Seaside Exploration & Marine Inquiry
Exploration into the ecological importance of the oceans as well as the opportunities for exploration and enjoyment that it offers! 


SEA 2017 is an exciting, hands-on opportunity for youth (ages 8-11 & 12-15).  SEA participants will not just learn about the ocean, they will see, feel, smell and even taste it!  Over the course of the week, we will address the current environmental impacts that humans are having on our SEA and discuss solutions for a better, more sustainable future. By the end of their week at SEA, participants will have observed and experienced the interrelation (and interdependence) between humans and the marine world.  This new connection to marine systems and understanding of the oceans’ importance (and beauty) will instill care and stewardship of our blue planet.  


SEA Program Themes

What we take vs. what we give back:

The resilience of marine ecosystems and coastal communities is dependent on healthy marine ecosystems. We will instill the value of stewardship, how to conserve protected resources, and how to maintain sustainable fisheries and safe sources of seafood.

Ecosystem Balance:

The structure and function of ecosystems are incredibly sensitive to changes, and are easily manipulated by negative influences. The topics addressed in this program are all related to the interconnected nature of ecosystems, how to protect them and how to preserve their unique resilience.


Adventures from Summer 2016:

Last summer SEA featured 4 interactive week-long summer sessions for local youth 

SEA 2017 Wish List

As we move into 2017 and are planing for the upcoming summer season, Seaside Sustainability is looking to expand the SEA program and is on the look out for the following items:

  • Lobster and crab traps
  • Fishing & clamming gear (rods, reels, etc.)
  • PFD's, rubber boots and gloves, goggles, snorkeling gear

To view our full wish list, visit our donations page; For more information or with any questions, please contact Director Emily Arthur:

Our Wish List

Seaside Sustainability, Inc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization,
all donations are tax deductible.

SEA 2017 is looking for Leaders In Training


  • make a positive contribution to the community
  • exercise compassion through providing service to others
  • build relationships by serving as role models and leaders

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in serving as a junior leader!!

Contact Director Eric Magers

SEA 2017: Program Opportunities

SEA Marine Life Exploration
The vessel for this program is brought to you by a special partnership with Walter Beebe-Center, the owner of Double Eagle Charters!  


SEA Yacht Sailing
The vessel for this program is brought to you by a special partnership with Claude Beaudet, the owner of Frayed Knot Sailing Charters!


Rationale & Impacted Resources:

The air that you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the products that keep you warm, safe, informed, and entertained all can come from, or be transported by, the ocean.  Oceans make up the largest ecosystems on Earth and are the planet’s largest life support systems.  Flowing over nearly three-quarters of the globe, oceans hold 97% of the Earth's water, produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and are the largest absorbers of carbon dioxide.  About half of the world’s population lives within the coastal zone, and ocean-based businesses contribute more than $500 billion to the world’s economy. Historically, humans have taken the earth’s natural resources for granted.  

Humans have created unsustainable practices for finite resources, and as the human population continues to rise, the impacts of careless resource depletion and waste disposal are catching up with us. Some examples of the many problems that are surfacing, include over-harvest of resources, reduction in biodiversity, and degradation of marine habitats and species. Continuing along this careless path is risking the very ecosystems on which human survival depends. 

The diversity and productivity of the world’s oceans are a vital interest for humankind because future sustainability will be highly dependent on healthy ocean systems.  Many species of marine life, such as ground-fish, whales, turtles, seabirds and invertebrates are all negatively impacted by man-made influences in the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem (and beyond!).  Seaside Education Adventure (SEA) is a program of the charitable organization Seaside Sustainability Inc. that is designed to educate local youth about these issues to encourage, and train them, to become better stewards of the ocean. The SEA investigations help promote awareness of these challenges and unify the public towards reaching the goal of better protecting the global marine environment. At the conclusion of each trip, participants will have a deeper understanding of the consequences of human actions on the environment, will be inspired to spread their new knowledge and will have the desire and skill sets to be leaders in change.


Guided Investigations:

Seaside Education Adventure presents participants with hands-on, experiential research activities designed to educate local students on the short and long term effects of a variety of ocean threats.  This is accomplished through the incorporation of e-STEAM (environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) research, including both gathering and reporting data, combined with citizen science as a means of taking student learning to the next level so that they may become role models in their communities. 

We build on NOAA’s Ocean Literacy Principle 6; namely, the oceans and humans are inextricably interconnected[1].  And we use this principle to connect people across watersheds, disciplines, ages, and institutions by engaging project participants in a cycle of experiential, place-based investigations.  Focus areas of these investigations include oceanography, marine stewardship, and ecosystem balance.

Through experiential learning and engaging students directly with the ocean and how it is threatened, they are equipped with the tools to not only promote awareness of these issues in their local communities, but to also be leaders in change. 

[1] Alldredge, Alice. "Ocean Literacy." (n.d.): n. pag. Ocean Literacy. NOAA, 2013. Web. 14 Apr. 2016. <>.