University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is offering a weekly online workshop for ages 13-18, focused on Maine’s tidepools and citizen science.

The 4-H Tidepool Immersion Discovery and Ecology series is set for 4 p.m. Tuesdays, April 9 through May 11. An optional field day will be held Saturday, April 13, with a rain date of April 14, at Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Road, South Portland.

During the workshop, participants can explore the intertidal zone while contributing to marine science research. Through activities, attendees can learn about the various species found in tidepools during low tide and use equipment to capture pictures on their smartphones for identification purposes, according to a news release from Sarah Sparks with the extension.

Led by graduate students from the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine, additional topics include invasive species, climate change, species identification, and how to participate in ongoing research efforts.

The workshop is free; registration is required and limited to 15 participants. Register by Wednesday, March 27, on the event webpage at to receive the link and materials. The workshop is supported by the Maine Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) at the University of Maine.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Sparks at 207-581-8206 or


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