Northport woman to lead Project Learning Tree

Jun 14, 2019
Christine Anderson-Morehouse

Augusta — Christine Anderson-Morehouse of Northport has been hired as Maine TREE Foundation's new Project Learning Tree®  coordinator.

Project Learning Tree uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it.

Anderson-Morehouse joins Maine TREE after decades of guiding school leadership teams and teachers in educational approaches, often incorporating suitable outdoor education and first-hand learning experiences. She has worked with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance to improve science teaching and learning. She has also led the Midcoast Regional Professional Development Center to train teachers and administrators. And, she’s consulted with school districts, universities and nonprofit organizations throughout Maine and beyond to improve science learning.

Anderson-Morehouse brings her degrees in forestry and science and environmental education, and her experience over 30 years of working in those fields, to her work with Project Learning Tree.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to apply my experience in forestry, as a middle school teacher and as a coach for science educators to Project Learning Tree,” Anderson-Morehouse said.

“Maine education is at a crossroads with its emphasis on students learning through real-world problem-solving, critical thinking, and other practices within each subject area. Maine Project Learning Tree, with its large, statewide network of teachers, foresters and researchers, offers many excellent opportunities for students to learn in their schools and communities,” she said.

“Through Project Learning Tree experiences, students will realize new opportunities to live, work and play here in Maine, so they can more fully enjoy what our beautiful state has to offer and hopefully remain or return after graduation.”

Since 1976, Project Learning Tree has reached 135 million students and trained 750,000 educators to help students learn how to think — not what to think — about complex environmental issues. PLT is an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. A mainstay of experiential outdoor environmental education in Maine since 1977, PLT It is a core program of the Maine TREE Foundation, whose mission is to educate and advocate for the sustainable use of the forest and the ecological, economic and social health of Maine’s forest community.

Henry Whittemore, executive director of Maine TREE, said, “We are delighted to welcome Christine Anderson-Morehouse as our new PLT Coordinator and we look forward to developing new programs, delivering innovative outdoor activities and building new networks with Christine guiding the way. She comes with a wealth of experience in designing and developing STEM-related professional development and is a natural fit to lead Project Learning Tree in Maine.”

Anderson-Morehouse begins in her new role on June 17. Among her first tasks will be to help support Maine TREE’s Teachers’ Tours, to be held this year July 9-12 in Ashland, and July 23-26 in Rangeley.

The Maine TREE Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with an event for families and people of all ages Sept. 21 at Old Town Elementary School. For more information, call 621-9872 or email info@mainetree.org.

 

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