Summer Workshops

Herring Gut Learning Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, political affiliation, age, or religious beliefs in the administration of its programs.

About Our Workshops

Our multi-day training immerses you in project-based instruction that naturally integrates science, English language arts, math, and social studies. Learn how to lead an inside or outside project that enables your students to create real-world products and services.

We provide you with the lessons, materials, and tools you will need to successfully apply and adapt these projects to fit your own instructional needs. Located in the picturesque fishing village of Port Clyde, Herring Gut provides an ideal environment for teachers to getaway and enjoy time exploring ideas, discovering possibilities and connecting with colleagues.

Aquaponics 101  July 9 - 11

Aquaponics is a fabulous vehicle for teaching students core STEM subjects like math, basic chemistry, and biology. Students can study fish, plants, and bacteria all in the interacting ecosystem of your classroom aquaponic system. You will learn all the science you need to deliver hands-on educational experiences for your students in water chemistry, the nitrogen cycle, fish anatomy, and plant biology. Classroom lessons are yours to take home! Only your imagination limits the extended ways you can stretch this knowledge into meaningful classroom content.

The Workshop Includes: 2.5 days of hands-on teacher training in aquaponics using Herring Gut’s small-scale commercial aquaponics greenhouse and hatchery as your laboratory. You will leave with qualitative and quantitative experiences that are replicable in any setting. Lessons that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards will engage and motivate your students all year long. 1.5 CEUs are available through USM or 15 contact/professional development hours.

At This Workshop You Will:

Learn how the current role of aquaculture is used to feed our growing population and how aquaponics can be used to teach your students about ocean sustainability and protecting our fisheries and ecosystems

Use Project Based Learning to integrate real world problems and scenarios into a curriculum filled with hands-on lesson plans that will engage students in learning about the nitrogen and water cycles, fish anatomy, and plant life cycles; all the while building on critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving and self-management skills.

Set-up and take home your own classroom aquaponics kit.  A complete recirculating aquaculture system with tank, filters, planting media and water quality testing kit, that will change the way you teach science.

Enjoy a relaxing and informative nature cruise or kayak paddle on Muscongus Bay.

Course Fee: $700 tuition inclusive of classroom aquaponic kit, student lesson materials, 3 continental breakfasts, and 2 lunches as well as an on the water nature boat or kayak tour. Housing is available in our unique 200 year old historic home here on our Port Clyde Campus at $75 per night on a space availability basis.

Aquaponics 201: Beyond the Basics  July 15 -16

Have you taken our Aquaponics 101 workshop in the past, but not been able to fully integrate your system into your science program?  Are you an educator who already has an aquaponics system in your school, but would like to use this type of science to broaden and deepen student motivation, participation, and knowledge?  Then this workshop is for you! Please join us for a 2 day workshop to refresh and rejuvenate your science programming in aquaponics. 1 CEU is available through USM or 10 contact/professional development hours.

At This Workshop You Will:

Refresh your knowledge of aquaculture/aquaponics basics including the carbon, nitrogen, plant and water cycles.

Expand your experience and knowledge of water quality measurement and monitoring as well as how to address imbalances and other water issues.

Explore the properties of algae and bacteria that grow within your aquaponic system and throughout our environment.

Compare various mediums of planting materials for optimal plant production.

Expand your toolkit with real life scenario lessons that will take your students further in their scientific knowledge of topics such as ocean ecosystem sustainability, water supply problems, pH imbalances, and nutrients with use of the scientific method, all the while, building on critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving and self-management skills.

Leave with fresh planting materials and media

Participate in peer discussions of how to  make this a science program you want to integrate into your daily curriculum day after day.

Enjoy a relaxing nature cruise or a kayaking tour on Muscongus Bay

Course Fee: $400 tuition inclusive of student lesson materials, kayaking or boat tour, 2 continental breakfasts, and 2 lunches. Housing is available in our unique 200 year old historic home here on our Port Clyde Campus at $75 per night on a space availability basis.

Kelp in The Classroom  July 29-31

Have you heard the news that “kelp is the new kale”? What is this increasing interest in the use of seaweed as a sustainable and renewable food source?

Exploring the ocean life of seaweed, and in particular, kelp, is most exciting when we can get into the ocean and pull it out ourselves and discover its properties and uses. Join us at our location on beautiful Muscongus Bay in Port Clyde, Maine for this 2.5 day workshop to build your knowledge of the ocean ecosystems and the seaweed that grows within it. Experiences will lead you to establishing a kelp growing microsystem within your classroom that will inspire hands-on opportunities for your students to learn amazing science concepts. 1.5 CEUs are available through USM or 15 contact/professional development hours.

At This Workshop You Will:

Experience the ocean ecosystems critical to healthy seaweed growth and sustainability.

Learn the biology of seaweed/kelp and its habitat through collection and identification on our bountiful rocky shore and  intertidal zones.

Discover the threats to this valuable ocean food source and how our students can help protect this resource.

Learn how to cultivate your own spores from fresh seaweed

Visit a local seaweed commercial farmer to learn first hand what this emerging industry means to our economy and overall environmental balance .

Set up and take home your own classroom kelp nursery complete with tank, chiller, grow light, air stone and instant ocean. A seeded kelp spool will be available for your purchase and shipped overnight once your system is set up and ready to go.

Engage  in discussions on best practices for teaching the Next Generation Science StandardsLeave with lessons that align to the Next Generation Science Standards and can be replicated for any grade level

Enjoy a relaxing nature cruise or kayaking tour on Muscungus Bay

Course Fee: $700 tuition inclusive of classroom aquaponic kit, student lesson materials, 3 continental breakfasts, and 2 lunches. Housing is available in our unique 200 year old historic home here on our Port Clyde Campus at $75 per night on a space availability basis.

 
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