EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Let us bring you to the Gulf of Maine. We’d love to take your school, library, club, or other group to conduct an interactive program about marine life, and teach your students or members about the Gulf of Maine!
New England EcoAdventures is happy to be offering all of their adventures for schools and colleges during weekdays in spring and autumn, at discounted rates.
Whale Watch: 3 hour trip. Seen on our cruises are 70 ton Fin Whales, 40 ton Humpbacks, 50 ton Right Whales, 5 ton Minke Whales along with dolphins, porpoise, seals and an occasional tuna, sunfish, or shark. Birds observed include shearwaters, petrels, gannets and cormorants. As an affiliate of the scientific community, we conduct our whale and seabird expeditions in strict conformance with accepted research standards. Each trip is led and narrated by experienced professional whale biologists, with observation data recorded and utilized in cetacean research.
Lighthouse Tour: On this amazing tour you’ll get a first hand look at Goat Island Lighthouse with a guided Lighthouse tour. First we’ll zip up the coast, past Walkers Point and into Cape Porpoise Harbor. We’ll travel up Cape Porpoise Harbor with its working waterfront and tranquil surroundings. After taking in the Harbor we’ll dock at Goat Island Lighthouse for a guided tour. The tour will include educational narration and of course picture taking. The only way to see this historical lighthouse is by boat and with this Kennebunkport Conservation Trust’s approved tour. After some lighthouse history we’ll board the board and embark to Bumpkin Island and enjoy the playful seals that call the island home. On our way back to Kennebunkport we’ll cruise by Kennebunk Beach.
Goat Island Lighthouse is an iconic landmark in Cape Porpoise Harbor. It was established in 1833 and has been a beacon for boaters since that time. It has seen shipwrecks, ferocious storms, generations of keepers, countless visitors, Presidents and the most glorious sunsets in Kennebunkport. The original station was upgraded in 1859 to the current brick tower with a fifth order Frensel lens. The keeper’s quarters were added to the island in 1960, where a keeper lives to this day. The light station was automated in 1990 which was one of the last to be automated in the United States. Today, Goat Island and Goat Island Lighthouse is owned and maintained by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.
To continue reading about the amazing history of Goat Island Lighthouse please visit http://www.kporttrust.org/kctgoat-island-lighthouse/
BOON Island Adventure
Boon Island, a tiny outcropping of granite, only two football fields long and fourteen feet above sea level at its highest point, is located six-and-a-half miles off Maine’s southern coast. Its ledges were among the most perilous spots on the eastern seaboard until a lighthouse was established there in 1811, following James Madison’s approval. Many link the name Boon Island to the wrecks of the trading vessel Increase in 1682 or the Nottingham Gallery in 1710. Though the crew of the Nottingham Gallery was forced to resort to cannibalism, the survivors of these shipwrecks reputedly credited their rescue to a “boon from God.” However, references to “Boon Island” can be found as early as 1630, which negates those claims.
At 133-feet-tall, the new Boon Island Lighthouse, built of granite quarried in Biddeford and lined with brick, was and is the tallest in New England. The tower’s powerful second-order Fresnel lens, produced in France by Sautter et Compagnie, went into service on January 1, 1855. 175 steps were required to climb the tower, a task the keepers had to perform several times each night to trim and fill the lamps, often toting heavy containers of lamp oil. To ease the burden, two assistant keepers, the station’s first, were assigned to Boon Island in 1855.
To continue reading about the amazing history of Boon Island please visit http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=781
Design Your Own Trip: Our cruises provide you with an opportunity to build a curriculum around your trip. You are welcome to bring any sampling equipment you wish. We will, upon request, demonstrate navigation techniques to interested groups. Our experience includes many hours of marine biology, local history, environmental topics, art, and regional economics. The professional staff of New England EcoAdventures, with its diverse educational background and expertise, stands ready to accommodate your requirements.
New England EcoAdventures hires Marine Biologists from the University of New England who are actively involved in marine mammal research year round, have accumulated extensive knowledge about the physiology and behavior of sea life found in the Gulf of Maine. We welcome the opportunity to present on whales and other marine life for your group. Suggested topics are: current status of whales, latest research efforts, population dynamics, food chains and man’s impact on the environment.