Community Central Summer: Aquaculture!

And… we’re back! Community Central Lewiston summer programming has kicked off with Summer of Science programming in Lewiston. This summer we’re working with Lewiston Housing Authority, The Root Cellar, The Boys and Girls Club, McMahon Elementary, and Tree Street Youth, to bring experiential learning projects to youth entering third to fifth grade.

This year’s Summer of Science sessions all focus on Seaweed Aquaculture in the state of Maine. Earlier this summer our Teen Leaders, along with other 4-H leaders, volunteers, and interns, attended training which included leadership development activities and learning the sessions that are being presented to youth.

young man on ocean shore holding up a bunch of seaweedYouth across Lewiston have been learning how to identify different seaweeds, the parts of seaweeds, and how seaweeds play an important role in Maine economy.

an outstretched hand holding some seaweed to be identified
Challenge: Can you identify this type of seaweed?

While visiting the Maine coast Laura Personette, Program Coordinator, and her cousin Russell found several different types of seaweed.

The Summer of Science project is supported by a National Science Foundation award to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine.

For more information about Community Central, please contact Kristy L Ouellette, PI of the Maine 4-H Community Central Program at

Community Central is a project funded by the USDA’s Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects program.