Current Program Offerings

school programs - Professional Development - fly-tying - collaborative programs

Maine Outdoor School provides students a chance to get hands-on experience with nature. It provided our students with activities to help them better understand the natural world in Maine and their environment Downeast. “
— George Crawford, Grades 5-8 teacher at Beals Elementary School, October 2018

All MOS programs are fully customizable so that they can meet the needs of your group. In schools, we can meet required state education standards and tie in seamlessly with the classroom teacher’s existing curriculum. We can also work with homeschooling groups or other organizations.

Identifying winter birds using a field guide

Identifying winter birds using a field guide

“Forest Friday” School Program Series: These regular, immersive short programs, which can occur any day of the week, are designed to build student capacities for empathy, verbal communication, resilience, curiosity, fine motor skills, outdoor preparation, and much more through outdoor learning around their schools. It is a model that is gaining popularity in public schools across the country based on the successes of the traditional Forest Kindergarten model that started in northern Europe.  Learn about our weekly “Thursday Forays” during the 2018-19 school year at Milbridge Elementary School here.

Students exploring the life within tidepools

Students exploring the life within tidepools

Short School Programs (1-6 hours): Based on the school grounds, these programs are focused on bringing indoor classroom content outdoors in a hands-on, place-based way, using input from the classroom teacher in order to align with standards and goals. Participants develop a stronger connection with their own backyards, have fun outdoors, and meet school standards at once!

Field Trips and Service Projects: Have a MOS educator and guide meet you at a nearby trail or park to hike, learn about the ecology of that place, bring classroom content outdoors, and/or complete a service project. MOS encourages teachers to brainstorm service projects that would benefit their school and community that MOS could help facilitate with their students.

Having a MOS instructor with the knowledge of science in the outdoors really brought my unit on life science to another level.
— Jeff Chick, 5th Grade Teacher at Harrington Elementary School

Professional Development: MOS founders also offer professional development opportunities for classroom teachers and other adult professionals interested in integrating outdoor, place-based, experiential education into their existing curricula. These offerings are highly customizable, depending on the needs of the group. Read about one of our teacher workshops here.

Programs for Organizations: Do you work for an organization that has educational goals but no educators on staff, such as a land trust or other conservation organization? You can contract MOS to provide short day camps or other programs on your site or lands where we focus on getting participants excited about your mission while providing an educational outdoor learning experience. Read about an example of one of these collaborative programs with a local organization here.

Learn about our 2018-19 fly-tying workshop series with Downeast Salmon Federation here.

Have Other Ideas? MOS exists in order to foster personal and community resilience through outdoor learning. We can provide programs for youth or homeschooling groups, community events, workshops on fly-tying and knitting, and more! What interests you?

MOS is very professional with pre-planning and follow-up. The students are engaged and excited to be learning outdoors.”
— a Harrington Elementary School teacher

Paying for Our Programs: Maine Outdoor School is a mission-based organization. As such, MOS tries to be as flexible as possible with pricing to ensure accessibility to our programs. We will create a program and price proposal for you based on what you’re looking for and can discuss payment options. We can even help you write a grant to fund our programs!

If any of the above programs interest you, please contact us for details!