Classroom in the Pines

Classroom in the Pines
JEFFERSON — A dozen fifth- and sixth-graders spread out across the snow. And looking like a yoga class in the middle of nowhere, they stretched out their hands, got down on their hands and knees, and cupped their ears as if in a primitive ritual.
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Joe Guenther, 11, leads classmates carrying a ladder into the woods so his group can hang a nesting box for northern flickers as part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s hands-on scientific research that their teacher feels is essential to a child’s development.

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Teacher Glenn Powers lectures students by the warming hut at the Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson as part of the curriculum of the “40 Days in the Woods” program.
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Welcome to Edgecomb teacher Glenn Powers' class, "40 Days in the Maine Woods."

Richard Louv's got nothing on Powers.

But the author of the best-seller "Last Child in the Woods" would surely give a nod to the Edgecomb teacher who this year created an entire grade-school science class set in the woods.

Each week, the children in Powers' class at The Center for Teaching and Learning travel a half-hour to Hidden Valley Nature Center for wildlife lessons followed by hands-on scientific research they collect for organizations looking for wildlife inventory data collected by citizen scientists.

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