The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged education

  • Summer Camps Evoke Excitement & Discovery

    | September 7, 2017 | Filed under: Program Reports

    The summer camp season was a huge success, with glowing evaluations from participating families.

  • Teaching about Coastal Impacts of Climate Change

    | March 10, 2016

    Teachers on the Estuary Returns in 2016

    TOTE kayaking

    The four New England research reserves are putting teachers on the estuary again this summer by offering free workshops that will give educators data-driven climate change activities to bring back to their classes. Each of the four TOTE (Teachers on the Estuary) workshops, one 3- or 4-day session per reserve, will train a dozen educators in reserve-style environmental monitoring, "coastal blue carbon" concepts, and ways to understand and address climate change.

    Please note: The workshop at Wells Reserve will be held Monday, July 11 through Thursday, July 14, 2016. Review of applications will begin May 31, 2016.

    Wells Reserve TOTE Application

    Wells Reserve TOTE Draft Agenda

    Wells Reserve TOTE Promotional Flyer

    To learn more about TOTE workshops, see the articles at wellsreserve.org/tote.

    Why TOTE?

    Teachers often don't get much exposure to estuarine and watershed concepts during their own education, so it can be daunting for them to develop a curriculum (and locate suitable data sets) around these topics. TOTE workshops show teachers how to access and employ custom curricula and data that already meet Next Generation Science Standards or state education frameworks.

  • First-time Kayaker had a Blast

    Wells Reserve Contributor | August 11, 2015

    Getting ready to go kayakingEarly this summer our 12-year-old granddaughter from Ohio visited us here in Wells. We had heard about the reserve’s kayaking program and hoped she might be interested in trying it. We could sense a bit of trepidation on her part as she had never been in a kayak and would not know anyone in the group.

    We met the others on a sunny morning in front of the barn and were greeted by the smiling and enthusiastic leaders, Suzanne and Kate. They would watch over Allie as neither of her grandparents could manage a kayak. We could sense our granddaughter begin to relax, especially upon being introduced to several who were also from Ohio.

  • Preschoolers Connecting with Nature

    | June 18, 2015


    Head Start nature walkThirteen Head Start preschools from across York County visited the Reserve on numerous occasions this past year to experience the great outdoors and make exciting wildlife discoveries. They came in the fall, winter, and spring seasons to hear a nature-based story, meet a variety of animal puppets, create a related craft to take home, and walk the trails while engaged in scavenger hunts and sensory adventures.

  • Education Team Comings and Goings

    | June 10, 2015 | Filed under: Culture

    Stellar interns in spring 2015 helped with camps, events, digitizing records, fish research, and program promotion.

  • Creatures are the Best Teachers

    Wells Reserve Contributor | March 10, 2015

    Warning: Mildly graphic images of wildlife below

    Thanks to a couple of observant walkers, the Wells Reserve education programs will soon have a few new props to teach about our feathered friends out on the trails and along the beach. Last week, I received the bodies of a common murre and a red-tailed hawk that had been found dead: the murre found by volunteer-extraordinaire Stu Flavin along a beach during his morning dog walk; the hawk by a Reserve neighbor strolling through the woods. It’s always sad to see wildlife that have passed, and with these two birds the cause of death was unclear, though likely natural as they were found in their respective habitats. The silver lining for me is that they can live a second life as teachers, educating the public about their amazing adaptations and encouraging a deeper appreciation for their role in our natural world.

    Red-tailed Hawk Tail and Talon

  • Winter Wonder Wander

    | December 6, 2014

    Future Scientist

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 12/7/2014.

    My family likes to takes walks, particularly in the fall and winter. Given the calories we’re consuming lately, and the long nights given over to reading and TV, we’re trying to grab every opportunity we can to stretch our legs and lungs outside.

    While golf may be a great way to spoil a long walk, as the saying goes, fortunately there’s nothing like the scientific method to enhance a little wander through the woods. Proposing, testing, and analyzing hypotheses prevents hypothermia by keeping the brain warm, I tell my wife and kids. They roll their eyes… but then we find something to examine.

  • A Year of Field Trips to the Estuary

    Wells Reserve Contributor | December 4, 2014
    Wow! What a year 2014 has been. Our education staff and volunteer docents have been busy in all seasons, and in all weather, providing awesome hands-on, field-based programs here at the Reserve-- and it's been a blast! …
  • Panacea

    | May 17, 2014

    This boy was checked for ticks immediately following this photo. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom... from ticks!

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 5/18/2014.

    Hey, parents! Psst – come over here. I’ve got something for ya. Something I think you’re gonna like.

    What if I told you I had something that supercharged your kids’ test scores and GPA, made them more attentive and cooperative, improved “good” cholesterol and blood circulation, lowered obesity and stress? How much would that be worth to you? What would you pay for this wonder drug? $100? $1,000?

    Well, it’s not for sale. Actually, it’s free, it’s legal, and you’ve already got plenty at home.

  • Making Connections

    | March 21, 2014

    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.