Last November the Presumpscot School in Portland, Maine kicked off their kindergarten expedition “The Maine Forest”. Based on curriculum developed with Maine Audubon educators, Presumpscot students worked on two key areas of knowledge and understanding of forests in Maine. They first studied the plants and trees of the Maine forest to form an understanding of habitats and ecosystems which support wildlife. They then focused on the animals in Maine forests, studying how they survive by learning what they eat, where they shelter, and how an animal may protect itself. For their final project each student chose a specific animal to become an expert on through collaborative research.
The culminating event was an exhibit of their scientific posters and artwork held at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth. Note cards with the students’ artwork are available in our Nature Store at Gilsland Farm and at Presumpscot School.
Maine Audubon collaborates regularly with qualifying schools in Portland and Bangor thanks to grants supporting these educational efforts. We also provide collaborative fee-based programming for any interested school. Contact the Education Department at (207) 781-2330 for more information.