Herring Gut Learning Center workshops for teachers and educators

Herring Gut Professional Development Institute offers multi-day training courses on providing instruction that naturally integrates science, English language arts, math, and social studies. You’ll have fun learning how you can teach your students the joy of science and math. The proximity of our campus to a working harbor, historic lighthouse, and tidal beach also provide us with ample opportunities and options for incorporating “the Maine coast” into our training programs.

Summer 2022


Fresh to Salt: Flowing Together                                                                                            For Educators in the Kennebec Watershed Cohort

June 27- 29, 2022

Location: Herring Gut Coastal Science Center in Port Clyde, Maine

We are all connected through our water resources. Learn about the abiotic, biotic, and cultural aspects of your local watershed and the broader region that supports it. Inspire a sense of stewardship in your students regarding their vital freshwater resources. You will walk away with a variety of lessons, taught both in the classroom and in nature, connecting your students to their local watershed and beyond. This year’s NGSS-aligned Fresh to Salt: Flowing Together project focuses on alewives. Students will explore the anchor phenomenon: “Why do alewives travel between salt and freshwater during their life cycle and why are they considered a keystone species?”

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The health of the ocean and its estuaries is inextricably linked to everyday living and decisions made upstream. Preparing the next generation of young people to make critical, science-based decisions about where they live matters to all of us. 

In this project, communities come together to learn about the ecological systems that support clean water flowing from where they live to the sea. Participants can help maintain a healthy water system which benefits residents of the watershed, the business community and economy, and the natural environment thus leading to a great quality of life.

“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”  – Sylvia Earle

The Herring Gut Education Team offers its scientific and environmental education expertise to school systems and partner conservation organizations in the Kennebec River Watershed with in-person and virtual support throughout the project. This year’s NGSS-aligned project focuses on alewives with the anchor phenomenon: Why do alewives travel between salt and freshwater during their life cycle and why are they considered a keystone species?

We provide the following at no cost to educators:

  • An on-campus summer professional learning academy for teachers from June 27-29, 2022
    • Training at Herring Gut Learning Center and at local field sites
    • Breakfast and lunch provided
    • Digital and physical materials to conduct activities in the classroom and outdoors
    • Access to private class page and link to access all schools’ data
    • Port Clyde daytime Puffin Cruise

*Attendees responsible for overnight lodging and dinners.  

  • Support and mentoring during the school year by Herring Gut Learning Center education staff
  • Networking opportunities with other schools in the watershed (flexible format)
  • Opportunity to complete a place-based project that positively impacts your local ecosystem and community

“A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.”  – Lucy Larcom

This year’s field experiences will differ slightly but include similar topics related to our ecosystems and alewife lessons.

Through exploration and a culminating project, students will have the opportunity to build relationships with:

       SELF: Mental and emotional resilience, personal strengths and relationship building

       COMMUNITY: Social connection and support, advocacy and career opportunities

       ENVIRONMENT: Time spent outdoors, environmental health and personal health

Please check out this video sharing more details about the Fresh to Salt Project: https://youtu.be/iD3EOyn2enU



Herring Gut Learning Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the state of Maine. For nearly 25 years, Herring Gut Learning Center has been bringing experiential education in marine and environmental  sciences, aquaculture and aquaponics to Midcoast Maine’s K-12 students, educators, and community members.