Host: Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant
Many fishermen, harbormasters, boat captains and others started their marine careers because, as kids, they got to muck around on the Maine coast in the summer. We all know that there are lots of barriers to getting kids outside these days, but Maine is lucky to have many programs and summer camps where kids get muddy and wet, fall in love with the coast, and learn some marine ecology to boot.
This is Natalie Springuel, from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations. On our next program, we’ll talk with folks from the Downeast Institute, the Herring Gut Learning Center, and Hurricane Island Foundation about the importance of getting kids outside on the coast of Maine in the summer. We’ll hear about their programs and why they have committed to teaching about the ocean and coast to Maine kids, the next generation of Maine leaders.
As always, your insights, experience, and questions are welcome as part of the conversation. Make a note to tune in Friday morning, July 22 from 10-11 AM, when this month’s Coastal Conversation, “Young Mariners go to Camp,” is the first in a three part series on youth on the Maine coast. Next installments will occur on the fourth Fridays of August and September.
Only on WERU community radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor, and online at WERU.org.
Lynn Alley from Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research
Mitch and Musette, campers at Downeast Insitute, from Beals Island.
Alexandria Brasili from Herring Gut Learning Center
Staff and participants at Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership