2020 Wabanaki Fair

This year we have had to get creative with the Wabanaki Education program! Instead of teaching this program in person at Salt Bay Farm, we have designed a “Wabanaki Fair” of self-guided interpretive activities (see list below) that we will set up for you either on your school grounds or at Coastal Rivers Salt Bay Farm at 110 Belvedere Road in Damariscotta.

boy holding thatch bundleOur hope is that many groups of students can benefit this way, and the option of hosting at your school means you would not need to manage bus travel. If you prefer to make the trip to Salt Bay Farm, be aware the building is not open, but porta-potties will be available.

The fair will be available to your school for up to 1 week on the dates you choose, beginning Monday afternoon and ending no later than Friday afternoon. We will set up the materials for you at your chosen location.

How to participate

There is no cost to AOS 93 schools for hosting the fair. For schools outside AOS 93, the cost is $70/hour for teaching and prep time.

To request Wabanaki Fair resources, email Sarah Gladu at sgladu@coastalrivers.org.

2020 Wabanaki Fair Activities

  • birch bark etchingsEtch birch bark. We provide birch bark and instructions. You provide tools: pencils and scissors for each student and two large bowls of water. Students will be able to take their finished etchings home.
  • Take an interpretive nature walk, using a map, with interpretive signs along the trail. Actual signage will depend on where the walk is set up and what plants are available, but sample activities might be things like discover wild edibles, try making string from milkweed stalks, and learn how Wabanaki people made fish hooks.
  • kids' hands on the birch bark canoe Learn about the birch bark canoe. See the birch bark canoe on display at our Nature Center, or borrow it to show your students.
  • Play a Wabanaki game. Instructions for games are provided on interpretive signs.
  • Take a story board walk made from the book “The Canoe Maker: David Moses Bridges Passamaquoddy Birch Bark Artisan” by Donald Soctomah and Jean Flahive.
  • teacher and student working on wigwamWork on a wigwam (at Coastal Rivers Nature Center only). Start at our birch bark wigwam and learn through printed interpretation how it was made. Then walk to the re-created village area and see grass-covered wigwams. Make grass bundles and tie them onto the wigwam frame.
  • Take a self-guided interpretive tour of Whaleback Shell Midden. GSB students can walk to the site; other schools will need to take a bus. Follow our interpretive signs from the Whaleback parking lot (on Business Route 1 in Damariscotta) down to the estuary and one of the biggest middens on the east coast. Learn about Maine’s original “working waterfront!”