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Don Kleiner and Argy Nestor are the principals in Maine Outdoors.
Don Kleiner is a Master Maine Guide who has been creating delightful outdoor memories for clients for 30 years. His company Maine Outdoors has been incorporated in Union since 1987. Offering guided fishing and canoe trips in the area for mostly families and beginners. Each fall he guides upland bird hunters mostly out of Libby Camps in T8R9 (about 35 miles north of Baxter Park in the North Maine Woods).
Don is also the current executive director of the Maine Professional Guides Association performing a variety of duties for the organization including representing them in front of the Maine Legislature and state agencies. Having the opportunity to influence state policy in arenas important to the outdoor recreation industry is a great pleasure.
Don has received several awards for his work over the years including the 2007 Excellence in Tourism award for a recreation supplier presented by Governor Baldacci at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Don served as the Director of Information and Education at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for four years. While there he was presented the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Ernest Thompson Seton Award as the individual deemed most responsible for its program that best promoted a public awareness of the need to support the science and practice of fish and wildlife management. Don twice received an Outstanding Service Award from the Maine Professional Guides Association.
Over the years Don has worked with many conservation and education organizations including the Maine Conservation School and the Ruffed Grouse Society.
Don recently served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Tourism Association as board chair and treasurer.
Don is also a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain who has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and has spent a lifetime learning outdoors.
Argy has been a Middle School Art Educator for twenty nine years and was recognized in 1995 as Maine's Teacher of the Year. She currently works as the Director of the Middle School Education at Sweetland School in Hope. She writes a blog on arts education in Maine. Check it out here!
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