About Working in Tanglewood’s Open Air Classroom Programs
Teaching in our Open Air Classroom program is a truly rewarding experience.
We teach Maine a variety of curricula, ranging from human community and watershed ecology to forest and seashore ecology and more. Our small study groups usually range from 8-12 students in size, with at least one adult chaperone present and one Tanglewood instructor.
Day programs are usually from about 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, with lunch on the trail. At the end of each day, we meet to recap, discuss scheduling and to clean program areas, finishing at around 4:30 PM. Overnight programs are most often (but not limited to) one-night/two-day programs, beginning at around 9:00 AM the first day and ending sometime after lunch the next day. School program staff do not sleep in a cabin with students during overnights.
Our school program teaching staff is an intimate group of between 4 and 8 in the spring and fall, falling to 2 or 3 in the winter.
Spring & Fall
The fall and the spring are seasons of change, and Tanglewood is the perfect place to teach and experience up-close the natural movement and wonders of the earth and its inhabitants.
A typical fall season is mainly comprised of day-programs, while the spring includes more overnight programs.
Our winter programs are run by only a few staff members and we incorporate winter ecology and/or winter living skills into our regular curricula. The groups are smaller in size, but they still come for both day and overnight programs. The overnight groups stay in wood heated cabins.
Housing: Community Living
Housing is provided but not required on Tanglewood’s beautiful 940-acre section of Camden Hills State Park. Staff share insulated, wood heated cabins with one other staff member. There is a cozy “community lodge” for educators with a kitchen for preparing and storing food.
Delicious and hearty meals are provided with food from our gardens when overnight programs are in session, which is generally 80% of the work week during the spring season. In the fall, there are often few overnight programs, resulting in staff providing their own meals the majority of the season.
With a large camp garden and several nearby farms with greenhouses, we strive to provide staff and students with as much local and organic food as possible. Healthy meals are provided by our exceptional chef during school overnight programs.
Tanglewood is sandwiched between two great coastal towns, Camden and Belfast. Camden offers numerous dining and shopping opportunities with several local pubs, and a nice town park overlooking the harbor. Belfast is the home of an impressive Food CO-OP with a large selection of groceries along with educational workshops and a cozy cafe. Both Camden and Belfast boast multiple dancing/yoga opportunities along with a weekly farmer’s markets and a flourishing art scene.
Tanglewood is located in Camden Hills State Park, which offers abundant hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and rock climbing opportunities. We are two hours from Maine’s hippest city of Portland, and under two hours from Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. The White Mountains of New Hampshire are 4 hours away, Boston five, Quebec City and Burlington six.