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Project WILD

$30

with Linda Woodard

Calendar Next session starts Feb 8, 2020 at 9 am

Location: Husson University, Bangor
Member: $25, Nonmember: $30

Project WILD's hands-on approach to learning engages students in investigating the world around them, connecting them to conservation careers, and participating in solid STEM activities. 

The NEW REVISED AND UPDATED  Curriculum and Activity Guide can easily be adapted to meet the learning requirements for academic disciplines ranging from science and environmental education to social studies, math, and language arts. All curriculum materials are backed by sound educational practices and theory.

Educators may choose one or more Project WILD activities to teach a concept or skill. The activities may be integrated into existing courses of study, or an entire set of activities may serve effectively as the basis for a specific course.

WILD workshops are designed so teachers become familiar with the activities and their multidisciplinary use in the classroom.

Workshops:

The activities found in Project WILD curriculum guide are intended for use in both classroom and informal settings.

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If you would like to pay a different way than by credit card call, please call Beth at 207-781-2330 ext 273

Full Course

Winter Wildlife Tracking

$70

with Dan Gardoqui

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 9, 2020 at 9 am

Members: $55 Nonmembers: $70
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

The winter landscape is a fabulous time to connect with the lives of our local wildlife. Mammals, birds (even winter insects) leave behind tracks, trails and signs of their presence. Spend the morning exploring the fields and forests of Gilsand Farm with certified wildlife tracker Dan Gardoqui, learning to interpret the abundant clues of our wild neighbors. Dan is the founder of Lead with Nature has been teaching wildlife tracking for over 25 years and is an engaging and enthusiastic naturalist and Registered Maine Guide.

Participants should be dressed to be outdoors for the entire 3 hours – regardless of temperature. Dress in layers. Bring snacks and a drink. Program runs regardless of snow cover. For adults & interested teens. Group size is limited, so sign up quickly.

"Who Goes There?" An outdoor tracking walk at Fields Pond

$12

with Sandra Mitchell

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 22, 2020 at 9 am

Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden

Members: $8,  Nonmembers: $12

Join Sandra Mitchell for a 2 hour easy walk around the nature center at Field's Pond looking for evidence of winter critters in the landscape.  We will look for signs big and small - ranging from tracks in the snow (hopefully) to evidence of animals feeding.  The walk will be easy - often when there is much to see, we actually don't get very far at all! Sandra Mitchell is a Registered Maine Guide and a Cybertracker certified Wildlife Tracker. She loves to prowl around outside to see what her wild neighbors have been up to!  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Wild Crafted Basketry

$115

with Rebecca May Verrill

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 15, 2020 at 9 am

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Members $95, Nonmembers $115 (Includes materials)

In this hands-on workshop we will explore an introduction to traditional basket weaving techniques with round, wild harvested, flexible fibers.  In the first hour or so of the workshop we will travel to local low-lying areas on the property and cut our own Red Osier Dogwood for immediate wet-weave use upon returning to the Visitor’s Center.

Instructor will provide the majority of pre-harvested materials, however, the nature of this project is for the maker to establish a connection with their own materials, having an understanding of how and what to look for and harvest. Wonderful organic variations in size, color, texture and form will occur!

Students will be guided through an introduction to make a large flat-bottomed basket. Depending on size and ease of use with the materials, each student should be able to complete the bulk of the basket (and the knowledge of how to complete it afterward, if time doesn’t allow) within the workshop.

Examples and stages of development, as well as different styles of baskets will be shared, as well as many different resources to encourage and inspire future weaving projects. It is highly likely that participants will leave this workshop with a new way of seeing the landscape around them and never leave home without a pair of snippers in their glove box or backpack.

What to bring: We will be spending the first hour or so of class outside, harvesting materials, so please dress accordingly! Bring small, hand-held prune or garden shears, gloves and waterproof boots. Feel free to bring other shoes to change into during class. Adequate hand strength, creative openness and a positive attitude are the only other requirements.

Please bring your lunch and snacks. A refridgerator and microwave will be available.

About the Instructor: Rebecca May Verrill is a native of the western foothills of Maine where she first developed her love of crafting objects from the natural world.  She learned the folk tradition of basketry while living in Taos, NM where she lived for 10 years primarily working with clay. Influenced by strong craft traditions in the southwest and harvesting wild red willow along the banks of the Rio Grande to craft vessels of a different sort, Rebecca easily added basketry to her creative practice. She received her Master of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2013 and currently maintains a studio practice in Portland, ME, where she teaches the occasional workshop, exhibits work regionally and nationwide. For more about Rebecca and her ceramics please visit www.rebeccamayverrill.com.

Project WET

$35
Calendar Next available session starts Mar 20, 2020 at 8:45 am

Join instructors, Cami Wilbert and Linda Woodard for this exciting professional development opportunity. This hands-on workshop provides participants an opportunity to practice and dive deeply into the Project WET Curriculum and Activities. 

The Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators of children from K-12 the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in Pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies, and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool and an excellent resource for pre-service teachers.

The Guide is correlated to national education standards including Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards as well as many state standards.

In addition to the Curriculum Guide, participants will be given access to online resources including:

What do educators say?

The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is great tool for teaching: science technology, engineering and math (STEM) language arts social studies fine arts music physical education social studies and more...

 

Learning Bird Language: Step into a Bird's World

$70

with Dan Gardoqui

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2020 at 7 am

Members: $55 Nonmembers: $70
Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth

Are you curious about the lives of the birds around you? Have you ever wondered what they eat, where they rest at night or what they’re saying? This half-day field workshop is not a field identification walk - instead, it's a chance to slow down and connect with birds on a deeper level by building empathy & understanding. Designed for everyone - from novice to expert - Learning Bird Language is a refreshing take on connecting with birds. 

The program is led by international Bird Language expert Dan Gardoqui. Dan is the founder of Lead with Nature and has been teaching about birds & nature connection for over 25 years. He is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic naturalist and Registered Maine Guide.

Growing Up WILD

$25

with Linda Woodard

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2020 at 8:45 am

Location: Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Members $23, Nonmembers $25

This in-depth 4-hour workshop is designed to provide training for early childhood educators.

 Growing Up WILD is an education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.

  • Workshop participants will receive the activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children, which:
  • Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
  • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based, ready-made thematic units.
  • Includes outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music, health and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections.
  • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
  • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
  • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains

 





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