Posts Tagged ‘College of the Atlantic’

Learn about rescuing stranded marine animals

April 16, 2010

Here’s a cool opportunity to mingle with more than 50 scientists, marine animal specialists, managers, educators, stranding network volunteers, and others who will be sharing the latest knowledge about marine animal strandings, disease, rescue, and rehabilitation. Anyone can purchase a day pass to attend the Northeast Region Stranding Network conference, cohosted by the College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale and the Bar Harbor Club, May 7-9.

Highlights include a talk by Steve Katona, marine biologist and former COA president, and Andrew Newbould, marine mammal advisor at the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans; a workshop on large whalenecropsies with COA 1988 alumnus Bill McLellan, now North Carolina State Stranding Coordinator; and a sea turtle disentanglement workshop.

Conference registration is $100; day passes are $50. Students from the University of New England, the University of Maine School for Marine Sciences, or College of the Atlantic can attend for free with a valid student identification card.

What’s happenin’ in Maine: events and deals

April 9, 2010

A few news and notes from around Maine, re: events, activities, deals, and what-not over the coming week:

Eat! Shop! at Flavors of Freeport: Opens tonight with Chefs Signature and Libations Gala ($25 at the door, Hilton Garden Inn); continues Saturday with lifestyle demonstrations, physic readings/ film, block party; and runs through Sunday with a seminar, followed by card exchange.

• Make spring turns at Saddleback: Lift tickets are $25 for this weekend; mountain slated to close on Sunday. Mountain is predicting to operate at least two lifts and opening 25-50% of its terrain, with a few top-to-bottom trails.

• Get creeped out at It’s a Bugs’ World (think hissing cockroaches): Opening at the College of the Atlantic’s Dorr Museum of Natural History, Bar Harbor, on April 15. For a real treat, don’t miss the opening reception,  5-7:30 p.m., featuring insect hors d’oeuvres (not kidding–edible insects), as well as entertainment, including screening of a classic entomological horror flick.  Exhibit runs through June 5. Museum is hands-on and a must for kids.

• Reward yourself for filling taxes at DeansSweets second-annual Free Tax Day Truffle: Dean’s, on Middle Street, in Portland, is offering one free truffle or caramel to anyone who comes in the store between now and midnight on April 15 (and yes, it’s staying open that night to reward last-minute filers).

• Plan to party at Sugarloaf’s Reggae Festival: The mountain is offering an all-inclusive package for the April 15-18 event (lodging at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, daily lift ticket, concert tickets to Inner Circle on Friday night and Kenyatta Hill on Saturday Night, plus daily breakfast, for $158 per person per night).

COA dinner for Haiti

February 1, 2010

If you happen to be anywhere near Bar Harbor on Feb. 6, the College of the Atlantic has a fun night planned. An Evening for Haiti-On Sware pou Ayiti fund-raising dinner and show will benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Here’s the scoop: The dinner, prepared by COA’s cooks and served in the Gates Community Center, will feature international cuisine. Accompanying it will be music, dance, folklore, a history presentation on Haiti, and discussions with COA students from Haiti.

Tickets are $10 adults, $7 students, $5 children 12 and younger. Good event, great cause, fabulous price (COA serves wonderful food, most of it natural and organic).

I don’t like spiders or snakes

October 3, 2009

but the naturalists at the College of the Atlantic sure do, and they’ll be using them in Nature of Halloween, a a program celebrating the  natural history of critters that make appearances during this season of ghouls and goblins, on Sat. Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m.

Expect to see live snakes, deadly spiders,a giant centipede, a mad scientist, and even a human skeleton. It all takes place at COA’s Dorr Museum of Natural History. For details, call 207-288-5015 ext. 240 or 207-288-5395

Feel the breeze

May 23, 2009

If wind is the future, College of the Atlantic is feeling the breeze. On Wednesday, COA is hosting a public reception at Beech Hill Farm, its organic farm in Mount Desert, to celebrate the building and installation of its wind turbine. The reception is at 9:30 a.m.

According to info supplied by COA: The college believes it is the first freestanding wind turbine on Mount Desert Island and the first turbine on a college campus created by students in the state. The turbine is expected to meet the electricity needs of the farm’s combined farmhouse and office.

The turbine,named Valkyrie by the students, was actually  installed on May 12. The celebration on Wednesday will include presentations by faculty and students.

I don’t like spiders or snakes

May 2, 2009

but I likely would, after attending College of the Atlantic’s Family Nature Camp.

Instead of simply packing the kids off to camp, join them on Mt. Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. The policy, no child left inside, helps cure nature-deficit disorder, delivering memorable family moments in the process. See whales in the Gulf of Maine, explore tidal pools, go on a beaver watch, learn geology in sea caves, see what Diver Ed brings up from the sea, identify animal tracks and more.

Bar Harbor’s College of the Atlantic opens its doors to families each summer, offering a B.A. in Family Fun. This hands-on, participatory, naturalist-led program provides plenty of fodder for those “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” essays.

Minimum age is five; extended family is welcome. Four sessions are offered, with both half-and full-week options. Camp runs Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning and fees include campus lodging (bring your own sheets and towels), meals, field trips, and three boat tours; optional kayak and bike trips are additional.

Going green? Check out COA’s Earth Day program

April 6, 2009

When it comes to being green, Bar Harbor’s College of the Atlantic talks the talk and walks the walk. And it shares its knowledge during its free annual Earth Day Celebration.

The April 18 program (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) is filled with informative panels and speakers, entertainment, and children’s activities. In addition, there will be information booths; sales of recycled, ecological and sustainable products; and a crafts, book, plant and yard sale. Rounding it out is food from local caterers, restaurants and non-profits.

Bonus: arrive by bicycle and you’ll get a free bicycle tune-ups in the bicycle tent.