Science in the Garden Program Offered

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Please see below for an upcoming innovative high school garden program.

Space is limited so register asap by contacting Vina Lindley, vina.lindley@maine.edu ,
1-800-287-1426 (in Maine)
207-342-5971

Teachers invited to learn about a school-based Science in the Garden program

Waldo, Maine — Want to teach middle school or high school science using a school garden?

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Waldo County is offering training for Maine teachers who want to use gardens and greenhouses as proficiency-based learning environments for the applied science.

Sept. 9, the Waldo County Extension Association will offer a free information session on using the Master Gardener curriculum and assessment in the classroom. The program includes a field trip to Islesboro Central School, dinner and a facilitated discussion at the Technical School in Waldo. Participants will meet at noon at the Islesboro Ferry in Lincolnville.

After the event, participants will also receive an hour-long support visit and resources to use in their classrooms, including ideas for tying gardening to the Next Generation Science Standards.

A 1.0 CEU credit for participants is being offered.

The Science in the Garden program is offered in response to the growing popularity of school gardens and the local foods movement.University of Maine Cooperative Extension has partnered with horticulture teacher Ryan Martin at the Islesboro Central School on a pilot program utilizing the Master Gardener curriculum. As part of this program, students who demonstrated proficiency were awarded Master Gardener certifications.

For more information about the Science in the Garden program or the Sept. 9 information session, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Vina Lindley, vina.lindley@maine.edu or Rick Kersbergen, richard.kersbergen@maine.edu.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:As a trusted resource for almost 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension
992 Waterville Rd, Waldo, ME 04915
1-800-287-1426 (in Maine)
207-342-5971
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