Thu03Nov20165:30 pmGulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
Sun11Jun20172:00 pmSeacoast Science Center, Rye, NH
World Ocean Day is a global celebration and collaboration for a healthier future for our ocean. Our health and our ocean’s health are connected. Over half of the oxygen we breathe is produced in the ocean, and the ocean is the heart of our planet, circulating heat and water and regulating our climate. Together, we can make a difference and keep our ocean healthy for future generations. Join us in honoring our ocean and do something to protect it!
For details, visit the Seacoast Science Center's website.
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Whale, Dolphin, and Seal Activity Stations Open
- Mock Seal Rescue with the NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team
- The Blubber Report: try on a blubber glove
- How big is a whale? Learn about the whales that live in the Gulf of Maine and compare your size with theirs with our whale measuring activity.
- Kid’s, create your own seal mask!
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Face Painting, Games, and Meet and Greet with our mascots Belmont the Harbor Seal and Larry the Lobster
Kids of all ages, get your face painted for just $1, which goes directly to supporting our our ocean education mission.
Parade of Decorated Strollers
Deck your stroller out in a marine theme and join the parade of strollers. Walkers are welcome too! Costumes are encouraged. Please be aware that balloons are not allowed.
11 am-12:30 pm
Inside Ladder the Life-size Inflatable Whale
Walk through the Blue Ocean Society’s Ladder, a 65 ft. inflatable whale! Participants learn all about how baleen whales eat and digest their food.
11 am & 1pm
Learn all about the anatomy and physiology of squid during these hands-on, guided squid dissection sessions. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost: $5 per person.
Wrack Line Walk
Find out what the last tide left behind during this naturalist-led walk along the shore of Odiorne Point State Park.
Join the Blue Ocean Society and do your part to help make our ocean a healthier and cleaner place! You’ll learn about the dangers marine debris pose to wildlife and humans.
Our Ocean Our Future: 25 reasons to protect our ocean
SSC is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. Join us to learn 25 great reasons to protect our ocean. We will upcycle plastic waste and create a group art project to help keep plastics out of our ocean.
Snacks always make things more fun! We’ll have freshly popped popcorn and cotton candy for purchase throughout the day. Drinks and additional snacks are available at our Nature Store.
Fri14Jul2017WELLS HIGH SCHOOL, WELLS, MAINE
GOMMEA will be presenting at the :
The Beaches Conference
The date is set for the Beaches Conference 2017 and the focus has expanded to include New Hampshire! Please join us and register now.
The Beaches Conference works to provide continuing opportunities for exchange of the most current information among beach and coastal stakeholders with diverse interests, and to present the findings from Maine and New Hampshire beach monitoring programs.
Ocean Discovery Day
Touch a horseshoe crab, drive a remotely operated vehicle, and map the ocean floor at the University of New Hampshire’s Ocean Discovery Day! Ocean Discovery Day provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the wonders of the ocean through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Visitors can make a fish print, band a lobster, taste a seaweed smoothie and see the plankton that form the base of the food chain in N.H.’s Great Bay. Watch a SCUBA diving demonstration to learn how UNH scientists conduct research below the waves, and learn more about marine snow and tern restoration at the Isles of Shoals.
Public Open House
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00AM - 3:00PM
Members of the general public are welcomed to join us at the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on the UNH Durham campus and enjoy family-friendly, hands-on demonstrations, tours and talks.
Fri01Dec20175-7:30pmMaine College of Art, Room 209, 522 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101Where Art and Science come together! Multimedia works of art created by Maine College of Art BFA students in courses such as “Natural History of Coastal Ecosystems” and “Ocean Currents” will be on display. Come see how the use of non-traditional tools, field trips, and hands-on labs can connect art students to science. These artists convey that which graphs and numbers alone cannot. Come learn about the ocean through student work and research, speak to some of the student artists, and feast your eyes on their creative designs!Directions: Enter Maine College of Art on the ground floor and go up the main staircase to the 2nd floor. Continue straight to the back of the building and the back of the cafeteria. Room 209 is accessed by a door on the right at the back of the cafeteria. Follow the signs with the GOMMEA logo.
The City Nature Challenge uses iNaturalist (an app for sharing field observations)) and pits cities across the country in a race to see who can get the most participation and the most posts. This year Maine is competing as a “city”! GOMMEA will lead several outings to guide people in using iNaturalist and in exploring our amazing marine environments.
To begin, please sign up on the iNaturalist website: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-maine-2018/join
There are LOTS of ways to get involved in this competition with GOMMEA or on your own. Pick one or pick a couple and help Maine prove it can compete! Events and details are posted in map below:
Wed16May20185:30 - 8:00 pmGulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland ME
Join GOMMEA and the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEAA) at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute as we check out their unique C-RISE program. This sea level rise program brings local relevancy to global scientific data through local history, maps, and case studies. Join us for a 90 minute interactive experience to explore the impacts of sea level rise and weather events on community resources, and examine potential resiliency measures.
When: Wednesday, May 16th 5:30-8:00pm with light snacks/refreshments from 5:30-6:30
and sea level rise program 6:30-8
Where: Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
The space for this program is limited, so please register online to reserve your spot.
These events are made possible thanks to funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Celebrate World Oceans Day with us on June 8! Check out www.worldoceansday.org to find an event near you, or join the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH on June 10 for a FREE day of fun and educational activities and celebrate the important role the world ocean plays in our lives and grand opening of H2O Today, an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Join the global community in celebrating World Oceans Day on June 8! The action focus for World Oceans Day 2018 is to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean. Visit the World Oceans Day website to plan your ocean celebration with free resources including new materials for youth. Register your event to share your celebration with the world on the event map!
September is the time for International Coastal Cleanup Day. Every year this global endeavor brings as many hands as possible together to help battle an immense issue…marine debris. Communities everywhere will come together to help pick up and document the trash that litters their coastal habitats. This problem is one that will only be solved by each of us making small decisions every day to change the way we live and the impact we have on our ocean and our planet.
9/14-9/15 - Join the Blue Ocean Society for multiple cleanups along the New Hampshire coast. Friday (14th) is student cleanup day, and Saturday (15th) is public cleanup day. Click here for more information.
9/15 - Join the Bioblitz at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye NH. Check their website for more details.
9/22 - Join the kNOw SUP (a Single Use Plastic awareness group) for a cleanup on Pemaquid beach in Pemaquid, ME. Contact Lili Pugh for more details:.
9/24 - Join the Gulf of Maine Research Institute at Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth, ME for a cleanup. Contact Adam Baukus for details.
Wed24Oct20185-8pmBigelow Laboratory 60 Bigelow Dr. East Boothbay, ME.
Join the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) for a fabulous evening event on Oct 24! This year's annual meeting, to be held at Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay, will focus on seaweed in our coastal waters. Expect to learn all about seaweed aquaculture as you chat with Tollef Olson of Ocean's Balance and sample a variety of you-could-make-this-at-home seaweed recipes. Browse the poster session showcasing current research and the exhibits with resources to introduce seaweed to your students. Enjoy a presentation from Dr. Nichole Price on her investigation of the important roles of seaweed as members of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Mark your calendar for Seaweed: Physiology and Flavor!
$15 for GOMMEA members
$25 for non membersGOMMEA Annual Meeting 2018
On November 15th we will be joining our other regional chapters for an evening mixer event in Boston MA. A crew will be gathered for the NEOSEC Ocean Literacy Summit and this evening event will be a chance to network with friends from southern New England and Massachusetts chapters. No better time to come learn what joining a local chapter is all about!
Saturday, March 23 2019, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
- Sea Star Wasting Disease
- How Genetics Can Help Us Save Whales
- Invasive Green Crab Monitoring
- How Does Entanglement Affect Whales’ Stress Levels?
- Humpback Whale Calf Return Rates
Draft agenda coming soon!
Teacher Certification & Professional Development- Certificates of attendance will be given at the end of the day to any teachers interested.
- $20 per person (non-refundable) in advance
- $25 per person at the door
Advanced registration is preferred. Space is limited.
Thanks to our workshop sponsors: NH Coastal Program, Seacoast Science Center, GOMMEA
Fri26Apr2019Mon29Apr2019MaineThe 2019 City Nature Challenge is here! GOMMEA is participating again this year with Maine, and we need your help! All you need to do to join the The Maine City Nature Challenge is to download the iNaturalist app, go outside between April 26th and 29th, look for wildlife, take photos and upload what you find to iNaturalist.We've teamed up with the Maine Science Festival, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland Public Library, Bangor Land Trust, Girl Scouts of Maine, and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve to be part of the worldwide challenge to observe and identify WILD organisms found in our “city” found at our iNaturalist page.
The CNC is an international competition and celebration of wildlife. Get outside, look for living things, and snap their pictures. Post your pictures and their locations to the iNaturalist website (or just use the app!) by May 5th for your observations to count towards our region’s tally of life. Our goal is to document and identify as many different species around us as we can, AND put Maine on the CNC map!
This year’s CNC is April 26th – May 5th. From April 26th- 29th, find wildlife! It can be any plant, animal, fungi, slime mold, or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses!) found in our “city” area. You don’t even have to know what it is! Just take a picture and note the location of everything you find (the easiest way is to just use the iNat app) and share to the iNaturalist website.
From April 30th – May 5th, post to the iNaturalist website any remaining pictures (and their locations!) of wildlife taken in our area on April 26-29 and identify mystery species that are uploaded from our “city”; we get credit for identifying as many species as we can.
Our “city” is just one of many found throughout the world; you can see the full list at http://citynaturechallenge.org/city-list-2019/.
Will you help us take the challenge?
Celebrate World Oceans Day with us - June 8! Check out www.worldoceansday.org to find an event near you.
- June 8 - Beach Cleanups (Blue Ocean Society)
- June 9- Family Festival at Seacoast Science Center with Blue Ocean and others
Sun21Jul2019Thu25Jul2019Durham, New Hampshire
National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference at UNH, July 21-25, 2019
The Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association is proud to host the National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference, July 21-25, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, NH.
Our mission is to make known the world of water both fresh and salt, and our annual conference brings together formal and informal marine educators from around the world to promote awareness and education of the global marine environment.
The conference draws 300-400 professionals from K-12 schools, public aquariums, non-profit NGOs, and government agencies together for four days of learning, sharing, and networking.
- Attend the full 3 days of programming, featuring over 100 presentations highlighting the latest trends and research in marine education. Single day registration is also available.
- Learn from local researchers who have been studying the Gulf of Maine, learning from its history to protect its future.
- Sign up for a field trip to explore the beauty of the Gulf of Maine watershed.
- Enjoy a discount for local educators and free membership to GOMMEA for one year *see gommea.org/membership for details
- Stay in affordable dorm lodging on campus
- Sunday July 21st - Conference kick-off event at the UNH Outdoor Pool
- Monday July 22nd - Wednesday July 24th - Concurrent Sessions, talks, exhibits
- Thursday July 25th - Field Trips
Visit www.gommea.org/nmea2019 for all the details.
The ocean is our direct link to the rest of the world, and it takes an international effort to care for it! The Ocean Conservancy organizes an annual coastal cleanup, and GOMMEA will be out doing our part. There is no shortage of beautiful beaches that need our attention, come join us!
Thu14Nov20195:30 - 8PMGulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland Maine
Walt Golet, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, University of Maine's School of Marine Sciences | Research Scientist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Tunas, billfish and sharks are some of the most fascinating animals on the planet. These creatures are Highly Migratory Species (HMS) which means they cross ocean basins, elevate their internal body temperature, swim to depths in excess of 5,000 feet within minutes and navigate with the precision of a GPS. Walt works with a network of commercial and recreational fishermen that provide him with information on and samples from the fish that they catch. Walt's lab then analyzes the data to better understand their life history. This information also informs stock assessment models which may reduce uncertainty in their current and future projections.
Mark your calendar for November 14 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm for the 2019 GOMMEA Annual Meeting at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine to hear more!