Fostering citizen stewardship of Midcoast Maine’s natural resources
For generations, people have been attracted to Midcoast Maine. They have been drawn by its beauty and abundant natural resources. They are artists and accountants, doctors and deck-hands, fisherman and farmers.
While midcoast Maine has maintained its beauty and resources over centuries of settlement, it is not immune from development and environmental pressures. Like other ecologically valuable regions, midcoast Maine needs educated stewards – people who will take care of our natural resources and inspire others to do the same.
Coastal Rivers Midcoast Stewards is a field and lecture program consisting of 40 hours of ecology and cultural history about this region of Midcoast Maine. The course is coordinated by Coastal Rivers Director of Education and Community Science Sarah Gladu, and co-taught by local professionals in the fields of science, natural resources and conservation.
The program offers participants the opportunity to learn about natural and cultural history from a number of professionals in natural resource management fields, as well as an invitation to serve local conservation organizations as a volunteer. Participants are provided with the knowledge they need to protect and conserve the coastal environment, and become part of a network of educated and committed volunteers working together to protect the natural and cultural resources of Midcoast Maine.
The program is offered every other year between early April and early June. Co-sponsored by the Maine Coastal Program.
What you’ll do
- Learn from local conservation professionals and discuss a broad range of current issues and topics of research
- Meet area residents who share an interest in the cultural and natural history of Midcoast Maine
- Discover a wide variety of volunteer opportunities through local conservation organizations
- Participate in outdoor field discovery
- Coastal ecology – forests, field, lake, wetland, beach and bog
- Wabanaki history and culture
- Geologic history
- Seabird restoration
- Lobster biology
- Estuarine habitats
- Sustainable fisheries management
- And more!
The program is a mix of in-person classroom instruction and field trips to various local sites.
Participants pay a materials fee of $125 (scholarships are available). Upon conclusion of the course, participants commit to a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to the protection of Midcoast Maine’s natural and cultural resources.
Past stewards have helped create organizations, assist with community planning, and share their skills. Some have developed their own service projects while others have volunteered with existing programs.
Dates: April 4 through May 27.
Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, plus two Saturday field trips: April 29 from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM and May 27 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Location: Classes will be held at the Denny Conservation and Education Center at Coastal Rivers Round Top Farm, with field excursions throughout the midcoast area.
HOW TO APPLY
There is a two step-process to register for the Midcoast Stewards program:
- Fill out an application using the link below. Please indicate in the application whether you would like to request a scholarship.
- Instructor Sarah Gladu will review applications and email you directly within a week of your application. Included in her email will be a link to complete your registration and pay the $125 materials fee online. If you have requested a scholarship and are approved, Sarah will provide a scholarship code for you to use when you register. Registration and payment must be completed by March 31.