The Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp is a two-day hands-on professional development experience for teachers, librarians, tech coaches, and school administrators. This year it is being held on July 15th and 16th in beautiful Bethel, Maine. Bethel is surrounded by lots of outdoor recreation opportunities.
The schedule of the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp makes it possible for you and your family to enjoy the beauty of rural, western Maine. If you want to immerse yourself in learning about educational technology and “get away from it all” for a few days, you don’t want to miss this. Here are ten things you can do before, during, or after the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp.
- Hike a stretch of the Appalachian Trail. A fifteen-minute drive will put you at the trailhead for two sections of the Appalachian Trail including a stretch that takes you up to Table Rock (pictured above).
- Fly fish for rainbow trout, brook trout, and brown trout in a blue-ribbon stretch of the Androscoggin River that runs through Bethel and the neighboring town of Gilead.
- Adventure a little further north and explore the Rapid River and Pond in the River. The Pond and the River are the setting for the classic, We Took to the Woods.
- Hit the links at the Bethel Inn & Resort, the host of this year’s Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp.
- Try the other award-winning course in the area at the Sunday River Resort in neighboring Newry.
- Bring your mountain bike or rent one locally to explore the new trails that connect to the Bethel Inn & Resort.
- Taste some of the local craft beer (Maine has more breweries per capita than all over states).
- Paddle on one of the local lakes.
- Look for moose early in the morning or at dusk along route 16 through Grafton Notch.
- Just chill out and watch the sunset over beautiful western Maine.