Land Trust Support in the School

Environmental Education

 Vinalhaven Land Trust is proud  to sponsor Vinalhaven School environmental education programs. There are a variety of nature-based activities planned for students in every grade level each year. 


VLT’s environmental education programs have helped whole classrooms of kids at the Vinalhaven School engage in outdoor learning.  From overnight expeditions off island to guided excursions on our own trails, students have enjoyed the benefits of fresh air and exercise while gaining valuable insight and appreciation into their resources and environment.

 Click below to support these great environmental programs for students K-12. 

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2018/2019 School Year

Hurricane island

Starting in September, Hurricane Island lead science teacher will be coming into Grades 6-12 classrooms for the third year. Year 1 was scallop aquaculture, and last year was Kelp Aquaculture.  This year, middle school will continue work on Kelp, and 7th and 8th grade will work more in depth on a kelp business plan as well as some geology to tie in with their Geology Hike with George Kendrick in October. 


This year, the HS plan will follow the earth science curriculum. They will discuss how the solar system impacts the earth. The HS field trip in September will focus on Hurricane's solar energy and geologic history.

Katahdin Camping Trip

Every September, the eighth-grade travels to Baxter State Park to camp and climb Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak. This year's trip is September 19-21. In a way, this trip has become a right-of-passage before graduating middle school, and VLT is proud to provide Vinalhaven School students with this opportunity.  


This year, they will camp on a VH resident's property on Ambejejus Lake and canoe to the Boom House Museum, hiking Mount Katahdin the next day. VH connections are everywhere!

Tanglewood

In October, Grades 5 and 6 camp for two nights on Tanglewood's 940 acre campus in Lincolnville at Camden Hills State Park.   They will spend their days exploring the forest and freshwater ecosystems. The activities will include interpretive hikes, ecology-based activities,  pond scooping for macro-invertebrate species, team-building, etc. They will team up with students from St. George's School and sleep in Tanglewood's cabins.


K-3 will be going on a Tanglewood led hike at Perry's Creek in October. They will talk about habitats and forest ecology. They will focus on what might be different about Vinalhaven in particular, and as usual, they will have fun exploring the woods and using their imaginations as one of their guides.

Geology Field Trips

Geologist George Kendrick will take Grades 7 and 8 (October) and HS (May) on  an exploration of Vinalhaven's ancient history.  George will teach students what they can learn about Vinalhaven's history from rocks at various locations on the island. They will search for rocks on Lane's Island, Tip Toe Beach, and Lawson's Quarry.

Preserve Hikes

K -1 will go on a Habitat Walk with Kerry Hardy and discover plants and animals at Tip Toe Mountain. This year, Grades 2 and 3 will go to the same preserve each season and make observations, an activity called "plot studies". K-3 will hike story trail in the fall and spring to check out the new book while enjoying the different seasons.

Mushroom Photography

In September, MCHT steward Kirk Gentalen will be taking grades 4 and 5 into the woods to search for and photograph mushrooms. They will be bringing their photos back to the classroom to make paintings and  compile a book for the land trust.

Summer 2018 Programs for Kids

Island Explorers

Session 1 with Island Explorers teacher, Sarah Barrett

VLT’s popular day camp had a great time  this summer, it was chock full of the outdoor adventures and explorations that make Maine summers so unforgettable!    

 vltislandexplorers@gmail.com

Hike the Story Trail

Head to the Granite Island Trail and enjoy a family-friendly hike down to the shores of the Basin while enjoying a favorite, oversized picture book for children. The summer of 2018 was Robert McCloskey's classic, Blueberries for Sal

Using Pressed Wildflowers

Beth Gilford taught adults and kids how to make greeting cards using pressed wildflowers. Participants  made two gift cards using pressed flowers, glue and other materials were provided.   

Bird Sleuth Walk for all Ages

Jen Fee is the Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Sleuth program, an international school program for K - 12 students. She spoke about the program and led an all ages bird walk the next day.

Fairy Houses of Vinalhaven

Heather White, Kelly Richards and Colleen Conlan guided a group of children (and some adults!), to build fairy houses. They brought in materials for the kids to use and the rest was left to the individual's imagination.

Family Hikes

Hike one of the many VLT trails on your own with the family. We have trails of all sizes and levels of difficulty. See our trails page here to get more complete descriptions of all the preserves. 

Environmental Education 2017/2018

Land Trust Support

Vinalhaven Land Trust is proud  to sponsor Vinalhaven School environmental education programs. There are a variety of nature-based activities planned for students in every grade level each year. 


VLT’s environmental education programs helped whole classrooms of kids at the Vinalhaven School engage in outdoor learning.  From overnight expeditions off island to guided excursions on our own trails, students enjoyed the benefits of fresh air and exercise while gaining valuable insight and appreciation into their resources and environment.

Tanglewood

Leaders from University of Maine's Tanglewood Learning Centers visited the island for a nature hike at Polly's Cove with Vinalhaven School's youngest students. These Tanglewood professionals engaged students in their environment through interactive lessons and educational games, but the biggest lesson was learned from the youngsters themselves: that the forest is a limitless venue for imagination.


In the fall Grades 5 and 6 went on an overnight adventure with Tanglewood educators.

Hurricane Island

As part of VLT's partnership with Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, visiting scientists helped Vinalhaven students cultivate kelp in the classroom. Students then planted their kelp offshore of Hurricane Island, where they returned to harvest it this past spring. This is an excellent way to learn science while helping to conduct an important study on Penobscot Bay aquaculture.

Baxter State Park

Every September, the eighth-grade travels to Baxter State Park to camp and climb Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak. In a way, this trip has become a right-of-passage before graduating middle school, and VLT is proud to provide Vinalhaven School students with this opportunity. Though the peaks at Baxter may dwarf our island hills, students gain skills and experiences that undoubtedly encourage further exploration of land in conservation.

Art Installation and Hiking

The Story Trail at Granite Island Preserve was a great place for the younger students to get into the woods and enjoy reading this year's book, Blueberries for Sal. 


Heather White's art class also had an art installation on story trail in May. They made clay mushrooms and installed them all along the story trail. It was a fun and colorful addition Granite Island Preserve.

Perspectives After School

VLT partners with PIE (Perspectives After School), for creative programs that include getting outdoors and learning more about nature and science. 


This year's programs included planting a new garden at the school with Kate Ritz, Pond Scoping with MCHT steward Kirk Gentalen, building fairy houses, learning about bees, baking bread, animal tracking, composting and recycling, kelp collecting, and more!

Story Trail

Get out and Read!

Head to the Granite Island Trail and enjoy a family-friendly hike down to the shores of the Basin while enjoying a favorite, oversized picture book for children.

Check out the New Book

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. This beautifully illustrated book will enchant your walk in the woods. Find it at location 2C on our preserve map.

 

Perspectives After School

In Partnership with PIE

Perspectives After School (PAS) is a weekly enrichment program for elementary students at the Vinalhaven School. It offers a wide range of experiential learning activities that are hands-on, creative, and fun.


Perspectives serves two age groups, Grades K to 2 and Grades 3 to 5, that each meet one afternoon a week for 32 weeks during the school year.

Offering a balance of place-based learning activities in fields such as nature and the environment, creating with the arts, healthy living, community service, technology, and problem solving, Perspectives enables children to try new things, build new skills, and meet new people, all while having fun.


Sponsored through a partnership between Vinalhaven Land Trust (VLT) and Partners in Island Education (PIE), Perspectives is run by a team of educators who collaborate to design activities and recruit community volunteers to share their own interests and expertise. The Vinalhaven School enthusiastically supports Perspectives, providing it with a home in the school and healthy snacks every week.


So far this year students have studied the winter sky, learned about ice, tracked animals through the snow, made sushi and learned about the science of bread making, practiced yoga, deconstructed household machines, bound their own books, learned about composting, and sorted redeemable bottles and cans to raise money for Vinalhaven Eldercare Services. Perspectives will continue to offer such diverse and constructive activities throughout the school year.


VLT is excited to help bring these opportunities to our school children, opportunities that help them broaden their perspectives and gain an appreciation for their community—the land, the wild creatures, the people—and their place within it.

This Year's Themes

January:      Bread and Butter and Doh

February:    Winter Woods

March:         Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

April:            Kelp and More               

May/June:   Pollinator Power

October:     Fall Harvest

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Island Explorers

Summer Camp

Thank you to all who participated this summer. Island Explorers had a great time learning about Farms and Gardens, Ecosystems, and searching for critters (tide-pooling).  



For more information or to register for Island Explorers, contact Sarah at vltislandexplorers@gmail.com



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