Moose Ridge Gathering

July 29-August 1, 2021

in Upton, Maine

Adults:  $100 

 Children 12-18:  $50

Children under 5-11:  $25

Children under 5: FREE

150 Tickets Available

(Meals must be purchased in advance)

We don't want anyone to miss the fun! 

If money's tight this year, let us know! 

We offer work-trade opportunities, and a limited number of scholarships. 

Contact us at for more information.

  • On-site camping included

  • Drinking water provided

  • Food and snacks available for purchase (or bring your own!)

  • Kid's activities

  • Trade Blanket

  • Outdoor cooking areas

  • Community potluck Saturday night

  • Artisans and Makers sale tent

  • Lakes, rivers, brooks and trails nearby

We're still adding instructors and classes, check back below for updates!

Our 2021 Instructors

Jason Morse

Fermented Foods and Beverages

Jason is an avid plant and mushroom forager, hunter, tracker with an educational background in sustainability. He enjoys all aspects of learning and incorporating primitive skills into his daily life. He has spent over a year living outdoors while participating in outdoor education, hiking the Appalachian trail and rock climbing around the country. He lives off of a diet full of acorns, wild mushrooms, venison, wild fruits and wild greens. He currently works in the field of sustainability with a focus on energy efficiency. He is generally fascinated and constantly learning about ecology and is excited to share his knowledge with others.

Jason will be teaching a class on how to ferment foods and beverages, including lacto-fermentation, vinegars, wines and meads, kombucha, and more!

Julieann Hartley

Acorn Processing

Julieann Hartley is a local music therapist and nutritional therapist. After Julieann hiked the Appalachian trail in 2015, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease and began seeking out wild foods as a way of healing her body. Instead of counting miles, Julieann now focuses on counting plant and animal species while she is out adventuring. She loves to teach others about the plants and their uses, believing that education is key to sustainable land conversation. Her favorite wild foods are acorns, wintercress greens, hen of the woods mushrooms, dandelions and black locust flowers.


Julieann will be teaching a class about foraging and preparing acorns and will be providing a recipe for her favorite food of all time: acorn pancakes. 

Joshua Pavese

Making a Farm Stool

Joshua is a maker of useful farm implements/and everyday household objects from spoons to chairs to chopsticks, an avid gardener that enjoys wandering through a large wood and is curious about the uses of old tools. Come join him at this years gathering to make a farm stool. Sure is a fine thing to sit upon and dream.

Joshua will be teaching a class on creating a farm stool!  Students will harvest greenwood, and learn how to split the wood into legs and carve a seat.  They will also learn to work with the grain, the importance of different moisture levels in the parts of the stool, and much more!

Tim Swanson

Wood Carving:  Spoons, Forks, and

Fishing Hand Lines

Tim Swanson  is the founder of  Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival , a “traveling” nature connection and wilderness survival school for people of all ages. He holds a double  Bachelor’s Degree in Adventure Education Leadership and Adventure Therapy  (Unity College). He is a Level 1 Certified Animal Tracker (CyberTracker) and a Wilderness First Responder (SOLO). He is passionate about educating our children/teens/adults about nutrition, natural awareness, equality, and hopes to spread his love of nature through the practice of wilderness survival. 

Tim will be focusing on wood carving, always a favorite class!  He is also known to jump into some archery or primitive fire, and will hopefully be talked into running the trade blanket again this year!

Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival

Kate Wentworth

Animal Fat Rendering and Salve Making

Coming Soon...

Mike Dube


Come learn the Ancient Art of Tracking with Mike Dube'.  Mike teaches Traditional Native Skills through his School, "Taconic Challenges".  This will be his 3rd year at Moose Ridge Gathering, teaching Tracking Classes and telling traditional Native stories around the fire.


You'll learn side-tracking, aging with Wisdom Keepers, 10 step drill, Stalking Circle, patterns, Cutting Sign, and track casting.  Your connection to Mother Earth will expand.


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Tim Mullen

Coming Soon...

Tim grew up in Northeast Ohio bow hunting and fly fishing and has studied herbalism, wild foods and foraging, and outdoor living/survival skills in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maine. He is also a Registered Maine Guide for hunting and fishing.  Tim is the property manager and a resident instructor here at Moose Ridge.

Caelan Dunwoody

Fire Kits and Bottle Nets

Caelan took an interest in primitive skills and the outdoors at an early age.  He particularly enjoys blacksmithing, tanning & leather-work, and archery, as well as emergency medicine.  He has completed his Wilderness EMT and Advanced EMT certifications, and is pursuing further training towards a career in wilderness emergency medicine and back country rescue.

Caelan will be leading a class in making a fire kit, (including char cloth) and starting a fire with flint & steel and other methods.  He will also be teaching knotted twine bottle nets.

Marie Somers

Homeopathy and Cheese Making

Coming Soon...

Laura Wolfer

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Laura has graduate degrees in both Molecular Biology and Archaeology, and has worked as a DNA scientist and a field archaeologist.  She combines these two paths into a passion for studying and teaching evolutionary medicine and health.  She is an avid gardener, forager, artist and crafter, and mother to Caelan, Leah, and Lainy.  

Laura will be leading a walk around the Moose Ridge property and talking about the many edible and medicinal plants and trees that grow there.

Kristee Nichols

Wet Felting

Coming Soon...

Daniela Connelly

Bread Baking

Daniela grew up in Ecuador, Switzerland, and the UK, but has since settled in NH on an organic farm that provides sustainably raised meat, vegetables, honey, and maple syrup to local residents.  She is an avid gardener and orchardist (especially apples!), and enjoys growing food and preserving the harvest for the winter months.

As an MD, one of Daniela’s passions is bringing medical and nutritional care to underprivileged populations, and she has recently returned from California, where she provided healthcare for migrant farm workers for several years. 


Daniela will be teaching a bread class, giving us the tips and tricks she has learned in her own bread baking practice.  Loaves will be baked in our wood fired oven, and plenty of fresh butter will be on hand!

Lainy Dunwoody

Kid's Camp

Lainy is a junior in high school, and is interested in animal husbandry and veterinary medicine.  She recently started an organic, loose leaf tea company:

Lainy will be leading several activities at the Kid's Camp.

Leah Dunwoody

Kids Camp

Leah is a student at University of Southern Maine, majoring in music and psychology.  She plays the clarinet and piano and enjoys taking long walks and baking.   

Leah will be leading several activities at the Kid's Camp.

Tony Pike

Coming Soon...

Tony grew up in a self reliant household in Missouri. Hunting, fishing, trapping and gardening was a daily task to help feed his large family. He took an interest in aboriginal skills at a very young age. He was building bows, arrows and working hides by the time he was 5 years old. He studied the Native American tools and campsites he found along the banks of the nearby rivers which sparked his curiosity even further. At age 10 he was practicing flintknapping and trying to replicate artifacts for his experiments. In college he took every archeology class available to him. Primitive skills and amateur archeology being his primary past time for most of his life. Sharing these skills with others brings him great joy. In 2017 Tony starred on the Discovery Channel series “Bushcraft Buildoff.” While not often on screen Tony has trained or trained with many of the people you see on survival tv today.

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More Information

Our Location:

We are located in Upton, Maine, not far from the New Hampshire border.  We are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests.  


Most of you will be driving through scenic Grafton Notch State Park just before arrival at Moose Ridge, passing Screw Auger and Mother Walker Falls, and crossing the Appalachian Trail.  Moose Ridge is within a few miles of Lake Umbagog Wildlife Refuge, several rivers, many brooks and waterfalls, Grafton Notch, the Appalachian Trail, and many other amazing hiking trails. For more information, click on the 'Location' tab above.


If you are travelling from a distance, or if you would like to spend some time enjoying the area, you are welcome to camp at Moose Ridge for a day or two before or after the gathering.  (Please let us know ahead of time if you plan to arrive early)




How to get here:

Please be aware that there is no cell service in the Grafton Notch area, so make sure you write down or download directions ahead of time!  Also, there is no gas station in Upton.  The last place to stop for gas is Bethel, ME to the south, or Mexico/Rumford to the east.  The closest gas station to Moose Ridge is in Errol, NH, 10 miles north of us.


Moose Ridge is located at 176 Back Street, Upton Maine. 


When driving on Route 26 through Grafton Notch, Back Street is the first left turn (onto a dead-end, dirt road) after reaching Upton. 


If you are arriving via route 120/Andover, you will take Upton Road, which becomes East B Hill Road.  At the end of East B Hill Road, you will take a left, followed by an almost immediate right onto Back Street.


There will be a Moose Ridge sign at the beginning of Back Street.  You will drive up a big hill, then Moose Ridge will be on the left.  There will be another Moose Ridge sign at the end of our driveway. 


Drive up to our parking area, where you can sign in and unload your gear.  Because we are expecting more people than our parking area can handle, we will then have you move your car a short distance away to park along our property on Back Street.  If you have special parking circumstances, or would like a ride back to the campus, please let us know!   We will then show you to our camping area, and you can set up camp for the weekend. 


Campsites range from ‘close to the center of activity’, to farther into the woods and very private.

ATTENTION:  We have RUSTIC campsites, located in the pristine, heavily forested mountains.  There are very few perfectly flat places to pitch a large tent.  Therefore, we recommend smaller tents for better comfort.  If you're bringing a larger, family-sized tent, you may want to consider cots or air mattresses, since the ground may be uneven.  Also, you may want to put a tarp under your tent to protect the floor from stones or roots.





Phone and Wi-fi:

While the Moose Ridge Gathering is a time to leave technology behind and enjoy being in the wilderness, we certainly understand the need to occasionally check in with family, or other obligations.  There is no reliable cell signal on the main campus (although we can usually get a signal on top of the ridge at the end of the View Trail).  


We do have Wi-fi available at the main cabin, and a land line if you need to make a call, or if someone needs to contact you in an emergency.  The number is (207) 533-2147.  We have an electrical outlet outside the main cabin for emergency phone charging.






What to Bring:


  • Tent/sleeping bag/mat

  • Flashlight or headlamp

  • Water bottle (we have an artesian well with a hand pump for drinking water)

  • Plate/bowl/cup/utensils  (we will provide water and soap for washing your dishes)

  • Clothing for chilly or rainy weather (hopefully the weather will cooperate!)

  • Food/snacks/cooler (we have an outdoor cooking area, and will also be offering food for purchase).  There is a small general store about 1.5 miles from us in Upton, which sells ice and other necessities.



  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent (if desired, though the mosquitos are usually gone by August!)

  • Any medications or first-aid items you may need.

  • Items for the trade blanket (see below for description!)

  • Food to share at the potluck if participating

  • Notebook if you would like to take notes during classes

  • Camping chair

  • Picnic blanket (we have limited picnic table space)

  • Cash for any classes that require a materials fee, to shop for hand-made items, or to enter our raffles!

  • Musical instruments, if you play!

  • Anything else you need to be comfortable for the weekend!







Rules and Safety:


Our goal is for everyone to have an amazing time while staying safe and uninjured! 

Here are some rules to help make sure that happens:

  1. Please keep fire in the designated areas.  Our forest is largely (very flammable) balsam, and it can be dry in August, making even a small spark spread very quickly.

  2. Our property was logged in the past before we acquired it, and there are many overgrown small roads and skid trails still visible which criss-cross and go in all directions.  This can make wandering in the woods very confusing (even for us!), and it’s entirely possible to end up walking for 30 miles or more without coming to a road or house.  Please stay on our marked trail system unless you are with an instructor, and always tell someone where you are going.

  3. Children are very welcome, but please make sure they are attended by an adult at all times.  We don’t want any lost or injured kids!

  4. At any primitive or bush-craft gathering, there will be sharp objects, such as knives, hatchets and arrows.  Please be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on the kids.

  5. We will have basic first aid supplies on site, and we have an EMT on staff.

  6. We are a family friendly event, so please no illegal drugs, and alcohol at your own campsite only.

  7. We will ask everyone to sign a liability waiver when registering, as is required by our insurance.  

  8. Need something or forgot something while you’re at Moose Ridge?  Just ask and we’ll do our best to help.




Morning Announcements:

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, will we gather briefly after breakfast for announcements.  Instructors may want to tell people about their classes that day, and there may be sign-ups for classes that can only take a limited number of students.  





Trade Blanket:

The Trade Blanket is a fun tradition that has its origins with the French trappers, who used this method to trade with the Native Americans, even when language was a barrier. 


Here is how it works.  The first participant puts an item in the center of the blanket, and the other participants then have an opportunity to put down an item they’d like to trade for it.  The first participant can then either choose one of the items in trade, refuse all trades and take their item off the blanket, or ask someone to “sweeten the deal” (add something to make a trade more enticing).  No mention of monetary value is made.   The process continues at least until everyone has had an opportunity to offer something for trade.  Side trades can be made later off of the blanket.


Almost anything can be traded!  In the past items have included:  knives, jars of jam, animal pelts, hand-crafted items, jewelry, and even small appliances!




Food and Water:


We have a deep artesian well with a hand pump which everyone is welcome to use for drinking water.


Meals are not included in the entrance fee.  You may choose to bring your own food, or you may purchase meals at a minimal cost.  This year Chef Mark Cahill will be preparing all of our meals!  You must purchase meal tickets ahead of the event, so that we can plan for amounts.  All of our food is organic and/or local.  






There will be at least two areas for communal campfire cooking.  We have cooking grates and cast-iron pans that everyone is free to use.  You may also bring a camping stove to use at your tent site.  We do not allow campfires at individual tent sites due to the extremely flammable nature of our balsam forest.


Not sure how to cook over a campfire?  There will be plenty of people around who will be glad to give you some tips and maybe even a lesson or two!






Potluck Dinner


On Saturday we will have a buffet-style community potluck dinner.  Moose Ridge will be serving hand-harvested wild rice (and perhaps a few other dishes!).  If you would like to participate in this event, bring a dish to share.  It can be made ahead, or something that is cooked or warmed up just before the meal.  We had some amazing food last year.  If you don't want to bring a dish, we also have the option to buy-in to the potluck for $10 (Moose Ridge will provide extra dishes to share). 






Makers Sale and Barter Tent:

We will have a tent for instructors and participants to offer their hand-made goods for sale or barter. 


If you wish to put your goods on offer, please clearly label items with your name and the asking price.  Any goods or raw materials you have collected or crafted yourself are eligible for the Makers Tent.


Moose Ridge cannot be responsible for lost or damaged items, so please take any valuable items back to your car or campsite at the end of the day.



Door Prizes and Raffle Items

We thought it would be fun to have door prizes, so everyone will receive a numbered ticket when they sign in.  Who knows, you could go home with a new Morakniv or a foraging basket!  We will also be raffling a few larger items, with tickets to be drawn after the Saturday potluck.

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