School Group Programs

2020-2021 School year

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of holding in-person programs during the 2020-2021 school year, we are offering:

See below for specifics. And be sure to check back here regularly for opportunities! If you are looking for something specific, please email Sarah Gladu, Director of Education and Citizen Science.

Teacher Trainings

Check out our recorded teacher trainings which include outdoor education science content and activity ideas for your students.


School Group Programs

Girls in woods writing on a clipboard In support of your teaching goals, we are offering a wide range of school group programs. All programs are designed to teach basic concepts of ecology and integrate hands-on opportunities to learn scientific methods.


Boxed Kits to Borrow

A boxed kit available to borrow Available to anyone teaching grades K-5, whether at school or at home! Borrow a box of supplies, information, reading materials, activities, and more to encourage exploration of a topic.


Wabanaki Fair

kids' hands on the birch bark canoe New this year, we have designed a “Wabanaki Fair” of self-guided interpretive activities that we will set up for you either on your school grounds or at Coastal Rivers Salt Bay Farm.


Programs we offer in a “normal” year

Wabanaki Living Skills and Culture

school kids kneeling around the birch back canoe Offered every October to area school groups. This program teaches Wabanaki material culture through hands-on experiences such as building wigwams, smoking meat, making cedar twine and etching birch bark. Taught in collaboration with Native American Educators. Please contact Coastal Rivers for more information or to join the mailing list.

“I did not know but now I see, this kind of learning is essential to understanding Wabanaki culture.”Kayla Wright, South Bristol Elementary School

Damariscotta Estuarine Education Program (DEEP)

kids looking at a horseshoe crabEngaging local science classes in late elementary and middle school in hands-on original exploration of the Damariscotta River Estuary. Students work with mentor scientists to design small-scale field studies to test their own hypotheses.

Additional Immersion Education Science Programs

school bus dropping off kidsWe offer many programs for groups including schools, preschools, clubs, and assisted living facilities. Programs will be tailored to meet the needs of the group. Programs and hikes can be arranged at any of the Coastal Rivers properties and for the River~Link trail.

Programs may be scheduled as a single unit or as a series in any season of the year. They may be held at a Coastal Rivers site or any other location, including at a school. A full list of possible classes is available here: Immersion Science Programs

Preschool groups can come to any of the Coastal Rivers preserves and hire a naturalist to do an age-appropriate, hands-on nature program. A naturalist can also come to you at your preschool site! A complete listing of programs available to preschool groups is available here: Preschool Program List

Booking a Natural History Program for your Group: Email Sarah Gladu to plan a program for your group.