Resilience Education

Milbridge Elementary 5th-Graders Apply Photosynthesis to the Future of Milbridge

Milbridge Elementary 5th-Graders Apply Photosynthesis to the Future of Milbridge

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.

Harrington Elementary 5th and 6th-graders Search for Signs of Decomposition

Harrington Elementary 5th and 6th-graders Search for Signs of Decomposition

The 5th and 6th-graders probably did not expect to learn about the FBI when they heard that Maine Outdoor School was coming to lead to programs in May 2017, but that’s exactly what they did--they learned all about Fungi, Bacteria, and Invertebrates!

Harrington Elementary 3rd and 4th-graders Explore the Water Cycle

Harrington Elementary 3rd and 4th-graders Explore the Water Cycle

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.

Harrington Elementary 1st and 2nd-Graders Learn about Habitats

Harrington Elementary 1st and 2nd-Graders Learn about Habitats

After sharing their existing knowledge about habitats and singing along to the Habitat song (you can listen to a version of it with lyrics here), the 1st and 2nd-graders at Harrington Elementary were ready to explore real habitats around their school in two Maine Outdoor School programs in May 2017.

Harrington Elementary School’s Pre-K and Kindergarten Students Learn about the Sun’s Influence

  Harrington Elementary School’s Pre-K and Kindergarten Students Learn about the Sun’s Influence

As the sun’s warmth finally started to make itself known after a cold and wet spring, the Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Harrington Elementary School had a chance to learn outside with Maine Outdoor School during two consecutive Friday programs in May 2017.

D.W. Merritt 5th and 6th-graders Learn that “Biomes Rock”

D.W. Merritt 5th and 6th-graders Learn that “Biomes Rock”

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.

D.W. Merritt 3rd and 4th-Graders Explore Water’s Influence

D.W. Merritt 3rd and 4th-Graders Explore Water’s Influence

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.

D.W. Merritt Pre-K through 2nd-Graders Learn about Life Cycles

D.W. Merritt Pre-K through 2nd-Graders Learn about Life Cycles

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!

Milbridge 5th and 6th-Graders Learn about Birds and Resource Availability

Milbridge 5th and 6th-Graders Learn about Birds and Resource Availability

In the overcast calm before a short snowstorm in early March, Milbridge Elementary 5th and 6th-graders joined Maine Outdoor School to consider: how can we all, nonhuman life included, meet our similar needs? To answer this question, they focused on the world of birds.

Narraguagus 7th-Graders Learn How Animals Stay Warm in Winter

Narraguagus 7th-Graders Learn How Animals Stay Warm in Winter

The recent cold snap in Downeast Maine didn’t stop a hardy group of 7th-graders from Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School from heading outdoors with Maine Outdoor School in early March! Despite strong winds and subfreezing temperatures, they bundled up and headed outside to consider: how do animals stay warm in winter?

The Benefits of Outdoor Education

The Benefits of Outdoor Education

In an effort to synthesize some of the latest research about outdoor education, MOS Co-Founder Hazel Stark recently published an article through the Matador Network to share the many benefits of outdoor education with a broader audience. Check out the article here to learn about why learning outdoors is so important, how it solves many of our current problems, and what exactly it is!