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Outdoor Education


Students paddle on Lovewell Pond.

Outdoor Learning and Research Center

Adventure. Agriculture. Research.

All Fryeburg Academy students experience the Outdoor Learning & Research Center (OLRC) through a ropes challenge course which fosters social-emotional and leadership skills. They also learn field research principles through a partnership with the FA science department, OLRC, and Tin Mountain Conservation Center. Students interested in field science or science fair projects can enroll in Honors Research Design courses and receive support. The school garden is integrated with the science department and extracurricular programs, providing hands-on experience in planning, growing, and preparing a garden, as well as exposure to Maine agricultural disciplines like maple sugaring and forestry.

OLRC Certificate Program: Two Distinct Capstone Experiences


Kids in canoe on Saco River.

This certificate is for students seeking experiences that extend beyond our campus into the mountains and rivers around Fryeburg. Outdoor adventures provide a context in which aspiring recipients of this certificate engage in discussions about local environmental issues and “leave no trace” ethics, study risk management and wilderness first aid, and develop leadership skills.


Students conducting water test for OLRC project.

This certificate is for highly-motivated students that want to develop their academic skills by exploring complex problems and conducting field-based research. The core of this program is an honors-level Research Design class and the sequential Independent Study Research Project. 

"Education is not an affair of 'telling' and being told, but an active and constructive process."

- John Dewey