Who we are: Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students (ELLMS) is a collaboration of residential environmental learning centers (Chewonki, The Ecology School, Schoodic Institute and UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers at Bryant Pond and Tanglewood) working together with Maine schools and other partners to facilitate learning opportunities that empower students to create healthy, vibrant Maine communities.
Mission: Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students (ELLMS) collaborates to promote best-in-class residential environmental learning in Maine for all students, create model community-based education partnerships, and contribute to statewide initiatives.
Vision: In twenty years there is a network of Residential Environmental Learning Centers that give all students in Maine access to wholistic environmental learning and facilitate community-based education innovation.
Nature-Based Education Vision (statewide collaboration in which ELLMS is part): In twenty years, Maine is known as a place where our educational institutions are vibrant communities connected to the natural landscapes of Maine- the lands, waterways, and ocean. Maine students understand the connection between their health and the health of the natural world. They are civically engaged members of their communities, towns and regions.
Our shared education model:
The five well-respected Maine non-profit organizations have 120 combined years of experience in residential environmental education. ELLMS allows the five partner organizations to share best practices and administrative resources, reach a much greater number of students, and work together to teach a rising generation how to be responsible stewards of their environment, their own health, their communities, and their state.
To date, the ELLMS Project has allocated $1.3 million to support over 10,000 students from Maine schools.