ROCKLAND — On Monday, Jan. 31 Seth Walton and his outdoor leadership class at Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland took advantage of Saturday’s blizzard to put into practice snow survival skills they learned.

The class built several snow structures behind the school, including a large shelter called a quinzee.

Kamryn Prior of Thomaston said the class made the quinzee by piling snow into a mound and hollowing out the middle. The project took a few hours with seven or eight students working together.

Noah Rousseau of Appleton said this was the first snow this year that was the right quality to make the shelters.

Evan Burgess of Warren said the class also made snow trenches, which are another form of shelter, and a snow quarry to harvest blocks of snow with which to build.

All three students said they really enjoyed being outside and putting their skills into practice.

The outdoor leadership program offered at the Mid-coast School of Technology is a two-year program that teaches students skills to use outside for jobs such as game warden. Walton said students can earn at least seven professional certificates, and up to nine and a half college credits.

Walton said previous graduates from the course have become game wardens, guides, law enforcement and military.

Most recently students in the program worked on removing invasive plants at Merryspring in Camden and creating a bike path in the Thomaston Town Forest with Side Country Sports bike shop.

More information about the outdoor leadership program can be found at mcst8.org/cte-programs/outdoorleadership/.

Noah Rousseau of Appleton inside a snow trench made in the outdoor leadership program through Mid-Coast School of Technology, Jan. 31. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Students with the outdoor leadership program at Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland move snow bricks, Jan. 31. Photo courtesy of Mid-Coast School of Technology

The outdoor leadership class at Mid-Coast School of Technology in Rockland build in the snow, Jan. 31. Photo courtesy of Mid-Coast School of Technology