Day-Long School Programs
For School or Homeschool Groups

 "Our public school has worked with Maine Local Living School for more than a decade-- via field trips or Chris's visits to our school. Foraging, planting, making herbal teas, bowls, twine, utensils and bread from acorns...the activity itself is only one layer of the learning. While deftly interweaving songs and stories, Chris nudges everyone beyond the instruction in new and practical skills, to think about and engage in, the myriad of natural learning opportunities all around us."             

                                                                       - Tracy Williams, Mallet School Principal

Maine Local Living for Schools: 

day-long programs in place-based and nature-based skills and experiences 


Location: At your school or at Maine Local Living School campus


Group Size: Our max group size for an interactive presentation is 50 students.  For handwork and more involved outdoor projects our max group size is 24.


Duration:  Programs are day-long.  For larger schools we divide the day into three learning blocks of roughly 1.5 hours each.  In some instances we work with one class or a smaller grade for the whole day


Goal:  To inspire this reaction:  “Wow, this place I live--my schoolyard, and backyard--are full of of amazing gifts: real food, sources of warmth and shelter, and homes for other unique beings such as animals, bugs, plants and trees.  I am in relation to all these beings, I am part of an earth community!!”



  • Hands-on work with local foods: shelling dry-corn off the cob, grinding cornmeal, shelling beans, cracking and processing acorns, games with all the vegetables from a root cellar

  • Plant and tree identification, observation, and appreciation

  • Story and Song

  • Wild Gathering: wild edibles, wild teas, plant fibers, roots for sewing bark bracelets and baskets

  • Shelter building

  • Making safe fire from found materials, making fire with friction

  • Cooking bread on a stick

  • Weaving with brown ash and found materials

  • Pounding brown ash for baskets

Curriculum Connections:

  1. Science: ecology, botany, physics

  2. History

  3. Literature

  4. Survival Unit

Custom Programs:  We are happy to focus on a particular lesson that complements your classroom instruction. 

Cost:  $550 per day plus mileage for programs at your school, $800 per day for programs at the MLLS campus


"Thank you for coming to our school today. The students were mesmerized and encouraged to live an ecologically friendly lifestyle...They love the demonstration of fire and the satisfaction of making rope. We determined as a team of teachers that your presentation was our top priority when discussing field trips and special functions."

- Fifth grade teacher, Albert S. Hall School