Community Programs & Partnerships

River Bend Farm will be a year-round home for growing partnership, offering community collaborators a destination to convene for meetings, year-round research, and programming.

Current partners and new relationships will build a wide base of support, teach innovative solutions to environmental problems along with an appreciation of Maine’s natural beauty. Looking ahead to 2021, community programs will include: workshops for families, adults, and professionals in topics ranging from permaculture to home sustainability; seasonal activities ranging from cider pressing and maple sugaring to mushroom forays and viewing Woodcock courtship displays.

Current partnerships include:

 

ELLMS (Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students) - A collaborative initiative between five residential environmental education organizations (The Ecology School, Chewonki, Bryant Pond 4-H Camp, Tanglewood 4-H Center, and Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park) with a shared goal to provide every Maine child with a residential environmental learning center experience.

Ecology of Architecture Collaborative - Consists of four leading Maine sustainable architecture firms (Kaplan Thompson, Scott Simons, Briburn, and Richardson & Associates), who collaborate to share costs and innovating on our Living Building Challenge residential dormitory and dining commons.

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) - Financed the purchase of River Bend Farm and has served as an important business plan advisor and provided project support through its Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems program.

Biodiversity, Ecology, and Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Group - Landscape ecologist Tom Wessels, The Ecology School Educator Alumni Andy Wood, Forest Management Consultant Harold Burrnett, UNE Professors, and Local & Organic Farmers help to oversee the design and implementation of our agroecology farm.

 

University of New England - Ongoing field ecology research, aided by student participation and done was on-site course work, includes planting 100 American Chestnut trees, tagging monarch butterflies, planting a native tree nursery, and more.

Maine Farmland Trust - Maine Farmland Trust holds the conservation easement on 96 acres of the River Bend Farm property.

Maine Old Cemetery Association - A small family cemetery is located on the property and will be maintained, restored, and researched with help from this partner.

 
 

Interested in Partnering?

Please contact Meg Edstrom Jones, Director of Educational Partnerships, at (207) 283-9951 or meg@theecologyschool.org.