In 2018, LEA is offering a variety of educational courses, classes and camps focused on lakes and local ecosystems for kids, high school and college students, and adults. We are hoping that these offerings provide a new and exciting way for people of all ages to engage with their surroundings and learn about the unique natural systems of western Maine. All classes are based out of the Maine Lake Science Center.
Monitoring for Cyanobacteria and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
LEA will be hosting an Environmental Protection Agency Cyanobacteria monitoring workshop using different tools (including the bloomWatch! app) for citizens to monitor algae (or lack of it) on their home waterbody on July 13th from 8:30-12:30. The Cyanobacteria Monitoring & bloomWatch! app with Hilary Snook (EPA) workshop will provide hands-on information about monitoring techniques for cyanobacteria that can cause harmful algal blooms (HABs). Participants will receive in-depth training on the Cyanoscope kit (www.cyanos.org), including how to use the equipment and report their findings.
Who should attend? Staff and volunteers of watershed associations, lake associations, town health and conservation officials, and people interested in citizen science projects.
Registration for the workshop is required. To register for this free workshop at the Maine Lake Science Center, please email Alyson at email@example.com no later than July 9th. Call with any questions: (207) 647-3318.
Vital Signs Institute for Teachers – July 19th, 8:30 – 4:00
New to Vital Signs and citizen science investigations? LEA is partnering with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) to offer this workshop for you! Turn your students into citizen scientists with the knowledge and skills to ask their own research questions, plan an investigation, collect meaningful data, and communicate their findings to an authentic audience.
Connect with a network of peers from across the state. We will work together to conduct a Vital Signs investigation. You’ll have time to adapt what you learn to your local context, and leave with a plan of how to implement an authentic investigation back in your classroom.
Through your participation, you get:
· Mileage reimbursement
· Participation Stipend
· Contact hours
· Lodging (if travelling 2+ hours, one-way) & meals
· Networking with peers from across the state
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/3CrquzfvxfOfQyMx2
GMRI’s education programs provide thousands of Maine students with free, world-class learning opportunities — at our lab, in the field, and online.
Modern Environmental Monitoring
These courses are geared toward high school juniors, seniors and college students looking to enhance their understanding environmental monitoring techniques, prepare for a career in science and ecology or augment their resume with hands-on experience. (suggested age: 16+)
Lake, pond, and stream ecology: This 3-day course will give an overview of these systems, cover current monitoring techniques, and provide plenty of time in the field for real data collection. The course will be fast paced and fun and is designed for college or late high school students looking to gain real world environmental monitoring experience. REGISTER ONLINE HERE. If you would like more information or have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
July 30 – Lakes 101: How lakes work, what stresses these systems, data collection in the field on a nearby lake or lakes and basic analysis of data collected. Students will get experience taking Secchi Disk water clarity readings, dissolved oxygen and temperature profiles, epilimnetic core samples and deep water grab samples. Data collected in the field will be plotted and compared and analyzed by students under the guidance and supervision of the instructor.
July 31 – Advanced Lake and Pond Monitoring: This course builds on the first day and supplements with experience using multi-parameter probes, field collection of algae and zooplankton and gives an overview of in-lake, high resolution data acquisition. In this course, students will have a chance to collect data using Sondes and hand held field fluorometers, collect, and identify algae and zooplankton, and visit and field calibrate an automated sampling buoy.
August 1 – Stream and River Assessment: An overview of streams and rivers and how monitoring these systems differs from lakes and ponds. The field component will provide hands-on experience in using biological indicators to assess water quality. Specifically, students will learn the different methods of collecting and identifying benthic macro invertebrates and how these creatures are used to assess water quality in moving systems.
Member or Student Price: $150 or $60 per course
Non-Member Price: $200 or $80 per course
Scholarships available based on need. Transportation and boats will be provided.
Invasive Plant Patrol 101 – August 2nd, 9:00 – 3:00
LEA is hosting the Lake Stewards of Maine for IPP 101. Formerly known as ‘Introductory IPP’ this comprehensive, 6-hour classroom experience prepares attendees for conducting or leading invasive aquatic plant screening surveys and satisfies the quality assurance requirement for IPP certification. All IPP training sessions are open to the public and free to anyone interested in learning more about the threat of invasive aquatic plants in Maine.
The workshop is presented in four parts:
• Overview of invasive species issues in Maine and beyond
• Plant identification fundamentals
• Plant identification hands-on exercise with live plants
• Conducting a screening survey, tools and techniques
Northeastern Aquatic Plants
This course is geared toward adults or mature students interested in learning more local aquatic plants species. (ages 15 and over)
This one day course will cover plant identification, field surveying and invasive aquatic control methods. Participants will learn to identify common native aquatic plants and the eleven most pervasive invaders. After learning the basics, students will head to the lake to apply what they have learned. The day will end with a tour by LEA’s milfoil team and a demonstration of invasive control methods on the water. This class is geared toward ages 15 years and older although younger, mature students may apply as well.
The course will be offered August 16th.
Member or Student Price: $60
Non-Member Price: $80
Scholarships available based on need.
Transportation and boats will be provided.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited for this course. REGISTER ONLINE HERE. If you are interested in signing up or finding out more information, please contact Mary Jewett at email@example.com.
Build Your Own Sensors
This course is geared toward adults or mature students interested in learning more about do-it-yourself monitoring technology. (ages 15 and over)
Build it, test it, and use it. Inexpensive micro-controllers are a fascinating new way to create your own custom-built monitoring systems. Learn the basics of designing, deploying and programming a system to collect environmental data. This course will be taught by technology guru, Dr. Ryan Dorland, from Saint Joseph’s College.
This course will be offered August 8th, 8am-noon at the Maine Lake Science Center. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if they have one.
Member or Student Price $75
Non-Member Price $95
Course fee includes a microcontroller starter kit. Scholarships available based on need.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited for this course. REGISTER ONLINE HERE. If you are interested in signing up or finding out more information, please contact Alyson Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids ages 7-11 will enjoy four days of exploring nature through hands on activities.
The group will spend two days at the Maine Lake Science Center and two days at the Holt Pond Preserve. Parents/guardians can choose which week works best for them. All days run 8:30am – 3:00pm.
July 23-24 – Explore the new Center and the trails of Pondicherry Park.
July 26-27 – Kids will go off the beaten track on the extensive trail system at Holt Pond.
August 6-7 – Explore the new Center and the trails of Pondicherry Park.
August 9-10 – Kids will go off the beaten track on the extensive trail system at Holt Pond.
Member Price: $150/Child
Non-Member Price: $175/Child
Scholarships available based on need.
For more information contact Mary Jewett: 207-647-8580 or email@example.com.