Off Campus Events: Upcoming Environmental Lectures & Films in Brunswick (9/26 & 9/29)

Sustainable Maine Lecture Series: DIY Storage, Preservation & Fermentation
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30-8pm
Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St. (0.6 mile from campus)

Interested in sustainability, the environment, gardening, or all of the above? Join Sustainable Maine for a Do-It-Yourself Workshop to learn how to set up a cold room produce storage system, ferment veggies, and set up a solar dehydrator! Click here to learn more.

Food, Sovereignty and Native America: A Presentation on Indigenous Food Ways
Saturday, September 29, 1-3pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle Street

Attend this unique presentation centered around the sovereignty and culture of Native American life! Rachel Sayet (Mohegan), the event’s speaker, has been working for Mohegan Tribal Liberty since 2013, and has partnered with Mohegan Tribal Health Development for gardening, cooking, and storytelling workshops for Mohegan youth. This event is sponsored by the Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group with support from the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. Learn more here.

Off campus Event: Seafood Industry Maine Gubernatorial Forum, Thursday Oct 4 5-7PM, in Rockland

Reserve your tickets today
The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and the Maine Seafood Industry Gubernatorial Forum Host Committee invite all members of Maine’s fishing industry and working waterfront community to join us for the 2018 Seafood Industry Gubernatorial Forum.

Hosted at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, we have invited: Alan CaronJanet MillsShawn Moody, and Terry Hayes to join  Maine’s seafood industry in a discussion about the future of Maine’s fisheries and coastal communities.

This is your opportunity to hear the candidates stances on industry issues and the future they hope to help build if elected Governor of the great state of Maine.

This will be a facilitated event with questions coming directly from Maine’s seafood industry.

Tickets are FREE, but we do ask that you RSVP to the event as space is limited.
Register here

Off Campus Event: Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries in 2018 (Sat. Oct 6)

Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries
Saturday, Oct 6 2:00-5:30 pm
Freeport Wharf, 36 Maine St., South Freeport, MEHarpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) is offering a Short Course on Harpswell’s Habitats and Fisheries in 2018. This series provides a high quality, in-depth learning opportunity for adults. We recruit knowledgeable and passionate instructors and class sizes are kept small.There is a fee for this course and advance registration is required. Click on “event link” below for details.

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Freeport Wharf36 Main Street South Freeport, ME 04078
Julia, 207-837-9613

Off Campus: Star Gazing at Crystal Spring Farm, Oct 6 or 7 (Free)

October 6 or 7, 7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Crystal Spring Farm – South

277 Pleasant Hill Road, Brunswick

The Southern Maine Astronomers (SMA) will lead an exploration of the night sky.

We will have favorable moon phase conditions making for a dark night.

How to prepare:

  • When you arrive please be sure to keep your headlights on low beam, avoid pointing your headlights toward the market green if at all possible, and SHUT OFF your headlights as soon as you possibly can – the bright glare ruins night vision for those trying to look at the stars.
  • Bring a blanket to lay on as meteor showers are best observed laying back with eyes wide open
  • Bring bug spray!
  • Bring warmer clothes to put on: a warmer jacket and a hat.  Warmer, more waterproof footwear is a good idea too.
  • Bring a red flashlight or headlamp, or cover a regular flashlight with red cellophane or stretch a red balloon over a flashlight, to help preserve night vision.
  • “Study” this SKY MAP for learning the October night sky. Scroll down and click on “Download” for October in the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s two sided.

Community members with telescopes can come early –  by 5:30 – and bring their telescopes to set  up.  Astronomy Club members will help any who have been confounded in getting their telescopes to “work right.”  Club members will bring scopes as well.

Check this page, our Facebook, or Instagram for updates on the final date of this event.


Venue:   Crystal Spring Farm – South


277 Pleasant Hill Rd, Brunswick, Maine, 04011, United States

Off Campus Opportunities: Get Outdoors in Harpswell!

Get Outdoors in Harpswell

There are numerous varied and interesting places to walk, picnic, play and enjoy the scenery in Harpswell. You can learn about conserved land with public access by poking around our online map of trails and preserves or browsing the list below. For more information, including directions and visitor guidelines, click on the names and images below.

You can also download four different guides to exploring the outdoors in Harpswell and surrounding towns.

If you would like to download a map showing all conserved land in Harpswell, including conservation easements on private land, click here.

Off campus Events: Aquaculture~ Sustainable Ocean Practices in Casco Bay, 9.27 5PM @ Curtis Library, Brunswick

Aquaculture: Sustainable Ocean Practices in Casco Bay
Thursday, Sept 27, 5:00 Pm
Morrell Meeting Room,
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant St., Brunswick (across from the Post Office)

This highly educational event will detail the ecological challenges facing the Gulf of Maine but also the great opportunities that has arisen with aquaculture. Open to the public.

Off Campus Event: 2018 Student Water Challenge- Registration Deadline Fri. 10/12

2018 Maine Student Water Challenge

In partnership with Maine EPSCoR, Maine Campus Compact is pleased to announce that we are accepting graduate and undergraduate student applications for the 2nd Annual Maine Student Water Challenge. This Challenge will award $100 stipends each to 40 higher education students in Maine, organized in 2-4 person campus teams (or you can sign up as an individual participant), to participate in a challenge aimed at solving a water-related problem.  The registration deadline to register is October 12, 2018. Each student team will develop an innovative Water Action Plan that addresses a water challenge in one of these topic areas:

  1. Develop a curriculum that can be taught to K-12 students addressing local water issues such as water quality or storm water runoff. Maine Campus Compact will collect these curricula with the goal of implementing the most robust ones in the future;
  2. Develop a plan to help educate and empower people in low-income communities about a local water quality issue. Identify a community partner who could work with you to implement this plan; or
  3. Send a description for pre-approval of your team’s own plan, curriculum, or project that addresses one of these following water-related topic areas:
  4. Water quality
  5. Ocean Acidification
  6. Aquaculture
  7. Aquaponics
  8. Ocean-Related Research
  9. Storm Water Runoff

Teams will be required to participate in a kick-off training webinar, submit their water action plans by November 26, 2018, and encouraged to attend the final Student Water Challenge Palooza on December 1st, 2018. Travel reimbursements of $50 to cover travels costs to the December 1st event are also available. 

Apply in three easy steps!

  1. Read the Project Guidelines(Attached)
  2. Register Here–one representative from the team registers the whole team
  3. All team members must sign this Commitment Agreement

Please forward this onto to any students who you think might be interested or to faculty who could help disseminate to their students.

Please contact or (207) 753-6626 with any questions.

Kayla LaVoice
STEM Collaboration VISTA
Maine Campus Compact

Off Campus Events: Biodynamic Beekeeping Talk & Workshop, Oct. 12&13 in Freeport

Biodynamic Beekeeping talk & Workshop with Gunther Hauk
Maine Coast Waldorf School and co-sponsors Avena Botanicals and Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment are pleased to present two wonderful opportunities to hear biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Virginia speak and to attend a workshop with him.

Public Talk by Gunther Hauk: 
The Honeybee Crisis: Real Causes and Solutions
Friday, October 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
$10 suggested donation at the door

In this talk on Friday evening, Gunther will present a deeper picture of that being we call the honeybee and what brings it so close to our hearts. He will put the bee crisis into a larger context historically, as well as its connection to other crises we are in – agricultural, economic, social, and spiritual. Gunther will then give indications of what will help us overcome the crisis.

Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop with Gunther Hauk:
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maine Coast Waldorf School, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
$60.00 per person. Snacks will be provided but lunch is BYO.

In this workshop Gunther will begin with a brief look at the development of beekeeping in the last 2000 years. Understanding the complexity of this creature’s instinct from a spiritual point of view will let us regain the awe and wonder inherent in this highly evolved insect. We will search for what actually has driven all the inventions on which current professional and most hobby beekeeping rely.  A logical examination of these practices in view of the impact on the honeybee’s health, will let us arrive at beekeeping methods that respect the honeybees’ very own needs and further their health. Through their suffering, the honeybees are calling us to radically change our relationship to all the animals we raise, and challenging us to become stewards of the kingdoms of nature rather than exploiters. Topics will include:

  • A brief historical sketch: from the sacred to the mundane
  • Understanding the colony as one organism
  • The vital importance of swarming and having naturally raised queens
  • What is wax really? Working without foundations
  • Mites, hive beetles, foulbrood, etc.
  • Treatments and teas
  • Pros and cons of different hive forms and materials
  • Bee forage, care of the land

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT FOR WORKSHOP: The cost for the workshop is $60/person. Snacks will be provided but lunch is BYO. Registration is not considered complete until payment is made.


Gunther Hauk has been a biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for over four decades. In his book “Toward Saving the Honeybee” (2002) he called for a radical change in beekeeping methods to help avert a great crisis. Gunther has been featured in two full-length documentary films about the honeybee crisis – “Queen of the Sun” (2010) and “Vanishing of the Bees” (2009), and he also produced his own educational film “Hour of Decision” (2015). In 2006 Gunther and his wife Vivian co-founded Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary now located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on 25 acres near Floyd, Virginia. Their workshops and training in Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping serve beekeepers throughout the USA and Canada .

Off Campus Event: DIY Adaptations & Home Energy Efficiency, Monday, April 23- 6:30-8PM, Curtis Library

Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8 PM
Curtis Memorial Library(organized by Bridger Tomlin, ’17, Sustainable Bowdoin/ Americorps

Save money and adapt to climate change all from the comfort of your living room! Learn about DIY home weatherization projects and energy efficiency tips that will cut back on heating and energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Speakers include:

  • Steve WardMaine Climate Table: “Maine’s Energy Efficiency Legislative History and Future”
  • Nat BlackfordEfficiency Maine: “Energy Efficiency Programs and Incentives”
  • Jen HatchRevision Energy: “Solar Energy and Installation”

Off campus Event: Island Energy Conference: Deadline to Register: Friday, April 27

Hello Maine energy friends and colleagues,

I hope you’re all doing well and having a good start to Spring! I am writing to invite you to this year’s Island Energy Conference coming up on May 3-5. I have attached a current agenda. There is a fantastic line up this year, with presenters from Maine, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe and elsewhere coming to discuss energy system resiliency in their communities. You can click here to register. The deadline is Friday April 27, this Friday, but you can also register the day of.

We would very much appreciate you taking a moment to spread the word about the conference on any relevant island email lists and Facebook groups. There is a Facebook event you can share as well. We would love to have strong attendance from Casco Bay communities! I have included a description of the event below that you can share via email or post.

Conference Description:

For the past eight years, the Island Energy Conference has brought together island leaders and energy experts from New England and beyond to discuss common energy challenges and the resources and techniques available to address them. This year’s event will highlight what island communities are doing to increase the resilience of their energy systems and communities in the face of an increasingly unpredictable world. Join us to connect with leaders and experts from the field at the region’s premier forum on community-based energy solutions.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out or share my contact with others.

Thanks very much,

Brooks Winner (Bowdoin class of 2010)
Community Development Officer
Island Institute
207.594.9209 x 148
207.358.0219 cell
@brookswinner2 | LinkedIn

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