Summer Adult Community Learning

Presented by Herring Gut Educators:  Liz Bowe and Georgie Burruss

All programs are 90 minutes and start promptly at 10:00 am on Tuesdays & Thursdays followed by a campus tour.


Social Distancing Seating (ages 16+)

Participants should come prepared to be outside for the majority of the workshop.

Please bring a face covering and water bottle. Cost includes all course materials.

Some workshops may require walking on uneven terrain.  Please Note: Registration closes at 4pm the day prior to each session

Our Programs:

Maine’s Wide World of Seaweed: $25

July 7- REGISTRATION FULL or July 9, 2020

The  importance of seaweed to our coastal environments is a mystery to many! This session will focus on the importance of seaweed to marine habitats, how to identify seaweed that is local to Midcoast Maine, and their varying anatomies. Participants will make their own seaweed pressings that will be available for pickup or mailing after pressed and dried (1-2 weeks).  Added fee for postage.


July 9th Session

Living in a Maine Watershed: $20

July 14 or July 16, 2020

We are all connected through water, especially through our watersheds. Join us for this session highlighting and elaborating on this concept of connectivity. While examining a specific body of water we will discover how human presence and development upstream affect habitats, both human-made and natural, downstream. We will dive into topics of pollution, coastal development, habitat remediation, and erosion.

July 14th Session

July 16th Session

Sustainable Food Systems: Aquaculture, Aquaponics, and Hydroponics  $30

July 21 or July 23, 2020

Knowing how and where your food is grown and its journey to your plate is becoming more and more important to  an increasing population of sustainably-focused individuals. This session will highlight the various sustainable food systems that Herring Gut has been using to grow food with local students for over 20 years! Specifically, we will focus on seaweed aquaculture, aquaponics with tilapia, and aeroponics. Participants will get a tour of a small-scale aquaponics system housed on Herring Gut’s campus in Port Clyde, sample aquaponically-grown produce, and receive a kit to grow their own produce hydroponically using the Kratky Method.

July 21st Session

July 23rd Session

Invasive Species Threatening the Gulf of Maine: $25

July 28 or July 30, 2020

As invasive species enter a new area they have the ability to cause physical and biological changes to the habitats they invade. As these species

become established in a new habitat, they have no natural predators, and are often voracious eaters/predators themselves. In this session

learn about invasive species and the impacts that they have to our local habitats. We will explore control methods and potential uses for

one specific invasive species, the European Green Crab.

July 28th Session

July 30th Session

Telling the Tail of Fish Adaptations:  $25

August 4 or August 6, 2020

Have you ever wondered what the purpose of life is? We can tell you!  How do fish fulfill their purpose? What can a fish’s coloration tell us about what habitat it lives in? What can its body shape and fin shape tell us about how it swims, hunts, and avoids being eaten? What can its mouth position and teeth tell us about what it eats? Join us for a session on fish adaptations, specifically how we can tell how a fish fulfills its purpose of life by simply looking at it. We will also be using this information to design our own fish using art supplies.

August 4th Session

August 6th Session

Coastal Erosion & Human Impacts in Nearshore Environments:  $25

Aug 11 or August 13, 2020

As coastal development continues to increase, we are experiencing rates of coastal erosion that threaten critical habitats and can cause massive amounts of property damage. As sea level continues to rise, we are facing the imminent threat of increased coastal erosion. With more powerful storms, we are seeing the benefits of coastal habitats like mangroves, oyster reefs, and saltmarshes in mitigating the impact of storm surge and shore erosion. Join us for session and demonstration of coastal erosion, how we can mitigate this erosion, and why coastal remediation is so critical.

August 11th Session – NO AVAILABILITY  

August 13th Session