Friday, Oct. 5, marks the day that local area educators will take to the water and trails exploring the Midcoast. The educators of RSU 20, the district encompassing the Midcoast from Northport up to Stockton Springs and Frankfort, will experience a day of place-based education in action, getting to know their local geography, economics and ecology. At noon they will be served a locally grown and cooked complimentary lunch.

The day begins with a keynote address “Exploring Our Home: Discovering a Sense of Place. Place-Based Learning in Action” by Coleen O’Connell, a nationally recognized leader of ecology-community-action-education, and the director/faculty of the master’s program in ecological teaching and learning at Lesley University. O’Connell lives locally and is a member of the Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage community.

Educators will then choose from a menu of events that include outdoor learning stations on the campus of Drinkwater School in Northport, getting to know Belfast, and getting to know Searsport. Featured are a guided boat tour of the coastline of the RSU 20 district, walking tours of the Belfast waterfront and Mack Point in Searsport, visits to Coastal Farms Food Processing, Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project, Penobscot Marine Museum, and hikes and nature walks on Sears Island, Moose Point, and Belfast’s Stover and Head-of-Tide Preserves.

The day’s events and lunch have been planned by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition founding member Cloe Chunn and many participating volunteers from the community. The expertise of several teachers within the district will be put into action at learning stations. Lunch is being catered by the Belfast Co-op, Staples Blueberry Farm, Troy Howard Garden Project, Peacemeal Farm, Swan Lake Grocery, Hannaford and cooks of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.