The best classroom is not in a school. 

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ― John Muir

The Maine Environmental Science Academy, MESA, offers a unique opportunity for students in grades 6-8 to complete their middle school years in an experiential setting.  The objectives of the program are to provide students an opportunity to learn about their surrounding environment, to introduce the state curriculum standards through authentic experiences,  to provide personal growth opportunities, and to create a culture of leadership and teamwork.

Located near wetlands, forests and fields, MESA is perfectly situated for place-based education. Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens. Community vitality and environmental quality are improved through the active engagement of local citizens, community organizations, and environmental resources in the life of the school.

Learning that is considered "experiential" contains the following elements:

~Reflection, critical analysis, and synthesis

~Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results

~Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically

~A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes 

We ask our students to be prepared (see link) to learn in all environments. 

MESA Information Form

For the 2023-24 school year, please send in form by April 14th, 2023.

This form is for students who are currently enrolled in MSAD 72 for the 2022-2023 school year. 

To share What is MESA?
Logan reflective documentary.mp4

Student Reflective Documentary