend to laugh at my ridiculous dad-jokes!!!!

AnimalSOP & Nature

Although it’s unlikely that your group will see Maine’s state animal- a moose- in the wild on this AESOP, we promise that Maine has a lot of other (albeit smaller) animals to see from afar! On day 1 of this trip, you and your group will walk to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, where you will learn more about adoption and volunteer for the Humane Society and/or neighboring dog park. You will also get the opportunity to explore some of the animals in the wild near Lewiston/Auburn by bird watching with binoculars near Lake Andrews (“the puddle”) or at Thorncrag, which is a mile or so away from campus. On this day, you will have access to running water and restrooms at the Humane Society, but the walk to Thorncrag lacks access to public restrooms. Be prepared for long walks and some physical activity as part of the volunteering. On day two, you and your group will embark on a moderate-level hike (location TBD, expect access to “backcountry” restrooms, either campsite toilets or wooded areas, hand sanitizer and toilet paper will be provided) and then travel to Maine Wildlife Park. Similar to day one, day two will involve large amounts of walking (and some hiking in the morning), and you will have access to restrooms at the Wildlife Park, but the hike will only provide campsite restrooms and/or forested areas. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: Day 1- 1, Day 2- 3
  • Day 1: Frontcountry
  • Day 2: Backcountry
  • Activity Level: High

Meet the leaders!

Hi!! I’m so excited to start the year off with y’all on an amazing AESOP trip! I’m Julie! I’m from “just outside of Boston” (a “J-O-B”) like almost half of the students on Bates’ campus, where you can find me biking or kayaking. I’m a rising senior studying biochemistry in preparation for veterinary school, and you won’t be mistaken if you spot me barking at someone’s dog on campus! You can also find me singing in an a capella group and practicing trumpet and french horn in Olin, chillaxing outside, enjoying fruit pizza in Common’s, and dabbing across campus. I hope you all are having a great summer before college and I’m psyched to join y’all on this Animalsop & Nature adventure!

HELLOOOO AESOPERS!! I can’t express how excited I am to meet all of you! It’s gonna be an awesome year, starting with an epic AESOP trip! I’m Peter and I hail from Wisconsin (specifically La Crosse for the few of you who know your Midwest). Back home, you’ll find me water skiing and paddleboarding on the Mississippi or trying to convince my dog Muggle to go on a walk! At Bates, I’ll be a senior in the fall (yikes, it feels like just yesterday I was getting lost on my own AESOP trip)! I’m majoring in neuroscience and politics, and still trying to figure out what I want do after I graduate. When I’m not cramming last minute for exams, I’ll be playing spikeball and ping pong with friends or relaxing in the amphitheater while reading a book and watching the ducks! Good luck in all your college preparation; we can’t wait to have you on campus and joining our Bates community! Oh and one last thing…since this is an animal trip after all, brace yourself for a never-ending supply of jokes such as: What do you get when you cross a bobcat with a dolphin? …a strongly written letter from the Bates’ experimental ethics committee! See you soon Cats!

Community Engagement in L.A. & Thorncrag

TBD

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Low

Meet the leaders!

Hey all!! My name is Stephanie Dominguez (she/her) c/o 2024 and I’m going to be one of your AESOP leaders!! <3 You can call me Steph or Stephanie, kind of indifferent tbh! I’m from Las Vegas, NV and IM FREGGIN HYPED TO MEET YOU ALL!! I like to think I’m a very kind and funny person! I crack awful jokes so please tell me to stop when you’re fed up LOL!! I love my dog back home! I have a few plants on campus and I order-in waaayy too often and nap a bunch! I loveee the sun and water a bunch!! And I am learning about the outdoors all the time :-), so no pressure if you’re not an expert!! It’s going to be very lax and I am by no means a runner or a track star (yes im addicted to tiktok– and no, there’s no saving me)!! I embroider, paint, journal, and some other random things! I hope you’re not too worried about coming onto campus, but it makes total sense if you are! This AESOP will totally serve as a space for you to get to know some of your peers and become more familiar with Lewiston :-) !! Feel free to find me on IG/ reach out btw!! ALSO I am working on a super great playlist with your other AESOP leader :)!!- Alijiah is one of my best friends so it should be a bunch of fun! — SENDING LOVE AND POSITIVITY!! AND ENJOY YOUR SUMMER <333

Hey besties !!!! My name is Alijiah Henry (I use she/hers pronouns), I am the class of 2024 and I am one of your leaders for AESOP. First of all congratulations on coming to Bates it has been a super long year but all of you made it. A little bit about myself is that I grew up in Bridgeport Connecticut but I moved to to North Carolina in July of Last year. I like to think that I am a super sweet person who is pretty laid back but can also give a lot of energy at different parties or events. I love to shop, hang out with friends, and explore new things. So I’m super excited to get to do that with all of you. I love both cats and dog ( but maybe cats a little more, I only say that so that my cat won’t get jealous, lol ) but all animals in general. I like to spend a lot of time in the community helping or doing activities, but I also spend way to much time napping. I also may or may not have an addiction to tik-tok so if that true for anyone else let me know because I can always send more tik-tok’s to other people. I know most of you may be nervous or excited and I felt the same way when I was a freshmen, just know that once you get to Bates you are going to be just fine. I can’t wait to meet all you!!!!

Farmsop (Presente) & Gardening/Board Games 1

This trip is sure to marry your activism to your agriculture! Through volunteering with Presente Maine, you will engage in anti-racist, intersectional, and class-informed community organizing that centers the needs of the Latinx community. This work is more than farm work––you will be helping to provide resources and services to alleviate food insecurity. During the on-campus day, you will shadow the caretakers of our campus “victory garden” to gain insight on how to artfully grow and maintain herbs such as basil, parsley, dill, and mint. This day will demystify the inner-workings of our Dining Services: who our Commons staff are and where our Commons food comes from. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1 
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

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Hey Bobkittens! My name is Chloé and am co-leading FarmSOP with Sam!! I grew up in Switzerland surrounded by a whole lot of cows and dairy farmers- so I’m pretty excited to get in down n’ dirty (literally- we will be covered in dirt) in FARMSOP! A lil about me, my parents taught me to ski a whole 2 seconds after I learned to walk- so I love, love, love it. Besides skiing, I’m a huge hiker, sailor, surfer and wannabe climber. I have two doggos called Peanut and Jelly because a PBJ was my favourite sandwich when I was 3. They’re almost 20 and they’re pretty cool. I’m a chocolate addict, so sweet treats WILL be provided (not sure if that counts as bribery??) Sam and I meet the very first night on campus and have been best buds ever since <3 We’ve gone on a whole bunch of different silly, crazy, and fun adventures together and are stoked to tell you guys all about them and go on some with you guys!! Sam also really likes playing in the dirt after taking his soils class at Bates (don’t ask him about it he’ll immediately want to dig a hole). See you guys soon!!

Hi first years! My name is Sam and I’m in my fourth year at Bates College earning my BS in Environmental Studies with a minor in history. Right now I’m on the sailing team and have a radio show at WRBC (our college radio station), and I’ve also participated on the track team my freshman year. While I had to leave that behind, you’ll still find me in the weight room a couple times a week. I love getting outside and spent almost every weekend I could at Sugarloaf or Sunday River last year in the winter and a decent amount of time hiking in the spring. My favorite part of Maine is probably all the rivers and lakes, there’s always somewhere to swim even on top of the mountains! I’m originally from farm country out in New Jersey so hopefully we can have a fun time on Farmsop! Yeehaw!

Farmsop (Presente) & Gardening/Board Games 2

This trip is sure to marry your activism to your agriculture! Through volunteering with Presente Maine, you will engage in anti-racist, intersectional, and class-informed community organizing that centers the needs of the Latinx community. This work is more than farm work––you will be helping to provide resources and services to alleviate food insecurity. During the on-campus day, you will shadow the caretakers of our campus “victory garden” to gain insight on how to artfully grow and maintain herbs such as basil, parsley, dill, and mint. This day will demystify the inner-workings of our Dining Services: who our Commons staff are and where our Commons food comes from. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1 
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hi everyone! My name is Fikirte Hunt, but you can call me Fiki. I was born in Awasa, Ethiopia, and adopted at age two into a diverse family. My hometown is New York City, New York. This Fall 2021, I will be a sophomore. I am double majoring in Psychology and Film Studies. I am a member of the Africana Club, Model United Nations, and Black Student Union. Through these clubs, AESOP, and other campus activities, I have become friends with people from different states and countries. All my professors have been incredibly supportive and genuinely kind. Outside of school, I play chess. In high school, I represented the United States in three international chess championships. While at Bates, I hope to represent the College at the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship or the US in other international chess championships. I cannot wait to be your AESOP co-leader, introduce you to Bates, help you create new friends, and maybe teach you chess!

Greetings! My name is Sydney Rastkhane from North Haven, Connecticut, and I am in the class of 2024. I have not declared a major yet, but I am interested in pursuing Biology and Spanish. Outside of class, I am happy to be a member of Club Med, a student organization and network for those interested in medicine, and Bates Public Health Initiative, raising awareness about public health issues in the community. In my spare time, I have always enjoyed golfing and volunteer work in the medical field, STEM, and Girl Scouts. Being an active Girl Scout until senior year allowed me to engage in fun outdoor activities but never farming. I am looking forward to taking on this new adventure with you all! Can’t wait until we meet!

Farmsop (New Roots) & Gardening/Board Games

Ground yourself with your campus and local communities through an engaging two-day experience centered around farming, food, and land. The first day will be spent volunteering on the New Roots Cooperative Farm, a Somali Bantu lead farm that is only 3 miles away from campus, where you will have plenty of opportunity to handle in-season fruits and vegetables! Cultivating long-term connections with immigrant farmers will instill you with both community-building and agricultural skills, promising a strong foundation for your involvement in Lewiston for your next four years at Bates. This trip is perfect for those interested in learning about the socioeconomic system of community-supported agriculture (CSA) and crop-sharing, a model of food distribution where consumers and producers collectively own land and share the risks of farming. During the on-campus day, you will shadow the caretakers of our campus “victory garden” to gain insight on how to artfully grow and maintain herbs such as basil, parsley, dill, and mint. This day will demystify the inner-workings of our Dining Services: who our Commons staff are and where our Commons food comes from. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1 
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Moderate

Meet the leaders!

Hey Farmsoppers!! My name is Ronan Goulden and I am thrilled to introduce my co-leader Neeshi (she/her/hers), hailing from Fairbanks, Alaska. Like myself, Neeshi did not consider how far away Maine was from home before coming to Bates, but has come to love the school, especially when she is not flying too and from it. Neeshi is a senior and a rocking neuroscience major who also dabbles in religious studies and European studies. Being a black belt, Neeshi is always ready to help and will ensure your safety from any feisty vegetables as we Farmsop it up!!! Neeshi can often be found studying in Commons, her one stop shop for coffee and 4 pm pizza, and you can’t forget her favorite campus tree, which she will ensure everyone knows of by the end of the trip. I am excited to lead with Neeshi because I know she will make Farmsop one big highlight reel of dance parties to “You Belong with Me,” fierce nights of Uno and Settlers of Catan, and most importantly, awesome bonding moments over great time harvesting at New Roots Farm! While Neeshi’s idea of garlic bread may be rubbing chunks of garlic on a piece of whole wheat bread, she makes up for it with her bubbly personal and wicked sense of humor. I know Neeshi will be an amazing leader and ensure that our time on Farmsop with be an amazing start to an awesome 4 years as a Bobcat!

Hey Farmsoppers! This is Neeshi writing for Ronan, who will be your other trusty AESOP leader. Some basics on Ronan – his name is Ronan Goulden (He/Him/His) and he is a senior from Lagunitas, California. He’s super into the environment so he studies it for a major (don’t get him started on single use plastics lol) and he likes to socialize so he’s a sociology major, too. You can find Ronan outside with the Bates Outing Club, both as a leader and as a beacon because you cannot lose sight of that majestic red hair if you tried. He loves the Lewiston-Auburn Community and is an awesome Bonner Leader. He’s also the person to call if you’re feeling sick since he’s the chief of Bates EMS, and he’ll keep you safe on the AESOP. We’ve managed to keep each other alive and thriving before when we were both here over February break so we know that we will do the same for our AESOP group! Other fun facts about Ronan – he’s super good at making sure we get places on time, he likes Taylor Swift, and has been known to eat spaghetti from the drain. He’s a vegetarian and is well versed in the world of veggies so he’s ~super~ qualified for Farmsop! Overall, I couldn’t imagine leading an AESOP with anyone other than Ronan and we’re both pumped to farm and play board games with you all!!

Troll Hunt AESOP!

Like the name of this trip, the following description will be vague but will cater to open-minded first-years who love stories and are ready for a fun adventure. On day one of this trip, you and your group will travel to an ~undisclosed location~ (bathrooms and running water will be accessible at the main entrance) where you will grow your connection to nature and the rest of your group. Here, there will be a metaphorical hunt for literal trolls (we’re not lying – we promise actual trolls!!). Expect 5-6 miles of walking at this location on flat trails at a comfortable pace. On day two of this trip, you and your group will walk to Thorncrag, a local bird sanctuary, where you can continue exploring the beautiful wooded areas of Maine and enjoying each other’s company. Thorncrag does not have running water or accessible restrooms, and public restrooms will be available before and after the walk. After a walk in Thorncrag, your group will settle down and continue connecting over card/board games on campus. If you are someone who enjoys stories, scavenger hunts and some games, you will not regret joining this AESOP! The biggest adventure is to sign up for this vague description – so take the leap!

  • Evacuation Access Level: 3
  • Frontcountry
  • Activity Level: Intermediate

Meet the leaders!\

Hi!!! I’m Devanshi (she/her) – a neuroscience major and philosophy minor from India. I love to read, take unexpected combinations of classes (so far I’ve tried linguistics, poetry writing, pilates, latin, music, and ballet) and multitask (which usually involves sitting on my bed doing homework while binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy)!  I love hikes (read: slow-paced walks in nature) and being around all forms of water! If it’s raining or snowing, you’ll probably find me sitting by a window with some chai and a book or walking around trying to catch some snowflakes. When I’m not busy dragging my friends to the Ronj for some hot chocolate, I’m either planning events with the International Club or trying to find free late night pizza on campus. I am so excited to be leading your AESOP and can’t wait to meet you all!!! Get ready for an AMAZING trip and welcome to Bates!

Hi everyone! My name is Ogy (he/him), I’m a rising senior, and a math and econ double major. I was born and raised in Bulgaria, and the first time I came to the US was for my freshman year at Bates. I love travelling, exploring different cultures, and meeting new people. Last semester I studied abroad in Tanzania and Kenya, and I had the chance to go on safaris in Serengeti and Ngorongoro, snorkel in the Indian ocean, and explore the local cuisine. I also spent the last two summers working as a sports and kids entertainer in a hotel on the Bulgarian coastline, and I organized activities for the guests of the hotel. I facilitated water polo, volleyball, and darts games, participated in dance programs, and at night I dressed in a big bunny costume and danced at kids discos. So, if you have the burning desire to learn kid’s dances, you know who to go to. On campus, I go to many events organized by the different clubs and look for parties with free snacks (the chocolate fountains rock). Of course, the International club is the best one (I’m not biased at all) and I like spending time with my friends planning events. Lastly, I’m super excited to meet you all and get ready for the coolest AESOP there is.

Portland Art Tour & Crafting

Explore the arts in the culturally and historically rich city of Portland. This trip begins with an introduction to contemporary and independent artists through a visit to the SPACE Gallery. The SPACE Gallery, which features a blend of visual and performance projects, offers a fascinating glimpse of experimentation and sociopolitical conversation in the art world. Here, you will work with peers to reflect on the functions and mediums of art. A three minute walk away, you will enter the Portland Museum of Art for a guided tour. In the largest and oldest art institution of Maine, you will complete a photo and journal scavenger hunt through many diverse exhibitions. A ten minute stroll downtown will acquaint you with Old Port, a charming district of cobblestone streets, brick buildings, and fishing piers. Not only will the vibrant boutique and dining scene spark artistic inspiration, but so will the Portland Art Gallery. A unique exhibition space that hosts work from emerging artists based in Maine, the Portland Art Gallery is where you will investigate what it means to be a “Mainer”. A whole day of traversing through Portland’s art scene will set you up to create and display your own work alongside your peers! The second day of this trip will be dedicated to organizing a student art exhibition: a collaborative response to the ideas and impressions recorded from your prior day’s adventures in Portland. 

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Edgar: Enthusiastic, adventurous, and sometimes funny, that not only describes me but it showcases a glimpse of the most “funnest” AESOP trip offered at Bates. This Fall, join us in Portland Art Tour & Crafting! Where I will use my Physics and Mathematics skills to calculate the best routes and most creative experiments. We will not only embrace the culture found within Bates and Portland, but embrace each and every one of our cultures as we build a long term friendship group. From the moment we meet to the moment we say see you later there will be instant support and guidance. So come to get to know my story as an upcoming first-generation Latin American STEM-passionate major, but also to start your future at Bates, of course. I hope to see you soon! P.S. I love you all already

Bienvenidos! Welcome class of 2025 to the Bobcat family! My name is Luz and so I’m excited to get to know everyone in our AESOP trip in Portland Art Tour & Crafting. AESOP is one of the first activities that will introduce you to your wonderful classmates and build friendships straight out the back. Together we will embark on a new adventure that will be inclusive, creative and definitely one for the books! Now to give a little preview about myself. I am a first generation Latina who enjoys sculpting, painting and currently found a new hobby practicing tattooing. I’m creative, determined and energetic, always looking forward to trying new things and going on new adventures. I know it can be challenging interacting with new people but I can guarantee you that we will support you and guide through the process. I look forward to starting our adventure in the Fall!

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A fan of Scavenger hunts? Look no further! This trip will have you running around Portland hunting for clues and historical sites as a team, all while getting to know Portland and some of your other first-years. Use your knowledge of Portland (or lack thereof) to work through clues  and hints to eventually get to the prize! This low-to-medium activity level trip will have you relax on the Bates Campus for some field and board games the other day.

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A fan of Scavenger hunts? Look no further! This trip will have you running around Portland hunting for clues and historical sites as a team, all while getting to know Portland and some of your other first-years. Use your knowledge of Portland (or lack thereof) to work through clues  and hints to eventually get to the prize! This low-to-medium activity level trip will have you relax on the Bates Campus for some field and board games the other day.

What’s up everybody! My Name is Henry King, I’m a senior at Bates and a Theater and Geology double major. I’m originally from NY, but ever since coming to Maine this great state has become my home! You can usually find me biking around campus, slacklining on the quad, or playing Ultimate Frisbee with Bates’s OWhip. If you can’t find me in any of those spots its probably cause I’m deep in the woods getting lost for fun! I can hardly wait to show you all some of my favorite places on and off campus.

Hi all! My name is Essie Martin (she/her), and I am the class of 2022 at Bates! I am a geology major, chemistry minor, creative writing concentration, with some banjo and dance class sprinkled here and there (we love a good liberal arts experience). When I am not in class you can catch me working on the student sustainability team (Ecoreps), being a STEM Scholars mentor, tossing a frisbee with the ultimate frisbee team, TAing geology classes, working with the Outing Club Feedback Folx (Diversity Equity and Inclusion subgroup), or building an army of tiny snow-friends on the quad. Some things that I LOVE include but aren’t limited to: chocolate, running, books, rocks, poetry, clouds, gluten free veggie straws, the ocean, doodling, and seaweed. Outside of Bates I work on a kelp farm, and study ways of making aquaculture more sustainable and accessible. I am excited to greet the newest class of Batesies come August!

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A fan of Scavenger hunts? Look no further! This trip will have you running around Portland hunting for clues and historical sites as a team, all while getting to know Portland and some of your other first-years. Use your knowledge of Portland (or lack thereof) to work through clues  and hints to eventually get to the prize! This low-to-medium activity level trip will have you relax on the Bates Campus for some field and board games the other day.

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.What up, AESOPers?! My name is “Susu’s twin sister” and I’m a senior Biology major and History minor from Madison, CT. My real name is Lizzy, but the only reason Jack and I are besties is because he got rejected by my twin sister, Susu, on Halloween our first-year (awkward!). My mitochondria exclusively makes energy for me to ride the bench for the Women’s Club Hockey team in Underhill Arena or trying to sneak “Wavus” (my summer camp) into every conversation. When I’m not going on my fifth Dunks run of the day, you can find me working on my Chaco tan on Garcelon field or being a VSCO girl with my teal hydro flask and friendship bracelets. When I’m not changing my major based on the wind direction, you can find me volunteering at Central Maine Medical Center. Can’t wait to adventure around Portland with you all and tear it up playing some field/board games!

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Hey Bobkittens! My name’s Jack and I’m a senior Politics major and Rhetoric minor from Eastern Long Island (you can tell because I pronounce words with “A” weirdly and Lizzy never lets me forget it). When I’m not eating, sleeping, and breathing the Bates Club Sailing team, you can find me pushing Lizzy into bushes or maybe driving her to Dunks to apologize. When I’m not out collecting data for my thesis on the best sandwiches in Lewiston, I’m usually giving a campus tour or doing some work in my lawn chair on Frye Street. In the future I hope to go to law school and sell my soul to “big tech,” but for now my kicks impersonating lawyers (not an admission of guilty) and getting my friends out of sticky situations. I have a younger brother named Luke (who is also going to be a first-year this Fall at Bucknell University) and a labradoodle named Riley. We can’t wait to welcome the rest of our AESOP family in August!

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A fan of Scavenger hunts? Look no further! This trip will have you running around Portland hunting for clues and historical sites as a team, all while getting to know Portland and some of your other first-years. Use your knowledge of Portland (or lack thereof) to work through clues  and hints to eventually get to the prize! This low-to-medium activity level trip will have you relax on the Bates Campus for some field and board games the other day.

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  • Activity Level: Intermediate

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Hi everybody, my name is Joe Collins and I am a senior at Bates College. I am on the basketball team here at Bates, and while I do like playing team sports at Bates, I am also an avid mountain biker. I also try an go snowboarding whenever I can. When I was a first year Aesop was a great first introduction to Bates as I was able to learn so much from my trip leaders before I really experienced campus for myself. I can’t wait to meet you all and make your couple weeks at Bates a fun and informative experience.

Hi there! My name is Mia Gates (I use she/her pronouns) and I’m a rising senior from Park Slope, Brooklyn. I’m so excited to get to know all of you while exploring Portland and playing some great games! AESOP was one of the best parts of my freshman year, and I am so excited to get to experience it all over with you! At Bates, I’m an Econ major and on the sailing team. Some of my favorite things to do at Bates are ski, try new restaurants in Portland, and hammock on Alumni Walk. I also LOVE hanging out in Commons (the dining hall on campus) and I am so glad that it is opening back up for the fall. My favorite color is lavender, and I own an alarming amount of lavender colored clothing — enough to probably wear a week’s worth of monochromatic outfits. I can’t wait to be back at Bates and meet you all

Portland Arcade & Sports

If you’re a city person who loves puzzles and mysteries, this one’s for you! Spend the day in Portland trying to solve your way out of an escape room and having fun around the city with your group. No prior experience required for this one. On the second day, you will be able to compete in any sport of choice with your fellow first years and leaders. Teamwork and sportsmanship skills are definitely key to being able to make it through this trip!

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HELLO MY AESOPERS!! My name is Edmond and my co-leader Dylan and I are super excited to lead a group of new Batesies. A little about myself. I am a Junior here at Bates (meaning I know the real Bates and the covid Bates), I am on the varsity swim team, and I am from Wayland MA. If you enjoy any type of basketball or anime we will get along just fine… unless you are a Lakers fan. AESOP is one of the best things about Bates and is a great way to make friends and introduce you to our community. We can’t wait to be part of that experience for you.

Hey bobcats!! My name’s Dylan and I’m super excited to lead AESOP for the class of 2025!! I was born and raised in Washington, DC but I enjoy getting out of the city for day hikes, camping and going to the beach. During the summer I am usually lifeguarding at the beach or pool! On campus you can always find me in Tarbell Pool splashing around as a member of the women’s swim team and as a physics major and chem minor you can usually find me in Carnegie and Dana (and hopefully in Bonney soon!). I can’t wait to meet you guys and I look forward to introducing you to Bates and the lovely state of Maine! 

Portland Island Adventure & Sports/Field Games

The Islands of Casco Bay offer a great landscape of beaches and quaint coastal communities. During your time off campus, you’ll be able to take the ferry to one of these islands for the day and explore what it has to offer. Once on the island, you’ll be able to chill at the beach, explore the island, and even get some Ice cream in town. On you second day, you’ll be chillin around campus and have the opportunity to play a variety of field games and sports. There are public restrooms located on the island. Once on the island you could walk up to 3 miles. 

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Hey! I’m Kate, an incoming Senior from York, Maine, and your AESOP LEADER!! I am so incredibly excited to meet you all. At Bates, I am an Environmental Studies Major and member of the Women’s Lacrosse team. I have loved spending my free time in Maine surfing, hiking and running. I also sew costumes for the Dance and Theater departments at Bates, along with my own projects. This summer I have been working on a farm and traveling out west! Tate and I could not be more excited to show you our home state, and to assist you in your transition to Bates! We are going to have A LOT of fun. We both look forward to meeting you all!

Hi Everyone! My name is Tate and I am in the class of 2022 in the fall. I am from Cape Elizabeth, Maine and enjoy spending my time exploring the beautiful outdoor opportunities Maine has to offer. I am the president of the Bates Fly Fishing club and along with Fly Fishing, I love Mountain Biking, Surfing as well as Skiing.

Portland Island Adventure & Board Games

The Islands of Casco Bay offer a great landscape of beaches and quaint coastal communities. During your time off campus, you’ll be able to take the ferry to one of these islands for the day and explore what it has to offer. Once on the island, you’ll be able to chill at the beach, explore the island, and even get some Ice cream in town. On your second day you’ll be able to take part in a variety of card games and boardgames, along with other chill activities around campus. There are public restrooms located on the island. Once on the island you could walk up to 3 miles. 

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Hiya Bobcats! My name is Georgina, and I am from London, England. I don’t have a British accent, but I still have that cool international ~mystique~ going for me. I’m a city gal and therefore not nearly as outdoorsy as Thomas, but I just got a car on campus and have become obsessed with hiking/failed attempts at cross country skiing/wholesome farm cafés. At Bates I’m a proud ARP (Athletic Regular Person), the Managing Editor of the student newspaper, and the leader of Women in Economics. I wave at people way too much and am trying to improve my success rate – with masks on, I would say that a solid 70% of people wave back. I can’t wait to meet you and be able to wave at you all the time!

Howdy first years! My name is Thomas Monahan and I am so excited to meet you all this August. I hail from the Mountains of Colorado in a little town called Granby which is only famous for getting bulldozed by a crazy man in 2004. While at home I enjoy backcountry skiing, hiking big mountains, and fishing in alpine lakes with my Spider Man™ fishing rod. At Bates I’m a proud member of the men’s rowing team and the new president of Coding club. I’m a double major in Math and Physics (if it’s not clear I really like numbers). Having spent my quarantine in a small cabin with no running water in Palermo Maine, I feel I’ve earned the right to call myself a Mainer. Don’t ask how many days I went without a shower though… August will be here before you know it and I can’t wait to welcome you into our Bates family!

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Are you a fan of films? Always wanted to make your own? Welcome to the 48 Hour Film Festival trip! This AESOP will be spending a day off campus and a day on crafting the best and coolest film to then present to other students on the last day. You will work in teams to create a story, craft and find all the needed props, film it, and then splice it together into one cool film by the end of the second day. However, everything in between is up to you and your AESOP team! Prepare your best acting and directing hats and get ready to film!

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Hey new Bobcats!!! My name is Emma Blakslee class of 2023. Cal and I can’t wait to welcome you to Bates with a little adventure and a lot of popcorn. I hail from Vail, Colorado when not wandering the east I can be found skiing, making mean lattes at Le Ronj Coffeehouse, beekeeping, and using a magic 8 ball to make all my decisions. See you soon!

My name’s Cal and I am New Hampshire grown, a skier of all sorts, and adventurer of the wilderness. But for real, I am a happy guy who gets excited by just about anything. It might be from hearing about someones latest excursion, seeing others artistic ventures, finding the funkiest hidden musical hit, being offered to join in any sport scrimmage, to building a box out of wood because it felt right. Whatever it is, I know that I’m excited to do all of the things we end up doing together, because through all the uncertainty of Aesop, Im confident it’s going to be a good time.

Food, Reflection, & Place

This laid-back AESOP will have you exploring campus and the Lewiston-Auburn area through a variety of activities. On campus, you will hike Mount David, travel through the Musky Garden, and take time to meditate, practice yoga, and/or create a piece of art, and create a meal of your own from local foods in one of the residence hall kitchens. Off-campus, you will walk around Lewiston and Auburn, visiting local shops and restaurants, focusing on using locally sourced food and resources to cook some of your own meals!

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Claudio: Just a Latinx city boy born and raised in the South Bronx. Majoring in art and bio and minoring in French, he is a queer of many interests. His hobbies are binge-watching telenovelas, bookbinding, collageing, jewelry-making, birding, reading and other stuff he can’t remember at the moment. He’s the father of three dogs and loves all animals.

Dianna: Hey Bobkittens, welcome to Bates 😚 I’m a senior environmental studies major, novice farmer, part time SJ organizer and full time loud person in the library. I go by Dianna, D-Money, DJ DG, Princess Di, or just D (but never Diana!) Claudio and I are besties from back during our first year and we’re so excited to spend time with y’all and show you the ropes. I’m definitely the camp counselor vibes and Clawdillio is the cool uncle vibes. We regularly reach stupidity levels of spongebob and Patrick, so prepare for that as you will! Anyway, gotta go hug some trees- but see you soon for some good company, good food, and good vibes 

Theater, Improv, and Games

If you enjoy acting and theater, or have never acted and want to start, then this one’s for you! You will take part in improv acting and theater exercises with your group of first years and  your two leaders during this trip. No prior acting or theater experience necessary. While on campus, students will be able to spend time in Schaeffer Theater and work on their acting skills while bonding with fellow group mates. Details regarding the off campus day are TBD. 

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Hi class of 2025!! Welcome to Bates! Our names are George and Anna and we’re both rising seniors! Anna is a double major in BioChem and Arts and Visual Culture major and is pursuing the premed track. Anna lives outside of Philadelphia and loves photography and hanging out with her friends. George is a double major in Rhetoric and Politics. George lives in New York City and loves to watch jeopardy and cook for his friends. We’re super excited to meet y’all!

Observing & Painting L.A.

A paved and gravel route through the twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn, the Auburn Riverwalk offers many paint-worthy scenes! There will be plenty of stops made along the way to capture both nature and the remnants of industry. The casual 1.6 mile trail through the old mill district meanders by the Androscoggin River, the Lewiston skyline, a set of waterfalls known as the Great Falls, the Longley Bridge which connects Lewiston to Auburn, and a quaint bridge which was historically a train trestle. Canvases, paintbrushes, watercolors, and acrylic paint will be provided. The on-campus day will be both eventful and restful with a visit to the Bates Museum of Art followed by an outdoor trip to beautiful spots on campus for some more painting! At the Bates Museum of Art, you will indulge in the “Taking Notice” exhibition, Joseph Delaney’s watercolor and ink observations of life in New York City. You will also have the opportunity to see the “Carl Benton Straub: His Enduring Legacy” exhibition, a collection of graceful and sophisticated works that focus on environment and landscape. After gaining some inspiration, you will set up shop in the Florence Keigwin outdoor amphitheater overlooking Lake Andrews and then in the historic quad surrounded by oak and maple trees so you can create your very own masterpieces!

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Hi! My name is Amelia and I grew up moving around the world and going to high school in Morristown, NJ, but now I spend most of my time in Sun Valley, Idaho. I love being in the mountains and I always spend my weekends either hiking up in Rumford or skiing at Sunday River. I’m down to ski and hike with anyone, so feel free to reach out if you want to go on an outing! Currently since it is so nice and warm I am obsessed with going to Range Pond near campus after class. Basically I just love being outside! On a different note, I am a Studio Art major here at Bates. You will usually find me spending hours on end in the studio painting patterns and mountain landscapes! I am part of the Bates Arts Society which hosts really fun events like Collage Night at the Ronj (this is the coffee house here on campus.) I am also a part of the Garden Club, Outing Club, Women’s Club Lacrosse, and Competitive Ski Club. While it’s been kind of hard with COVID meeting up with the clubs on a regular basis, I have still met so many awesome people who share the same interests as me! However, I met most of my best friends on my AESOP last year, and that’s where I met my co-partner Mia! We are sooooo excited to host this trip and can’t wait to meet you guys! Next year is going to be awesome!!! Also, you will be shocked at the size and obesity of the squirrels here on campus. Follow Bates Squirrels they post great squirrel content.

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Greetings Aesopers!! My name is Mia and I’m a sophomore here at Bates. Some things you should know about me: I have a healthy obsession with The Office, I enjoy doodling in my sketchbook while Amelia creates her painting masterpieces, I love all things Ben and Jerry’s, and I once submitted an audition tape to be a contestant on Survivor. Back in my lovely home state of Vermont, you can catch me biking to the beach, running through the farm near my house, jamming out on the piano, or hanging with my beloved puppy Hershey. At Bates I plan on majoring in Politics, minoring in Education, and doing something with French (je ne sais pas). I am also a Student Government class rep, I’m the Outreach Director for the Leading Women of Tomorrow, I’m a member of the Bates Arts Society, and I also love to lax it up with the club team. Amelia and I are so excited to be on campus with y’all and we can’t wait to create some awesome art as we introduce you to this pretty cool place called Bates College. Artsop for life!

Crafting & Board Games

On this trip you will have the opportunity to take part in various arts and crafts while exploring Maine as well as when you are on campus. While off campus you’ll have the opportunity to go to the Nezinscot Fiber Studio and learn about weaving and yarn making. On your second day you’ll be able to take part in a variety of card games and boardgames, along with other chill activities around campus. While on campus you’ll also be able to do various arts and crafts such as tie dye. There are bathrooms at the farm as well as running water. 

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Hello incoming first years and welcome to Bates! I’m Nathaniel and will be a senior this coming year. Born and raised in the Colorado rockies the outdoors and nature have been an integral part of my life. I am on the Nordic team here at school and participate in a few different student communities around campus. I spend the majority of my time outside and exploring what Maine has to offer as it is an extremely different environment than Colorado. Can’t wait to welcome you all to Bates next year with AESOP and give you a taste of what Bates and Maine have to offer.

Hello everyone!! My name is Meg O’Brien, and I am a senior majoring in Earth and Climate Science. At Bates, I enjoy spending time with friends, exploring Maine, running, and playing music. I am part of the Bates a capella group Takenote, and also am involved in the Outing Club. Some of my favorite things to do around Lewiston are getting breakfast at the very yummy local cafe forage, and running across the many bridges in Lewiston! I am so excited to meet you all and introduce you Bates! :)

Crafting & Field Games

On this trip you will have the opportunity to take part in various arts and crafts while exploring Maine as well as when you are on campus. While off campus you’ll have the opportunity to go to the Nezinscot Fiber Studio and learn about weaving and yarn making. On your second day you’ll be able to take part in a variety of card games and boardgames, along with other chill activities around campus. While on campus you’ll also be able to do various arts and crafts such as tie dye. There are bathrooms at the farm as well as running water. 

  • Evacuation Access Level: 1
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  • Activity Level: Low

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Hey! I’m Mallika (she/her/hers) and I’m a sophomore from Hong Kong! I’m definitely still trying to figure it out but am interested in studying Math and Econ. Outside of classes, I participated in clubs like the frisbee team and the hiphop club on campus. Fun facts! I’ve been dancing since the age of 4, I love going on hikes, and I’ve been trying to learn how to skateboard for the past year and a half and unfortunately I still suck rip. Our AESOP was fun for what is was in the middle of COVID, and Celia and I are for sure ready to plan the best Aesop that we can for you guys! Looking forward to seeing all of you in August!

Ayyyyoooo!!! What’s up class of 2025 (besides the sky, lol) !!! It’s AESOP time!!! I’m Celia and I am a rising sophomore! I grew up my whole life in the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps NYC but decided to come to Maine to change it up and I’ve loved every second of my time at Bates!! From going on sunrise hikes, to midnight skiing, to just chilling with my friends in a room, I have loved every second of my time at Bates! At Bates I am on the rowing team as a coxswain (yes, that’s the one who sit at the front of the boat and yells and tells everyone else what to do) as well as a part of Dance club and Women in Economics! I am planning on double majoring in Economics and Physics so if you have any questions about either of those subject, let me know I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!! Mika and I are so excited to meet all of you!! We plan to have a BLAST on our AESOP trip doing fun things like playing field games, doing crafts, and possibly some fun off campus trips like going to the beach and getting ice cream!! Can’t wait to meet all of you new Bobkittens!! See you soon!!

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Want to stay in the Lewiston/Auburn area and explore your home for the next 4 years? If so, then this one’s for you! You will be able to walk to downtown Lewiston and explore the area. You will also be able to really familiarize yourself with Bates before classes start, and take part in sports and field game activities on campus. This trip is a great way to learn more about Bates and the Lewiston/Auburn area before you become swamped with school work!

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Hey Bobcats!!! My name is Aaliyah and I’m from Phoenix, Arizona where it’s summer all year long. I’m a 2nd year and I had an amazing experience with AESOP last year so I’m super excited about being a leader. I am an intended major in Politics and English with a minor in Africana. The possibilities of our experience this year is endless. I am heavily engaged in the Bates community and can’t wait to share my “COVID” first year with you <3. Stay safe, have fun and help save the turtles :-).

Modou Sissoho is a rising Sophomore planning to major in economics. He is a member of the soccer club that practices 3-4 times a week. He also participates in The Fellowship Initiative, which is a program for creating leaders of young men of color around the country. His hobbies include reading and soccer (playing and watching), and his goal is to visit every continent by the time he is 25 (he only has Australia and Antarctica left).

Exploring L.A. 2

Want to stay in the Lewiston/Auburn area and explore your home for the next 4 years? If so, then this one’s for you! You will be able to walk to downtown Lewiston and explore the area. You will also be able to really familiarize yourself with Bates before classes start, and take part in sports and field game activities on campus. This trip is a great way to learn more about Bates and the Lewiston/Auburn area before you become swamped with school work!

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Hey Everyone! I’m Dylan and I’m stoked to be an AESOP leader this year! I’m from Pelham, New York and am a rising sophomore. This trip should be fun as I didn’t get a traditional AESOP last year. I am also on the Men’s Swim Team and am planning to major in either Psychology or Environmental Studies. So excited to meet everybody and get to experience AESOP with you all!

What’s up Bobkittens, My name is Gabi Meisel, a sophomore Environmental Studies major and Anthropology minor on the Varsity Swim and Dive team. People on campus, like my co-leader Nordstrom-rack, like to call me guppy- referencing my 5’2” stature and 1:07 sec 50 meter breaststroke. Please come on this trip with us; I’ll teach you all about the Eastern White Pine, Maine’s State Tree, while exploring the beautiful outdoors of LA (Lewiston Auburn for all of you dreamers). From Kennedy Park to the best Italian Bakery you could ever dream of, I can’t wait to show you all how we spend our cat-naps away from school work.