Age level: Grades 6-12
Title: Hang Out With Me! I’m a Fungi.
Explore the world of mushrooms though this lesson on the fungi of the Northeast. Learn to better understand a mushroom’s role in the natural world and your world, when you are most likely to see one, and how most have a symbiotic relationship with other plants.
Kala Rush, Sherman, Maine, is the Education Coordinator for Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters. Kala’s love for the outdoors and education began during her work as a Youth Crew Leader for the Montana Conservation Corps and continued while creating educational and volunteer opportunities as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the United Way of Greater Portland. She started her degree in Communications at the University of Montana and finished at the University of Southern Maine, which led to a teaching role in Northern Maine. Teaching in rural schools helped her realize that almost every opportunity can be an educational opportunity and is passionate about finding, facilitating, and sharing place-based learning experiences.
Will Tjeltveit, Allentown, Pennsylvania, is an AmeriCorps VISTA at Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters. Growing up, he spent summers in Montana and New Hampshire and developed a deep love for the outdoors, small towns, and the natural world. He recently earned a degree in History from Trinity College (CT) where he also led the outdoors club, conducted research with the National Park Service, and led new students on orientation trips along the Appalachian Trail. Will spent the past two summers interning with the National Park Service in Tennessee and the Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska leading interpretive and educational programs for visitors from around the world.
Michelle Martin, Patten, Maine, is a teacher Librarian at Houlton High School.