Connected Learning Ecosystem

Aroostook County

Established in 2021

4 informal educators

10 classroom teachers

Group of educators from aroostook county holding up local awards they gave each other

Welcome to Aroostook County CLE! We are a growing and enthusiastic community of educators who support each other and our students. Our group comes together both virtually and in-person to share ideas and resources. Teaching in rural, northern Maine is a unique and rewarding experience that we all share. We are committed to providing our students with the best possible education and helping them achieve their full potential.

Potato Field
Agricultural Legacy

Agriculture serves as the heartbeat of Aroostook County and is deeply ingrained in our community. The potato harvest season represents a collective endeavor, with local schools starting early to accommodate a break during this critical period, enabling families to participate in this vital agricultural tradition. Although potatoes take the lead as our primary agricultural product, Aroostook County also boasts flourishing sunflower, broccoli, and beet farms, diversifying our agricultural landscape.

forest in aroostook county
Rich Forest Ecosystem

Aroostook County's forests stand out as a distinct and exceptional element of our ecosystem. Dominated by the majestic spruce and fir trees, these forests also harbor a rich tapestry of lichen species and contribute significantly to the county's air quality. These woodlands play a dual role, serving as a valuable resource for the thriving logging industry, while simultaneously offering a picturesque haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Most notably, the extensive trail network where folks frequently engage in activities like 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

two moose standing in a field in front of a forest
Wildlife Refuge

Coming Soon

aeriel view of the francis malcolm science center
Francis Malcolm Science Center

Coming Soon

  • Laurie Spooner

    Lead Educator, high school science & middle school robotics teacher, Van Buren District Secondary School

  • Elaine Hendrickson

    Lead Educator, Retired Teacher, Francis Malcolm Science Center Volunteer Outdoor Educator, and avid adventurer

Being a part of this project has been quite the ride. Professional development, camaraderie, funds for my classroom, and student educational opportunities are just a few of the benefits. I consider the people in LENE friends and have had the opportunity to forge relationships with professionals in my area. As an educator who is a department of one, these relationships have not only kept me afloat when the daily grind might otherwise have pulled me under, they have also revolutionized what I do with my students. This community was exactly what I was looking for and something I least expected to find. I am so grateful for it all.”
Sherri Calhoun

Schools and Partners

Abel J Morneault Memorial Library

Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge

Caribou Community School

Easton School District

Francis Malcolm Science Center

Presque Isle Middle School

U Maine 4-H

University of Maine Presque Isle

Van Buren School

Let's Connect

If you are interested in learning more about or joining the Aroostook County CLE, please email Molly Auclair at GMRI.