Lebanon 5th Graders and Parents Beginning to Prepare for Ecology School.
From 1991 - 2001 the fifth graders of Lebanon Elementary School attended a residential, three nights, four day environmental education program in southern Maine. In an effort to revive this wonderful program in April of 2007, 84 fifth-grade students from Lebanon Elementary School in Lebanon, Maine attended The Ferry Beach Ecology Schools at Ferry Beach, Maine. This tradition has continued and in May of this year we hope to have another 70+ students experience the residential program.
Ferry Beach Ecology School (FBES) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing ecological education to 3rd-8th grade classes. Their interdisciplinary ecology curriculum focuses on teaching hands-on lessons in basic ecology by using the outdoors as a classroom-- a classroom where learning occurs through exploration, scientific investigation, discovery and sensory awareness. A trip to FBES can be a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to explore and learn about ecosystems such as tide pools, beaches, dunes, salt marshes and coastal forests - places that many of them may never have seen before. The experience of being away from home and learning to live with and get along with others is also invaluable.
The Lebanon Schools have a unique partnership with Ferry Beach Ecology School, as they were the first school to pilot the SELU (Science and Ecology Live and Unplugged!) program. This is a multi-year program in which Ferry Beach Ecology School comes to our campus and our students go to their location for hands-on, experiential based learning, that directly ties into the state’s Environmental Literacy Plan. FBES has worked closely with us each year to be sure we meet curriculum science goals as well as having integrated learning across several disciplines.
From November 30 - December 6 the fifth grade will hold it’s annual online auction to help fund our Ferry Beach residential program for this year. . This is a week long live auction experience that has been quite successful in the past. People can register to bid at les5th.org or, if you are desiring to donate a new item, can contact a member of the Lebanon fifth grade team. You can also see testimonials about the experience on the auction website.