Residential Wilderness Immersion Apprenticeship Program


The Residential Apprenticeship Program is a rigorous curriculum of outdoor education designed specifically to instruct present and future professional outdoor instructors, guides, counselors, teachers, and those who want to live these skills every day. Although there are routinely scheduled days off for rest and recovery, this is a FULL TIME residential experience.

Schedule Overview


  • Opening Potluck May 8
  • Inventory Trip and Camp Setup 6 days
  • Knife Making Workshop 2 days
  • Camp Hygiene and Routine Inspections 1 day
  • Spring Foraging 5 day Workshop
  • Wilderness Skills 5 day Workshop


  • Scout Skills 5 day Workshop
  • Awareness Skills 5 day Workshop
  • Primitive Cooking Workshop 3 day
  • Field Trip: Coos Canyon

July – closing campfire July 2nd


  • Opening Potluck July 10th
  • Summer Inventory Trip 4 days
  • Systems Review and Move In 2 days
  • Summer Foraging 5 day Workshop
  • Fruit Leather and Jams Workshop 1 day
  • Trip Planning for Canoe Trip 3 days
  • Canoe Trip: Moose River 5 days


  • Coastal Foraging Trip 3 days
  • Gardening, Foraging, and Processing 3 days
  • Basketry and Fiber Arts Workshop 5 days
  • Wilderness Skills 5 day Workshop
  • Ending Potluck August 30th


  • Opening Potluck September 11th
  • Friction Fire Workshop 1 day
  • Summer Edibles and Medicinal Workshop 1 day
  • Common Ground Fair Mentoring 4 days
  • Fall Foraging 5 day Workshop
  • Bow Making 5 day Workshop


  • Spirit of the Deer Workshop 2 day
  • Hide Tanning 3 day
  • Wilderness Skills 5 day Workshop
  • Fall Foraging 5 day Workshop
  • Mentoring Skills Weekend Workshop 2 day


  • Ending Potluck Nov 6

February 12 – March 27, 2021 – Prerequisite: Previous Immersion Program Experience (Completed at least 1 seasonal session)


  • Potluck February 12
  • Camp Prep
  • Winter Wilderness Skills
  • Winter Awareness Skills


  • Winter Tool Making
  • Knife & Axe Skills
  • Hitches, Knots, Lashings
  • Long Term Shelter Design and Construction
  • Maple Syrup Harvest
  • Closing Campfire March 27

More Information

Accommodations and Living Systems:

Apprentices are expected to stay in tarps, tents, and primitive shelters in the Apprentice Camping area for most of their first session. Long Term Primitive Shelters may be available for those attending multiple consecutive sessions. The Apprentice Outdoor Kitchen has cook stoves, pantry space, counters, fire pit, sink, and water catchment system. There is an outdoor shower and potable water. The campus is located less than 5 miles from Augusta, which has a local laundromat, grocery store, shopping plaza, etc.

Curriculum and Training Detail Overview:

(For more info: 2020 Catalog Wilderness Immersion Program )

The Wilderness Immersion Apprenticeship is divided into four seasonal sessions. The skills are developed through hands on experiences and directed toward specific learning outcomes related to producing a well rounded, skilled practitioner capable of demonstrating and sharing skills in natural settings.

  • Full Immersion in nature, demanding daily hands-on application of skills learned.
  • 40 plus hours applying essential outdoor skills each week.
  • Performance Indicators (benchmarks), Peer Reviews, and Student Portfolios are utilized as evidence of competency in specified areas of focus.
  • Seven Performance Indicators: (Example Rubric: Fire)
    • Awareness
    • Shelter
    • Water
    • Fire
    • Food
    • Self-Reliance
    • Wildlife Tracking
    • Ethnobotany/Herbalism
    • Mentoring
    • Maine Guide Practices

This experience, upon successful completion, is designed to provide a solid foundation of basic to advanced skills in the out-of-doors. The focus of the apprenticeship program is to develop a professional outdoor educator with a high standard of field craft and a practiced set of reliable tools as an educator.

Using your GI Bill Educational Grant:

We are approved to accept GI Bill education grants for payment of tuition for the residential Wilderness Immersion Program.  Participants must attend Spring, Summer and Fall sessions in the same calendar year to be eligible to use a their grant money.

Single Session Apprenticeships:

If your time or financial resources only allow you to attend one or two of the sessions, great, we want you to have the chance to live the skills.  We set up our schedule to allow college students to spend a semester or a summer here, for working folks to take a sabbatical from their job, or for those with financial limitations to come for a shorter more affordable time.  That said the full residential immersion program includes Spring, Summer and Fall sessions and we encourage those who can to join us for all three and go through the cycle of the seasons with a cohort of like minded folks looking to dive deep into these ancient skills.  Those who complete three sessions will receive a certificate as a graduate of the instructor training program in Outdoor Education.  (Sessions may be completed non-consecutively).  Notes: Prerequisite for the Winter session is the completion of at least one previous seasonal session.

Spring Session 2020

  • Date: May 8 – July 2

Summer Session 2020

  • Date: July 10 – August 28

Fall Session 2020

  • Dates: September 11 – November 6

Winter Session 2021

  • Date: February 14 – April 10

2 Sessions Price: 2020

  • Note: Must be taken within 12 month period

3 Sessions Price: 2020

  • Note: Must be taken within 12 month period

4 Sessions Price: 2020-2021

  • Note: Must be taken within 12 month period