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Maine Project Learning Educator Workshop at UMFK

February 19, 2008

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a workshop entitled “Maine Project Learning Educator” on Saturday, March 22, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 118 at the UMFK Sports Center.  

The cost of the workshop is $25, which covers the Pre K-8 Project Learning Tree (PLT) Activity Guide and many other resources to take home. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 14. Registrants should bring a lunch and dress for outdoor activities. 

The workshop will be led by the Project Learning Tree (PLT) State Coordinator Pat Maloney; PLT instructor Dottie Dudley; Dr. Bruno Hicks, assistant professor of education and environmental studies professor at UMFK; and an area forester.                

Sign-up today and join teachers, pre-service educators, homeschoolers, youth group leaders and community volunteers to learn about the most recently published PLT Pre K-8 Activity Guide. Explore the guide and its correlations to the recently revised Maine Learning Results.  Discover how best to use the curriculum with your students to enhance their understanding of environmental activities and issues relating to all areas of the curriculum.             

PLT is an internationally recognized environmental education program. Through hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, PLT provides students in grades Pre K-12, with opportunities to investigate environmental issues and encourages them to make informed, responsible decisions. Maine PLT is an education program of the Maine Tree Foundation and the American Forest Foundation.            

During the workshop participants will learn how to identify trees of Maine, how to use math and science when studying a forest ecosystem, the importance of trees to our health and how to weave a variety of environmental and conservation topics using the outdoors into your indoor curriculum requirements.  

“This kind of workshop fits in with both education and environmental studies programs,” said Don Eno, coordinator of academic outreach at the UMFK campus. “We are excited about offering these kinds of opportunities to both UMFK students and practicing educators in our region.” 

For more information or to register, contact Eno at (207) 834-7835 or by e-mail at deno@maine.edu or Pat Maloney at (207) 626-7990 or by e-mail at mtf@gwi.net.