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Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS)


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

May 5-7: Spring mini camp at Nebizun, Passadumkeg, Maine

July 10-14: earth camp at Fourth Debsconeag Lake
This is our 5th earth camp!!

 

 

NEWS FLASH

Striding To Better Forest for Native Plants

USFS R&D Tribal Engagement Roadmap Highlights Report – Final DRAFT

DIFFERENT CULTURES INTERSECT IN A MAINE FOREST

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Bow and Drill 2014 Summer Camp Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Bow and Drill 2014 Summer Camp Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Plant Session w/Arthur Haines – Summer Camp 2014 Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Plant Session w/Arthur Haines – Summer Camp 2014 Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Plant Session w/Arthur Haines Summer Camps 2014 Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Plant Session w/Arthur Haines Summer Camps 2014 Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Roger Paul & Barry Dana Group Photo by Kyle Lolar
Roger Paul & Barry Dana Group Photo by Kyle Lolar
Native American Camp 2013 Photo by Kyle Lolar
Native American Camp 2013 Photo by Kyle Lolar
Native American Camp 2013 Photo by Kyle Lolar
Native American Camp 2013 Photo by Kyle Lolar
Native American Camp 2013 Photo by Kyle Lolar
Native American Camp 2013 Photo by Kyle Lolar
Canoe Group Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Canoe Group Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Butchbaskets Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Butchbaskets Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Tabitha Photo by Kyle Lolar
Tabitha Photo by Kyle Lolar
Trevor – Foresty Photo by Kyle Lolar
Trevor – Foresty Photo by Kyle Lolar
Native American Camp 2013 Photo by Andrea Littlefield
Native American Camp 2013 Photo by Andrea Littlefield

        “Integrating Technology Science and Traditional Culture”

 

Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) Program

Research has shown that one key component to persistence in sciences for Native American students is the melding of the science AND culture into the curriculum.  In particular the rich cultural heritage of the Wabanaki Tribes and their environment, lends itself well to melding these two vital criteria.  It is also important to connect the next generation to continue their cultural heritage and legacy of environmental management and stewardship. This initiative looks at developing a long-term program to engage Wabanaki students (6-12 grades) through their cultural heritage and environmental legacy to encourage and promote persistence in sciences through college and into a career. It is the essence of knowledge to action and what will be paramount in developing a sustainable environmental program for the tribes.

This longitudinal connection is a three-pronged approach.  The multi-prong approach includes:

  •     Week-long summer camp.
  •     Internships pairing cultural resource professionals and natural resource professionals within each tribal location during the school year and the summer.
  •     TEK/ASIES programs at each teen center/Boys & Girls Club for the respective tribes.

Summer Camp

The Summer of 2013, we held our first “earth” camp.  We had 15 students.  Summer 2014, we doubled our attendance at Schoodic Point, Schoodic Institute.  Summer 2015 and 2016 we had 25 students at each respective camp.  Our third year (2015), was held at Cobscook Community Learning Center, along the shores of Cobscook Bay in Trescott, late June.  Summer 2016, earth camp was held along the shores of Fourth Debsconeag, in the shadows of Katahdin Mountain. Our fifth earth camp location has not been determined for 2107, but it will be a momentous and wonderful occasion for all involved. It promises to be our most exciting earth camp to date! Applications to attend the camp will be available by February, 2017.

There is no charge for this summer camp for Wabanaki students.

As a part of the “camp” experience and seeing a desire to continue the year-long connection with students, cultural knowledge keepers and natural resource professionals, we have initiated “mini-camps”. These seasonal activities (spring, summer, fall, winter) focus on one topic for a 2 1/2 day period. Younger students are encouraged to participate, as well as their parents, at the mini-camps to help ready them for the week-long earth camp when they are older. The melding of native culture and western knowledge is the thread throughout the mini-camps. These hands-on, outdoor programs engage all ages in the environmental and cultural experiences that connect the next generation to invest in their cultural heritage and legacy of environmental management and stewardship on tribal lands.

 

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wab sign with feathersCURRENT HAPPENINGS

Spring 2017 mini camp application

WaYS: UMaine News

 


WaYS Supporters

Bureau of Indian Affairs

EPSCoR

Fredericka Gilroy Memorial Trust for Native American Education

Kitchen Gardeners International

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

New England Grassroots Foundation

J.A. Woollam Foundation

 

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