Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center owners Capt. John and Tami Rogers are the pioneers of the first “weeklong/hands-on” Registered Maine Guide Training Program in Maine, one that began 20 years ago.

To date, the school has trained more 2,000 people to become leaders of the woods and waters of Maine.

The Guide prep program focuses on Licenses: Recreation, Fishing, Hunting and Specialized Tidewater — with emphasis on Map & Compass, (Tidewater Plotting), Search & Rescue, Catastrophic Events, Canoeing & Canoe Rescue techniques and related topics in the field.

Whether one chooses to train in the weeklong/hands-on or four-day academic setting, students are 100 percent ready to take one of Maine’s toughest outdoor tests.

Once licensed as a Maine Guide one is able to lead others through the woods and waters of Maine as a business.

During the 20-year span, MOLC has added a myriad of workshops and weekend classes; Land Navigation; Map & Compass/GPS, Wilderness First-Aid/CPR weekend (taught in the woods), River Rescue; Paddling & Poling Techniques (full day on the river), Wilderness Skill Building weekend and Gold Panning.

“Our unique approach to hands-on learning gives one the opportunity to hone wilderness skills, develop empathy for the natural world, and acknowledge the unique gifts they have to share with others," said Tami Rogers. "Our practical skills training, workshops, and retreats set you apart from the rest.”

Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center, leaders in outdoor education since 1997, offers training throughout the state — from Southern to Northern Maine and everywhere in between.

Maine's Outdoor Learning Center is located at 93 Thurlow Road in Lincolnville.

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