Environment Fall 2016

Maine is our Classroom

“People get it: Unity College is solidly rooted in the experience of Maine,” Khoury said. “The State of Maine has a palpable sense of place and we want students from across the country, and around the world, to share this amazing resource with us.”

Unity College is founded fundamentally on the concept of place. The state of Maine is a living ecological laboratory of fields, farms, forests, ponds, rivers, and oceanfront. Our residential campus is intrinsic to our identity, our history, and our values as America’s Environmental College.

Throughout their Unity College careers, students experience myriad opportunities to get down and dirty with Mother Nature. Whether it’s sampling seaweed on Allen Island, trapping bears in the woods of central Maine, studying microplastics in the waters of our oceans, determining optimum woodlot production for a small woodlot owner, or studying storm drainage in the town of Unity, our students travel all over the state providing useful service everywhere they go.

Around the state, Unity College has brought students into the field in numerous ways:

  1. President Khoury discussed renewable energy and introduced Gov. Paul LePage at the Power Dialog forum at the University of Maine in April. Orono
  2. Unity College sponsored and attended the Maine Conservation Voters Evening for the Environment in October. Portland
  3. Unity College is a longtime supporter of the Camden International Film Festival. Camden
  4. Unity College joined with the American Chestnut Foundation to cultivate seedlings for restoration plantings in Searsport, Stetson, Phippsburg, Winthrop, Lovell, Unity, and Morrill.
  5. President Khoury spoke at St. Joseph’s College of Maine at the Meet Your Future in Maine networking event in September. Standish
  6. Student Research: Allen Island, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Unity Pond, area hemlock forests, and more.
  7. Students were among the first to visit the new Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in September. Millinocket
  8. Incoming freshmen hopped into vans with a pile of gear and headed into the wilds of Maine for their Nova Experiences. Moosehead Lake, St. Croix River, Cobscook Bay, Aroostook Mi’kmaq, Scraggly Lake, Grafton Notch, Seboeis Lake & more.