Note: This will be a half-day program in Summer 2021
Who: Ages 5* – 8** as of first day
When: June 21 – August 20, 2021
Morning program: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This half-day program will feature shoreside hands-on experiential activities in oceanography, meterology and marine science for youth ages 5 – 8. Students will gain an understanding of the basic principles in all that’s sea and science, both in the classroom and on the docks.
Lunch will not be offered until further notice.
*If your child is 5 years old, prior attendance in a Pre-K Program has been required. However, because of COVID-19 related school closures this year, we are considering waivers to this requirement on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Pauline Dion at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-350-5357 to see if your child qualifies for this exemption.
** Age 8 is eligible for Mizzen II, if your child has attended Mizzen I. If you have questions, please contact Pauline Dion at: email@example.com or call 207-350-5357.
Minimum of 4 participants. Students are encouraged to enroll in two sequential week sessions.
Maximum enrollment per session: 6
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.
Each session includes weather, basic boating and sailing terminology and onshore practice of skills, local marine life, and responsible marine stewardship.
Session I: Ship to Shore: Discovering BSSC
During this 1-week session participants will experience a sampling of what BSSC’s summer program offers shoreside. Together we will learn points of sail and related sailing skills, 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
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
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: The Secret Lives of Trash
In this session, participants will explore where marine debris comes from and where it goes. We will interview friends and family about their plastic usage, 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.
Session V: Tall Ships and Taller Tales
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 about sailing techniques and seamanship skills necessary for collecting scientific data. Dockside, 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.
Images from previous years
What is a Boothbay Sea and Science Center session like? See our photos from previous years.