Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573

207-563-3119 (fax)

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K-12 Marine Education and Outreach
K-12 Education Coordinator
Anneliese “Lili” Pugh, 207-563-8135

The Darling Marine Center K-12 Education Program strives to provide a connection between local school children and scientific efforts of the DMC scientists and the environment of the Damariscotta River Estuary. It is a goal of the program to foster marine science literacy through which students of all backgrounds may be better informed citizens, able to engage in scientific discussions no matter their future occupation. Inquiry, exploration and discovery are the basis of all programs. All programs are meant to enhance individual classroom curriculum and help students achieve Maine State Learning Results and the upcoming Next Generation Science Standards.

Program descriptions
Visits to the DMC can be as short as 1-½ hours or as long as the school day, depending on the interests of the group and planned activities. Below are some preset programs available for classroom field trips with suggested program length in parentheses. Also note that Maine State Learning Result standards areas are indicated after the description. These are possible areas that will be touched on during particular programs, but do not represent complete units. Data collected at the DMC can be taken back to the classroom for further investigation.

Most programs work well with groups of 15 or fewer. If there are 20 or more in your group please contact us at least 3 weeks in advance so we can secure staffing. Programs that include boat or shore time will be dependent on tides and weather. We can arrange rain dates when booking programs. Field trips can be customized to suit your needs, but may need additional lead time.

The cost of a field trip ranges from $125 to $325 (includes boat trip) for a group of about 15 students. Thanks to a generous donation from the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund, field trip costs for schools within the Damariscotta River watershed can be defrayed.

The following can be added on to any of the above programs:

Additional programs and opportunities for individual students
Below are some projects organized by the DMC and other organizations that may be of interest to your students. We are happy to be of assistance in getting started with any of these projects.