Participating Schools and PAST Projects
Buckfield High School
Students at BHS are working on the Maine Forest Collaborative project through an Environmental Science class. Caleb McNaughton is the instructor for the course and this is his second year with MFC.
Challenge #1: Driver education is hard to access for low-income students which prevents them from participating in Maine's economy and natural resource activities.
Solution: Students are preparing a proposal to convince the school administration to incorporate drivers' education in the school budget.
Buckfield High School Administrative Staff
Maine Department of Transportation
Challenge #2: The permitting system for Maine hunters has too many separate permits and fees. This is too expensive for low-income Mainers and complex for those wanting to hunt.
Solution: Students are brainstorming ideas
FOREST HILLS High School
Students at Forest Hills are participating in the Maine Forest Collaborative project through their Jr. English class. Rae Wren is the long term substitute teacher for English at the high school and this is her first year participating with MFC.
Challenge: The Jackman region is isolated and usually unknown to those not familiar with this part of Maine.
Solution: Students want to create a promotional video of the region and social media campaign to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist in Jackman.
Maine office of Outdoor Recreation
Greenville High School
Greenville high school students are working on the MFC project in their environmental science class, which is taught by Selena Tardif. Dawna Blackstone, the physical education instructor at GHS, helps the class with their project as well. Both teachers are in their second year participating with MFC.
Challenge: The trail on Greenville High School property is run down and unsafe for students and community members to use.
Solution: Create an action plan to update the trail for the school and community and improve the educational value of the trail.
Maine Conservation Corps
Mt. Abram High School
The students at Mt. Abram high school are working on the MFC project through their environmental science course. Brandy Tanner teaches environmental science and this is her first year running the project at Mt. Abram High School
Challenge: The Kingfield region doesn't have enough young people moving to the area to live there full time.
Solution: Create a website that showcases what the area has to offer to Millenials looking to move to Maine.
Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation
Piscataquis High School
The Maine Forest Collaborative project is being offered to Piscataquis students as a stand-alone class. This is the second year that PHS has offered this course to students, which is taught this year by Stephanie Kimball.
Challenge: The community of Guilford and doesn't have an outdoor gathering space for social events or classrooms.
Solution: Students will create a landscape design and action plan for King Cummings park.
Town Office of Guilford, Maine
Maine Audubon Society