Here are some of the key activities held at the Center since August 2015:
- August – Fifty lake advocates attended a dinner lecture featuring Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, Orono.
- October – The Maine Lake Leaders group held their semi-annual meeting at the Center. This introduced a dozen of Maine’s largest lake associations and researchers from Colby College and the University of Maine at Farmington to the facility.
- January 2016 – We organized a retreat for lake researchers that attracted fourteen scientists from four Maine colleges and universities and the Maine DEP. The event resulted in expanded collaborations and prioritization of research topics. LEA President, Orrin Shane, described the retreat as “a fantastically successful step forward for the Maine Lake Science Center.”
- March –
- Sixty science teachers from Lake Region schools attended a Project Learning Tree workshop and field work. The session was tied to the Center’s plans for a forest learning trail to be constructed on the property in June by Maine Rotarians.
- A certification workshop for 40 earth-moving contractors was held in conjunction with the DEP.
- U. S. Senator, Angus King, visited as part of a regional sports fishing and climate change forum, attracting 70 people.
- The Center hosted the Bridgton Lions Club, the Harrison Lions Club and a Chamber of Commerce reception
- April – Down East magazine presented their 2016 Environmental Award at a luncheon which featured and honored those working to eradicate invasive aquatic plants from Maine waters.
- May – A series of eleven weekly Maine Master Naturalist classes began.
- A second researcher retreat was held in early June with 15 attending.
- Coastal, river and lake organizations from throughout Maine attended a retreat to bridge the gap between those working to protect Maine’s waters and to identify overlaps and opportunities for sharing information.
- July and August – More than twenty open houses were been held for business owners, community leaders, the Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, lakeshore landowners and the general public.
- January 2017 – Our fourth researcher retreat hosted 33 researchers, scientists, lake advocates, and state agency personnel who networked to define and implement actions necessary to protect Maine’s lakes, establishing the Maine Lakes Collaborative.
Dr. Ben Peierls is welcomed at the Maine Lake Science Center.
- April – Two contractor certification workshops with more than 50 contractors were held in conjunction with the DEP.
- May – The Maine Lake Leaders held their meeting to continue to collaborate on state-wide lake protection efforts.
- July – The newly-outfitted lab is up and running:
Ben is mixing a preservative for lake algae.
- October– The native garden was expanded to include many native plants and more seating in the amphitheater.
- November – Watershed educators gathered to collaborate their efforts in providing watershed education to students of all ages.