Dover-Foxcroft – Recently, Foxcroft Academy Science teacher, Rob Weber, was honored by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District with their county Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year award. On Wednesday, May 15th, members of the PCSWCD presented Mr. Weber with this honor. The following is the written presentation for Mr. Weber.
Good morning, my name is Sarah Robinson and I am the executive director for Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. At the Soil and Water Conservation District we practice being leaders in agriculture and forestry by providing technical assistance to landowners and farmers. We also provide educational opportunities to support conservation efforts and best management practices for our land and natural resources through workshops and events. Our mission is to help people in the community learn ways to take care of the land that we depend on, here in Maine.
Each year, we honor an educator working in our county with the Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year award. This selection is made by awarding an educator’s dedication to fostering students’ learning and understanding of natural resource ecology and implementation of the related curriculum in Piscataquis County.
We are pleased to announce our 2019 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year, Rob Weber.
Rob has been active in teaching his students the best practices on how to be stewards of the land and sharing an appreciation of what Piscataquis County has to offer. His love of fishing, exploring the outdoors and cross country skiing, has crossed over into his science classes with hands-on experiences. Studying the differences between native and stocked trout with anatomy and physiology students, field trips to Common Ground Fair, skiing trips to AMC’s Little Lyford, and mapping climate change on campus are just a few ways Rob has incorporated conservation into his science classes.
Rob has actively been involved with the Soil and Water Conservation district by volunteering for the Teen Wilderness Expedition, a program where we partner with Appalachian Mountain Club. In 2017, Rob had graduating seniors visit the Law Farm, one of the District’s public lands, assisting UMaine and The American Chestnut Foundation with the most northern germplasm trial of American Chestnut trees in the United State where he has continued to have science classes monitor and report tree growth from this trial. Rob has also supported AMC in development of a new Climate Change curriculum with coursework ranging from forest ecology, leadership development and weather.
It is clear that Rob finds teachable moments within the natural environment. He values the importance of children being exposed to the outdoors while learning science. When the passion of a livelihood is merged with classroom curriculum and shared with students through life experiences, you have an amazing educator on your hands.
Congratulations Mr. Weber for receiving this well deserved honor! #rideonponies