As Instructors, we identify and help bring forth the knowledge you arrive with.
Then, we add in more tools and skills to help you become a great leader of the woods and waters.
As Instructors, we are professional licensed guides with thousands of hours of guided trips through the woods and waters of Maine.
We are family owned and operated, making an exceptional team -
bringing experience, knowledge, and wisdom into every training, every adventure, and every trip we offer.
Our unique approach to education in our outdoor training programs
builds skills, boosts confidence, brings in knowledge, and gives you the opportunity to
discover your personal strengths, skills, and unique style.
We are here to help you KNOW YOUR PATH.
Master Maine Guide
John grew up on the marshes of Freeport, Maine. His mom taught him to trout fish when he was just three years old, and his uncle taught him to fly fish at the age of nine. John has spent the majority of his life on the water fishing, teaching others how to fish, and guiding fisherman. As a Fishing Guide, John has led several fishing trips in the Alaskan bush and Florida Keys. John prides himself as being on both ends of the boat; as a client with a hired guide and as a Maine Guide with clients who hire him. He has led 100’s of fishing trips on the Penobscot River alone and 100’s more into remote trout ponds (only accessible via float plane), and other flat-water fisheries. John tagged his first buck at the age of 10, and yearly after that. His passion in archery hunting keeps him busy come fall. As a Hunting Guide, John has guided Deer, Bear, Moose, Up-land game. About 30 years ago John moved his family from Southern Maine to Northern Maine, where they bought, owned, and operated an off-grid traditional Maine sporting camp, built in the early 1900’s. It was then, John became a Licensed Registered Maine Guide. John also became a US Coast Guard Captain in the late 90’s and chartered for years living the life as a snow bird from Maine to the Florida Keys. John and Tami would close the lodge in November, and return to Maine in April in preparations for May’s In the field, hands-on Maine Guide training. Currently, John and Tami live in Lincolnville’s Mid-Coast Maine and spend surmountable time at the off-grid field site on the Mattawamkeag River in Winn, Maine. John, as the avid fisherman and bow hunter, has fished many waters throughout the US, Canada, Scotland, Costa Rica, Alaska, Exuma Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands and many more. Outside his stomping grounds of Maine, John has hunted Red Stags in Scotland and Boar in Texas. Being on “both ends of the boat” so to speak, makes Capt. John one of Maine’s most knowledgeable Guides and professional instructor.
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Penobscot River Smallmouth Bass Fishing
Master Maine Guide
Greg grew up living off the grid at a sporting camp in northern Maine. At the age of 11 he became the youngest unpaid and unregistered Maine Guide. Summers were spent preparing and baiting for fall bear hunts, leading canoe, hiking, and fishing trips. Fall consisted of getting hunters into stands and searching for downed game. After high school Greg joined the United States Army, where he became a Forward Observer with 1st Battalion, 75th Airborne Ranger Regiment. Deploying several tours to the Middle East after 9/11. Greg has been a MOLC instructor since 2005 with specialties in: Land Navigation, River Rescue, Paddling & Poling, and Maine Guide First-Aid; Basic and Wilderness. Greg, an avid fisherman and archer, has fished from Maine to the Florida Key and Alaskan Bush Trips. Every fall you can find Greg in a tree stand, bow hunting Whitetails. Greg, is also an Advanced Certified Scuba Diver.
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Master Maine Guide
Tami, a Maine native, grew up in the woods and waters of Topsham, Maine and the Cathance River. For as long as she can remember she’s loved being in Nature and all that it offers. Living off-grid is one of her favorite things about life. There’s a connection with nature that isn’t present when bombarded with electronic technology. It’s pure and simple. Tami holds a deep passion for fishing and exploring for weeks upon weeks in the Maine woods; sacred fires, hiking, making plant medicine, walking her epic journey, resting, renewing - harmonizing self,
and canoeing the rivers of Maine - this lights’ her up.
As a practicing Shaman and Recreation Maine Guide for more than 20 years, Tami is aware of Nature’s “Healing Sanctuary” and how the elements benefit our well-being. As a Maine Guide, Tami offers Hiking and Healing, Shamanic Journey’s with the elements, and Women’s Outdoor Wellness Retreats. She enjoys guiding others who share a passion for nature & healing. As an Office Manager, every student enrollment goes through Tami. If you call about taking a course, generally you’ll speak with her.
Related Education to Office Management
· New Hampshire College; Business Administration
· University of Augusta; Human Resource Management
Registered Maine Guide Mindy Smith grew up in the woods and waters of Maine. Some of her earliest memories are hiking through the woods near her home, building forts, and searching for green crabs along the banks of the Sheepscot River. She enjoys hiking New England’s 4000+ foot mountains with the Mt. Katahdin being at the top of her list; whether hitting the summit of Baxter or Hamlin peak, or just hiking around and taking in the beautiful views of this majestic mountain – this mountain is by far her favorite. Mindy is also an avid Kayaker on inland and ocean waters. She also enjoys just being oceanside with a great book, or getting into the woods to soak in all of Mother Earth’s natural healing energy. Mindy is spiritual in nature and being one with the forest helps her navigate this wild journey we call life. For as long as she can remember her passion for nature and supporting women in their personal and spiritual growth is one of her greatest focus’s, right after being the adventurous mother to 3 busy kiddos. When Mindy is not in the woods and on the waters, you can find her working at her day job in behavioral health.
- Wild Women in Wild Places Guide -
Michelle is a Registered Maine Recreation Guide, a Wilderness First Responder, and holds a RYT200 Hour yoga teaching certification. She's also an unbelievably fortunate Katahdin region native who has been able to move back home and share her love of the area with others.
She grew up cross-country skiing and trout fishing with one grandad, and foraging, filleting perch, and exploring cutting roads with the other. Her fondest family memories from childhood (and adulthood) involve hiking boots, boats, summits, and berries. Exploring how humans interact with the landscapes that nourish and feed them has been her driving curiosity ever since!
Michelle takes the recreation part of guiding seriously, trying to make sure she's sharing knowledge, skills, and appreciation that allow folks to "re-create" outdoor wonder and joy in their own lives and backyards.
When she's not talking plant identification, scouting for wild food, hiking Baxter State Park's quieter trails, or leading wildlife tours, you can find her in her day job: getting kids excited about books and outdoor education as a public school librarian.
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