The Ecology School Receives Donation to Support Saco and Biddeford School Curriculum Partnerships

Saco, Maine (May 31, 2018) — The Ecology School received a donation from the York County Children’s Aid Society Fund of the Maine Community Foundation in support of expanding current ecology curriculum. New curricular elements will be inspired by the School’s transition to a sustainable residential environmental education center to be built at River Bend Farm, a 105-acre historic located along the Saco River. A partnership, including Saco and Biddeford school stakeholders, will collaborate on the development of The Ecology School’s enhanced environmental science curriculum to ensure compliance with school standards.

“Our new roots at River Bend Farm will cultivate a diverse curriculum of environmental education. In addition to the current ecosystems lessons we teach, we’ll introduce fresh water ecosystems and expand programming to examine integrated human ecology and agroecology, the practice of ecology through the lens of sustainable agriculture. York County Children’s Aid Society Fund of the Maine Community Foundation’s support is integral in developing curriculum partnerships among local educational stakeholders and enhancing the educational impact to Saco and Biddeford students,” 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