UNION – The Vose Library is scheduled to welcome Michelle Finn, a contestant for Season 8 of the reality show “Alone”, at 7pm on Wednesday, September 8, at the library or via Zoom.
In-person events are subject to a transition to a fully virtual environment if COVID-19 impacts the ability to meet in person.
Finn grew up on the coast of Maine, where she grew up exploring the forest and seaside areas. She spent most of her free time outdoors with her older brother, wandering the woods, fishing off the city dock, raking the shore, and generally indulging in childhood nonsense.
Her mother, a teacher, and her uncle, an avid outdoorsman, were instrumental in inspiring her love of nature, teaching her about the world around her, and taking her camping and fishing.
Finn graduated from elementary school, but instead of entering the classroom after graduation, she chose to pursue bushcraft studies and originally lived in a semi-underground dwelling for nearly two years, taking classes and practicing various skills such as tracking, shelter-making, and wild edible product identification. She has spent years leading or supporting trainings for adults and children to help them connect with the wilderness.
Eventually, she found herself at a public school in Bush, Alaska, teaching Siberian Yup’ik children on a remote island off the coast of Nome, where she continued to learn traditional skills from the village elders. There she met her husband Doug, also a teacher, and they now live in rural Maine, renovating an 1820s farmhouse.
When not providing professional development for teachers across the country, Finn can be found traveling the world, practicing native skills, scuba diving and gardening.
To receive a Zoom registration link, call 207-785-4733, email [email protected] or stop by the library at 392 Common Road.