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Science under Sail

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Children Age 10 and younger (must wear PFD by state law)
Young Adults Age 11-17
Adults Age 18 and up

Learn about the coastal ecology of Maine with Herring Gut Coastal Science Center

Join us and a science educator from our partners at Herring Gut Coastal Science Center in Port Clyde as we set sail to learn about the ecology of Penobscot Bay!

We will venture out into Penobscot Bay through Rockland Harbor, past Muscle Ridge Channel and Owl’s Head Lighthouse and out to deeper waters past Monroe island. We will examine and discuss how the water around us changes with the tides, currents and geography as we sail from coastal and estuarine environments all the way out to the briny deep–past Monroe Island we often sail in over 300+ feet of water!

Volunteer scientists-in-training will have a chance to get their hands wet helping with plankton tows, deploying a secchi disk and using other oceanographic equipment. We also have an onboard microscope connected to a tablet so everyone gets a chance to see all the microscopic organisms we scoop up from the Bay! Mornings are a great time for wildlife viewing, and we often see seals, porpoises, ospreys, bald eagles and other seabirds!

This is a fun sail for individuals, couples, and families. Mornings are typically the calmest time with relaxed sailing, and are a good time for anyone who desires a more stable platform. This also makes for perfect wildlife viewing and ease of deployment for science equipment. The route may be adjusted on windy mornings to keep things calm, but that will rarely be the case in the summer months.

We looking forward to sailing with you. Please feel free to contact us at 207-691-7245 or if you have any questions.

Cancellation Policy

Customers providing at least 72 hours notice of cancellation will receive a full refund. Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Cancellations made with less than 72 hours notice and no-shows will be charged the full price. We are not responsible for traffic or changes made by airlines or other travel providers so please leave plenty of time for transit and parking, and remember, this isn’t a trip you want to miss!

Contact us at, (207) 691-7245 or reply to your confirmation email to make a cancellation or to rebook your sail.