Dear Chris and Ashirah Knapp,
Thank you for coming to our school today. The students were mesmerized and encouraged to live an ecologically friendly lifestyle...They love the demonstration of fire and the satisfaction of making rope. We determined as a team of teachers that your presentation was our top priority when discussing field trips and special functions.
Thank you,
Holly Trottie, fifth grade teacher,
Albert S. Hall School
“When it comes to sustainable living, Chris and Ashirah live and teach by example. Their enthusiasm for this subject is contagious.”
-Kevin Slater, M.Ed., former program director for Outward Bound
“Chris and Ashirah are extremely knowledgeable in survival techniques and incredibly effective when working with children.  Our fifth graders have enjoyed a fabulous program with Chris and Ashirah for the past ten years!  The students always leave excited about what they learned.”
-Fay Trafton and Pia Holmes,
fifth grade teachers
Manchester Elementery
Koviashuvik Grade-School Day Programs:
Through a combination of story, song, show and tell, and hands-on
activities, the following programs are designed to teach history,
excite students about their local trees and plants, inspire gratitude
for the gifts of the land, and foster earth stewardship.
Curriculum Connections:
American History: pre-colonial through early settlement
Wilderness skills and survival study
Sustainability/environmental stewardship

Age Range:  All Programs are tailorable to serve grades 1- 6
Koviashuvik Day: an interactive sharing of
skills and stories
Time: 1 ½ hours (Typically we do this program several times in one day to
accommodate an entire school grade.)
Location: school classroom
Maximum group size:  45
Students Will:
Pound acorns for bread
Hear old stories and songs
Observe a demonstration of birch bark basketry
Help make a fire with friction
Make their own string from basswood bark

Program Description:
We begin this program with a story about our teacher, Grandfather Ray
Reitze, and his teacher, who was of the Micmac people. We impress upon
students that the skills they are about learn- how to make a basket from
birch bark, a fire by “rubbing two sticks together,” food from acorns, and
string from basswood bark- have all been passed down from generation to
generation, and that by practicing these skill they become the next
generation to carry forward the knowledge! 
When possible, we go outside and make a small fire with friction. Coming
back in, the students all have a chance to pound acorns, make their own
piece of string from basswood bark, and, of course, ask a lot of questions!
We finish with a show-and-tell about the many homemade crafts, articles of
clothing, and foods that we use in everyday life.  From pack-baskets to
wooden buckets, we explain about our life at Koviashuvik, its historical
connections, and the joys of providing for oneself.
Food from the 1750’s Day
Time: 1 ½ hours (Typically we do this program several times in one day to
accommodate an entire school grade.)
Location: school classroom
Maximum group size:  45
Students Will:
Learn about a local diet from the 1750’s
See, touch and identify a variety of root vegetables and dry goods.
Shell corn off the cob and mill it into flour
Learn traditional ways to store food
Thresh and winnow dry beans
Program description:
This day begins with a story about a young pioneer couple settling on the land. 
The story has a twist; it is the story of early settlement as well as the
contemporary story of Chris and Ashirah Knapp creating their homestead in
Temple, ME.  After the story, we share about what early settlers grew, ate,
and stored, from the perspective of people who grow, eat, and store the
same foods.
Stone Soup Day: 
Time:  1½ hours
Location: school grounds
Maximum group size:  around 150 students.
Program Description:
As follow up to “Food From the 1750’s Day,” students bring to school one
pre-cut “winter vegetable”.  Out on the playground we make a fire, cook,
and serve up a giant community “stone-soup!”
Koviashuvik Field Trip
Time: duration of school day
Location: Koviashuvik
Maximum group size: 45
Time: Duration of the school day
Students Will:
Experience life on a sustainable living homestead
Use a root cellar to store their lunch food
Plant seeds in the garden
Identify and gather edible wild twigs for tea
Find dry firewood
Make a community bowdrill fire
Dip water from a spring (water will be boiled before use as a potability
precaution)
Savor the work of their day with a cup of wild tea made from plants
they picked and water they carried, and heated over the fire they
helped create.

Program Description: 
This day is designed to build positive connections with the earth though the
process of making a cup of tea.  We begin the day with a song about the
gifts of the earth, then set out in small groups to gather those gifts:
firewood, birch bark, spring water, and the edible twigs from a tree.  Then
the small groups re-unite to make a bow-drill fire and boil the water. Over
the course of the day everyone learns about keeping lunches cool in the root
cellar, using the composting toilet, and washing hands with solar hot water. 
Students will visit the Knapp’s log cabin and a Cree Indian earth lodge, home
to Koviashuvik’s interns.  After lunch there is time for a running game and a
short service project in the garden or wood-yard.  We end the day drinking
tea and reviewing the gifts of the earth that made it all possible.
Survival Day:
Maximum Group Size: 50
Time: Half or whole school day
Location: on school’s wooded property or at Koviashuvik
Students Will: 
Construct debris huts- small, simple shelters that can keep a person
warm and dry in any weather
Learn the sacred order of survival: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food
Make a fire, gather a wild tea, boil water, make tea!
Program Description:
This day shares real skills that save lives in the Maine woods.  Working in
small groups, students will construct their own debris huts, an important
ability for anyone who spends much time outdoors.  As a large group we will
learn a little botany, gather a wild plant, make a fire and steep a pot of tea. 
Everything we need today comes from the earth! 
Brown Ash Basketry
Time: 1 hour (Typically we do this program several times in one day to
accommodate an entire school grade.)
Location: school grounds
Maximum group size: 25
Students Will:
Have hands on experience pounding Brown Ash into basket splints
Learn about the history of basket making in Maine
Appreciate the value of a single tree species to the livelihoods of
traditional craftsmen.
Learn to identify brown and white ash trees

Program Description: 
For thousands of years the Brown Ash tree has provided Native Americans
with baskets.  On this day students learn to make basket splints by pounding
on a log with a wooden mallet. They learn a pounding song and work in small
groups, singing and making basket material.  We bring in baskets in different
stages of completion and demonstrate some weaving.  At the end of class we
take a walk into the school woods to identify and compare white ash and
brown ash trees.
Pricing:
$350 per day for schools in Franklin County, Maine, no cost for travel
$450 per day for schools outside of Franklin County, no cost for travel
within a one-hour driving radius of Temple, Maine. Further than one
hour, mileage rates apply.