Connecting Students & Teachers to Maine’s Forests
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Connecting Students & Teachers to Maine’s Forests

The past three school years have had an upending impact on students, teachers, and parents alike. From countless days spent virtually learning and learning to educate in a hands-off and distanced manner, all educators (formal and non-formal) and school staff deserve our utmost respect for their resilience and dedication to their craft. One of the…

Edna Drinkwater School Students Research Climate Change Effects on Local Tree Species
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Edna Drinkwater School Students Research Climate Change Effects on Local Tree Species

This winter, a 6th-grade science class at Edna Drinkwater School (EDS) in Northport, ME, is diligently investigating the impacts of climate change on their school campus’ trees. Their research question is one that many academics and professional researchers still seek to answer, as many tree species respond very differently to disturbances and differences brought on…

We’re Hiring: Executive Director

We’re Hiring: Executive Director

AUGUSTA, Maine, February 2022 – Maine TREE Foundation, an Augusta-based non-profitfocused on environmental education, announces the search for a new executive director. This vital organization educates and advocates for the sustainable use of the forest, and theecological, economic, and social health of Maine’s forest community. Now in its 33 rd year, Maine TREE is the sponsor of…

Maine TREE welcomes Lena Ives as Director of Education

Maine TREE welcomes Lena Ives as Director of Education

Maine TREE is excited to welcome Lena Ives as its new director of education. This position is responsible for sustaining and expanding Maine TREE’s capacity to meet the needs of schools, teachers, parents, students, and other partner organizations for environmental education programs connected to Maine’s forests. Lena graduated from the University of Connecticut with a…

Appalachian Mountain Club Brings Green Jobs to Piscataquis County Classroom

Appalachian Mountain Club Brings Green Jobs to Piscataquis County Classroom

After completing a climate change unit, middle school students from Sedomocha and Piscataquis Secondary School were excited to see what they could do in their local communities. Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Director of Maine Conservation and Land Management, Steve Tatko, joined students for a day in the life of a Forester. Students explored their school’s…

University of Maine Students Participate in PLT Workshop

University of Maine Students Participate in PLT Workshop

OLD TOWN, Maine – Maine TREE is always eager to support and help facilitate Project Learning Tree workshops, and we were thrilled to work with Dr. Jessica Leahy and her Environmental Interpretation class this last September. PLT Facilitators Joanne Alex and Kenny Fergusson led a professional development PLT workshop with Dr. Leahy’s class, comprised of…

Engaging Learners with Forest-Based Activities
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Engaging Learners with Forest-Based Activities

A series of interactive 30-minute workshops geared to provide fresh tips, tricks, and tools for educators. Drawing from the standards-aligned forest-based Project Learning Tree curriculum, these sessions will discuss adaptations to remote, hybrid, or in-person learning – all in a fun, hands-on format.

Virtual Adaptations of Your Favorite Project Learning Tree Activities

Virtual Adaptations of Your Favorite Project Learning Tree Activities

For educators in our Maine Project Learning Tree network, there are some digital versions for many of your favorite activities now available for download and sharing with your students virtually. Have you regularly used the Adopt a Tree activity from the PreK-8 guide?  You can find the digital version of that activity here. If You Were the Boss, formerly 400-acre…

Video: Introducing “Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers” Educators Guide
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Video: Introducing “Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers” Educators Guide

This introductory video for educators, guidance counselors, and school leaders, hear from Maine TREE and its award-winning Project Learning Tree program about the newest curriculum module, Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers.  The Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers unit includes four hands-on, NGSS aligned, instructional activities to help youth research forestry jobs, and practice managing and monitoring forest resources. It…

Barry Burgason Awarded the Maine Project Learning Tree Stewardship Award
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Barry Burgason Awarded the Maine Project Learning Tree Stewardship Award

Every year, Maine TREE selects a partner with the Project Learning Tree program to be recognized with the Stewardship Award.  This year, Barry Burgason, a retired wildlife biologist from Huber Resources, is being recognized with the honor. Barry has been actively involved with Maine Project Learning Tree for over 30 years serving in various capacities,…