Register for Agriculture in the Classroom Institute

Participants from the 2012 Summer Teacher's Institute pose with a pony.
Participants from the 2012 Summer Teacher’s Institute.

UPDATE: Openings are still available for the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom’s “Summer Teacher’s Institute,” held July 29–Aug. 2.

PreK through grade 12 teachers interested in topics related to agriculture are invited to attend Maine Agriculture in the Classroom’s (MAITC’s) “Summer Teacher’s Institute” from July 29–Aug. 2 in Presque Isle.

Event highlights include visiting a school farm; touring a new younger student program at the Northern Maine Fair; seeing operations related to potatoes, fisheries, broccoli, canola and forestry; and a full lesson on fiber.

Educator participants will receive 36 contact hours or 3.6 CEUs for re-certification credits. All attendees will receive a number of curriculum resources, including the 55-lesson Food, Land and People: Resources for Learning, Maine Teacher Resources Guide, Growing Potatoes in Northern Maine and The Wild Blueberry Curriculum, as well as training in these hands-on materials and exposure to hundreds of online resources.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the Wild Blueberry Commission and the Maine Potato Board, as well as proceeds from the agricultural license plate, the cost of this training (a $400 value) will be $225 per participant. Registration includes lodging, travel and meals for up to 35 educators for the entire five days. Scholarships are also available. Carpooling and transportation from central Maine will be organized.

For more information and to register, visit the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom website.

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