S.E.A. FAIR 2023 Goes to CRMS!

June 13, 2023

Press Release: June 11, 2023
For immediate release:
Contact: Barbara Lawrence, 207-992-3039, info@StewardshipEducationAlliance.org
Subject: S.E.A. FAIR 2023
S.E.A. FAIR 2023 goes to school

Threat of thunder and lightning forced S.E.A. FAIR 2023 to move under cover to the Camden-Rockport Middle School gymnasium, but the result was a great event!  About 500 people attended to enjoy activities and conversations with representatives of 21 environmental organizations. Children and adults also explored two areas of games, puzzles, crafts and other activities created by Lynn Rutter of Roots n Shoots Nature based After School program, Seaside Village Pre-School, Miss Amy from Camden Public Library, many volunteers, and the Board of the Stewardship Education Alliance.

Teachers and students from CRMS, Camden Five Hills Regional High School, The Watershed School, Seaside Village Pre-school, and other visitors were enthusiastic participants. Several representatives of organizations noted how eager and enthusiastic students were, and said they asked really good questions.  The high school volunteers helped supervise children’a areas, created activities including making Seed Bombs with seeds from native plants and a Community Conversation table for written and sketched comments about our environment, and assisted with S.E.A.’s Mobile Marine Tank.  The administration and staff of CRMS were wonderful hosts: welcoming, helpful, and supportive. Together we created a day of exploration and fun that was a reward for everyone.

Pictures tell the story: all the presenters made a great effort to provide interesting ways to engage people in learning about their work, and our watershed.  For example, Seaside Village Pre-School showed off its water table, purchased with help from S.E.A, and its collaboration with CRMS’s 7th Graders and teacher John Dietter in exploring creatures including Mud Bugs in the Megunticook River. Maine Rural Water Association demonstrated its amazing ground water model. University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine S.E.A. Grant showed why seaweed is critically important habitat, and Herring Gut Learning Center offered an array of interactive ways to learn about creatures living in the ocean and why we must be good stewards. The Maine Department of Agriculture and Forestry gave out seedlings of cedar and pine trees and information about their importance in the environment. For a complete list of presenters and more photographs please visit:  www.StewardshipEducationAlliance.org.

With great thanks to our sponsors First National Bank, First National Wealth Management, Lyman-Morse, Camden Public Library, and Camden-Rockport Middle School and to all the students, teachers, volunteers, and other visitors who made S.E.A. FAIR 2023 such a wonderful event.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Participating Organizations:

Camden Street Tree Volunteers
Center for Wildlife Studies
Coastal Mountains Land Trust
Herring Gut Coastal Science Center
Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership
Knox-Lincoln County Soil/Water CD
Maine Audubon
Maine Farmland Trust
Maine Rural Water Association
Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Extension
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Megunticook River Citizens AC
Megunticook Watershed Association
Merryspring Nature Center
Natural Resources Council of Maine
Rockport and Camden Conservation Commissions
Stewardship Education Alliance
S.E.A. Mobile Marine Tank
Tanglewood Camp/4H
Watershed School Climate Action Leadership Lab
Wild Ones Midcoast Maine

Camden Public Library
Hope Elementary School
Roots n Shoots Nature-Based After School Program
Seaside Village Pre-School
The Watershed School