Welcome to MESSY!

MESSY logoMaine Environmental Summer
Session for Youth

Grades 6–8: July 27 – August 1, 2014
Grades: 9–12: August 3 – 8, 2014

Overnight Camp - $450 per session
Session 1:
Grades 6–8
Session 2: Grades 9–12
Click here for the Summer Camps application form.


Located on the rugged Downeast coast of Maine, MESSY is a summer camp like no other! At MESSY, you'll engage in hands-on learning that is focused on environmental education, stewardship, and sustainability. You will have the opportunity to work alongside University of Maine at Machias faculty, actively participating in important work in the field and in the classroom. Spend a week exploring coastal marine life and investigating local streams and forests to create solutions for real-world environmental problems.

Students entering grades 6-12 are eligible to participate in MESSY, and campers spend the week living on campus in one of UMM's residence halls. When you're not engaged in learning sessions, you'll have the opportunity to take part in a variety of recreation activities including hiking, canoeing, swimming, and sports. You'll also have access to UMM's indoor swimming pool and game room facilities during their stay, and all meals are provided by or in the University's dining facilities.

Mission 2013: Global Climate Change

The topic of study for MESSY 2013 will be Global Climate Change! Students will be engaged in several current and continuing research projects with UMM faculty, learning how Global Climate Change is impacting our environment and what can be done about it. Dr. Gayle Kraus will lead the students in collecting and identifying marine plankton, for the purpose of identifying harmful algal blooms and warm-water species. Students will also be getting wet in nearby rivers and streams, assessing the temperature and pH of the local endangered salmon habitat and discussing and even helping to manage the habitat for the salmon's survival. In the lab with Tora Johnson, Director of UMM's Geographic Information Systems Lab, students will get a chance to map habitats or buildings that are vulnerable to storm flooding due to sea-level rise. We will even be exploring the nighttime sounds and sights of Downeast Maine by monitoring breeding frogs in the local streams and ponds.

Put on your boots, roll up your sleeves, and make your summer MESSY!

If you have questions about MESSY, please contact Jenny Robish at 207-255-1214 or jennifer.robish@maine.edu.


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