Here at ETL Maine we are offering comprehensive training for Education Trip Leader licensing from the required WFA/CPR Training to the ETL 8-hour required course and testing. We also offer supplemental training for activity and interest based programming to enhance the outdoor education programs that you offer. We offer unique, fun, and experiential learning for all adventures in the Maine woods and waterways.
Becca Houghton
Becca HoughtonLead ETL Instructor and Registered Maine Guide

My love of the natural world and my appreciation for holistic well-being permeate every aspect of my life. I eagerly seek ways to unearth my most natural human self. After over a decade of studies in meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda, I discovered that I needed to get into the woods if I wanted to truly know myself. With the forest as my teacher, I have deepened my awareness and discovered true health and resilience. Some of my favorite forest activities are foraging wild foods and medicine, tracking, connecting with the birds, and moving playfully (and sometimes sneakily) through the landscape. I have found unimaginable joy by connecting with a tree or following a fox’s tracks into hidden places. The stories of the forest are rich, and they inevitably lead to better understanding our own story. My passion for guiding is rooted in my desire to help others reclaim true self-awareness, vibrant health, personal resilience, and natural movement skills. As a teacher and guide, I offer pathways for connecting with the natural landscape through plants, medicine, bird language, wildlife tracking, primitive crafts, spiritual awareness, and perhaps most importantly, through play, exploration, and adventure. I am a lifelong student but have accumulated a few relevant qualifications along the way: Registered Maine Guide, MovNat Certified Trainer (natural movement coach), Board Certified Ayurveda Health Counselor, Reiki II practitioner, former apprentice of Maine Primitive Skills School, SOLO-certified Wilderness First Responder, Mom.

Becca Houghton
Becca HoughtonLead ETL Instructor and Registered Maine Guide

My love of the natural world and my appreciation for holistic well-being permeate every aspect of my life. I eagerly seek ways to unearth my most natural human self. After over a decade of studies in meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda, I discovered that I needed to get into the woods if I wanted to truly know myself. With the forest as my teacher, I have deepened my awareness and discovered true health and resilience. Some of my favorite forest activities are foraging wild foods and medicine, tracking, connecting with the birds, and moving playfully (and sometimes sneakily) through the landscape. I have found unimaginable joy by connecting with a tree or following a fox’s tracks into hidden places. The stories of the forest are rich, and they inevitably lead to better understanding our own story. My passion for guiding is rooted in my desire to help others reclaim true self-awareness, vibrant health, personal resilience, and natural movement skills. As a teacher and guide, I offer pathways for connecting with the natural landscape through plants, medicine, bird language, wildlife tracking, primitive crafts, spiritual awareness, and perhaps most importantly, through play, exploration, and adventure. I am a lifelong student but have accumulated a few relevant qualifications along the way: Registered Maine Guide, MovNat Certified Trainer (natural movement coach), Board Certified Ayurveda Health Counselor, Reiki II practitioner, former apprentice of Maine Primitive Skills School, SOLO-certified Wilderness First Responder, Mom.

David Boynton
David BoyntonLead ETL Instructor, WFA Instructor and Registered Maine Guide

I am a lifelong outdoorsman. I grew up in the woods and on a small farm in Northern New Hampshire which fostered my passions for canoeing, tracking and awareness, hunting, and fishing. I’m perpetually learning the natural living skills needed to thrive simply with the seasons in our amazing landscape. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education from UNH and an MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability. I spent 6 years as a USA Canoe and Kayak Athlete while running a small paddlesports store and adventure company with my twin brother in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. As the Staff and Facility Director at Adventure Links in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia I led training and activities for staff, youth, and adults ranging from paddlesports and rock climbing to challenge course and primitive skills. I spent some time after graduate school working at a local economy non-profit and as a founder and manager of a farm to table restaurant and craft brewery. Back to the wild, I joined the Maine Primitive Skills School Apprenticeship in 2018 and became a Registered Maine Guide. I am currently a CoFounder of Northern Songlines Wilderness Education and teach wilderness medicine for Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities. My hope is to help others find their way back to the wilderness.

David Boynton
David BoyntonLead ETL Instructor, WFA Instructor and Registered Maine Guide

I am a lifelong outdoorsman. I grew up in the woods and on a small farm in Northern New Hampshire which fostered my passions for canoeing, tracking and awareness, hunting, and fishing. I’m perpetually learning the natural living skills needed to thrive simply with the seasons in our amazing landscape. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education from UNH and an MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability. I spent 6 years as a USA Canoe and Kayak Athlete while running a small paddlesports store and adventure company with my twin brother in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. As the Staff and Facility Director at Adventure Links in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia I led training and activities for staff, youth, and adults ranging from paddlesports and rock climbing to challenge course and primitive skills. I spent some time after graduate school working at a local economy non-profit and as a founder and manager of a farm to table restaurant and craft brewery. Back to the wild, I joined the Maine Primitive Skills School Apprenticeship in 2018 and became a Registered Maine Guide. I am currently a CoFounder of Northern Songlines Wilderness Education and teach wilderness medicine for Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities. My hope is to help others find their way back to the wilderness.