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.

Mammals of the forests and oceans

This summer MESSY campers will explore how humans and mammals interact in both positive and negative ways.  We will explore the habitats where mammals live, including fields, forests, and the ocean!  We will discover mammals that are threatened or harmed by humans!  Throughout the week we will investigate how mammals and humans interact together in the environment.   

  • Whale entanglement studies and maps
  • Seal rescue
  • Whale watching boat tour
  • Invasive mammals or mammal populations that are “controlled” by humans
  • Wild animals and farming conflicts – Tide Mill Farm visit to help “manage mammal pests”
  • Mammalian Skull identification and skeletons
  • Genetics of coyotes and wolves in the Northeast U.S.

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