Herring Gut Learning Center admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin.
Main Building and Greenhouse
The main classroom building houses modern classrooms, administrative offices, fish hatchery and aquaculture and water quality lab. An attached greenhouse allows the year-round production for the school's student-operated aquaponics business, 'School of Roots' and 'First Work' Experience for Teens. The fully equipped water quality laboratory offers students and visiting teachers access to a broad range of technologies, including digital microscopes, chromatography equipment, and data sensors.
Adjacent to the main classroom building and greenhouse is the Thomson House, a beautiful, 19th century cape, formerly owned by the late Maine artist Arline Thomson and her husband Robert, both of whom were professors at the University of Maine in Orono. The house provides summer housing for visiting teachers participating in multi-day workshops presented by the Herring Gut Professional Development Institute.
Library and Saltwater Lab
Just down the hill is the Center's Saltwater Lab and Library. A rich variety of marine science research and exploration activities are conducted in the lab. For many years students operated the Teel Cove Student Shellfish Coop providing oyster seed to local growers. The library is located one floor up and serves as a classroom and meeting space with hundreds of marine science and general science books, as well as a selection of fiction, local history and other texts. It serves as a resource for students, staff, visiting teachers and community members.
Marshall Point Sea Farm
In 2010 the Sea Farm became part of the Herring Gut campus. Formerly a commercial scale shellfish production hatchery, the Sea Farm is leased to two commercial marine businesses. Port Clyde Fresh Catch is a seafood processing facility, distribution and retail sales center. BioProcess Algae a biotech company, conducts cold water algae research for commercial agriculture, aquaculture and alternative fuel applications. These two unique businesses offer Herring Gut students and visiting teachers an important demonstration of a 21st century working waterfront.
The Herring Gut Learning Center campus covers nearly four acres overlooking Teel Cove in the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine.
Well-groomed paths and gardens are maintained across campus by Herring Gut's dedicated Master Gardener, Kathleen Ross.
"Herring Gut taught me almost everything I needed to know for my current job ... They also have helped me through some of the roughest patches in my life by just being there and encouraging me to be better."
"Herring Gut was absolutely amazing. The teachers there were also great. I learned a lot by going there."