The Maine Primitive Skills School started as “The Good Earth School” on August 4th, 1989 at the University of Maine in Orono. Courses were held on survival, tracking, and awareness. In 1993, the school relocated to Augusta, Maine. The curriculum was expanded with new instructors, and The Good Earth School incorporated as a non-profit in 1995. Many programs were developed and taught at schools, camps, and businesses such as L.L. Bean, Barnes & Noble, the Maine Conservation School, and Boy Scouts of America. In 1998, with an expanded audience to include military survival instructors as well as students from a local environmental college, the name was changed to reflect the broader demographic.
In 1998 the Maine Primitive Skills School was founded. In 2003 facilities were upgraded and advanced students became staff. The Maine Primitive Skills School now includes students and instructors as well as volunteers, assistant instructors, administrators, apprentices, and elders. We continue to to grow by developing self reliant individuals in to resilient communities. We rely on this sense of community for our success and would like to thank everyone who has been, and will be, a part the Maine Primitive Skills School family.