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FAQs

Q:

When and where does EarthSchool meet?

A:

EarthSchool has two locations.

ESSM (Southern Maine) gathers weekly on Thursdays from October to May in Gorham.

ESMM (Midcoast Maine) will gather weekly on Tuesdays from October to May in the Brunswick area.

EarthSchool also organizes an outdoor adventure group through the summer months for member families to explore and stay connected.

Q:

What types of classes are offered?

A:

Class offerings are dependent on what parents (and teens!) have volunteered to teach. We have 3 eight-week sessions a year in the fall, winter and spring.

Each 8-week session has a variety of classes for all age groups (ie: preschool to high school). Past sessions have included art (painting, drawing, clay sculpting, wool felting, sewing), theater, outdoor skills, cooking, archery, math games, robotics, creative writing, psychology, choir, entomology, ukulele, yoga, motion science, Spanish, and much more.

Q:

What is the age range?

A:

EarthSchool supports families with children ranging from newborn to 18 years old.

Q:

What does it cost to join EarthSchool?

A:

Each location has it's own *fees.

Southern Maine is $200 per year, per family regardless of family size.

Midcoast Maine's membership fees have not been determined yet but will be similar.

Some teachers may also require a small fee to cover the cost of supplies for a particular class.

*We do offer payment plans but prefer payment in full at the beginning of the year.

Q:

How much of a time commitment should I expect as a member?

A:

EarthSchool runs on the energy of its members. Families have many volunteering options to choose from, so all members can contribute according to their strengths. All parent members are required to volunteer a minimum of two hours each Tuesday - teaching classes, assisting classes, monitoring the outdoor spaces and/or helping in the infant/preschool room. In addition, all members must help set up our space in the mornings and clean our space in the afternoons.

Q:

How do I know which location to join?

A:

We recommend taking the time to learn about each location in determining which would be right for your family.

EarthSchool of Southern Maine

EarthSchool of Midcoast Maine

Q:

How can I receive more information?

A:

If you are interested in membership of either location, please go to their own websites then click "Request Membership."

If you would like more information before joining and to chat with a member of our membership committee, please use either address:

Southern Maine essm@earthschoolmaine.org

Midcoast Maine esmm@earthschoolmaine.org

We look forward to hearing from you!