Current Opportunities


Opportunities For Youth

Scientist To Go Meetups

Our Scientist To Go program allows for students to virtually meet with a wide range of scientists and to learn a little bit more about what they do. These 45 minute sessions include presentations from the scientists and Q&A opportunity for students. Current meet ups can be found here

Email Eowyn at [email protected] for more details or to join the email list for future events.

Community Science Challenges

Students participating in community science can connect with professional scientists and other classrooms across the Northeast, get outside to make careful observations of local ecosystems, and contribute important data on impacts of climate change. Join us Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Challenge this February!

Email Meggie at [email protected] to get your class involved right away or get information on future events.

In-Person LabVenture Programs

Request a visit to our LabVenture Program for your 5th or 6th grade classrooms at

Professional Learning Opportunities

Educator Info Session: Findings from the Field

Thursday, January 12th, 3:30 to 4:30, virtual

Register here

Explore the many ways to be a part of GMRI’s journal of environmental research, Findings from the Field. Join us to learn about the many ways students can participate in the Findings from the Field community, including submissions to the journal, peer review, community panels with student and professional scientists, as well as the student research symposium. We will be exploring what Findings from the Field is, the types of research submissions, our peer review process, and the many ways that students can engage in a community of scientists.

Register to join the info session live or watch asynchronously.

Supporting scientific literacy and observation through the Nature Note

Friday, January 27, 2023, 9:00am to 3:30pm at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland

Register here

Learn how to support students' scientific literacy from observation and writing to publishing in GMRI's journal of environmental research. Scientific observations are fundamental to the work of scientists. The Nature Note, a submission type for GMRI’s online journal of middle school environmental research, provides an opportunity for students to hone their skills of scientific observation, literacy, and communication. Educators will learn how to support student scientists to publish their findings in a Nature Note in the upcoming edition of Findings from the Field. Students combine background knowledge to enhance observation and communicate their findings in writing bridging content knowledge to the world around them. During the training we will engage in the student experience to better understand student needs and perspectives. Lunch will be provided in addition to sub and mileage reimbursement.

Connected Learning Ecosystems

Are you a librarian, after school educator, museum or nature center educator, 4-H staff or volunteer, or classroom teacher looking to deepen your STEM programming and offerings? 

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), 4-H, Maine State Libraries, Wabanaki Youth in Science, and Gateway Community Services, with funding from NASA, are looking to grow and support Connected Learning Ecosystems (CLE) across Maine. CLEs will be a space for communities of educators and learning facilitators to work together to build a climate and data literate generation, with the knowledge and skills needed to address the challenges that face us! 

CLE members will work together to enhance their own understanding of climate, data, and a range of STEM skills and knowledge that kids need. This community will work together to engage kids all over Maine in place-based, locally relevant investigations of ecosystems and climate change, connecting formal and informal learning spaces. Educators across all these spaces have so much to share with one another in support of their own professional learning and the learning of the youth they work with. All the project partners are excited to help forge new connections.

Join this network!

The project team will offer a range of events and opportunities for educator networking and professional learning. In addition, CLE members will be supported to devise events and regular meeting structures based on community member needs and interest. Early conversations will focus on meet-up and professional learning needs and interests of the group.

Membership Includes:

  • A small participation stipend
  • Reimbursement for mileage to in-person events
  • Connections with regional and statewide communities of peers working together to enhance STEM learning for Maine Youth
  • Connections with supportive and engaged project team that includes staff from institutions from Maine to California

Express interest in being part of a CLE

If you have any questions, email Molly at [email protected]

Self-Paced Professional Learning Opportunities:

LabVenture Professional Learning Module:

Educators build knowledge of climate and ecosystem change and the components of data and science inquiry that help us investigate those changes through a four part module (each part will take 60-90 minutes). This work features local datasets that add to the story of climate driven ecosystem change in the Gulf of Maine and connects these local stories to global patterns. Check out the module here.