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Envision. Enact. Engage. 

Due to COVID-19 we are currently only working with academic students in-person using CDC recommended guidelines. All enrichment classes are currently being held (successfully!) online.


Our courses for the winter/spring semester will be posted by early-mid-December. Please click on the “Courses” link at the top of the page for a full listing. Check back frequently as we will add classes as we can.

We also offer classes through UGotClass and ed2go. These classes are online and self-paced. They are available year-round.

You can also visit maineadulted.org for online adult ed classes available throughout the state of Maine.


Want to learn more about ZOOM? Using Zoom allows you to meet with people online! Click here for a tutorial to get you started.

Services provided include:

 high school completion –  transition services to college or career

career and college exploration  – career and college preparation

driver’s education – workforce training

proctoring services for college classes (fee for non-UMaine System schools)

proctoring workforce certificate programs

enrichment classes



 Mount Desert Island Adult Education’s Age Policy:  Unless otherwise noted in the course description, courses are open to individuals seventeen years and older, who are not attending K-12 schools.  In some cases, permission may be granted by the director. 

Please contact Anne Patterson, Director, for details: 288-4703 or email her at apatterson@mdirss.org.


Learning for everyone

Make this the year you earn your high school diploma… change jobs…                                  learn an new skill…  gain a new hobby….

Whatever new skill or life change you’re dreaming of, there’s a good chance your local Maine adult education program can help you get there.

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    Fruit Tree Cultivation Part 1

    In this two-part workshop, we will focus on organic methods to help gardeners and homesteaders establish and maintain healthy fruit production.  In Part 1, we will discuss variety selection and soil preparation for planting young fruit trees, as well as how to grow a young tree in its early years before flowering and fruit production.  […]

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    Mindful Eating in COVID Times

    COVID times have thrown us off kilter in all respects, including our eating habits.  In this 4-week class, we will compassionately explore and learn about the physical, emotional and environmental factors that can influence our food choices and eating patterns, with the intention of increasing awareness and creating a healthy balanced relationship with food.  Learn […]

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    Fruit Tree Cultivation Part 2

    In this two-session series on growing fruit trees, we will focus on organic methods to help gardeners and homesteaders establish and maintain healthy fruit trees for home fruit production.  In part 2, we will discuss organic methods of insect and disease management in order to produce quality fruit, as well as how to best manage […]

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    Beekeeping for Beginners

    This class is designed to stimulate interest and questions about beekeeping as a hobby or to help with pollination. It covers what is needed, where to locate bee hives, where to buy them, what it costs and how to care for bees so they survive the winter. Many join the class because they are aware […]

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    Delicious Dessert Bars

    We’ll be making two of JoAnne’s favorite dessert bars in this live, online class: Tangy lemon crumble bars and browned butter frosted pumpkin bars. Upon registration we will email the ingredient list so that you can cook along with JoAnne if you wish. Please note that this is an online class. The instructor will send […]

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