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Stay’s’l Sea and Science Program

Who: Stay’s’l I: Ages 9 – 12 as of start of first day
Who: Stay’s’l II: Ages 13 – 17 as of start of first day
When: June 21 – Aug. 20, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost:  $550/2-week session/student

Lunch will not be offered until further notice

Financial assistance available
Please note: If you plan on requesting financial assistance, the Financial Assistance Request Form MUST be submitted and approved before registering for a session.

Description
In these full-day programs students work and learn as a team, improve social skills and develop new lifelong friendships. These programs combine onshore instruction and onboard execution. Primary objective of the Stay’s’l I and Stay’s’l II programs is a focus on maritime safety, practical seamanship, and teamwork. Each program incorporates an appreciation, understanding and respect of the marine environment that includes but is not limited to: Weather; Intertidal Ecology; Oceanography and responsible Ocean Stewardship.

Enrollment limits
There will be four 2-week themed sessions. Students may enroll in more than one (sequentially or not) 2-week session as desired.

Minimum of 2 participants required for a session.
Maximum enrollment for Stay’s’l I & II combined: 6

COVID-19 Statement
Boothbay Sea and Science Center’s 2021 summer programs will be COVID-19 compliant. At the beginning of each session, appropriate modifications will be made as directed by Federal and the State of Maine CDC as well as those put forward by local healthcare organizations. To that end, we have reduced our number of participants enrolled in this program.

Because this is a fluid situation, our programming plans may change. Please check our website for updates. We anticipate providing final guidance on or around April 15.

Themed Sessions

Each session includes weather, basic boating and sailing skills, local marine life, and responsible marine stewardship.

Session I: Ship to Shore: Discovering BSSC (June 21 – 25)
During this 1-week session participants will experience a sampling of what BSSC’s summer program offers on and off the water. Together we will sail, row, seine, tie knots, explore the shore and touch tank, and have fun with all that’s sea and science. A different topic and related activities each day.

Session II: Sea Fever: What’s Hot in the Gulf of Maine (June 28 – July 9)
This session 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?

Session III: A World Below the Waves (July 12 – 23)
During this session we will investigate 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? Activities will include; exploring the vegetation in the Damariscotta River and recording what and where it’s found; conversations with local sea farmers, fishermen and scientists about how growing seaweed is affecting the ocean and the air we breathe. Students will gain an understanding of the laws governing the sea farming and fishing industries and the impact of the support from coastal communities on Maine fisheries.

Session IV: Tracking Trash (July 26 – August 6)
In this session, participants will explore where marine debris comes from and where it goes. We will interview people about their plastic usage at nearby beaches and restaurants, in addition to visiting 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 Tops’s’l Program will be conducting their own research by investigating currents, towing for microplastics, and tracking trash in the local waters and on a nearby island.

Session V: Tall Ships and Taller Tales (August 9–20)
Together we will take a look at the history of Shipbuilding in Maine. We will talk with the people that design and build boats and meet and work with shipwrights, artists, musicians, and storytellers that celebrate them through their trade, art, music, and sea tales. We will learn sailing techniques and seamanship skills necessary for collecting scientific data. Working alongside scientists, we will do net tows, use secchi discs, and other scientific sampling methods that will help us gain a better understanding of the marine life in and around the Damariscotta River. Together we will explore the tools used in boatbuilding and use them to build model boats. Experiential outreach will Include behind the scenes tours of boats that have been and are now undergoing restoration.

The Boats
See the boats we use in our program

Boating time disclaimer:
We make every effort to provide your son and/or daughter with as much time boating on the water as possible. However, please note that safety concerns raised by local weather conditions may require us to emphasize land-based activites on some days.

Requirements:

  • Pass a swim test at the Center.
  • Parents / Guardians must present signed Registration forms, Liability Waiver, and Medical forms before participants begin the program.
  • Parents / Guardians and students must jointly sign “Code of Conduct” before the start of the program.

Images from previous years

What is a Boothbay Sea and Science Center session like? See our photos from previous years.