On Wednesday, August 26, In our first in-person public event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine TREE and Maine Project Learning Tree (PLT) volunteers provided a workshop for our new partners at the Bangor Region YMCA. Our team did a great job, and we are proud that we could provide in-person training in a way that meets CDC guidelines.

The Bangor Y, like so many other organizations statewide, will be partnering with schools and families to provide a safe place for kids to learn as they head back to school in a new format. We wanted to model that we could host a workshop meeting CDC guidelines and show them how to lead PLT activities in a safe way for their students.

Maine Project Learning Tree is meeting a critical need in our state for a high-quality curriculum for outdoor learning that can be used by both formal and non-formal educators. 

What’s a non-formal educator?

In these challenging times, organizations like the Bangor Region YMCA will have their staff stepping into an essential role in supporting a safe, educational environment for youth in the region. Project Learning Tree provides an accessible tool to help them accomplish that! If you’re part of an organization that might benefit from training on this program, or know of one, please reach out!

See this workshop featured on WABI!

Our PLT facilitator network was excited to support this workshop, and here they are as we wrapped up today’s planning session. Thanks to Keith from the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests UMaine, Joanne from the Stillwater Montessori School, Barry (retired wildlife biologist from JM Huber Corp.), and Anita with the China School’s Forest – China, Maine (on Facetime!).

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