This fall, the NOVA program at Oceanside High School is working with Herring Gut educators to become more knowledgeable about coastal marine ecosystems, sustainability, and various marine science topics. As a group we are focusing on bringing our curiosity to each class, making observations and asking questions about the environment around us. From closely examining our environment, students have discovered how plants move water and sugar between roots and leaves and why sugar kelp structures look different based on their environment.
We then wondered if we could determine the population size of different species on our beaches in Maine. To begin to answer this question, we completed a 2 week mark-recapture study of common periwinkles in Rockland by tagging 466 periwinkles with nail polish. The nail polish degrades over 3-4 weeks so that there is no lasting impact on the periwinkles. We went back to the beach to recapture these periwinkles and used the Lincoln-Peterson Index to calculate population size. We determined that there is a population of 3677 common periwinkles at this particular beach!
We will continue using our inquiring minds to ask questions, make observations and make more discoveries during the months of October and November.
Learn · Discover · Grow · Share
The past 6 months have been a challenge and an opportunity. We’ve come out of it stronger in so many ways. Our work with school districts continues and we are finding the students so engaged and excited to be learning outdoors! While we are missing the energy of youth on our campus, we are working feverishly to develop new programs, learning opportunities, and resources for educators and families. Lastly, we have made new friends and acquaintances as community members and visitors joined us for our summer learning series and stopped in to say hi and/or get produce. We will continue to share and care about our fellow educators, students, families and friends. We hope you will do the same.
LEARN • DISCOVER • GROW • PRESENT
Presentations at AquacultureME and Aquaponics Association
This fall, Herring Gut educators have prepared presentations for two virtual conferences, AquacultureME and the Aquaponics Association. For the AquacultureME virtual conference, Liz and Georgie made a video of how to spore out sugar kelp for local educators. This VIDEO walks the viewer through the steps of finding kelp with reproductive sorus tissue to setting up a nursery tank for growing the sugar kelp spores.
In October, Herring Gut Educators, Liz and Georgie, will be presenting at the Aquaponics Association virtual conference where they will be discussing how Herring Gut uses sustainable food systems to teach middle and high school students. They are excited for these opportunities to share Herring Gut’s work to wider audiences!
VIRTUAL LEARNING DIGEST – DIVE IN
Herring Gut Learning Center continues to find ways to engage our students in remote learning. As we create lessons and find valuable virtual learning resources, we will be sharing these resources with our community through weekly posts. These resources will be focused on environmental science and marine science related topics; we are striving to find a mix of content that engages students through screens and also encourages spending time outside in nature. NOAA Marine Sanctuaries has created a host of web-based resources for students for further enrichment of remote learning. The photos and videos of national marine sanctuaries are stunning and the 360 degree live videos are very engaging. Visit our website to learn more!