Maine Academy of Natural Sciences

At Good Will-Hinckley

Program Goals

MeANS students will:
  • become engaged, reflective, and self-directed learners.
  • develop habits of heart and mind that lead them to take responsibility for their own actions, as well as for the welfare of other students, their community and their environment.
  • develop a plan for their next steps as young adults, including further education, training, adventure, civic engagement and work.


The MeANS Program Principles

The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences program introduces young people to careers in farming, forestry, sustainability, alternative energy and other related fields.  Students gain knowledge and skills through hands-on projects, internships, targeted curruicula, and real-world experiences such as growing organic food on campus for the cafeteria and residences.  In addition, students consult with local produce vendors to learn sales and marketing skills, study sustainable forestry practices and explore environmental issues, energy needs and primary concerns that face local and statewide businesses in Maine. Moreover, students make connections with healthy adult role models who guide them toward further education and meaningful work.


Program Staff

Program instructors are caring adults who are enthusiastic, energetic and skilled in a variety of areas and who are able to connect with a students from diverse backgrounds and environments.  They are committed to the subjects they teach and also to the personal growth and academic advancement of their students.
Meet our staff...


Program Size and Scope

The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences includes grades 9 - 12 and is currently comprised of 145 students.

Students considering the program are those who thrive in a hands-on learning environment and who have a strong interest in environmental, forestry, sustainability and/or agricultural studies, whether they are currently enrolled in high school or not.

Maine Academy of Natural Sciences | PO Box 159 |13 Easler Rd. | Hinckley, Maine 04944 | 207-238-4000 |