Saco, Maine (May 7, 2018) — The Ecology School welcomes Tom Merrill to its Board of Directors. Merrill’s connection is deep-seeded as a long-time friend and supporter of the organization. In November 2017, The Ecology School purchased the 105-acre historic River Bend Farm located in Saco along the Saco River from Merrill and his wife Polly. River Bend Farm is the future home of the innovative programming and experiential environmental education taught by The Ecology School to thousands of students every year. Merrill's aunt, Mary Merrill, purchased the property in 1959 and put it under conservation easement the year that The Ecology School was founded in 1998. A long-time supporter of community education programs, Mary bequeathed the property to Merrill upon her passing in 2005. “River Bend Farm [will] become a place of community and sharing, and of instilling in new generations a love of nature and a sense of responsibility for the environment, the food we eat, and each other. We cannot imagine a more perfect use for this beautiful place,” Merrill says.
Merrill practiced law in Boston for 30 years, specializing in tax-exempt financings with a focus on non-profit entities such as schools, colleges, hospitals and nursing homes throughout New England. He was a board member for several years at the Charles River School in Dover, Massachusetts.
“Having Tom on our Board connects the past of River Bend Farm with its future as The Ecology School’s incredible new home. We’re grateful for his commitment to our mission and his drive to empower the organization as we move forward into our next phase.” 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. www.TheEcologySchool.org
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