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!