University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Waldo County is offering training for Maine teachers who want to use gardens and greenhouses as proficiency-based learning environments for the applied science.
On Sept. 9, the Waldo County Extension Association will offer a free information session on using the Master Gardener curriculum and assessment in the classroom. The program includes a field trip to Islesboro Central School, dinner and a facilitated discussion at the Technical School in Waldo. Participants will meet at noon at the Islesboro Ferry in Lincolnville.
After the event, participants will receive an hour-long support visit and resources to use in their classrooms, including ideas for tying gardening to the Next Generation Science Standards.
A 1.0 CEU credit for participants is pending.
The Science in the Garden program is offered in response to the growing popularity of school gardens and the local foods movement. University of Maine Cooperative Extension has partnered with horticulture teacher Ryan Martin at the Islesboro Central School on a pilot program utilizing the Master Gardener curriculum. As part of this program, students who demonstrated proficiency were awarded Master Gardener certifications.
For more information about the Science in the Garden program or the Sept. 9 information session, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Vina Lindley, firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Kersbergen, email@example.com.