Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region

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Mt. Agamenticus Teacher Information

Learning from nature

Mount Agamenticus offers many fun learning experiences for your students.  With its summit views of the undeveloped forests and local reservoirs, it is the ideal location to explain the significance of the region for wildlife and water quality. 

Our goal is to educate students and visitors alike about the unique history and ecology of the area,  and to instill low-impact recreation practices, that will assist in the protection of the Mount A region so that current and future generations can forever enjoy its pristine beauty.  This will also help to ensure the continued supply of healthy drinking water and the preservation of habitat for the area’s abundant wildlife. 

 


Advance Planning

Please let us help you plan ahead by registering your group before you visit the mountain.  Please note that there are only seasonal portable toilets available for the public at the summit. 

By reaching out to students before they explore the mountain, we can enhance their understanding of the forest habitats, wetlands, and streams that they will see as they use the trails.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about the rare and interesting plants and animals of Southern Maine and the watershed that provides drinking water for local residents.  Please obtain the following educational material in advance: 

Available educational material (Some require advance notice; those available for download in the Teaching Materials menu on this page are marked with an asterisk): 
*Teacher’s packet- describes environmental features, ecological significance, and history of the area.

*Turtle brochure- explains why turtles are crossing roads in York County and what you can do to help.

Slide Show- a short power point show that briefly explains the conservation program at Mount A. 

Scavenger Hunt- utilizing map & compass skills, students search for invasive plant species at the summit (the only exception to our “take nothing, leave nothing” leave no trace principles).

Low impact sand box- interactive display that encourages students to tread lightly.

Enviroscape Model- students will discover how water travels through a watershed, much like at Mount A. The three-dimensional landscapes model illustrates residential, recreational, agricultural, industrial and transportation areas. By using drink mix and cocoa powder as imitation chemicals and loose soil students can watch how pollutants travel through their community.

Microscope/vernal pool water sample- allows students to learn about some fascinating critters that live in vernal pools.

Some examples of interpretive displays that could be incorporated into lesson plans include:
Summit kiosk- features seasonal ecology displays, history timeline, and tips for low impact recreation.

Tree Walk- identifies many different tree species found at the summit and on the trails with interesting facts.

StoryWalk- combines the benefits of physical activity, time outdoors in nature, literacy and family time by taking children's books and posting them, in pieces, along a recreational path or hiking trail. You can read this story by following the Ring Trail to the west and continue around to Witch Hazel trail to the summit. 

Vernal Pools-located at the base of Rocky Road trail, this vernal pool and accompanying interpretive sign explains why this is important habitat, identifies indicator species and depicts the changing pool through the seasons. 

Students at Mt. A

We hope that this will help encourage students and visitors to treat the land gently, learn about responsible trail use and the environmental effects of recreation, which will ultimately contribute to the conservation of this unique natural area. 

As we continue to develop more interactive displays and programs we would love to have your feedback and assistance.  If you would like to be more involved with this endeavor, please consider becoming a Friend of Mount A!

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 15:20