Kicking-off Summer Outdoors is Easier than Ever with Free Courses from L.L.Bean

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Outdoor retailer announces all Discovery Courses (typically $25) will be offered for free May 25 - June 30 through partnership with Mastercard

L.L.Bean Discovery Courses are fun, easy introductions to outdoor activities including kayaking. Free courses are available through June 30 through L.L.Bean's partnership with Mastercard.

Free Discovery Courses are available at L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Program centers nearby L.L.Bean retail stores. Locations include Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

L.L.Bean has always believed in the benefits of the outdoors and is on a mission to help people spend more time outside, every day. That’s why the outdoor retailer is offering all of its Discovery Courses, which typically cost $25, for free from Memorial Day weekend through the end of June in partnership with Mastercard. With classes ranging from paddling to archery to sporting clays, L.L.Bean is encouraging everyone to spend more time outdoors, together. Outdoor enthusiasts can sign up online for a free course and kick-off summer by getting outside.

L.L.Bean Discovery Courses encompass introductory-level classes as part of the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Program, which offers year-round demonstrations, clinics, trips and hands-on courses for all levels. Discovery Courses are fun, easy courses led by experts who love the outdoors and thanks to the L.L.Bean Mastercard, this summer, everyone can get outside to learn something new including, but not limited to:

  • Archery – Learn the proper techniques for this exciting sport using a bow and arrow for optimal accuracy and precision
  • Kayaking – Explore nature on the water and learn basic paddling techniques and skills for this popular sport
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding – Discover how easy it is to balance on top of the water with the basic skills to maneuver a paddle board through scenic lakes, coves and inlets
  • Fly-Casting – Expert instructors will teach you the skills to cast a fly in a friendly and supportive environment (Maine only)
  • Sporting Clays – Learn the fundamentals of sport shooting and experience the thrill of hitting clay targets (Maine only)
  • Mountain Biking – Get a taste for the sport with a guided ride on a well-maintained double track trail (Maine only)

“At L.L.Bean, we believe the outdoors is the most inclusive club there is and we encourage everyone to ‘Be an Outsider’ with their family and friends,” said Gretchen Ostherr, Director of Outdoor Discovery Programs at L.L.Bean. “Getting outdoors is always better with a partner, so we’re thrilled to have the support of Mastercard to offer these courses, making it easy for families of all kinds to experience the joy of the outdoors.”

Free Discovery Courses are available at L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Program centers nearby L.L.Bean retail stores. Locations include Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Find a location near you by visiting and filtering the calendar to the location. Share your Discovery Course experience with #BeanOutsider.

L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Program

L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Program offers year-round demonstrations, clinics, and hands-on courses for a variety of outdoor activities, all designed to make it easy for individuals, families and friends to enjoy the outdoors. Outdoor Discovery Program courses and activities are available at all retail stores and at Outdoor Discovery Program centers nearby, featuring hundreds of activities, customized trips, kids’ camps and more as well as all-inclusive adventures like Wicked Easy Camping. Classes range in level and price, but with certain classes offered for free year-round, and with gear and instructor expertise included and, it is easy for everyone to get outside and have the time of their life.

L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Gear Rental Program

This summer, the L.L.Bean Chicago South Barrington Store will be piloting a gear rental and adventure consultant program to help prepare local residents or visitors to get outdoors. Through the program anyone can schedule a consultation and reserve camping, SUP, or kayak gear packages that can be picked up and dropped off in the store.

Visit to learn more about L.L.Bean’s full lineup of year-round Outdoor Discovery Programs. For additional details on the local Outdoor Gear Rental Program, contact the Chicago South Barrington store at 888-552-5548 or the Victor, NY Eastview store at 888-552-5583.

About L.L.Bean, Inc.

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. L.L.Bean is a family-owned Maine company led by Executive Chairman, Shawn Gorman, the great-grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean; and Stephen Smith, President and CEO. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean continues to uphold the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. In the past ten years the company has provided over $30 million to nonprofit organizations. L.L.Bean currently operates 44 stores in 18 states across the United States, along with 28 stores in Japan. The 220,000-sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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