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Education Programs

Kids on skisDowneast Lakes Land Trust offers educational programs that build knowledge, appreciation, and respect for the natural environment, local cultural heritage, and natural resources and their traditional uses in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest and surrounding areas.

Our public programs serve both adults and children.

Children’s Summer Programs

Once weekly program for ages 6-16, running throughout June, July, and August.

Little Wild Ones: Starting on Thursday June 8th 2023, bring your littles to the Grand Lake Stream School Building for nature adventures in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. Hosted every Thursday during the summer from 10-11:30 am, these outdoor exploration programs are geared for ages 0-5. Free for everyone, and no reservations needed. For more information, contact Sarah Cote at scote@downeastlakes.org.

Family Programs

These programs consist of year-round free or low cost workshops, presentations, and outdoor activities which focus on conserving and developing natural and cultural history knowledge of the region. All ages are welcome to participate. Some programs are offered in conjunction with the Grand Lake Stream Historical Society. Full details with meeting times and locations can be found at

2022 Natural Crafters Series: Downeast Lakes Land Trust welcomes local artists for a series of hands-on workshops, as they teach their craft to area residents and visitors.

2023 Naturally Curious Series: A weekly webinar series- free to join! Every week will be a new topic of interest with a new professional. Learn all about intriguing natural science and history topics from the state of Maine and you’ll get the chance to ask the experts questions. Topics range from plants and animals to ancient civilizations and more. Alpine Plants (Feb 7th) and Edible Mushrooms (Feb 21st) will be the topics for the first two workshops in the series.

Private Programs

When visiting the Grand Lake Stream area, if busy schedules don’t align with our public program dates, we now have another educational option.  DLLT is pleased to be offering “Private Education Programs” in the Grand Lake Stream area for a donation to DLLT. Please email scote@downeastlakes.org if you would like to schedule a program.

For details on upcoming programs, please check the events calendar, or subscribe to our news updates.

School Programs

Downeast Lakes Land Trust offers programs for K-12 school groups designed to provide authentic hands-on learning experiences in the forests and waters of the Downeast Lakes region.

DLLT school programs are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards so that they can easily be integrated into school schedules. Some of these programs are based on the awarding-winning Project Learning Tree and Project Wild curricula.

DLLT is willing and eager to design and develop programs that meet the specific needs and goals of schools and individual teachers. Contact DLLT Education and Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Cote at scote@downeastlakes.org to schedule a program in your school or the Downeast Lakes Community Forest.