Education Division

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General Information

The Department of Marine Resources' Education Division provides educational services and materials to school children, teachers, and the general public. Staff are dedicated to developing a citizenry that has awareness and appreciation for the marine environment and its resources through programs at the Maine State Aquarium and Burnt Island Lighthouse. Professional development opportunities are available for teachers and the public. Information materials are available below or by request.


Educational Services

  • Field Trips - Plan a spring or fall field trip to the Maine State Aquarium. Teachers can request special programs or activities based on classroom needs or studies. (See Field Trip Information).
  • Classroom Resources - Educational resources such as activities, lesson plans, and photographs are available on a variety of ocean-related topics. Email:
  • Classroom Animal Supply - For teachers with a saltwater tank in the classroom, the Maine State Aquarium will assist in providing live animals. Please call or email to request specimens. A limited supply may be available.

Teacher Training

  • Teacher Re-Certification Workshops - Summer field courses and workshops are available at our Burnt Island facility. For more information, visit the Burnt Island page.


These publications are available as free, downloadable PDF files, and may require Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader software (download here free) to view or print. Some of the files are quite large. Please contact us at if you need an alternate format.

Links for Educational Lobster Information:

Other Links for Educators

Here is a list of helpful marine education sites for teachers to utilize in the classroom:

If you are interested in additional materials or information, please contact us. Also, please contact us if any of the above links fail.