The Gulf of Maine Expedition Institute is a sea kayak-based educational program seeking to document the Gulf of Maine through on-the-water and classroom-based experiences for learners of all ages.
Cobscook Bay's dramatic tidal range and strong currents have made it difficult to predict the impacts of events, such as oil spills or diseases that plague Downeast Maine’s salmon farms. Sea Grant has been working with the Cobscook Bay Resource Center and high school students in Lubec and Eastport since 1999 to monitor these tidal circulation patterns with drifters. One of the goals of the project is to involve students in collecting meaningful scientific data about the waters surrounding their communities.
MITZI is a virtual, interactive exploration of the rocky intertidal zone that allows students to learn about species that reside in the intertidal zone and about patterns and processes that govern ecosystem structure. In 2005, Sea Grant provided Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences $5,000 to support development of MITZI, which is funded through a grant from the Davis Family Foundation.
In 2003, Maine Sea Grant provided program development funds to The Lobster Conservancy, a nonprofit organization in Friendship, ME, that "works with fishermen and volunteers throughout the Gulf of Maine region to sustain a thriving lobster fishery through science and community education." The Sea Grant funds supported a Lobster Literacy Retreat to train Maine educators to raise lobster larvae in the classroom, and to develop lobster-related curriculum units.
In 2003, Maine Sea Grant provided $5,000 in program development funds to the Herring Gut Learning Center, a nonprofit education organization in the small fishing community of Port Clyde, ME. This grant supported the development of a saltwater aquaculture system, which is a central part of the Center's multi-age education programs in marine science and technology.
Natalie Springuel and other MET members are working with communities on bay-related issues throughout the state. In Frenchman Bay in 2005 and 2006, Sea Grant partnered with a nonprofit organization in Mount Desert, ME, called the Mount Desert Island Water Quality Coalition (MDIWQC) to sponsor "The Ambassadors of the Bay," mini-expeditions modeled after the 2002 Gulf of Maine Expedition.
With a $102,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded in 2003, University of Maine Cooperative Extension/ Sea Grant and School of Marine Sciences developed an environmental education program for middle and high school teachers and students, called The Silver Wake . Using marine phytoplankton as a theme, the program engages students in examining and protecting their local environment and demonstrates how local, hands-on science can help meet education standards, such as the Maine Learning Results .
Cobscook Bay's dramatic tidal range and strong currents have caused difficulties in predicting the impacts of events, such as oil spills or diseases that plague Maine’s salmon farms. MET member Chris Bartlett has been working with the Cobscook Bay Resource Center and high school students in Lubec and Eastport since 1999 to monitor these tidal circulation patterns with drifters. Part of the program has been designed to involve students in collecting meaningful scientific data about the waters surrounding their communities.