Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: The Maine Conservation Corps

The Maine Conservation Corps is looking for Volunteers!

MCC welcomes volunteers to join our AmeriCorps National Service Members and Teams on projects throughout the state. Individuals and groups are invited to help with projects like trail construction & maintenance, watershed surveys, invasive species removal, and many other conservation efforts.

No prior trail work experience or minimum time commitment is required. Safety equipment is required and any necessary safety equipment and training is provided by MCC. Volunteers receive discounts on name-brand outdoor gear, among other benefits. Everyone is welcome!

Current volunteer opportunities are posted on our webpage!

For more information email or call (207) 624-6092.

Off Campus Event: Seed Clam Relocation Project (Sunday 9/24 in Brunswick)

The Brunswick Marine Resources Committee is undertaking a seed clam relocation project.  It’s going to be held on Sunday, September 24 with folks showing up as early as 8 AM but I think a later start time would be fine.  If we have enough people, we will also be trying to assess population size and potentially remove some of the green crabs from the rocky outcropping where they tend to congregate as the weather gets colder.  The location will be at Thomas Point Beach over by Cook’s Corner.

All volunteers are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in shellfish fishery management.  Feel free to give my name out as a contact and I’ll facilitate transportation if there is enough interest.


Marko Melendy
IBC Administrator
IACUC Administrator
Bowdoin College Science Center
Office 207-725-3517
Cell 207-712-6176

Off Campus Event: Maine Hunger (in October)

Maine Hunger Dialogues
Be part of  Bowdoin Team!

Jamie Ptacek. ’17 writes:

Hey all of you ES people,
I apologize in advance for the length of this email. . .but will be BEYOND thrilled if you make it through the whole thing.

I am writing you because through my ES fellowship this summer I came in contact with a lovely man by the name of Frank Wertheim, who is an Associate Extension Professor of Agriculture/Horticulture with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the statewide coordinator of the Maine Harvest for Hunger Program (a pretty big deal). He is also the chair of the Maine Hunger Dialogues, an event that engages Maine college students and campus communities in the fight against hunger by providing a platform that: 1) raises awareness of the issue, and 2) provides opportunities for students to actively work to address hunger on their campuses and communities in collaborative partnerships with their institutions. Students, staff and faculty from Maine universities and colleges come together and learn about food insecurity issues and student skill building around themes such as project development, outreach and communications and project sustainability. Prepared with these new skills, campus teams have a chance to apply for a $500 mini-grant as seed money to start up a hunger prevention initiative on their campus or in their community. 

Whoa, I know what you’re thinking, and, yes, this is very cool stuff.

Anyways, when I was interviewing Frank he spent a lot of time trying to convince me to get a group of Bowdoin students together to attend the 2017 Hunger Dialogue, where the focus will be on Food Waste Recovery. The Dialogue will be held at UMaine Presque Isle from October 20-21.  To my knowledge, no one from Bowdoin has ever participated in this event, a trend that seems long overdue to be broken.

I know that many of you may have an interest in issues surrounding hunger and food insecurity, so I am sending out an email to gauge initial interest in attending the Hunger Dialogues this year.

The registration fee is $25 a person, which includes hotel accommodations, food, and conference activities. However, I have spoken with Sarah Seames at the McKeen Center and they have agreed to cover the costs of attendance for Bowdoin students if we can get a group of people together.

So, if you think that you may have an interest/be able to attend the 2017 Maine Hunger Dialogues this year, fill out this Google form by the end of the week (this is not a firm commitment, I just want to gauge interest). I am meeting with Sarah next week to discuss the details of attending the Dialogues and I want to have a good idea of how many Bowdoin people may be interested in attending before that meeting.

I really think this could be an amazing opportunity to engage with each other and other college students from across Maine in thinking about an issue that affects far too many Maine residents. . . .and Aroostook County is a pretty wild place to visit.

Please let me know if you have any questions! And if you know of anyone who may want to come, please forward this along to them.

Here is the link to the Google Form again:

Ok, congratulations, you made it through.


Fellowship Opportunity: Obama Foundation Fellowship

Obama Foundation Fellowship Opportunity

The Obama Foundation Fellowship program seeks to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation.

The Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more – who are altering the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community.

The inaugural class of 20 Fellows will be integral to shaping the program and the community of Fellows for future years. For this first class, we’re seeking participants who are especially excited about helping us design, test, and refine the Fellowship.

Our two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level.
The minimum age to apply is 18 years

Volunteer Opportunity: Facilitate STEM activities in local schools

Support your local community: facilitate STEM activities in local schools!

Every year, 4-H recruits, trains and places undergraduate and graduate students in local schools, libraries and afterschool programs to facilitate experiential STEM activities with youth (grades 3 – 8).  We provide all the training, support, and materials for these students to be successful, and our host sites provide supervision to take care of any behavior issues.  In short, we set students up for a successful, enjoyable time helping local youth learn science while having fun!

We generally have three times as many requests as we do students to fill them.  I’d appreciate it if you’d announce this opportunity to students in your classes, or allow me to come for 5 – 10 minutes early this semester to do so.

Trainings for fall will be held the second and third weeks of September.  Several training times and locations will be available at both UMaine and UMaine Augusta.

Interested? Email Laura Wilson  at for more information.  The 4-H STEM Ambassador program is part of the UMaine Engaged Black Bear Initiative, and digital badges are awarded to all who complete the semester requirements.  More information is available at

Thank you for supporting this program and our efforts to reach youth with experiential science, technology, engineering and math activities!

Best, Laura

Laura Wilson
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
4-H Science Professional
4-H STEM Ambassadors Program
103A Libby Hall, Orono, ME
(207) 581-2971; mobile: (207) 949-2167