Where the land meets the sea … an exploration with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Participants in Boothbay Sea and Science Center’s 2019 Stay’s’l program using a seine net in the Damariscotta River.

The Boothbay Sea and Science Center (BSSC) and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) are pleased to announce they will be working together to offer a joint program for students that combines the resources and knowledge of both organizations.

During this 2-part shore-based marine science pilot program participants will investigate how geology, climate, and weather change over time and how these changes impact the organisms living in the Back River and the Damariscotta River. Participants will compare and contrast these two tidal rivers as they investigate and identify what lies between the surface and the seafloor. Using scientific equipment, students will gain a better understanding of the vegetation and marine life that makes its home in these rivers. Although programming will take place outdoors (shoreside and dockside), participants are required to wear a face mask and a lifejacket at all times.

Pauline Dion, President and Executive Director of the Boothbay Sea and Science Center is very excited about this collaboration with the Gardens: “It’s an honor and a privilege to be working with Erika Huber at CMBG on this unique marine science program. It is my hope that that this is the first of many programs that we do together that embraces and celebrates the distinct resources each of our organizations have to offer.”

Erika Huber, the Youth and Family Program Manager at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is also excited to be working with the Boothbay Sea and Science Center for the first time. “This collaboration allows us to expand our learning opportunities for youth beyond our gardens and woodlands. We are so fortunate to have the Boothbay Sea and Science Center as a resource on this peninsula for children to learn about our local marine habitat.”

Boothbay Sea and Science Center is including this pilot program in Session III: A World Below the Waves (July 12 – 23) for students ages 9 – 17 enrolled in the Stay’s’l programs and Tops’sl program.

The mission of the Boothbay Sea and Science Center is the advancement of sailing, boating and ocean sciences by minimizing economic and physical obstacles and further to develop independence, self-confidence, teamwork and volunteerism in the participants. To inspire individuals to strengthen themselves and their community through the enjoyment of the sea.

The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through horticulture, education, and research.

For more details about this program, click here for our Stay’s’l program or Top’s’l program.