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Outdoor Classrooms were easily the most popular idea on our first Maine Teachers’ Tour in the summer of 1998.  The Fort James (now Georgia Pacific) Outdoor Classroom/Demonstration Forest in Old Town and the Outdoor Classroom at the China School (also named Maine’s Outstanding Tree Farm in 1999) were enjoyed by many educators that summer.  As a result, Maine TREE launched an effort to build more of them, especially in parts of the state where people don’t get out into a real forest too often.

“Children and adults alike can learn a lot about what goes on in the woods in these environments,”  says forester Ted Shina, who has written a handbook about constructing Outdoor Classrooms.  “They are great places for Project Learning Tree activities, demonstrations of good forest management practices and hands-on learning of math, science, language arts, plant and wildlife ecology.”

 

 

If you would like to help Maine TREE construct Outdoor Classrooms, provide “Tree Trunks” of forestry tools and resource materials and offer programs for Maine people of all ages, we welcome your support.

 

 


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