East Grand Outdoor Education (updated on 2-13-18)

The East Grand Outdoor Education Class is a year long elective for students grades 9-12. Many students return to take the class a 2nd year.
Pictures below: Crossing Country skiing during class, kayaking & t-rescue on East Grand Lake, building a new fire pit in the outdoor classroom, serving guests breakfast while on overnight St. Croix River canoe trip, canoe poling on Baskahegan Deadwater
Cross Country Skiing, Maine

Upcoming Winter/Spring 2018
  • Trips to Big Rock to Ski & Board with a focus on students mentoring students, February & March and into April conditions permitting
  • Wintercamp Trip, March 1-3 via Cross Country Skiing into big Spring Brook Hut,, East Branch of the Penobscot River, Katahdin Woods and Waters Property   
Spring Canoe Races, East Grand Adventure Race.OE students take part in at least 2 races. Can be a flatwater race and enter the East Grand Adventure Race as a pair or as part of a relay team and do only one or more segments including the mile  compass run, mtn. biking or paddling. 
  • April 14, Kenduskeag River Canoe Race, Bangor
  • April 28,  Houlton Canoe Race
  • May 12, East Grand Adventure Race

Mission Statement: Promoting leadership development, teamwork, trust and physical fitness while gaining an appreciation for the outdoors and all that it has to offer!

Benefits for our Students:
  • Students overcome fears and gain confidence as they take on new challenges such as paddling rapids, climbing the rock wall, and are placed in leadership roles.
  • Students learn the value of teamwork as they are put into situations where they need to problem solve and work as a team.
  • Students learn to lead and organize as they take ownership of the program.
  • Students gain an appreciation of the outdoors and gain the skills to safely recreate in it.
  • Students are introduced to economic opportunities in the outdoors such as guiding. 
  • Students put into practice skills learned in class when assisting other students on outings and on guided canoe trips with Canoe the Wild during the summer.
  • Students are encouraged to get outdoors for good physical activities that can be life long such as canoeing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and down hill skiing, hiking, biking, etc.


Outdoor Education Class Outline 2017-18


Fall Topics

  • Introduction to Canoeing
  • Deep water canoe t-rescue
  • Intro. To Poling (Keeping an old tradition alive)
  • Survival Fire Building (warming and cooking)
  • Utilizing a Tarp Shelter against the elements
  • Campsite management & river safety…before you go.
  • Planning and packing for a trip (equipment, food, maps)
  • Safely using Gas Stoves and Lanterns
  • Mt. Biking & Kayaking
  • Knots and their uses


Fall Outing

St Croix Overnight Canoe Trip



Winter Topics

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • How to Teach and Mentor (with a focus on communication skills)
  • Nature Trail work behind the school
  • Snowshoeing
  • Map & Compass
  • Climbing Wall
  • Researching Career Opportunities in the Outdoors
  • How to Build a Survival Fire in the dead on Winter
  • Introduction to Winter Camping

 Winter Outings

  • March 1-3, winter camping outing to the East Branch of the Penobscot Region. 

Spring Topics

  • Introduction to Fly Fishing
  • Introduction to Whitewater Canoeing skills
  • Z-Drag and River Rescue
  • Mt. Biking
  • Canoeing (flat and whitewater)
  • Race Practice Sessions (Before & after school)
  • Review skills learned thought-out the year and test over.
  • Final Exam:demonstrating skills learned throughout the year.




In the News! 
Former executive director of  the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, George Smith Article on East Grand's Outdoor Ed Program:  http://www.georgesmithmaine.com/articles/georges-outdoor-news/november/2010/stetson-stories
Bill Green's Maine Outdoor Show coverage of the East Grand Adventure Racehttp://www.wlbz2.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=87747256001
Maine Sunday Telegram featured story on the outdoor program and racehttp://www.pressherald.com/life/outdoors/race-ya__2010-05-30.html


Bear Den 2012.wmv