Learn about our Natural World with Explore Outdoors!  


Starting in 2017, we have partnered with the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust to bring nature-based programming to the students and families of Hancock county. Throughout the year, our education coordinator works with school classes, after-school groups, libraries, and other local organizations to teach youth about the importance of a healthy environment and inspire children about the outdoors. At this time, much of Explore Outdoors! programming has transitioned to online learning. For more information on nature-based activities, visit the Explore Outdoors website and Facebook page: 

Explore Outdoors!

Birdsacre Owl Programs

DEA sponsors programs with live owls from Birdsacre. Grayson Richmond travels with his owl ambassadors to local schools and other community gatherings where they engage audiences as Grayson talks about the owls in Maine and their conservation. 




Chewonki Traveling Natural History Programs


 DEA sponsors visits to local schools, libraries and other public venues by Chewonki’s Traveling Natural History Program. Programs range from “The Batmobile” featuring a live big brown bat to “Tidepools”, “Fur, Feathers and Feet” and “Mammals of Maine”.

Chewonki educators bring live animals and props to school groups, large and small. These interactive programs also feature artifacts and examples for students to hear, see, and touch.