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Ralston Arctic Observations

Strand Theatre
5:30 am - 7:00 am 

(Rockland, ME) – Peter Ralston, noted photographer and co-founder of the Island Institute, took to the seas last summer for an epic adventure to Greenland and the heart of the Northwest Passage, a 900-mile sea route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. On Sunday July 30th, from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Strand Theater in Rockland, Peter will share his observations through conversation with his photographs as a backdrop on the screen. 

Herring Gut Learning Center and the Georges River Land Trust are cohosting this event. The event will be free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to benefit both organizations.

Sailing on a 184-foot luxury yacht, Ralston described it as “a privileged front-row seat in the most dramatic theater of rapid climate change on the planet.” Ralston said, “There were many lessons to be learned up north that can be applied to our own changing Gulf of Maine and the fisheries that support so many here.” Ralston’s photographs document the austere and severe beauty of the arctic landscape, as well as Inuit villages and hunting camps, polar bears, and whales, all under the midnight sun.

The organizations are grateful to Machias Savings Bank in Rockland and the Dip Net Restaurant in Port Clyde who are co-sponsoring the event.

Herring Gut Learning Center offers hands-on study and experiences in aquaculture and marine science to students and teachers at their Port Clyde facilities, as well as in area schools and in the field. Students learn to appreciate science and environment while learning to grow as individuals.  For more information about programs please visit or call (207) 372-8677.

The Georges River Land Trust has conserved 3,500 acres of natural habitats and working lands in Knox and Waldo Counties and receives 90% of its support through individual donations. For more information about programs, trails, events, and membership visit or call (207) 594-5166.

Sam Belknap 207-372-8677 

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