Change is in the air! The nights are getting chilly, leaves are starting to turn, and teachers and students are back to school.

We're also seeing changes in our Katahdin Learning Project! As you'll see below, we have a new format for our quarterly place-based education newsletter. And, I'm delighted to be working with the Katahdin Learning Project community in my new position as the Education and Engagement Coordinator at the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters.

One thing that won't change is our commitment to learning and community service. Moving forward you'll hear from me through this email, but please reach out to me if you have questions or ideas. I'm excited about the future of the Katahdin Learning Project with you part of this team.

Thanks for all you do!

- Kala Rush

Teachers from the Katahdin Region and throughout Maine gathered for our 2nd annual place-based learning workshop. Educators toured the Loop Road of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on day one. Day two, educators gathered to learn more about place-based education and to begin developing ideas for their classrooms.
Grade 1 students at Katahdin Elementary School assisted in planting the school garden this year.  Students named the garden the Rainbow Garden to highlight the colors in the foods and flowers they planted.  Students worked together to plant seeds in the early spring, prepared the garden for planting, and learned how to transplant seedlings when it was time.    
Katahdin Elementary and High School students assisted in planting apple trees for what is the beginning of an apple orchard for the local community. Students enjoyed the challenging and rewarding work.
Students attending summer school participated in a variety of different place-based learning activities that ranged from learning different forms of dance to making strawberry shortcake.  Teachers integrated reading, math, writing, and science into hands-on activities that students were excited to be part of. Students and teachers looked forward to returning to summer school each day in anticipation of the new learning and fun they would experience.
Students at Granite Street Elementary School concluded a year long project by releasing salmon into the Penobscot River.  Students were engaged in the process of raising fish from egg to fry throughout the year. Students witnessed and learned about each stage of the life cycle in their school library.

September 8 - 15 - BikeMaine

September 14 - 16 - Trails End Festival
September 27 - Patten Academy garden project
September 24, 25 and October 5 and 6 - Stars Over Katahdin

The mission of the Katahdin Learning Project is to create opportunities for students to engage in learning through real projects in nature and the communities of the Katahdin Region

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