Living & Learning

immersive Programs for all ages

Beginning in Summer of 2021, The Ecology School will offer a variety of overnight camps and programs for kids, families, and adults at our radically sustainable River Bend Farm campus on the Saco River in Saco, Maine.

Programs are designed to increase science literacy for all ages and provide memorable lessons about how the world works and our place within it. Living “off the grid” at beautiful River Bend Farm for a few days or a week is a one of a kind experience that will inspire new ways of looking at food, farming, nature, communities, and technology.

Participants will reside in our new dormitory, designed to meet the “Living Building Challenge,” which demands that spaces give back more to the environment than they take from it, participate in growing and harvesting food in our permaculture gardens, take meals together in our dining commons, and explore the unique Southern Maine ecosystems on and around our campus, including river, forest, fields, marsh, and tidal zones.

When we live within the lessons, and they are amplified with fun and humor. The study of ecosystems, food systems, and sustainability becomes personally meaningful and actionable. As a result, The Ecology School’s Living & Learning Programs are an invitation to more thoughtful living, every day.


For Elementary & middle School Students

Residential School Programs

School partners from around the United States choose our deeply immersive and experiential ecosystem-based programs that empower students in elementary and middle-school to discover the inner workings of the world around them and their connection to it. Exploration and investigation are conducted in the greatest classroom imaginable, the outdoors. Learn more.

Summer Residential Camps

Program begins Summer 2021! Each week is a new adventure at our overnight camps.

Live the farm life in our Farm Adventure Camp! For two full weeks kidswill learn about agroecology farming techniques spending the day participating in all aspects of agroecology farm life from planting and harvesting to animal care. In the afternoons, students will participate in more traditional camp activities. Learn more.

Discover Maine’s coast at our Coastal Adventure Camp! For one full week kids will learn about Maine’s unique coastal ecosystems spending the day exploring the scientific systems behind tidal pools, salt marshes, beaches and dunes, and spend their afternoons participating in more traditional camp activities. Learn more.

For High School & College-Age Students

Summer Field Studies

Program begins Summer 2021! Our Summer Field Studies will be a once-in-a-lifetime summer experience for high school and college students looking for an extended learning opportunity with internship potential. Learn more.

For Education Professionals

The Ecology School Teacher Institute

Program begins Summer 2020! For 20 years, The Ecology School has been creating innovative and immersive environmental educational programming that is rooted in students’ natural inclination to explore, be curious, laugh, and play. In our three- to four-day programs, education professionals will learn (and practice!) the inner workings of our unique, and highly successful, pedagogy. Learn more.

For Families & Adults

Maine Coast Family Camp

Overnight program beings in Summer 2021! Every day is a new adventure for both kid and adult campers during our week-long overnight camp. Days are spent exploring the iconic Maine coast while afternoons and evenings find the excitement of camp and comforts of home at our sustainable River Bend Farm campus. Learn more.

Maine Food and Farm Residency

Program begins Summer 2021! Experience a tour of Maine’s food systems unlike any other. In this week-long residency, daily food-themed explorations will be based out of our sustainable, riverfront farm campus, just minutes away from an abundance of coastal and inland purveyors of delicious, fresh food. Learn more.