One of the Maine TREE’s most popular programs, Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tours, is over twenty years old.  Each year, the four-day tours focus on the growth, harvest, and processing of wood products in Maine. 

Teachers of all ages, Girl and Boy Scout leaders, adult educators, and conservation organization staff, are among those who join the tour to learn about Maine’s forest resources from professionals working in the woods. 

The tours prepare participants to return to the classroom with stimulating approaches to share knowledge about the forest with students, colleagues, and communities. Throughout the four-day tour, participants engage in Project Learning Tree activities, meet professionals who work in the Maine woods and develop ideas on how to bring the forest to the classroom or the classroom to the forest.

2022 Application Open!

Two tour options are available in 2022:

  • July 12 – 15: A Maine’s Western Mountains forest tour based out of Sugarloaf;
  • July 26 – 29: A Western Maine forest tour based out of The Bethel Inn

Due to the remaining restrictions from Maine CDC and our host venues, Maine TREE is limiting attendees at both of these events and, unlike in previous years, is using an application process to select participants. Preference will be given to those familiar with, or currently using environmental or place-based education tools or who have access to forested areas at their schools. All applicants commit to following all safety and health requirements established by Maine TREE at the start of each tour.

Those interested in applying can do so at https://forms.gle/gYQv9eBHQNsm4C8K8 or you can contact us with questions at info@mainetree.org or (207) 621-9872. The priority application deadline is April 15th, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the tour is full. Once accepted, a $150 registration fee will be required.

2021 Teachers’ Tours

2020: Window to the Woods

2019 Teachers’ Tour in Aroostook County