A Gift of Herring Gut
by Elizabeth Castle Mangiafico
My whole life, my family has been coming to Port Clyde, Maine every summer for family vacations. My great-grandparents bought a hunting cabin in Port Clyde when my grandmother was in college, and we have kept it in the family and continued to visit ever since. Herring Gut was built in Port Clyde when I was a teenager, so I do not have many childhood memories of it, but we have loved being able to visit and walk through and learn about all the great programs! My father loves Marine Biology, so this is always a particular interest of his. This year, when I was thinking of ideas for Christmas gifts, I knew that my parents had enough “stuff” and I decided to pick a meaningful cause to donate to in their name. 2020 was a rough year for just about everyone, so we wanted to help where we could, and through a matching gift program my employer offers, I knew I could double our impact. I immediately thought of Herring Gut Learning Center! As we continue to visit Port Clyde for years to come, and have the next generation of the family starting to join us, we look forward to including Herring Gut in our plans each summer. A donation in their name was a way to advance a program my parents care a lot about, and also help ensure the future of Port Clyde, science, accessible education, and coastal communities across the region!
- Onion Foundation
- UpEast Foundation
- Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
Thank you to these generous granting organizations for supporting Herring Gut programming and local students.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Just like we teach our students, if you need help, simply ask! It’s no surprise that small non-profits are feeling the effects of the last year. We’ve also witnessed that working together we can make extraordinary things happen, but we all have to do our part.
March 30, 2021, 7:00 pm
Zoom Panel Discussion featuring Herring Gut Educators, Georgie Burruss and Patrick Burnham.
Filmmaker and free diver Craig Foster spent the last decade diving off the rocky coastline of Cape Town, South Africa, known for its extremely cold water and rough conditions. The kelp forest where the story takes place is a clear and still patch in the midst of a chaotic coast, rich in biodiversity. One day, he meets an octopus as he is exploring the kelp forest, and driven by a playful but serious curiosity he builds trust with the young octopus that allows him to bear witness to most of her short life and find unexpected meaning in his own.
Participants are asked to watch the Netflix documentary prior to this event and be ready to engage in an exciting and informative discussion.
Email: [email protected] to register.
St. George School
By Patrick Burnham
Because of your giving, we are able give the students of St. George Municipal School a Herring Gut experience! Students recently learned about Gyotaku, a traditional Japanese method of fish printing. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches,but has also become an art form of it’s own. Students got to experience making their own prints!
The entire Herring Gut Learning Center Community extends gratitude to Peter Harris as his tenure on the Board of Trustee ends. We thank Peter for bringing his passion,intellect, insight, experience and resources to the table. His tireless efforts and financial support impacted countless students and enhanced their personal and academic lives in immeasurable ways.