The Ecology School Receives Donation of $25,000 from Quimby Family Foundation

Saco, Maine (December 19, 2018) — The Ecology School received a generous gift of $25,000 from the Quimby Family Foundation supporting the establishment of a sustainable environmental education center and agroecology farm at River Bend Farm, the School’s 105-acre property in Saco, Maine. Through the construction of a remarkable place that embodies sustainability, models conservation, and promotes holistic human contact with nature, The Ecology School at River Bend Farm will strengthen its commitment to fostering environmental stewardship to its more than 12,000 yearly participants.

"The Quimby Family Foundation is a dedicated partner in providing thousands of students, teachers, parents, and community members with unique and fully immersive opportunities to explore important connections to the environment. It’s not often people can put away technology and open themselves up to enriching, hands-on experiences in nature. The Ecology School at River Bend Farm will give everyone—from ages 3 to 100— the space and the place to do just that. We are honored by the continued leadership and support of the Quimby Family Foundation and are indebted to their generosity.” – Drew Dumsch, President and CEO of 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.

In 2017 The Ecology School purchased River Bend Farm, a 105-acre historic farm located on a scenic bend in the Saco River in Saco, Maine. This property is the future home of the school’s model sustainable residential environmental learning center and progressive agroecology farm.

For more information, please contact:
Caitlin Brooke
Community Relations Coordinator
(207) 283-9951