Inventory Growth (FIG) Project
Study Maine Forests with your students!
Create a Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) plot with your students at
a nearby forest with a forester partner.
FIG training is offered to
middle school and high school teachers.
Support for FIG is provided by the Maine TREE Foundation, the Maine Forest Service, the Maine Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, the Aristotle Fund, the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, the International Paper Company Foundation and the Davis Conservation Foundation.
For more information regarding
the FIG program or FIG training,
contact Pat Maloney, Maine PLT State
Coordinator at 207-626-7990 or email at email@example.com.
High School Curriculum
Maine Bioproducts and Biotechnology lessons,
designed and developed by Maine teachers, provide five STEM related science,
math and social studies units of study
Bioproducts and Biotechnology high school curriculum from Maine
Project Learning Tree in collaboration with the Maine
TREE Foundation, National PLT, The Forest Bioproducts Research
Initiative (FBRI), and NSF/EPSCoR
Maine Bioproducts and Biotechnology lessons, designed and developed by Maine
teachers, provide STEM related science, math and social studies activities with
resources, power points and direct connections to state of the art University of
Maine research and to the most recent National PLT curriculum – Biotechnology
to review, download and use any or all of the five lessons:
One: What is Biotechnology?
Lesson Two: Biotechnology &
Forest Bioproducts in Maine
Lesson Three: Bringing FBRI to the
Classroom: Composites of the Future
Lesson Four: The “New
Biotechnology” in Maine – Maintaining our Sense of Place in
Lesson Five: Systems and Life Cycle
Through the five hands-on lessons, students
analyze, explore, discover, and learn about current research in alternative
energy, lab experiments with wood fiber, stress and composite testing. Critical
thinking, problem solving, and decision making are emphasized throughout the
A statewide collaboration of teachers, schools and
communities using the outdoors as an educational place based setting
MAP OF MAINE'S SCHOOL FOREST SITES
you can explore
the Google Map of Outdoor Classroom and Forest Inventory Growth (FIG) sites to
learn how a growing group of teachers and communities connect students to the
natural world around them. School Forest
Programs throughout the country provide excellent examples of how a forest can
be used as a natural resource to enhance learning about all aspects of nature
and especially about the issues, ecology, and economics of natural habitats. A School
really an outdoor classroom where teachers and students explore the natural
world. The forest becomes a means of teaching core subjects such as math,
science, reading, writing, geography, physical education, the arts and other
subjects. School Forests can also be used as monitoring sites to measure
conservation programs developed by the students.
order to encourage schools and communities to participate we’ve developed a
map with links to over 25 schools and communities where outdoor classrooms
and/or FIG sites exist. After exploring the map and visiting some of the school
websites, you may wish to consider becoming an active community involved with
the network. Please contact Pat
Maloney at 207 626-7990 or firstname.lastname@example.org with
questions about this hands-on, authentic and place based educational approach to
the world around us.