Drift back 5 miles into the wilderness along the scenic Mattawamkeag River where you enter into a life style beyond the grid, slowing down and treasuring each moment. Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center’s 12 acre off-grid field site is nestled in the quiet town of Mattawamkeag, on the Mattawamkeag River, in Northern Maine.
A Lifestyle Beyond the Grid
Where you can slow down and treasure each moment of "In the woods and on the water" training.
Surrounded by 100’s of wilderness acres where explorers of the mid-1800’s, such as young Teddy Roosevelt, Henry David Thoreau, and Percival Baxter came in search of solitude, a glimpse the wilds of Maine and ultimately, themselves.
Our off-grid field site is powered by Nature; Solar and by Technology Generator Power
- Main Cabin
- Student Cabins
- Classroom Gathering Space
- Shower House
- Along the river
- Cooking Fire pits
- Dutch Ovens
- Reflector Ovens
- Propane Stoves
- Drilled Well
- Canoes and accessories
- And more.
For nearly 200 years the Maine’s woods and waters has welcomed explorers from around the world and have provided them with exceptional adventures in camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, personalized service, & experiences that last a lifetime.
Our field training site is located 16 miles from Lincoln, Maine and about an hour & a half from Bangor, Maine.
5.5 hours from Boston, MA
3 hours from Portland, ME
1.5 hours from Bangor, ME
"Capt. John and Tami provide outstanding service, impeccable meals, great off-grid lodging, and a kind hospitality to explorers from all over." J. Lancaster
- Registered Maine Guide Training
- Basic and Advanced Navigation
- River Rescues, Paddling and Poling
- Foraging the Wilds of Maine
- Primitive & Natural Living Skills
- Outdoor Cooking
- Women's Retreats
- Team Building
- List of What to Bring
- Work-Trade Opportunities
Field Training Compliments All Academic Programs.
Field training; day-long and long-weekend training programs partners with the 28 hour /4-Day Registered Maine Guide Training. These training programs build skills and boost confidence, enabling one to fully experience scenarios in a hand’s on way.
We have Cabins and we have Tent sites. During Maine Guide Training students stay in Cabins. 1 or two people per cabin. Some of our other workshops may include tenting. Of course if your an avid camper and want to pitch a tent, we welcome this too.
What to Bring
Our field training is about spending time. Pack as if you're going on a camping trip.
DAY Workshops: Students Should bring:
We offer work-trade opportunities to earn credit towards tuition for courses. Work-trade is intended for people who would not otherwise have the funds to attend our training programs.
We have a long list of "To Do's" at the Field Site and the list is ever changing.
The work-trade is an application process to determine your skill set and what projects might fit you best. Credits will be awarded towards training programs at the rate of $15 per hour for work perform. For those with more skill set we will work together to adjust the hourly rate to a fair price based on our needs and your experience.
The work-trade must take place before any training program begins, and not after.
Work-Trades take place at the field site on the Mattawamkeag River from Late April to Late October.
Meals and Lodging will be provided at no cost.