2016 Summit Tours

The 2016 Summit included the following opportunities to explore Portland’s waterfront.

labVentureCome experience the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s (GMRI) LabVenture! program

350 Commercial Street,  Portland, ME

Tour begins at 1pm. Meet at GMRI main lobby (entrance). Limited free parking is available for tour participants in the lot next to the building.

Thursday, Nov 3,  1 pm to 3:30 pm                        Capacity: 48 

In GMRI’s LabVenture! experience, 5th and 6th graders from all corners of Maine take on the role of scientists and conduct their own hands-on research in our state-of-the-art learning laboratory. This is your opportunity to experience the program first hand. As a participant of our current content, Complex Systems, you will be empowered to investigate the Gulf of Maine and the many systems it comprises.Take on the roles of scientists and fishermen to discover the connections among cod, lobster, herring, and humans in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.  You will examine food webs, behavior patterns, and human activities in order to uncover how they are inextricably woven together. You will work in team to complete the four interactive digital station that students  do to explore:

  • How are cod and lobster connected? Investigate how behavior changes affect competition for food, shelter, and changes in growth and reproduction.
  • Are we farming lobsters? Explore how the herring used for lobster bait may be impacting the growth of lobsters.
  • How can we make fisheries more sustainable? Experiment with fishing gear technologies to maximize fuel and catch efficiency to make money while minimizing their long-term impact on the fishery.
  • What impacts will climate change have on the Gulf of Maine ecosystem? Research the impacts that warmer water may have on a key species and the ecosystem as a whole.

Walk The Working Waterfront Tour

Courtyard Marriott – 321 Commercial Street, Portland, ME

Two sessions: 1 and 3 pm. Participants should meet at the entrance of the hotel. Parking options: Hotel ($10 valet) or dirt lot at 468 Commercial Street across from Eimskip ($5). The dirt lot is about a half mile walk to the hotel. Parking is also metered and non-metered on Commercial Street.

Tour leads will have a list of registrants to check you in at the event. Please plan to arrive a bit early as tours will leave at exactly 1pm and 3pm. What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tours will plan to go rain or shine so please make sure to bring layers of clothing to keep you warm and dry.

Thursday, Nov 3,  1 pm  and 3  pm                       Capacity: 25 for each tour

A walking tour leaving from the Courtyard Marriott at 1pm and then another tour at 3pm. We will be visiting a variety of new and old marine businesses on the waterfront along historic wharves. The Portland waterfront remains a vibrant “working waterfront” that hosts a variety of marine based activities, local businesses and fishing vessels.

The tours will plan to go rain or shine so please make sure to bring layers of clothing to keep you warm and dry.



Changing Tides

Wells Harbor dock at the end of Harbor Road, Wells, ME

Two sessions: 1-2:30 pm and 2:30-4 pm. Tour leads will have a list of registrants to check you in at the event. Directions: Take the Maine Turnpike to Wells. After exiting take a left at the lights onto Route 109. Follow Route 109 until it ends at a set of lights on Route 1. Take a left on Route 1 and travel approximately 200 feet and take a right on Harbor Road. The Wells Fire Station is on the corner of Route 1 and Harbor Road. Follow Harbor Road to its end, park, and make your way to the town dock. What to bring: Clothes suitable for the expected weather (bring warm layers), binoculars (optional), life jackets will be provided.

Thursday, Nov 3, 1-2:30 pm and 2:30-4 pm                     Capacity: 12 for each tour

Location: Wells Harbor

Small communities at the intersection of the urban/ rural/ coastal interface are dependent on the ocean and are experiencing the effects of climate change while having limited resources to respond. Join the staff of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve on a boat tour of the Webhannet estuary and explore how research, monitoring, education, conservation, restoration and community involvement are being combined to increase awareness and resiliency. Please note that this tour will be in a different location. You will be responsible for getting yourself to and from Wells, ME.

Trip length: 90 minutes