Wilderness Skills * Mindfulness * Project-Based Learning


Full Day Nature Immersion Program for Ages 11-13*

September through May, 9:30am to 3:00pm


At Aspen, tweens and teens deepen their knowledge of themselves, each other and the natural landscapes they are immersed in. Participants are encouraged to dig into a variety of projects that engage their interests and build new skills. Opportunities will abound to practice and perfect wilderness skills like fire and shelter building, whittling, tool use, plant and animal identification, foraging and more. Our guides will facilitate activities that encourage mindfulness, self-awareness and cooperation while encouraging a deep reverence for the natural world. The program will be outdoors, rain/snow or shine (unless weather is extreme). Aspen has approximately a 10:1 Child to Staff ratio.

The program will be outdoors, rain, snow or shine unless weather is extreme and potentially dangerous (such as high winds, low wind chill, low temps and steady rain, or unsafe driving conditions), which may result in cancellation.

*We recognize that children don’t all develop at the same rate. For children who are on the line between age groups, our staff will work with parents to make an assessment as to which group seems most appropriate based on personality, ability and group dynamics.



Choose to attend 1 to 3 days per week from 9:30am to 3:00pm for the school year. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are available. Wild Woods Club (formerly called Aftercare) is available from end of program to 4:30.



Please email to inquire about current openings for the 2022-23 program.

Interested in 2023-24? Schedule a Tour!


A $30 Registration fee and deposit per child will be applied for all enrollments. The deposit amount varies based on the number of days enrolling. The deposit amount is subtracted from the September 1st payment.

#Days/Week 9-Month Tuition
One $2,091.00
Two $4,152.00
Three $6,213.00

Family Discount: When enrolling more than one child, enter coupon code FAMILY to receive 10% off.

If you need financial assistance, please see directions for scholarships below BEFORE ENROLLING.



We are committed to supporting and creating a community that is reflective of Maine's economic diversity. A limited number of Scholarships are available to families who are unable to pay full tuition cost. We encourage you to complete a scholarship application if full tuition pricing creates a financial hardship. 

Please complete a scholarship form BEFORE ENROLLING. Once a Scholarship Form is completed, you will be emailed instructions on how to enroll with scholarship assistance.





If you must withdraw your child from the program a 30-day notification is required. If at least 30 days notice is given, the remaining monthly payments will be canceled. If less than 30-days notice is given, the next month's payment is required, and all remaining tuition payments thereafter will be canceled. Notice of withdrawal must be emailed to The $30 registration fee and deposit upon enrollment are non-refundable. 


"Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living."
-Zenobia Barlow