We are sorry to announce the 2019 Nature-Based Education Institute, scheduled for May 18, has been cancelled.

As an alternative, the Natural Start Alliance will host its 2019 national conference in Manchester, New Hampshire (not that far from here!) July 31-August 3. For complete details, visit naturalstart.org

The Office of Graduate Studies is offering two Nature Based Education courses this summer.

EDU 508 Nature-Based Art Education
This course will provide teachers and other professionals who work with PreK-12 populations with experiential learning in art education as related to Maine’s unique environment and natural settings. Offered in a hybrid format, participants will have opportunities to engage in art-based experiences in multiple outdoor settings followed by online sessions that encourage reflection, discussion, and application to their own work with children. Participants will explore a variety of media, tools, and techniques (fine and graphic arts); learn about and incorporate elements of art, principles of design, and color theory; and will consider the role of the nature-based art in personal development (“whole” learner) and in developing ecological consciousness. All activities of the course are aligned to Maine’s academic content standards.
Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Leigh Ann Fish
Format/Location: Blended / UMF & Field Trips
Dates/Days/Times: June 25 – July 29, 2019. Face-to-face class meetings Tuesdays, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, and July 23 from 10:00 – 3:00 PM.
Class Number: 62915
Lab Fee: $25

EDU 514 Exploring Maine Through Children’s Literature
Using children’s literature as the foundation, PreK-8 educators will develop their understandings of place-based instruction situated within the context of Maine. As educators engage in experiential learning, they will link key scientific concepts to literature; connect with the natural world around them; consider its history and natural resources; and gain an understanding of techniques that can be used to bring learning to the outdoor environment.
Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree
Instructor: Kathryn Will-Dubyak
Format/Location: Blended / UMF
Dates/Days/Times: May 11 – June 30, 2019. Face-to-face class meetings on Saturdays, May 18, June 1, June 15 from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM.
Class Number: 62916