Marine Ecology for Middle School Students

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Local middle school students are invited to the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center at Walpole to explore the ecology of the Damariscotta River estuary. This Saturday morning educational program for middle school students is led by Devin Guilfoyle, Public Relations Coordinator at Darling Marine Center.

Guilfoyle will lead a two-hour exploration of marine life around campus on November 19 at 1:00 p.m. Participants will visit the rocky intertidal zone, salt marshes and mudflats of Lowes Cove. Content covers tides, intertidal zones, salt marsh formation, and hands-on study of organisms that inhabit the ecosystems of the Gulf of Maine. A campus tour is available for adults transporting program participants if interested.

“We are very interested in exploring DMC’s coastal ecosystems with local students and providing more opportunities for learners of all ages to connect with the ocean through our campus,” said Heather Leslie, director and professor at Darling Marine Center.

This program is funded by generous local donors through donations to the Darling Marine Center.

Interested students in grades 5 through 8 should apply by completing the form by November 17 at dmc.umaine.edu. Participants should be prepared to traverse uneven, slippery and muddy terrain along the coast and on the DMC trail system. Please contact Guilfoyle at [email protected] with any questions.

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