May 29, 2020
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Foxcroft Academy teacher awarded PCSWCD’s 2019 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year

Community Author: Piscataquis County Soil
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Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District | Contributed
Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District | Contributed

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) is pleased to announce that Rob Weber, physics and chemistry teacher at Foxcroft Academy, has received its 2019 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year award.

The selection is made by awarding an educator’s dedication to fostering students’ learning and understanding of natural resource ecology and implementation of related curriculum in Piscataquis County.

Weber started his teaching career at FA 13 years ago with a focus on biology and chemistry. Since then, Weber has been active in teaching high school students best practices on how to be stewards of the land and sharing an appreciation of what Piscataquis County has to offer.

Weber has a love of fishing, exploring the outdoors and cross country skiing, and has successfully been able to incorporate these passions into his science classes with applicable hands-on experiences. Studying the differences between native and stocked trout with anatomy and physiology students, field trips to Common Ground Fair, skiing trips to AMC’s Little Lyford and mapping climate change on campus are just a few ways he has incorporated conservation into his science classes.

Weber has actively been involved with PCSWCD by volunteering as a chaperone and fishing guide for the Teen Wilderness Expedition, a program where we partner with Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). In 2017, Weber had graduating seniors visit the Law Farm, PCSWCD’s public land, assisting UMaine and The American Chestnut Foundation with the most northern germplasm trial of American Chestnut trees in the United States. He has continued to have science classes monitor and report tree growth from this trial. Weber has also supported AMC in development of a new Climate Change curriculum last fall with coursework ranging from forest ecology, leadership development and weather.

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