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.
Modern Environmental Monitoring (suggested age: 16+): 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.
DIY Sensors and Aquatic Plant ID (ages 15 and over): These courses are geared toward adults or mature students interested in learning more about do-it-yourself monitoring technology or local aquatic plants species.
Eco Explorers Day Camps (ages 7-11): Science based activities, games, and explorations of the natural world for children at the Maine Lake Science Center and the Holt Pond Preserve.
Please scroll down for more information including dates and costs for these courses, camps, and classes.
Modern Environmental Monitoring
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 email@example.com
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 Price: $200 or $80 per course
Non-Member Price: $250 or $100 per course
Scholarships available based on need. Transportation and boats will be provided.
Northeastern Aquatic Plants
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 Price: $80
Non-Member Price: $100
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Build your own sensors!
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 Aug 8th, 8am-noon. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if they have one.
Member Price $90
Non-Member Price $110
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 email@example.com.
Kids ages 7-11 will enjoy four days of exploring nature through hands on activities.
The group will spend two days at the MLSCand two days at the Holt Pond Preserve. Parents/guardians can choose which week works best for them. All days are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.