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Boothbay Sea and Science Center Online Program


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Mizzen I (ages 5- 6)
Mizzen II (ages 7 – 8)
Stay’s’l I (ages 9 – 11)
Stay’s’l II/Top’s’l (ages 12-17)

When: June 29 – August 21, 2020

Mizzen I (9-9:30 a.m.)
Mizzen II (10-10:30 a.m.)
Stay’s’l I (11-11:45 a.m.)
Stay’s’l II/Top’s’l (11-11:45 a.m.)

If you have questions, please contact Pauline Dion at info@boothbayseaandsciencecenter.org or call (207) 350-5357.

Where: Online

Cost: $10/topic/child (see below)

Our online Boothbay Sea and Science Center summer program will feature a different topic each day of the week that will run for eight weeks using readily available video conference/virtual platforms such as Zoom, Seesaw, etc. Participation requires parents and their child(ren) to login during their designated morning-time to listen and interact with the Instructor as he/she presents his/her topic.  The day of the week that each topic will be presented is listed below. You may sign your child(ren) up for one or for multiple topics at $10/topic/child for the entire eight-week season. Registration is required for the morning program. Parents are encouraged to sign their child(ren) up as soon as possible as attendance is limited in each of the sessions.

Each day we will also offer a free activity-based afternoon program. Parents and their child(ren) will need to login to participate. The 45-minute afternoon programs will feature activities that parents and their child(ren) can actively participate in at home.

Session Topics (6/29 – 8/21)

Each topic includes weather, local marine life, and responsible marine stewardship. Each topic will be taught by one of our Summer Instructors.

Mondays: A World Below the Waves
This topic investigates what lies between the surface and the seafloor. Together, we will try to answer questions like: What sea life is found in the Gulf of Maine and where? How what we do on and off the water has an impact on natural habitats? What is sea farming and who’s doing it? We will explore the vegetation in the Damariscotta River and record what and where it’s found. Conversations with local sea farmers, fishermen, and scientists will help us learn about how growing seaweed is affecting the ocean and the air we breathe. We will gain a better understanding of the laws governing the sea farming and fishing industries and the impact of the support from coastal communities on Maine fisheries.

Tuesdays: Sea Fever: What’s Hot in the Gulf of Maine
This topic will focus on the environmental changes that have occurred in the Gulf of Maine since its formation. Together we will investigate how geology, weather and climate change over time, and how these changes impact the organisms living here. Big questions include: What causes environmental changes? How quickly do these changes occur? How do local species respond to these changes?

Wednesdays: Tracking Trash: The Secret Lives of Trash
This topic explores where marine debris comes from and where it goes.  We will interview people about their plastic usage at nearby beaches, restaurants, and at the transfer station to learn more about where our trash goes in order to create “trash stories.”  Together we will explore different technologies to help solve the problem of plastics in the ocean and work with an artist who uses marine debris as her medium. Participants enrolled in the Stay’s’l and Top’s’l Programs will be conducting their own research by investigating currents, sampling for microplastics, and tracking trash in the local waters and on a nearby island.

Thursdays: Tall Ships and Taller Tales
This topic takes a look at the history of seafaring in Maine. Together we will examine the maps, myths, and mysteries that tell the tales of New Englanders and our relationship with the sea. We will talk with people who have made their lives on the sea, shipbuilders and fisherman, and learn about the shipwrights, artists, musicians, and storytellers who celebrate them through their trade, art, music, and sea tales.  Each student will create their own tall tale about overcoming a challenge on the way to an adventure of their choosing.

Fridays: Ship to Shore
This topic gives a virtual inside look at what BSSC’s summer program offers on and off the water. Together we will sail, row, tie knots, plot courses, explore charts, rig Turnabout, Sonar, and Precision 15 sailboats, learn sailing and nautical terminology, and identify aids to navigation. Also, during our time together, we will gain a better understanding of the relationship between sail and hull design and its connection to recreational boating and scientific research. We will talk with shipwrights about the innerworkings of the Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor and take a tour of the Schooner Ernestina that is currently undergoing restoration at the Yard. A visit to Washburn & Doughty will help us to gain a deeper understanding about how tugboats are built and their uses.