Teach ME Outside
About the initiative: Teach ME Outside is a Maine environmental learning initiative based on the 2019 Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning (CBEL). We aim to reduce barriers and share community-designed solutions to increase schools’ and organizational ability to implement community-based environmental learning. We are working to increase opportunities for professional learning, data sharing, systemic reform, networking, and partnership support.
Building long-term, systems-level support in Maine
Why Community-Based Environmental Learning (CBEL)?
Increases students’ motivation
Improves standardized test scores
Supports students’ diverse learning styles and needs
Enhances critical thinking, leadership, and collaboration skills
Empowers students to make a difference in the community
Maine's CBEL Landscape
A recent landscape analysis of Maine CBEL initiatives found a variety of creative programs, in addition to many challenges including isolation from similar programs, a lack of resources or training, and a lack of consistent evaluation methods.
On the Teach ME Outside website, you'll find Community-Based Environmental Learning (CBEL) resources for educators as well as an interactive searchable map that parents, educators, and community members can use to find environmental learning partners and collaborators in their area.
Teach ME Outside builds on the collaborative work of many different organizations and individuals over the past decade and is led today by a partnership between the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, Maine Environmental Education Association, and Nature Based Education Consortium. This project is made possible with support from the Pisces Foundation and the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.