Herring Gut Learning Center’s Marine Science Programs

Herring Gut Learning Center offers many education programs designed to spark and further interest in aquaculture and marine science. Explore our selection!


2022 Summer Camp


THIS SESSION IS FULL email [email protected] if you’d like to be placed on a waiting list.

July 18-22 from 9am – 2pm for Ages 11-13


During our Junior Marine Scientist camp, participants will gain a unique perspective on the marine environment surrounding Midcoast Maine. Junior scientists will conduct field experiments, explore aquaculture and aquaponics, and learn about the marine animals and ecosystems that make Midcoast Maine so unique.

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2022 Summer Programs





We have programming for all ages – all summer! Click on each program for more info!


Herring Gut’s Intensive Marine Science Programs for Middle School

Herring Gut’s Middle School Intensive Program provides a year-long science program to students of RSU 13 and the St. George Municipal School. Students are involved in hands-on experiential learning including a micro-business model utilizing our on-site aquaponics system, salt-water lab and lobster pound for growing kelp. The curriculum aligns with Next Generation Science Standards with a focus on understanding the various water ecosystems, inhabitants, influences and effects of changing the climate.

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Oceanside High School
NOVA Alternative Education

Herring Gut provides a year-long science program to students of RSU 13 NOVA PROGRAM. NOVA students have personalized learning plans that focus on credits, career aspirations, and postsecondary preparation. Learning is done in a family atmosphere so that students can discuss problems, build resources and resolve issues. Flexible schedules and experiential learning support individual needs. Students also receive guidance with life choices after high school: what do they want to do, what they can do, and how they are going to do it.


Oceanside Middle & High School
Gifted and Talented Program

Students in the GT program exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area or excel in a specific academic field. These students come to Herring Gut for a short science related course designed to meet the interests of the groups. Examples are microplastics in the Gulf of Maine and Remote Operated Vehicles for water exploration.


Short Courses

These learning experiences are designed with the same hands-on philosophy that permeates all of our programmings. Programs can be presented in your classroom, at our facility in Port Clyde, or in the field. We are also happy to work with you to personally tailor a program to meet your specific needs. Programs can range from a one day experience to multiple sessions

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Alumni Program

Herring Gut Learning Center is in its second year of staying connected with former students through our Alumni Program. These students have been meeting frequently allowing them to stay connected, get academic assistance, volunteer in the community, and try new activities.  Alumni program students may only attend these days if they maintain good behavior, attendance, and grades. This program allows students to have more support as they transition into high school and develop their post-high school plans.



Internship candidates can expect to gain valuable marine science experience, teaching, and leadership skills. The Summer Camp Marine Educator Interns will help manage Herring Gut’s summer camp, with program, education, and administrative responsibilities. The goal of the summer camp program is to inspire young people to explore, discover, and learn about Maine’s marine resources through the unique hands-on Herring Gut experience. Other internship opportunities are available, please contact us to discuss your area of interest and we can discuss if it fits our current needs.