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MESA teachers earn Environmental Educators of the Year from TMCC

posted May 18, 2015, 6:42 PM by Jotham Oliver   [ updated May 18, 2015, 6:44 PM ]

Educators in the Maine Environmental Science Academy were honored with Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Outstanding Environmental Educators Award at their 17th Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  

MESA, a specialized program which focuses heavily on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) studies from an ecological perspective, offers a unique opportunity to students in grades 6-8 to complete their middle school years in an experiential setting. The objective of the program is to give students the opportunity to learn about their surrounding environment; to be introduced to the state curriculum standards through authentic experiences that bring standards to life; and to provide personal growth opportunities creating a culture of leadership and teamwork. Located near wetlands, forests and fields, MESA is perfectly situated for place-based education.  MESA, in conjunction with Tin Mountain Conservation Center uses the surrounding environment, whether it be the conservation center itself with their immense network of trail systems, the Bear Paw tract of land, or other locations around the Mount Washington Valley to help students learn and understand, as well as get them involved in the community.