Fostering Citizen Stewardship of Midcoast Maine’s Natural Resources
Midcoast Stewards is a field and lecture program consisting of 40 hours of ecology and cultural history about this region of Midcoast Maine. The course is coordinated by DRA Education Director Sarah Gladu, and co-taught by local professionals in the fields of science, natural resources and conservation.
The program offers participants the opportunity to learn about natural and cultural history from a number of professionals in natural resource management fields, as well as an invitation to serve local conservation organizations as a volunteer. Participants are provided with the knowledge they need to protect and conserve the coastal environment, and become part of a network of educated and committed volunteers working together to protect the natural and cultural resources of Midcoast Maine.
Participants pay a materials fee and also contribute 40 hours of volunteer service to a local conservation organization of their choice. This program is offered every other year in mid April through May.
Midcoast Stewards 2017
This year, the Midcoast Stewards program will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting April 11 and ending May 25, with a final field trip on June 10. Weekday classes are from 5:30 to 8pm. There will be a few Saturday field trips from 9am to 3pm.
Classes meet at the Heritage Center at DRA’s Great Salt Bay Farm in Damariscotta, and field trips will take the group to sites from Washington to South Bristol. Participants should be prepared for the weather and a fair amount of walking.
Applications are due by April 3, 2017. A materials fee of $100 for the 40-hour, payable to the Damariscotta River Association, is due with your application. Limited scholarships are available. Email Sarah to apply for a scholarship.