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Field Biology, University of Maine-Farmington

Course taught by Nancy Prentiss, University of Maine-Farmington, prentiss@maine.edu. Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center, ssavanic@carleton.edu.
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This field biology class uses a service-learning project instead of a course term paper. The students worked with 4th and 5th graders at Cascade Brook School (CBS) in Farmington, to teach them skills in wildflower and fern identification, and then to help them implement a nature trail, which will be accessible to the greater Farmington community.

Learning Goals

To further an appreciation for the natural history of our world, while concentrating on plant communities in selected Maine habitats. The purpose is not to learn all the plants available to us, but rather, to learn how to identify them and to recognize some basic plant communities. A second goal is to teach and guide others in the concepts of wildflower identification and conservation.

Context for Use


Teaching Materials

course syllabus

Teaching Notes and Tips



Course Requirements: A total of 400 points for this 3-credit course will be allocated as follows:

References and Resources

See course syllabus


Biology:Plant Biology

Resource Type

Activities:Project:Service Learning, Course Information:Goals/Syllabi, Activities

Special Interest

Local Issue

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Ready for Use

Ready to Use

Earth System Topics



Biosphere, Ecology


Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience

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