The Wrack: training

blog of the wells reserve & laudholm trust

Recently the Coastal Training Program hosted a webinar series on environmental communication by Water Words that Work. Space was limited and several of you asked for materials and resources. View part I here.

The Environmental Message Method

Step 1: Begin with behavior

Watch these two videos and compare their style.

The first video provides awareness about an issue but doesn't leave the viewer with any solutions. The second video provides multiple actions or behavior changes the viewer can make.

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Associated People Kate Reichert

Two years ago, Kate and I participated in the National Association of Interpretation's (NAI) 40-hour Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT) workshop with the intent of facilitating our own Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) workshops at the Reserve. Last week, our vision became reality as twelve talented interpreters from Maine and Massachusetts convened for 32 hours of training with us in Mather Auditorium.

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The Sandy Dialogues: Takeaways from New Jersey

June 23, 2014 By Dana Cohen-Kaplan Filed under Article Tags: beacherosionstormstraining

Associated People Tin Smith Michael Mahoney

Coastal destruction after Hurricane SandyDown in sunny Tuckerton, New Jersey, a contingent of coastal Maine residents and Wells Reserve associates heard firsthand the accounts of locals affected by Hurricane Sandy. The meeting was designed to be an exchange of experiences and suggestions in regard to storm preparedness and coastal resilience. The discussion was geared toward vulnerable areas in Maine, specifically Drakes Island and the Saco-Biddeford area, both of which sent representatives down to NJ. The trip included dinner at a restaurant damaged by Sandy, a few tours of destroyed coastal communities, and an informative panel discussion with residents and municipal officials involved in the recovery efforts.

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Making Connections

March 21, 2014 By Suzanne Kahn Filed under Article Tags: educationinterpretive walkstraining

Associated People Kate Reichert

The National Association of Interpretion defines interpretation as "a mission-based communication process that forges emotional and intellectual connections between the interests of the audience and the meanings inherent in the resource." The year-round education programming at the Wells Reserve aims to build these meaningful connections.

NAI CIT Group Shot

Last month, the Reserve hosted 27 interpreters from across the country and around the world for a Certified Interpretive Trainer workshop facilitated by the National Association of Interpretation. Talented and creative professionals working at nature centers, aquariums, battlefields, state parks, and other interpretation centers in Hong Kong, France, Chile, California, Montana, Utah, and other locales joined together for a week of wonderfully intense learning.

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Associated People Suzanne Kahn

WELLS, Maine, May 2, 2013 — Suzanne Kahn Eder, education director at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, will spend part of her summer in the Arctic aboard the Lindblad expedition ship National Geographic Explorer after having been selected as a 2013 Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.

Eder was in Washington, D.C., last week for a pre-voyage workshop, where she met the other 13 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows, three of the expedition’s on-board naturalists, and the program’s coordinators. “It is a talented, well traveled, and passionate group of people and I feel so fortunate to have been selected for this program,” Eder said. “I keep expecting to wake from a dream.”

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Associated People Paige Rutherford

Project Summary

Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is a 4-day field and research-based summer workshop designed for middle and high school science teachers. The workshop aims to improve teacher and student understanding of the environment using local examples, and to provide resources and experience to support the incorporation of climate change, ecosystem services, systems thinking, service learning, estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching. The course is also designed to promote stewardship of watersheds and estuaries. Following the summer workshop, teachers implement a stewardship project with students throughout the school year, using a $200 mini-grant through TOTE. Teachers also commit to attending a half-day fall follow up session to report on their stewardship project progress.

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Associated People Susan Bickford

Cold and windy May weather does not deter our participants from learning how to use GPS to create trail maps in Google Earth. 

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Learn so you can teach: Join docent training

February 15, 2011 By Paige Rutherford Filed under Article Tags: docentschool programstrainingvolunteer

Hello, future volunteer! Would you like to make a difference in your community and inspire future generations to protect nature? Then become a trained volunteer for the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. We need your help to lead school and public programs during the spring, summer, and fall. Volunteers generally lead 3 to 4 programs a season. We will teach you what you need to know! Learn about local wildlife and where the river meets the sea at a national treasure in your “backyard”.

Spring Training Dates

  • Tuesday, March 8, 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, March 9, 9:00 am
  • Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 am
  • Monday, March 21, 10:30 am
  • Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 am
  • Thursday, April 7, 9:00 am
  • Tuesday, April 19, 9:30 am
  • Thursday, April 21, 11:00 am

Please visit our website calendar for full descriptions of the various trainings. Contact Paige Rutherford at 646-1555 x110 or for more information on volunteering.

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Marine InvasivesThe Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC) is a network of trained volunteers, scientists, and state and federal workers who monitor marine invasive species along the Gulf of Maine. The collaborative provides an opportunity for the general public to actively participate in an invasive species early detection network, identify new invaders before they spread out of control, and help improve our understanding of the behavior of established invaders. More than 100 volunteers are monitoring 38 sites in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

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