Aquaculture ME! Supporting cross-sector collaborations in Maine aquaculture education

2021 aquaculture literacy awardee - Orono, Maine

University of Maine Cooperative Extension offsite link and Maine Sea Grant offsite link are leveraging existing resources from their Aquaculture ME! Initiative to expand the reach of their successful model that connects classroom teachers with aquaculture science and industry. Through activities with Boothbay Sea and Science Center offsite linkChildren’s Museum & Theater of Maine offsite link, and Maine Family Farm and Sea Cooperative offsite link, partners are building capacity for educators to offer high-quality aquaculture programming in both formal classroom and informal educational settings. Learn more about this partnership in the August 2022 Harvest stories post: When it comes to aquaculture in the classroom, connection is everything offsite link.

By engaging teachers from different schools and districts from across the state of Maine, [Aquaculture ME!] has taken steps toward envisioning what new and accessible aquaculture education looks like.

Jaclyn Robidoux, Marine Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant
A teacher wearing a gray shirt that says “educator” lifts a large piece of brown seaweed from a tank.
Since 2019, Maine Sea Grant and partners have organized Aquaculture ME!, a state-wide collaborative network focused on building aquaculture education in Maine classrooms by providing support and professional connections for educators. (Kathy Tenga-Gonzalez, Maine Sea Grant)