For the third year in a row, all students at Harrington Elementary School got outside with Maine Outdoor School this spring. Each grade experienced a little over an hour outside exploring their nature trails and experiencing classroom content in a hands-on, place-based way.
On the teacher workshop day that fell the day before April vacation, all Jonesport teachers experienced a professional development workshop with MOS aimed at giving teachers a tangible activity they could use with students in any grade or subject to encourage outdoor learning and self-reflection with a flavor of adventure.
Thanks to reporter Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News, we had some great press coverage in their 10/5/18 print edition and online. To learn more about MOS, how we started, and what we’re up to, check out the article here.
While August days are hot, nights become notably crisp and cool, red maple trees begin to blush with the telling color of a closing season, gardens become full of their bounty, and many animals begin their annual migration to follow the sun. This migration is a reality for many of our feathered friends, such as geese, loons, and warblers, but is also a reality for individuals of our own species.
While it had been just three months since these students at Milbridge Elementary experienced a Maine Outdoor School program (to learn about that day, check out the article about it here), their schoolyard sure had changed. No longer wearing winter boots, hats, and mittens, these 5th-graders were prepared with shorts and t-shirts during this early June 2017 program.
What is the coolest cloud you’ve ever seen? “I saw one that looked like a bird! I saw a huge one! I saw one that was pink!” The 3rd and 4th-graders at Harrington Elementary were getting ready to dive into the world of the Water Cycle in two recent programs with Maine Outdoor School in May 2017.
Rain came down in sheets across the lonesome gray ribbon of the Airline Road that abruptly interrupts the rich forests, vast blueberry barrens, and winding rivers of Washington County, Maine. Despite the inclement weather and remote location, a group of fifteen dedicated individuals, led by MOS Co-Founders/Co-CEOs Hazel Stark and Joe Horn, convened to create an appreciative vision of their community and to understand and articulate the role of Washington County Community College’s Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) within that vision.
Rocks are often cognitively separated from the world of the living, but understanding the give and take between these seemingly separate aspects of the natural world was just what the 5th and 6th-graders at D.W. Merritt School explored during a Maine Outdoor School program in early May 2017.
What state of matter does ice belong in? This question was the first challenge these 3rd and 4th-grade students had during their Maine Outdoor School program at D.W. Merritt School in early May 2017. “Liquid!” was the quickest guess, but then they got thinking and exchanged some skeptical looks.
As red maple tree flowers began to fall from their leafless branches on a cloudy day in early May 2017, all students at D.W. Merritt School in Addison, ME got to learn outside during a series of Maine Outdoor School programs. This article is the first of a three-part series on our programs at D.W. Merritt--check out our article on the 3rd and 4th-graders' water explorations here and the 5th and 6th-graders' rock explorations here!