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 Drew 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 for the Vernal Pool Community Science Challenge this Spring!

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

Connected Learning Ecosystems Gathering: Connect, Reflect & Plan (at UMaine Orono)

Learning Ecosystems Northeast (LENE), a partnership of teachers, librarians, in and out-of-school educators, 4-H staff & volunteers, museum/science center staff, and more invites you to join two days of connection, reflection, and planning at the University of Maine in Orono, ME.

Representatives from many of the LENE partner organizations will be in attendance to ensure folks from all learning contexts have the support they need, especially when it comes to collaborative project planning.

This partnership supports peer communities from across the Northeast called Connected Learning Ecosystems (CLEs). These communities are working together to increase opportunities for youth to engage in data-rich climate investigations and to link in- and out-of-school learning. CLEs and this gathering are open to all!

This event offers a chance to connect locally and regionally, enhance existing relationships, build new ones, and explore and experience different approaches to building climate and data literacy skills for youth. Collaborate in small groups to brainstorm and receive support in bringing climate/data-focused project ideas to life through partners and funding.

  • What: Connected Learning Ecosystems Gathering: Connect, Reflect & Plan
  • Where: University of Maine, Buchanan Alumni House, 160 College Ave, Orono, ME 04473
  • When: 8:00 AM on Wednesday February 28 until 3:30 PM on Thursday February 29
  • Who: Librarians, teachers, in and out-of-school educators, 4-H staff & volunteers, museum/science center staff, learning experience designers; any adults who engage with youth as part of their learning pathway in the climate and data literacy space. This is for people interested in joining a CLE and for existing members.

All food, travel, and lodging* costs are covered.

Register HERE. For more information and/or questions email Molly at [email protected].

*Lodging will be double occupancy and located at the Black Bear Inn in Orono, ME.

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.