Education Division

unusual lobster coloration

Ocean discovery starts here.

Maine State Aquarium (t0\op) and Burnt Island (bottom)

With the pandemic easing and new staff onboard, we have partially reopened:

  • Gulf of Maine Learning Lab — Interactive and engaging space for special programs. There are currently no programs scheduled, and the space is not currently available for reservations.
  • Burnt Island — Every day, June to October, 10am to 5pm for self-guided exploration and living history tours two days a week (details to follow).
  • Online — Regular updates, programs, and resources available here and on social media.
  • Community Science — Individual and group engagement in DMR research projects.

Reopening Summer 2023:

  • Maine State Aquarium —   Visit us during the Windjammer Festival for our Preview Opening June 28 through July 1, 10am - 3pm.  We will then be open July 6 to September 4, Thursdays - Saturdays, 10am - 3pm.  Additional updates to follow up until June 28.

DMR’s Boothbay Harbor campus is located at 194 McKown Pt Rd and includes the Maine State Aquarium, Learning Lab, and Burnt Island Lighthouse and Education Center. Burnt Island is only accessible by boat.

aerial view of DMR Boothbay Harbor campus

The Education Division provides experiences that inspire curiosity and connections with Maine’s coastal waters and resources. Our vision is to make the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and Department of Marine Resources research come alive for in-person and online audiences. Our Education Division provides direct access to our researchers and resources — including the Maine State Aquarium, Learning Lab, and Burnt Island with the Lighthouse and Education Center.


These resources 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:


Job Announcements

Volunteer Opportunities

We are recruiting volunteers for our summer 2023 season; positions include working with the public and behind the scenes.  To apply, complete an application and email to


Please contact the DMR webmaster if any of the above links fail.