The Katahdin Learning Project (KLP) is a place-based learning program in the Katahdin region offering a variety of programs to nurture connections between learners and land in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and the surrounding communities. Programs vary through the seasons and include lessons and activities in the national monument, outdoor learning at local schools, programs in the Katahdin region community, service-learning projects, and professional development. Since its founding by local teachers and National Park Service staff in 2016, the Katahdin Learning Project has engaged over 14,000 students from the Katahdin Region and around the state through more than 700 programs (as of summer 2024).

For more information click here to download our current catalog or to arrange a program contact us at klp@friendsofkww.org

Learn about what drives us

MISSION:

The mission of the Katahdin Learning Project is to nurture connections between learners and land in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and the surrounding communities.

VISION:

We envision a community where learners benefit from a breadth and depth of place-based experiences, forge lifelong connections to nature and their communities, and realize the full potential of their education. We envision a community where Wabanaki people determine how Indigenous and settler peoples learn about the history and culture of the Wabanaki Nations.

VALUES:

Engaged Learning
Reverence for the Land, Water, and Their Teachings
Honoring History, Looking Toward the Future
Respectful Collaboration
Organizational Excellence

Learn about our programs

We run a variety of programs year round in all four seasons. Interested in signing up your class or school for a program? Contact us: KLP@friendsofkww.org KLP Program Catalog (5.5 × 8.5 in) (RGB) (1)

SCHOOL VISITS:

We bring the monument and its learning to your schoolyard! Lessons range from wilderness survival to water quality testing and are designed to connect with your school curriculum. These lessons can be as short as 1-hour or as long as 4-hours. These programs are offered year round.

Community Programs:

Step away from the classroom and show your students the many forms learning can take. Learn about the ecosystems, biodiversity, and human history unique to the trip location. Each program is interdisciplinary and connects to state learning standards. Location options are Island Falls, Medway and Millinocket. These are full day programs and are offered in spring and fall.

MONUMENT VISITS:

Guided visits to the national monument are offered every summer, fall, and spring. The National Park Service also offers curriculum based education programs. You can learn more here: https://www.nps.gov/kaww/learn/education/education.htm

SERVICE LEARNING:

Service learning programs are an opportunity for middle and high school students to give back to their communities while gaining real-world experience! Service learning can look like anything from clearing brush and doing trail work in the national monument to volunteering at a Friends’ event.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Our main professional development opportunity each year is Teacher Camp offered every summer. Teacher Camp brings together teachers from all across the region and the state for outdoor fun and place-based learning workshops.

TRAIL CREWS:

Each summer we support incredible trail crews that work in the national monument. Through a partnership with Wabanaki Youth in Science, Maine’s first Ancestral Land trail crew has spent each summer working in the national monument since 2020.

Learn about where we're going

From 2020 to 2021 our team worked with a variety of community supporters to create a strategic framework to guide our program’s growth into the future. This framework maps out four priorities for our next four years: 1) Relationships, 2) Impact, 3) Visibility & Understanding, 4) Capacity & Infrastructure. You can explore the plan using the viewer below:

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