Saco, Maine (July 9, 2018) — The Ecology School (TES) received a $15,000 donation from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation supporting the expansion of environmental education programs for Biddeford and Saco school systems to TES’s new location at River Bend Farm. The 105-acre full-scale agroecology farm and sustainable living center at River Bend will deepen educational resources to connect students, as well as local communities, with the natural world. In addition to continuing exploration lessons in Maine ecosystems, students will engage in farming practices to develop a new outlook on the world around them and their potential to impact positive change within the realm of food security and the environment.
“We’re grateful for the philanthropic leadership of the Sam L. Cohen Foundation and their support of our innovative approach to environmental education as we grow and transition our programs to River Bend Farm. By giving students in our most local Biddeford and Saco communities—and all community members—a place to truly relate to nature in unique and experiential ways, our programs enrich science education, promote conservation, and teach sustainability.” Drew Dumsch, President and CEO, The Ecology School
About The Ecology School
Founded in 1998 in Saco, Maine, The Ecology School has brought outdoor science, environmental and sustainability education to more than 170,000 students and teachers from throughout Maine and New England. Through hands-on, experiential programming, students learn to become stewards of their environment as they explore local forests, coastal ecosystems, and food systems. We deliver our mission through single-day and residential programs for elementary and middle school students; workshops and presentations in schools; professional development for teachers; community engagement events; and distributing original field and curriculum guides. www.TheEcologySchool.com
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