Cobscook Community High School Program Receives Support for New Project

Cobscook Community High School (CCHS) program students and teachers are in the process of developing and initiating a long term phenology study on and around their 50 acre campus in Trsecott, Maine and have recently received a “GreenWorks!” grant from Project Learning Tree (PLT) in support of their project.

“What a wonderful project you have proposed”, says PLT state coordinator Pat Maloney.  “I’m happy that PLT identified a very exciting program to recognize in downeast Maine.”

The high school program initiated the project at the start of the school year with the development Forest Inventory (FIG) Plots on their own.  Led by CCHS teacher Michael Giudilli, who attended one of PLT teacher training workshops in February of 2014, the students created two growth plots on their 50 acre campus. 

“These one-tenth acre FIG plots will provide the Cobscook Community Learning Center with valuable information about their forested land as a resource,” says teacher, Michael Giudilli. “They’ll also provide our students with the opportunity to work outdoors and collect necessary base line data for the continued study of our campus forest.”

The grant funds will allow the program to purchase the necessary field equipment to continue their phenology study. This will include GPS units, HOBO monitors used to measure temperature and light intensity, and other forestry tools.

Project Learning Tree is an award winning international environmental education program that uses the forest as a "window on the world" to increase students' understanding of our complex environment. For more information or to sign up for a PLT workshop, visit www.plt.org. The Cobscook Community High School program is available to Washington County students through partnerships with Calais and Shead High Schools. CCHS is accepting applications for the 2nd semester, and for the 2015-16 school year. Those interested in more information can visit www.cclc.me or call 207-733-2233.