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Core values

  • Inclusiveness: We believe that everyone deserves a chance to experience and enjoy the water, regardless of financial means or physical proximity to a harbor, and that increasing these opportunities for more citizens will strengthen our community. The Boothbay Sea and Science Center (BSSC) exists to extend the possibility of that experience to everyone, providing access to the waterfront, both physically and conceptually, for all lifestyles and abilities, through our curriculum and Financial Assistance Program. BSSC will nurture a true sense of community in which the individual is respected and encouraged.
  • Personal Growth: The combination of excitement and responsibility experienced through wind and human powered boating allows students to truly test themselves as they venture outside of their comfort zones. Self confidence is earned through a structured curriculum that provides opportunities for taking on increasing levels of risk and responsibility under the guidance of experienced mentors. Camaraderie is built through working as members of a team to achieve a common goal. BSSC will foster personal empowerment by providing a welcoming and thrilling environment in which to learn.
  • Experiential Learning: Learning is enhanced when students can truly experience the subject, rather than reading about it in a book. The Boothbay Sea and Science Center connects sea and science through hands-on learning experiences that engage youth and enhance career opportunities while developing ocean literacy. BSSC will provide guidance and direction for educators seeking to improve their own curricula, lesson plans and programming. We will encourage good stewardship through responsible practices, environmental information and ecological programming that inspire students to become environmental stewards and socially responsible individuals.