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Updated: September 19, 2023

Maine introduces $1.8M grant to improve climate education in local schools

The Maine Department of Education has introduced a $1.8 million grant to improve climate education in public schools. 

This grant, funded by legislation enacted in May 2022, enables schools to work with nonprofits in their local communities so that teachers and schools can bring climate education to more of Maine’s students.

The funding focuses mainly on communities historically underserved by climate education, socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, and interdisciplinary, place-based and project-based learning-focused activities.

“These grants can provide Maine educators and schools with the tools, resources, and partnerships they need to provide students with engaging, hands-on climate and environmental education,” said Maine Education Commissioner Pender Makin in a news release. “From the mountains to the coast, Maine has enormous natural resources for students to explore and learn from so they can be effective environmental stewards and leaders.” 

More about outdoor education 

Maine continues to be a leader in outdoor learning and climate education. 

The Maine DOE’s Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures initiative, funded through a $16.9 million federal grant, has supported the expansion of outdoor education classrooms, programs, professional learning, partnerships and spaces across the state. 

Gov. Janet Mills’ Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative has also given middle and high school students opportunities to explore careers in coastal and inland forestry.

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