November 15, 2019
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Free K-8 teacher workshop to boost science curriculum for educators

Community Author: Christine Anderson-Morehouse
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Christine Anderson-Morehouse | Maine Project Learning Tree
Christine Anderson-Morehouse | Maine Project Learning Tree

LEE — Maine Project Learning Tree is excited to invite area K-8 teachers to a special, free workshop 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Lee Academy, 26 Winn Road. A van ride from Medway (for those traveling from the north or west) plus lunch for all will be provided thanks to funding from the Katahdin Learning Project. All who complete the day will receive a certificate for six contact hours.

Using trees and forests as windows on the world, the workshop’s activities will model exemplary science, cross-disciplinary, and place-based outdoor education using materials from Project Learning Tree and beyond. Educators receive two books — “Project Learning Tree’s K-8 Guide” and “Forest Trees of Maine” –– plus a tool to unpack one of Maine’s new Next Generation Science Standards and connect it to a Project Learning Tree activity. A quick assessment probe to uncover student thinking and boost teachers’ science content knowledge will be experienced during the workshop.  Resources and strategies for taking classes outdoors will be provided.

Workshop facilitators include Lee Academy’s instructor of outdoor education, the Penquis region’s Maine Forest Service forester,  Katahdin Learning Project’s environmental educator with place-based learning expertise and Maine’s new Project Learning Tree coordinator. Together, they share a passion for using the outdoors and local forests as context for teaching and learning. Workshops will be interactive, fun and productive!

Those wishing to find out more about becoming a Project Learning Tree’s facilitator may participate in a two-hour, online Zoom session in December.

Please send an email to  info@mainetree.org  with the following information to register:

  • Name and Home Address
  • Email address (to receive confirmation and updates)
  • Phone (cell preferred in case of weather on workshop day)
  • Required dietary need (i.e. allergies, vegetarian, etc.)
  • Job/Role and Employer
  • Yes/No: Do  you need a van ride from Medway?

Email christine@mainetree.org.