UMaine Extension 4-H workshop explores Maine’s changing tidepools, Tuesdays in April and May

Orono, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is offering a weekly online workshop for youth, ages 13-18, focused on Maine’s tidepools and citizen science. The 4-H Tidepool Immersion Discovery and Ecology (TIDE) workshop series will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 9-May 11. An optional field day will be held April 13, rain date April 14, at Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Road, South Portland.

During the workshop, participants will explore the intertidal zone while contributing to marine science research. Through engaging activities, attendees will learn about the various species found in tidepools during low tide and use innovative equipment to capture stunning pictures on their smartphones for identification purposes. 

Led by graduate students from the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine, additional topics include invasive species, climate change, species identification, and how to participate in ongoing research efforts.

The workshop is free; registration is required and limited to 15 participants. Register by March 27 on the event webpage to receive the link and materials. The workshop is supported by the Maine Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) at the University of Maine.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Sarah Sparks, 207.581.8206,

University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension seeks to build thriving communities and grow the food-based economy, focusing on aspects from production and processing to nutrition, food safety and food security. Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H which offers hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement and creates a positive environment where participants are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.

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