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A census of K-12 nature-based education programs across formal and informal settings in Maine
What it is: Maine’s Nature-Based Education Indicators Report is a partnership between the Maine Math and Science Alliance and the Maine Environmental Education Association, and generously supported by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. The project is dedicated to taking the first steps toward building the capacity and networks for nature-based education fields in the State of Maine. Our goal is to develop a survey tool to gather data and generate a report about who, where, and how K-12 students are engaging in nature-based education.
Why we need it: The state of Maine has a wealth of nature-based education initiatives. Unfortunately, many of these initiatives work in isolation from other similar initiatives and the impact of the educational experiences are not measured or understood. Consequently, there are no overarching learning goals that the nature-based education community is working towards in unison.
Goals: The long-term goal of Maine’s Nature-Based Education Indicator Report is that it be updated regularly to:
- Determine professional development needs of those providing nature-based education
- Examine current and anticipated challenges that nature-based education initiatives face
- Identify regions and populations that are not being served equitably
- Identify weaknesses in how nature-based education is being delivered and the impacts it generates
- Identify high quality educational experiences that could serve as exemplars for others
We have recruited an advisory board of leaders in the field of environmental education in Maine to help us accomplish these goals.
For more information or if you would like to be a part of this project, please contact MMSA Research Associate Alex Brasili, firstname.lastname@example.org