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Sustainable Living Project Calendar

An opportunity for 6th-8th grade youth to learn about the elements of sustainable living and how they can use this learning opportunity to positively influence their communities.

Outline of Hands-on Learning Programs for 2013:

  • Offered to enrolled groups and other interested parties.
  • Space is limited.
  • Please register well in advance.
  • Minimal material fees may apply.

January 19th (10:00am-12:00pm):
Winter Urban Ecology”

An introduction to how winter affects local flora and fauna, with a field exploration highlighting adapted species. Call to register and place to meet inside the cemetery. (In collaboration with Evergreen Cemetery)


February 22nd (10:00am-12:00pm)

An introduction to the study of mammals, their distinguishing characteristics, and basic field identification techniques. (In collaboration with the Maine Wildlife Park)


March 16th (10:00am-12:00pm):

An introduction to the study of trees. Emphasis will be on identifying tree species based on bark, fruits, and twigs. (In collaboration with the Portland area Arborist)


April 27th (10:00am-12:00pm):

An introduction to the study of birds. Topics covered will include migration, species range, adaptations, and methods for field identification. (In collaboration with Feathers over Freeport at Bradbury Mountain State Park)


May 18th (10:00am-12:00pm):

An introduction to the study of insects. Emphasis will be placed on field identification, invasive species, and collection techniques. (In collaboration with Pineland Farms)

June TBA:
“Soil Science”

Got dirt? An introduction to the various types of soil, the role of soil in diverse ecosystems, and good soil health.


July TBA:
“Aquatic Ecosystems”

An introduction to aquatic ecosystems, with focus on marine ecology and local marine resources.


Future Programs:

Water Quality, Mycology, Ecosystem Services, Mapping Systems, Building Efficiently, Composting, and more.



Project Highlights:

  • Participants will be able to attend monthly hands-on learning events conducted by the UMaine Cooperative Extension and collaborative organizations.
  • Participants will be able attend two weekend events held at the UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond.
  • As a part of their learning opportunities, participants will develop and conduct their own service learning projects within their local communities.

 Forming your Sustainable Living group:

  • One adult group leader will act as the group liaison.
  • Groups will meet at least once a month to work on their service learning projects, or to encourage further learning experiences.
  • Groups participating in this project are not required to become enrolled 4-H members; however it is strongly encouraged.
  • Contact the UMaine Extension Office in Cumberland County to get started. Phone: (207) 781-6099, Web:



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