Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association (GOMMEA) is one of the region's oldest and most active marine education groups. From marine biology to historical ecology, GOMMEA seeks to integrate and understand the many facets of our human connection to our ocean planet. Its membership includes teachers, students, professors, informal educators and researchers from many backgrounds. GOMMEA provides lectures, workshops, quarterly newsletters, and other resources for its members.
Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) is a dynamic, grass roots organization of teachers, informal educators, students, educational institutions, and others. Its goal is to develop a marine literate society and promote awareness of the ocean world by integrating marine studies into existing curricula. MME cooperates with other educational organizations to advance the cause of marine education on the local, state, and national levels.
Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) on Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine is dedicated to undergraduate education and research in marine science and has been since 1966. SML offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study marine science in the field with exceptional faculty from institutions throughout North America.
Fish Camp is a seaside ocean day camp for children ages 7-12, located on the beautiful campus of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine. Jeff and Deb Sandler ("Mr. and Mrs. Fish") are considered pioneers in marine education, and for over 32 years they have educated and excited children about the sea and the world of water in 20 countries and over 30 U.S. states.
Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) is dedicated to scientific research and education on the impacts of pollution on marine life and human health, and to protecting the health and biodiversity of the marine environment for future generations. Through its program initiatives, MERI addresses the problems of ocean pollution, unsustainable coastal development, species and habitat degradation, and environmental emergencies (toxic spills, releases) affecting marine life and people.
New Hampshire Sea Grant provides support, leadership and expertise for marine research, education and extension. A component of the National Sea Grant College Program, it is one of a network of 32 programs promoting the understanding, development, wise use and conservation of our ocean and coastal resources.
Seacoast Science Center, located in historic Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH is a flagship institution in the region's cultural economy. A popular destination for families and students to learn about coastal environmental history, the Center creates connections to nature through personal learning experiences in the natural sciences. The Center's mission is met by providing engaging and interactive programs and exhibits. Each year, over 70,000 people visit the Center, 15,000 of whom are students from throughout New England.
Sustainable Ocean Studies (SOS), sponsored by Waynflete School, is an inspiring and rigorous month-long summer program focused on promoting ocean health and sustainability. This technology-rich, field-based, and community-oriented experience is open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Through engaging seminars and important field work along the Gulf of Maine, SOS challenges participants to make full use of both their creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills while studying ecological and cultural sustainability. SOS pays special attention to learning from local efforts in coastal Maine communities to preserve the marine resources on which those communities depend.
The Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute has had an exceptional experiential impact on hundreds of students ages ten to seventeen. The Whale Camp's hands-on programming and vibrantly personal experiences brings students face-to-face to study whales, porpoises, seals, puffins and numerous other marine and avian species in their own natural habitat.