The Ecology School Receives Donation of $10,000 from Onion Foundation

Saco, Maine (May 10, 2018) — The Ecology School has received a generous donation of $10,000 from Onion Foundation in support of the school’s Residential Environmental Education Program.

In 2017, more than 3,000 students participated in The Ecology School’s unique and fully immersive Residential Environmental Education Program for entire grade levels, with more than 6 hours of daily outdoor conservation lessons for 3 - 5 days. Students live and learn together, cooperatively studying coastal and forested environments while entirely unplugged from personal electronics. Participants and staff also share daily meals, giving students the chance to understand where their food comes from, how environmental health impacts the quality of their food, and what humans can do to improve the health of the environment and food systems.

“Providing the opportunity for kids to explore acts of conservation and stewardship through playful engagement results in deep-seeded connections to the world around them and an understanding of their role in protecting it. We’re grateful to Onion Foundation’s support of our innovative approach to teaching that is educating the next generation of environmental stewards.” 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.

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