Education Division

DMR's Education Division is currently short-staffed and this page is under construction. You may browse the content, but no field trips or workshops are currently planned for 2021 and no educational services are currently available. The Maine State Aquarium will not be open in 2021.

We are currently advertising for a Marine Education Specialist III, who would be responsible for developing and leading the Department’s marine education programs. This includes the staffing and operation of the Maine State Aquarium, development of education curricula, conducting teacher re-certification classes, and development of Burnt Island Lighthouse as a marine educational facility. See full job description, pay range, and application details here. The application deadline is April 23, 2021.

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General Info | Facilities | Programs | Teacher Training | Publications | Lobster Links | More Links | Contact Us

kids at touch tank unusual lobster coloration kids and moon snail Maine State Aquarium (top) and Burnt Island (bottom)
photo courtesy of IB Participation, Inc.

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.

Facilities

Educational Services are not currently available.

  • 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: aquarium@maine.gov.
  • 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 aquarium@maine.gov to request specimens. A limited supply may be available.

Teacher Training is not currently available.

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

Publications

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.

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:

Contact Us

  • Please contact Amy Swan with questions or comments.
  • Please contact the DMR webmaster if any of the above links fail.