Midcoast Stewards

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.

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 Citizen Science Sarah Gladu, and co-taught by local professionals in the fields of science, natural resources and conservation.

Midcoast Stewards discuss beach evolution with Senior Coastal Geologist Peter Slovinsky of the Maine Geological Survey at Pemaquid Beach.

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.

Maine Coastal Program logoThe 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

Program topics

  • 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!

What’s different in 2021

Instead of in-person instruction and full-group field trips, classes will be held online through the Zoom platform and we will coordinate small-group field exercises. The health and safety of participants as well as instructors is paramount.

Your commitment

Participants pay a materials fee of $100 (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.

2021 Schedule

Dates: April 1 through June 10.
Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30 to 8:00 PM.
Location: Classes will be held online through the Zoom platform. Field excursions will range from Washington to South Bristol.

HOW TO APPLY

There is a two step-process to register for the Midcoast Stewards program:

  1. Fill out an application using the link below. Please indicate in the application whether you would like to request a scholarship.
  2. 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 $100 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 29.

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