Kit Rentals

wells national estuarine research reserve

Hands-on activities and teaching guides packaged up for your off-site use.

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These kits include teacher activity guides and hands-on materials to help students learn about the natural world. To reserve a kit for your classroom or other group, please contact the Education Program at 207-646-1555 ext 110.

Tree Trunk

The advanced Tree Trunk includes forestry tools. Tree Trunks explore the world of trees and help supplement your curriculum by providing lesson plans and interactive tools to use both in and outside the classroom. These kits, developed by Wells Reserve educators and generously funded by the Laird Norton Foundation and the Maine TREE Foundation, are available for two different age groups – elementary school and middle/high school. Both kits are aligned with the Maine Learning Results (2007).

Some of the items included are...

  • tree identification guides
  • "tree cookie" samples
  • leaf games
  • books, posters, and videos
  • Project Learning Tree curriculum guide

The middle/high school kit also comes with a bin full of forestry tools (soil thermometers, calipers, tangent height gauges, soil acidity and moisture meters, etc.) to use for scientific investigations in the outdoors. The Resource Binder included in each kit provides background information and additional activity write-ups to go along with the materials provided, and helps guide students through tree identification, biology, and forest ecology.

Fees (for 1, 2, or 3 weeks)

  • Elementary School Tree Trunk: $25 / $35 / $50
  • Middle/High School Tree Trunk: $25 / $50 / $75

Estuaries Kit

The 3-D watershed model is an excellent teaching tool. The Estuaries Kit introduces students to the dynamic and unique estuarine ecosystem through fun games, activities, books and hands-on science. This kit was developed by Wells Reserve educators and is tailored to the elementary school level with attention to the Maine Learning Results (2007).

Some of the items included are...

  • tools for water quality testing
  • 3-D watershed model
  • sand samples from estuaries around the country
  • water cycle teaching materials
  • informational books, posters, and puppets
  • Resource Binder with activity write-ups, background articles, and ideas for getting students involved in service learning projects

Taken as separate activities or as a whole unit on estuarine habitats, this kit is a fantastic resource to help bring estuaries into the classroom and encourage students to get out and explore their own watersheds.

Fee (for 1, 2, or 3 weeks)

  • $25 / $50 / $75

Feathered Friends Kit

Bring the Feathered Friends Kit into your classroom. The Feathered Friends Kit investigates the world of birds through games, observation, reading and creating. This kit was developed by Wells Reserve educators and is a great fit for the elementary school level with attention to the Maine Learning Results (2007).

Some of the items included are...

  • binoculars
  • IdentiFlyer
  • skull, track, and egg replicas
  • owl pellets and dissection tools
  • bird bones
  • puppets
  • books, posters, and interactive cards

The Resource Binder holds lesson plans for seven units, including Flight and Migration, Adaptations, Nests and Eggs, and Conservation. Used as a supplement to an existing in-school curriculum, or as a unit on its own, the Feathered Friends Kit brings the study of birds into the classroom while providing connections to outdoor exploration and observation.

Fee (for 1, 2, or 3 weeks)

  • $25 / $50 / $75

Safari in a Box

Safari in a Box contains skins, skulls, and much more. Explore New England wildlife with your students by getting a close-up look at animal artifacts.

Some of the items included are...

  • animal pelts
  • skull, track, and scat replicas
  • activity guides
  • informational brochures, posters, and VHS tapes

Fee (for 1, 2, or 3 weeks)

  • FREE, thanks to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

To learn more about classroom kit rentals, contact the Education Program at 207-646-1555.

Kits are best rented for 3 weeks. They are great for...

  • Elementary Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • High Schools
  • Home School Groups
  • Girl Scout Troops
  • Boy Scout Troops