The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust Donates $10,000 to The Ecology School

Saco, Maine (December 27, 2018) — The Ecology School received a generous gift of $10,000 from The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust to support the design and implementation of permaculture gardens throughout the school’s new environmental education center at River Bend Farm. Permaculture is a way to grow food by using ideas and methods learned through natural ecosystem study. The Ecology School will employ these concepts at River Bend Farm to ensure minimal ecological impact while creating the community benefits of local food production. These permaculture gardens will educate and inspire program participants; produce nuts, fruit, and vegetables for human consumption; restore meadows and woodlands; create habitat and food for wildlife, birds, and beneficial insects; provide protection against erosion from stormwater runoff and create rich wetland soil for rain gardens.

About The Ecology School 
Founded in 1998 in Saco, Maine, The Ecology School has brought outdoor science, environmental and sustainability education to more than 175,000 students and teachers from throughout Maine and New England. Through hands-on, experiential programming, students learn to become stewards of their environment as they explore local forests, coastal ecosystems, and sustainable food systems. We deliver our mission through single-day and residential programs for children and adults; workshops and presentations in schools; professional development for teachers; community engagement events; and distributing original field and curriculum guides.

In 2017 The Ecology School purchased River Bend Farm, a 105-acre historic farm located on a scenic bend in the Saco River in Saco, Maine. This property is the future home of the school’s model sustainable residential environmental learning center and progressive agroecology farm.

For more information, please contact: 
Caitlin Brooke
Community Relations Coordinator
(207) 283-9951 (office)