Kelt's Education Program

Nature Knowledge For All Ages.

We believe it is important to have opportunities for every child, family, or adult to be in and learn about local nature. These interactions help people of all ages to develop an understanding and an appreciation of the natural splendor in the Kennebec Estuary region.

Select from the menu below or scroll down the page to learn about KELT's multi-faceted education programs.

 
 
 

Programs for the Public

We love getting people outside learning about and experiencing the Kennebec Estuary. Join us for a nature walk or an evening lecture to learn more about this special place! We host experts and tap the know-how of staff and volunteers to share their knowledge about the wild, historic, and cultural places in our corner of Maine.

 
 Chainsaw safety and maintenance workshop.

Chainsaw safety and maintenance workshop.

Stewardship Series

KELT hosts a series of workshops for folks to learn new techniques to care for the land and explore new places and habitats.

 Learning to dig softshell clams.

Learning to dig softshell clams.

Summer Explorations

Events throughout the summertime to get you outside, learning something new, and having a great time!

 Bowdoin students present research about local shellfish flats.

Bowdoin students present research about local shellfish flats.

Annual Lectures

Lectures throughout the year tackling global conservation issues of local relevance.

 

Bringing the Estuary to School

Our nature-based programming for local students began in 2011 and has steadily grown since then. Working directly with local educators, KELT now provides 100+ individual opportunities (in-class and outdoor) for grades pre-kindergarten to high school at public and private schools throughout the region. 

We are proud to be a resource for local educators and are very willing to adapt our programs to fit the current needs of the class. This is to ensure a more authentic and worthwhile experience for students and educators.

 KELT visits a kindergarten class to present about worms!

KELT visits a kindergarten class to present about worms!

In the Classroom

From teaching about Gulf of Maine sea animals to our changing climate (just to name a few), KELT's educators hop into the classroom to engage students about their local environment. We primarily focus on science-related topics but are very willing to work with educators of all subjects!

 3rd grade students explore a new KELT preserve for suitable owl habitat.

3rd grade students explore a new KELT preserve for suitable owl habitat.

Getting Outside

Getting students and teachers out into the estuary is KELT's goal! We work with schools to plan explorations at preserves, state parks, the LOCAL Garden, and other outdoor sites. Then we can support these field trips by being onsite to lead lessons, provide expertise, and engage students in local nature! KELT often offers to cover the cost of busing to ensure students can access to these outdoor experiences.

Program Highlight: The SALTY Program

The Sea Animal Life for Tomorrow's Youth (SALTY) program is a series of classroom presentations and an optional outdoor experience facilitated by KELT for 4th grade classes. The presentations focus on the invertebrate animals of the Gulf of Maine: their biology and their importance to this marine habitat and the people of Maine.

The video was created by Greg Emerson, a 4th grade teacher at Woolwich Central School. Special thanks to the students and teachers for participating in the program!

 
 

Leading Our Community in Agricultural Learning

In 2016, KELT began to manage the LOCAL Garden in south Bath. The garden has a newly expanded mission: to serve as a nearly year-round, edible-demonstration garden, with projects and programs to benefit adults and children.

 
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The LOCAL Garden Story

Meet our Garden Coordinators, learn how it all started, and what we have planned for the future.

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Become a LOCAL Garden Volunteer

Join a Wednesday Workday crew…each Wednesday starting June 20 at 8am. Help our Garden Coordinators care for the garden, learn gardening tips, and share your gardening tricks!

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Upcoming Workshops

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Students in the Garden

Student groups are invited to visit the garden for a class field trip in the spring, summer, or fall. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE BUSINESSES BELOW FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE GARDEN!

 
 
 

Our Changing Climate

Stay tuned! More information is on its way.

 
 
 

Sewall Woods Preserve Demonstration Forest

During spring 2017, KELT conducted a timber harvest at Sewall Woods Preserve as part of a larger demonstration forest project to showcase sustainable forestry practices. Harvesting is complete! Learn more about this project below.

 
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The Story

KELT hopes that this harvest will not only benefit the woodlands and wildlife of the preserve, but will also provide a unique experience for its many users, encouraging the spread of sound forest stewardship practices throughout our region.

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Where did we Harvest in the Preserve?

This stand map shows the areas covered by the different forest types found at Sewall Woods Preserve (numbers) and the associated management recommendations. Stands 1 and 3 were harvested, while the other stands remain to retain shoreline trees, avoid soil damage in wet areas, or allow stand development.

 Amanda Mahaffey photo

Amanda Mahaffey photo

Learn More!

KELT sees large educational potential in this project. Join us for public walks to learn more.

Educational signage will also be installed along the trails to explain the resulting long-term changes to the forest.

 
 
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KELT Kids Summer Day Camp

KELT is pleased to host the KELT Kids Summer Day Camp this August for two, five day-long sessions. Children 6 to 12 years old will explore the natural world surrounding Sewall Pond in Arrowsic at the Maine TREE Foundation's Holt Research Forest NEW outdoor classroom.

Campers will experience the ecosystems of the Kennebec Estuary. Hands-on experiments, imaginative art projects, active games, and thoughtful dialogue will engage campers throughout the day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 
 
 The outdoor classroom pavilion and base camp.

The outdoor classroom pavilion and base camp.

Camp Staff & Location

Meet our camp staff and learn about our camp location along the shore of Sewall Pond in Arrowsic.

 
 Catchin' critters in the pond.

Catchin' critters in the pond.

Camp weeks

The 2018 camp dates...

August 13-17 for ages 9-12

August 20-24 for ages 6-8

Check out an example camp schedule. See and save a helpful list of items to pack for camp each day.

 
 Dressin' up like an insect.

Dressin' up like an insect.

Sign-up your camper!

Parents -- you'll find registration and medical forms here along with the option to pay the camp fee online.

Please print and complete the registration paperwork for each camper attending and return it to KELT by email, mail or in person at our office by Monday, August 6th.