About Herring Gut

Herring Gut Learning Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, political affiliation, age, or religious beliefs in the administration of its programs.

Inspiring Curiosity in a New Generation

Herring Gut Learning Center is a non-profit marine education center overlooking a working harbor in the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine.

We use the abundant coastal resources surrounding our campus to present aquaculture and marine science programs that:

  • Engage public school students in grades 6-12 who are academically at risk, using a hands-on, entrepreneurial, business-based model to keep them in school.
  • Train teachers in engaging, hands-on instruction that increases student interest and comprehension in science, math, history and the arts.
  • Connect academic concepts with local ecosystems and fisheries in customized, hands-on classes for groups of public school students.
  • Offer a First Work Experience during the summer months for local teens ages 13-15.
  • Teach conservation and sustainable practices to a new generation of ocean stewards through community outreach programs.
  • Engage families around marine science topics through our summer Saltwater Series.

Our Mission

Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde, Maine, fosters the economic, social and environmental resilience of coastal communities through student and public educational programs and partnerships that focus on marine resources.read more

Our Campus

The main classroom building houses modern classrooms, administrative offices, fish hatchery and aquaculture and water quality lab. An attached greenhouse allows the year-round production for the school's student-operated aquaponics business.read more

Our Board Of Trustees

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Meet Our Staff

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Our Supporters

For over a decade Herring Gut supporters have helped us provide hands-on experiences and inspiration for young people who need an alternative approach to motivate and engage them to study, improve grades, change attitudes and become responsible adults.read more

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