Adult Education

We welcome adults in our communities to participate in a variety of learning opportunities.

Office Location:
Gardiner Area High School

The Adult Education Office is located at Gardiner Area High School in the C-Wing.
We welcome visitors. Office hours are:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 - 5:00 pm & 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 - 2:00 pm

Director: Diann Bailey
Secretaries: Cheri Weston, Brenda Evans & Mary Lou Sullivan

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Just in Time for Mother's Day!

"Say it with flowers" in this class. Show that special person in your life how much you appreciate them by creating a fresh mixed floral arrangement.

Just in time for Mother's Day, a colorful mix of seasonal flowers will be designed in a basket with all the frills for Mom.

Class is May 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Gardiner High School. Registration fee: $12
No experience necessary. Please bring scissors and a sharp knife. Lab fee of $20 payable to instructor at class.

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FREE Author Talk about Maine Travel and Sporting Camps

Join us for a FREE author talk by George and Linda Smith. They will talk about their recently published book, the Maine Travel Book, which features their favorite inns and restaurants. George and Linda Smith, the "Travelin" Main(ers) column appears every Thursday in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

George, who is a former executive director of the Maine Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, will also speak about his book, Maine Sporting Camps, which features information and stories about 80 Maine sporting camps.

Books will be available for purchase.

Their talk is scheduled for May 11, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Gardiner Area High School.
Registration is FREE!

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Enjoying Backyard Birds

Join Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply for this fun and informative program covering all of the topics that you need to create a perfect avian haven in your backyard!

This class will cover the basics of the successful bird feeding station, including what to feed and what not to feed, types of feeders, problem-solving, and yes, of course, squirrel-proofing (and yes, it CAN be done!).

The final section of the program will focus on the identification of our most common backyard feeder birds.

All participants are invited to join a Saturday morning bird walk originating from the Freeport store (dates to be announced).

Class date: April 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Gardiner Area High School

Registration fee: $15

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Boat Tour Will Explore History and Mystery of Boothbay Area Lighthouses

Spice up your celebration of spring with an adventure by land and sea exploring the history and mystery of lighthouses in the Boothbay Harbor area on an exclusive tour with The Lady in The Red Cloak, hosted by MSAD 11 Adult Education.

A portion of the proceeds from the tour will go to benefit the restoration campaign at the historic Burnt Island lighthouse.

Departing on Saturday, May 21 aboard the 47-foot excursion vessel Novelty in Boothbay Harbor, the one-hour cruise through calm inshore waters will pause offshore of Ram Island Light, Cuckolds Lighthouse, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Monhegan Light and Seguin Island Light (some locations are weather permitting).

Learn the stories behind these iconic beacons; about the lives of some of the keepers and their families - daily routines, traditions and hardships, as well as the legends and haunts.

The voyage finishes with a dramatic turn as the group make landfall on historic Burnt Island to explore the area around Burnt Island Light, built in 1821 and still a working lighthouse. The group will have exclusive access to the island as your qualified guide leads you back in time, exploring the island and learning about the historically restored facilities, including the keeper's residence and the lighthouse.

The tour will be guided by Sally Lobkowicz, the mysterious Lady in the Red Cloak from Red Cloak Haunted History Tours.

Participants will return to shore with a new and very personal understanding of the lighthouses, and the people who manned them. Stories will be told of the lives saved by these humble keepers while enduring personal privation and their own physical limits as they offered those who went to the sea in ships a hopeful light toward home.

Learn to Photograph Wildlife

Learn to create amazing wildlife photos from a professional.

Topics will include

  • choosing the right camera gear
  • isolating subjects
  • dealing with backgrounds
  • using natural light to your advantage
  • how to use zoom functions effectively
  • choosing exposure techniques that will provide the best images
  • and finding uncommon perspectives.

    The April 27 and May 4 classes will be held at Gardiner High School.

    Although you may be hoping to travel to some remote or exotic location, our April 30 class will be the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray! We'll talk about animal behavior, habits, and how best to find animals in the wild. The Maine Wildlife Park is a haven for animals that cannot survive in the wild. Residents include deer, black bear, eagles, owls and more. It will make an excellent location to practice your skills.

    Class dates: Wednesday, April 27, May 4, and Saturday, April 30
    Registration fee: $ 79
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