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Rooted Education Spreading in Unity

Students from the Ecology Learning Center shell corn at MOFGA-certified organic Songbird Farm. Photo courtesy of the Ecology Learning Center

Students from the Ecology Learning Center shell corn at MOFGA-certified organic Songbird Farm. Photo courtesy of the Ecology Learning Center

December 2019

On September 10, 2019, after more than a year of dedicated work, an enthusiastic coalition of Waldo County students, parents, educators and community partners, such as MOFGA, celebrated the Maine Charter Commission’s approval of the Ecology Learning Center’s new place-based public charter high school in Unity, opening in fall 2020. Guided by the unifying theme of “ecology,” ELC students will explore, enact and embody ecological principles – making meaningful connections among school, community and the natural world, and spending more time solving problems in their community than sitting in a classroom. As a public charter high school, this innovative educational experience will be for free and open to all interested students, regardless of socioeconomic background.
 
The ELC is composed of three interdependent educational branches. The Ecology Learning Center is a public charter school for grades 9 through12 (opening 2020); The Bridge Program is a homeschool enrichment program for grades 7 and 8; and the Community Hub offers workshops for all ages.

In the words of students and instructors, “The mission of the Ecology Learning Center is to deeply root students in Maine's ecological and cultural landscapes, foster authentic real-world learning through mentorship and craft, and cultivate compassionate and resilient leaders prepared to engage in the challenges of today and tomorrow.”
 
Open enrollment for 9th and 10th graders will begin on December 1, 2019. Community members can become involved by attending, hosting or leading a community workshop, or donating school equipment, time or expertise. For more information, please visit https://www.ecologylearningcenter.org/.

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