Current Opportunities


Opportunities For Youth

Citizen Science Blitzes

Let's get you and your students outside this fall, contributing to active research through either of our citizen scientist blitzes. The two-week blitzes will happen over two separate windows, and will include time with partner scientists, field investigations, and opportunities to share what you find.

Knotweed Blitz, October 29th – November 5th

Invasive knotweed is growing across Maine and New Hampshire, crowding out other species. Scientists need your help! Learn how you and your students can get involved through our Knotweed Blitz.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Blitz, November 9th – November 19th

Help us track the spread of an invasive forest pest before it destroys our hemlock forests! Learn more about the project, and how you can participate in our Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Blitz here.

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Findings from the Field Community Series

Connect your students to a community of peer and professional scientists! This series is designed to inspire curiosity, scientific observation, and scientific inquiry in our region’s ecosystems. We hope you and your students will join us in our upcoming community series events below!

Changes in the Intertidal – October 28th

Join marine biologists Marissa McMahan (Manomet), Elizabeth Stephenson (New England Aquarium), and Aaron Whitman (GMRI) to discuss changes in the intertidal zones around us. Learn more and register for the Changes in the Intertidal event here.

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Phenology and Climate Change – Date TBA

Join Beth Bisson (Maine SeaGrant), Stephanie Spera (University of Richmond), and additional panelists to discuss the topics of phenology and climate change. Stay tuned for registration information!

In-Person LabVenture Programs

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

Professional Learning Opportunities

Citizen Science in Classrooms Teacher Professional Learning Opportunities

Join us at Seacoast Science Center!

November 18, After school 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

​​This in-person workshop includes both an outdoor field and indoor learning session to guide you through a citizen science investigation that you can bring to your classroom and out into the schoolyard this fall. Citizen Science projects that we will explore include: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Intertidal Crabs, and Invasive Plants.

Registration coming soon.

Findings from the Field Teacher Professional Learning Opportunities

Join us at Seacoast Science Center!

November 18, After school 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

​​This in-person workshop will include both an outdoor field and indoor learning session to guide you through developing scientific observations with your students. Learn about resources, tools, and processes to support students in making meaningful observations, writing and review, and submitting Nature Notes for publication in GMRI’s Findings from the Field.

Registration coming soon.

Registration is open for New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative's 2021 Ocean Literacy Summit

The virtual summit will be held Wednesday November 10th with local field trips around New England on November 11th including GMRI's LabVenture Program. Learn more at

  • Keynote by Dr. Julie Huber, WHOI: "Life in Earth's Ocean and the Worlds Beyond"
  • Facilitated Discussions between Scientists and Educators
  • Trivia and Networking

Register at

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.