Beach School Connects Urban Students with Ecology

By Koenig, Seth | Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), March 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

Beach School Connects Urban Students with Ecology


Koenig, Seth, Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME)


SACO, Maine -- Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco is only about a half-hour drive from Portland, but it represents a dramatic change of scenery for some of the city's students.

On Monday, seventh-graders from Lincoln Middle School arrived at the campus, which offers dormitory-style living and walking distance to eight different ecosystems -- including the beach, forest, salt marsh, pond and dunes.

In many areas of Maine, easy access to at least one of those ecosystems, if not several, is taken for granted by young people. But in Portland, the most urban and heavily populated place in the state, barriers can cut students off from hands-on ecological education.

Some students are immigrant newcomers to Maine, known for its outdoor recreation and wilderness, while others face poverty that confines their families to dense urban neighborhoods where food and services are within walking distance.

"Many of these students have not had the opportunity to get close to nature, especially the sea -- to get close to the ocean," said Phyllis Hey, community coordinator for Lincoln Middle School and Presumpscot Elementary School. "We have kids from all over the world but it's not just [multinational] diversity [that has prevented some kids from having access to Maine nature], but economic as well. Maybe we do live close to the shore, but it doesn't mean they all have access to it."

This year's seventh-graders represent the school's third year visiting Ferry Beach Ecology School, which throughout the school year cycles school groups through its facility for visits ranging from a few days to a full week. The ecology school, which uses the campus of the Unitarian Universalist camp and conference center during the offseason months, attracts classes from all over New England, said Associate Director Maureen Duggan, but the organization is seeking to increase the number of Maine kids served at the site. …

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