STEM

Building a Living Willow Shelter with Jonesport 2nd-Graders

Building a Living Willow Shelter with Jonesport 2nd-Graders

“Someday, I want to build a fort outside at school!” When four 2nd-graders had that same wish at Jonesport Elementary School this year, Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE), which aims to bring all students’ “Somedays” to life (among many other great things), reached out to Maine Outdoor School to help. 

With our experience in facilitating outdoor shelter-building with children and our nature knowledge, we had an idea: why not have these students work together with their class to make a sort of fort that will last at least as long as they are students in Jonesport?

Making a Student’s Dream Come True with TREE in Milbridge

Making a Student’s Dream Come True with TREE in Milbridge

If a child came to you with a dream about “someday,” wouldn’t you want to help make that dream come true? Cobscook Community Learning Center’s Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE) program is working on accomplishing just that by listening to local students and helping weave their voices into the academic goals of their classrooms through their “Somedays” project. TREE realized when a Milbridge Elementary School 3rd-grader announced her wish for an outdoor shelter at school that Maine Outdoor School could help make that dream come true, so TREE provided the funding for Maine Outdoor School to lead a two-part program for her whole class of  Milbridge 3rd-graders.