Photo courtesy of Hidden Valley Nature Center
Elementary students learn lessons in the outdoor classroom at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, Maine.
JEFFERSON, Maine — Glenn Powers is a very creative school teacher at the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb.
As part of his science curriculum, Woods and Wildlife, Glenn Powers, a teacher at the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, has been forming collaborations with local organizations, biologists and ecological literacy projects to design a program to connect elementary school students with Hidden Valley Nature Center’s 1,000 acres.
His program is called Forty Days in the Woods: Creating a Forested Outdoor Classroom. “Our year in the woods will include weekly field trips to HVNC, one full day each week through all four seasons to conduct a series of ecological, arboreal and animal inventories to learn about the various cycles and processes that keep a forest ecosystem healthy and thriving,” he said.
Powers will develop six educational field work “boxes” which will include all of the materials, tools, curricular guidelines, lesson plans, follow up lessons and field work guidelines so that any school group, kindergarten through grade 12, use the materials to engage in conservation, biology, forestry and ecology projects at the nature center.