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Maine Forest Collaborative May Newsletter

Smelt Survey with Belfast High School!

Belfast students went to Head of Tide Preserve to conduct a smelt survey and

macroinvertebrate survey for a community science project with teacher Dave Thomas, to work with Sol Heifetz, Tim Shaw of Trout Unlimited, and Cloe Chunn of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. We not only found smelt eggs, but also found a huge variety of macroinvertebrates, and also unexpectedly elvers!

In the News!

The University of Maine's house with 3D vision 

An experimental home created by UMaine engineers offers hope for the affordable-housing crisis and for the future of Maine’s timber industry. ->>> Full article

"Very rare": Robbins Lumber looks to sell 100 acre Hancock mill for $2.5 million 

Robbins Lumber Inc., a lumber manufacturer and distributor headquartered in Searsmont, has listed its 100-acre mill complex at 17 Wyman Road in Hancock.

Jay to become a mill town once again

Godfrey Forest Products plans to manufacture a product similar to particleboard at the former Androscoggin Mill, which will create 125 jobs.

Engagement Opportunity!

DOE Outdoor Learning Initiative!

Free overnight programs for classes in grades 6-12 at Tanglewood 4-H Learning Center

The University of Maine 4-H Center at Tanglewood was awarded a grant from the Maine Department of Education’s Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative that supports the full cost

(including reimbursement of bus fees) for 2-3 Maine schools to attend a 2-day/1-night Open Air Classroom program. The program will focus on teaching forest and marine ecology through the lens of discovery and skillbuilding. All lessons are standards-aligned and designed to be engaging and hands-on learning experiences for students. Programs highlight Maine career paths such as forestry, surveying, guiding, outdoor educator, field biologist, and more.

• May 9-10, 2024, 2-days/1-night

• May 13-14, 2024, 2-days/1-night

• May 21-22, 2024, 2-days/1-night

• May 29-30, 2024, 2-days/1-night

For more information, availability, and to book a program, please contact Jessica at 207.789.5868 or

For Students

Forestry Immersion Program Returns for a Second Year

For the second year, Maine TREE and the Brewer School Department are offering a six-week Forestry Immersion Program through which high schoolers can earn school credits. Participants camp in the Maine woods, visit job sites, engage in online academics, and go on hands-on discovery tours in the forest to learn and grow. Applications are due May 24. Learn more here.

AMC Summer Canoe Trip - FREE for Piscataquis County Youth

Teen Wilderness Adventures uses public lands to explore the rugged beauty of the North Maine Woods in a 5 day canoe trip. Participants will learn about Maine's ecology as they build camaraderie and enjoy the challenge of paddling one of Maine's most beautiful rivers. Activities include paddling and outdoor skill-building. Varied levels of outdoor experience and skills are welcome. All will enjoy this trip, which will emphasize the group experience as well as skills development. Register and learn more here!

Chewonki: Maine Northwoods Canoeing Trip - FREE! 

Thanks to generous funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Maine Department of Education, and the Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative, Chewonki is able to provide this amazing two-week summer program at no cost to qualified Maine familiesTo learn if your family qualifies for this grant please visit this page.

4-H Summer Camp Program - FREE!

Thanks to a grant through the Maine Department of Education, teen programs at both the Bryant Pond and Greenland Point 4-H Centers are now more accessible than ever before!  This summer, we're offering an opportunity for eligible Maine students: 100% free enrollment in our multi week programs! Whether it's diving into the wilderness with our Maine Woodscraft and Bushcraft courses, honing leadership skills with our Lakeside Leadership program, or embarking on an unforgettable journey in our four-week Jr. Maine Guide program, there's something for every adventurous spirit!But here's the catch: spaces are limited, and these opportunities won't last long. Don't wait - apply now to secure your spot and make unforgettable memories with this summer! 

For Teachers!

Teachers on the Estuary

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is offering a free three-day in-person Teachers on the Estuary workshop for up to twelve teachers on July 23-25, 2024! Participants receive $150 worth of equipment to use with their students and a $150 stipend. Teachers traveling a distance will also receive free lodging in Wells. The workshop will be geared towards middle and high school teachers, though others who feel they can adapt content for their audience are welcome to apply. We’ll delve into water quality and weather monitoring, nature journaling, and marine organism investigations, while exploring the marsh and intertidal habitats on foot and the estuary by kayak.

Teacher Institure for Watershed Science and Conservation

Thanks to the generosity of Poland Spring, The Ecology School is thrilled to offer this FREE event to K-12 educators! Additionally, up to $500 of travel will be reimbursed, $250 stipend (plus a second $250 contingent on post-Institute implementation), 30 professional recertification hours, potential to earn university credit, and some additional scholarship funding. Applications are open now! FMI and apply below:Apply to The Teacher Institute for Watershed Science and Conservation

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Teacher Institute

July 29 – August 2, 2024University of Southern Maine, Gorham

Meaningful classroom instruction for grades PreK-12 teachers will include curriculum, hands-on activities, demonstrations, online resources, and much more! Participants will tour on a custom coach for 2 days. Visits will include Agriculture research facilities, farms on land and water, processors and preparers of Maine products. Attendees will learn about Food, Agriculture, and Aquaculture programs in South/Central Maine. At this Educator’s workshop, participants will receive 38 contact hours or 3.8 CEU's from the University of Maine for re-certification credit. Register here

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