Marine ecology for college students

Local middle schoolers are invited to the Darling Marine Center at the University of Maine at Walpole to explore the ecology of the Damariscotta River estuary. This Saturday morning educational program designed for middle schoolers will be led by Devin Guilfoyle, Outreach Coordinator at the Darling Marine Center.

Guilfoyle will lead a two-hour exploration of marine life around campus beginning at 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. Participants will visit the rocky intertidal zone, salt marsh and mud flats of Lowes Cove. Content will explore tides, tidal zonation, salt marsh formation, and hands-on exploration of organisms that live in Gulf of Maine ecosystems. A campus tour will be available for adults who transport program participants, if interested.

“We want to explore DMC’s coastal ecosystems with area students and provide more opportunities for learners of all ages to connect to the ocean through our campus,” said Heather Leslie, director and professor at Darling Marine Center. .

This program is funded by generous local donors through donations to the Darling Marine Center.

Interested students in grades 5-8 should apply by completing the form by November 17 at dmc.umaine.edu. Participants should be prepared to traverse rough, slippery and muddy terrain along the shoreline and on the DMC trail network. Please contact Guilfoyle with any questions at [email protected]

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