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News from Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove
October 2020

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Happy Fall!


As we write this, middle school students from St. George School are spending part of their week using the rocky coast, forests, and fields of Blueberry Cove as their classroom during times when they would otherwise be learning virtually at home.

At Tanglewood, elementary school students from Captain Albert Stevens School are learning about ecology and seasonal changes through forest explorations.
 
These school partnerships provide an opportunity for students to experience fun and engaging learning in the outdoors while meeting academic standards and contributing to schools' ability to re-open safely during the pandemic.

We hope you are also able to get outside and enjoy the seasons changing!

Would you like to design our next t-shirt?

We are beginning preparations for next year's programming and we need your help to find our next t-shirt design!

Design must:
  • Be drawn on 8.5"x11" paper OR
  • Be a high-resolution JPEG that can be printed as 8.5"x11"
  • Be black & white (final design will be printed on a blue background)
  • Be simple and easy to determine what is being portrayed without a lot of intricate design elements
  • Be an original creation that has never been published, and does not contain any trademarks, logos, or copyrighted works
  • Represent both Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove
Deadline for submission: Monday, February 1 at 8 AM
 
The design of our choosing, which meets the above criteria, will be submitted for UMaine Extension 4-H administration approval to use on our merchandise.

The winner will receive a t-shirt with the new design and a gift certificate for $100 toward the cost of a camp session. (The gift certificate can be transferred or donated if the winner is not able to attend camp.)

Designs should be submitted to 1 Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849 or emailed to extension.tanglewood4h@maine.edu.

By submitting your original T-shirt design you grant the University of Maine Cooperative Extension permission to use your design on a royalty-free basis for fundraising or promotional purposes at their discretion without attribution or remuneration.

Educational Resources

Tanglewood at CASS
Students at Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School (CASS) in Belfast, ME have been using their outdoor classrooms-- the forest, field, pond, and garden that surround their school-- to inspire their writing.

This school year has given Tanglewood instructors the opportunity to try modes of teaching traditionally applied to the sciences to other disciplines in accordance with classroom space needs. For example, fifth-grade literature looks a bit different at CASS this year. Students carry clipboards, colored pencils, hand lenses, and paper-- all tools they use to document the world around them. Students utilize weekly field excursions with Tanglewood staff to record detailed observations that they subsequently develop into polished pieces of writing.

One favorite lesson was "Interview a tree," during which students practiced taking on the perspective of a tree being interviewed about its life. Interview questions included: What is the most important thing you would like to share with visitors to this forest? (keep it clean, watch where you walk, you can build cool forts) and, describe yourself using three words (leafy, spiky, old). Students also took rubbings of the leaves or needles from their trees as a way to connect more deeply with their interview subjects.

Is this beneficial? The proof is in the pudding--or rather in the papers of proud students displayed in the hallways-- a testament to the effectiveness of intentional field experiences. 
--Hannah Raymond, STEM Professional
Try It!
Decomposition Line Up!

Go outside and pick up items that are decomposing. You can choose a theme, like "decomposing leaves" or pick a variety of items.

You might notice that some items look "newer" or "fresher" than others. Some items might be crumbly like soil, have holes, or have pieces missing.

Order your items in a line on the ground  from "most decomposed" to "least decomposed." 

What do you notice about the process of decomposition?
Which items are decomposing at similar rates?
Why do you think things decompose? 


After ordering your items in this way, you might see if there are any other ways you could organize them. For instance, do they have a color or shape pattern? Are they from different, but related plant species? Do some smell similar?

Check out the Educational Resources page on our website for additional activities you can try at home!

Alumni Memories:

To see other alumni memories or submit your own memory, visit the alumni page on our website!

Support Us!

Visit our website to see ways you can support our programs!
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