The Katahdin Learning Project 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, place-based and service-learning projects, trail crew opportunities, and teacher professional development. Since its founding by local teachers and National Park Service staff in 2016, the Katahdin Learning Project has engaged over 6,700 students from the Katahdin Region and around the state through more than 330 programs (as of summer 2021). The Katahdin Learning Project welcomes educators and students from all areas to join us for programs in the Monument. For more information contact Kala Rush, Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about what drives us
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.
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.
Reverence for the Land, Water, and Their Teachings
Honoring History, Looking Toward the Future
Learn about our programs
Guided visits to the national monument are our most popular program and are offered every summer, fall, and spring. Programs are offered on subjects ranging from local ecosystems to history, animals, and more and we’re always happy to design a lesson specifically to what your class is working on. To stretch the learning beyond your trip we also offer school visits in conjunction to the monument visit which help cement the lesson and connect it back to your curriculum. Classes are also invited to come to the monument for special programs around two annual Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters events: Stars Over Katahdin each fall which focuses on our dark skies, and Head North Snow Days each March which focuses on just having fun in the snow!
In the winter when the roads to the national monument are closed we bring the monument and its learning to your schoolyard! Lessons are typically focused around winter and early spring activities like snowshoeing, identifying animal tracks, and even tapping maple trees!
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 traveling across the region with the “BikeMaine Village”.
Our main professional development opportunity each year is Teacher Camp offered every summer. Typically a two-day experience in the national monument with lodging available nearby, Teacher Camp brings together teachers from all across the region and the state for outdoor fun and place-based learning workshops. Extended learning credits are usually offered for Teacher Camp through Katahdin Valley Higher Education Center.
Each summer we support two incredible trail crews that work in the national monument. Through a partnership with Friends of Baxter State Park the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps has spent one week of their season working in the national monument since 2019. 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: