The Wrack

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Posts tagged education

  • 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.

  • Fall School Programs By the Numbers

    Wells Reserve Contributor | November 21, 2013
    In early November, we wrapped up the last of our fall school programs here at the Reserve. The season was packed with field trips, with students from all over visiting to learn about our estuaries, plankton, water quality, forest ecology, and much more. We couldn't provide these programs without the dedication of our enthusiastic crew of volunteer docents who lead them, so thank you, thank you to all of them! Cong…
  • Casco Bay Island Invasion!

    | October 29, 2013

    For the last 6 years, myself and a group of trained citizen scientist have been monitoring marine invasive species on docks, rocky shores, and tide pools as part of the Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative, or MIMIC.

  • Creating Habitat for Bats

    | October 22, 2013

    This past Saturday evening, over 20 community members participated in the "Bats: Friends of the Evening Sky" program offered in partnership with the Center for Wildlife. We all learned about the many myths surrounding bats and the real truths (they don't fly into human hair, there are only 3 species of vampire bats among the over 1,200 species of bats worldwide, and vampire bats do not live in the United States—they live in tropical climates and prey primarily on livestock). Brownie

    We were amazed to learn, too, that Maine's insectivorous bats eat 1,000 mosquitoes in a single night! The next time a mosquito bites you, think of all the mosquito control bats provide us!

  • How I Got Environmentally Educated

    | October 6, 2013

    Money tree?The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 10/6/13:

    School has started again, which means it’s group visit season at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Those schools fortunate enough to have bus rental money are sending classes our way, and our team of educators are taking the kids out on the trails, down to the beach, and through the science and history of this 360-year-old place.

    For a long time, I didn’t understand what “environmental education” was. I’m a perennial skeptic, particularly when it comes to claims from my own liberal brethren, so, over the past ten years of my environmental career, I’ve always taken my colleagues’ proscriptions with more than a grain of salt. What finally convinced me to start applying their lessons was, of course, that grand old motivator of cynic and sucker alike: money.

  • Mulkey's Call to Action

    | May 28, 2013

    The nearly 40 people who attended Dr. Stephen Mulkey's "Crisis and Opportunity in the Environmental Century" Climate Stewards lecture in mid-May left with a clear message: We are out of time and we must act now.

    Mulkey began his talk with a quote from David Orr, "All education is environmental education… by what is included or excluded we teach the young that they are part of, or apart from, the natural world." Mulkey crowdMulkey spoke of his (incredible) work as President of Unity College, becoming the first college in the country to divest from fossil fuels, as well as recently integrating climate change education across the entire curriculum. Unity's students study the complexity of interactions among the economy, society, and nature--a framework for the future known as "sustainability science."

  • Teachers on the Estuary: Climate Stewards in Action

    | April 24, 2013

    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.

  • Climate Stewards Lecture Series

    | February 20, 2013

    We're inviting experts on climate literacy, climate politics, and practical solutions to climate-change challenges to Mather Auditorium for a series of thought-provoking and action-inspiring lectures. Please plan to join us — and bring along a friend. Follow the links below for details on each lecture.

  • TOTE II Workshop is a Success!

    | July 27, 2012

    Last week, the Reserve hosted twelve middle and high school teachers from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and Louisiana for Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) II, a field-based workshop focused on estuary and watershed education. This is the third TOTE workshop held at the Reserve, but unlike the first two, this year's TOTE was only open to teachers who had already participated in a New England TOTE workshop at either the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), the Waquoit Bay NERR in Massachusetts, or the Narragansett Bay NERR in Rhode Island.