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wildlife & nature • 3 days, 2 nights

Maine: Wilderness Immersion & Outdoor Workshop

wildlife & nature • 3 days, 2 nights

Maine: Wilderness Immersion & Outdoor Workshop

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  • Group Size 10 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $380 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Join us among the babbling streams, towering trees, and diverse wildlife of central Maine for an immersive wilderness retreat. Taking in the sweet smell of pine and the melodies of birdsong at dusk, we’ll learn to cultivate a greater appreciation for—and knowledge of—the ecosystem we’re a part of. We’ll partake in a series of awareness and skill-based workshops, from a plant identification excursion to a basket-weaving workshop. As we go, we’ll have plenty of time for relaxation, bathing in the dappled forest sunlight, camp-cooking, and hunkering down by the heat of the crackling campfire.

If you're interested in reserving this wilderness workshop for a private group, see here.

Note on Safety

We’ve designed this wilderness workshop with current health and safety precautions in mind. To maintain adequate physical distancing, participants will arrive in their own vehicles and provide their own camping gear. Campsites will be spaced out, and participants will be responsible for providing and preparing their own food. Staff and participants will be expected to follow the latest CDC guidelines, which include keeping six feet of distance between people who are not traveling together. Visit our Trips FAQ for more information, and feel free to contact us directly with any questions.

See here for Maine's most up-to-date policies for visitors traveling from out-of-state.

  • Wilderness immersion
  • Nature literacy and awareness workshops
  • Fire-building lesson
  • Stories around the campfire
  • Community of socially-distanced campers


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Michael Douglas
Michael had dreamt of creating a school for outdoor education since he was seven years old. Three decades ago, he opened the doors to his Maine-based education center to participants of all backgrounds, and has been facilitating outdoor education workshops ever since. He’s also offered internationally renowned apprenticeships in foraging, tracking, bow-making, and much more. His lifelong passion for nature, awareness, and philosophy has taken him across the globe in search of new learning opportunities, from developing survival skills as a Marine to supporting the Sami of present-day Sweden in the revival of disappearing cultural tools. You might consider asking him about his experience coaching reality TV contenders, as well as teaching his three kids.

Additional Info


The total cost of this trip is $380 per person.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip.


For the two nights of this workshop, you’ll be camping in a section of the 30-acre outdoor campus of the Maine Primitive Skills School. You’ll have plenty of space at the campsite to set up tents, tarps, and/or camping hammocks, as well as a camp kitchen and any lounge chairs or camp games. You'll have access to clean field latrines (like an outhouse, but cleaner), equipped with a composting toilet system. Note that you’ll need to provide all of your own camping equipment and food, though we’ll be providing you with potable water. In accordance with the campus policy, we ask that you leave any alcoholic beverages at home. We'll send you a recommended gear list closer to the date of our workshop.

Arrival & Departure

The workshop begins with an afternoon activity on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Augusta, Maine by 3 p.m. that day so you can meet the staff and set up your campsite. The workshop concludes on Day 3 around midday. From here, you can head home or extend your time in the surrounding area. We’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in Maine on your own.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to four miles over the course of each day, often on uneven terrain; spending time in nature; and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Participants should be comfortable camping and cooking outside, which inevitably means getting a little dirty.

  • Experienced instruction for the duration of the workshop.
  • Access to potable water.
  • Clean, enclosed field latrines.
  • A wilderness welcome kit.
  • Picnic lunch on Day 2.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and locations.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore the wilderness and deepen their understanding of nature.
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation to and from Augusta, Maine.
  • Camping equipment, including tent, sleeping bags, headlamps, etc.
  • Cooking gear (e.g. camp stove, pots, plates, sporks).
  • Most meals during the workshop. You'll be expected to bring your own food and drinks. Please note that the campus has a no-substances policy, which includes alcoholic beverages.
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
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Trip FAQ

August in Maine is warm during the day, and when you’re camping in the woods, cooler at night. Daytime temperatures reach up to around 80°F, dropping to the low 60s in the evenings, while humidity can reach 75 percent. Note that our activities will take place rain or shine, so you’ll want to bring a rain jacket as well as a rain cover for your tent—and make sure that you don’t mind getting a bit wet throughout the day.

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