Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, the World Wildlife Fund, Maine Sea Grant, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, and the University of Maine are on a mission to get educational resources about seaweed aquaculture into Maine’s 5th grade classrooms.
During the summer and fall of 2023 we will distribute the book “With a Little Kelp from Our Friends”— a book on the secret life of seaweed written by Mathew Bate and illustrated by Liz Rowland — to educators. The book will be accompanied by teacher resources to increase literacy around seaweed aquaculture.
By teaching these ideas it will help 5th graders to understand why seaweed aquaculture is important to the state of Maine, and how it can help stabilize our fishing communities in the face of a changing climate and ocean, preserve working waterfronts, and provide food with high nutritional value to our communities.
Some of the book’s important themes include:
- Seaweed farming and food security
- Seaweed biology and ecology
- History of seaweed use around the world
- Seaweed’s role in solutions for a changing climate.
Seaweed Curriculum Webinar
We introduced educators to seaweed-themed teaching materials that pair with the book With a Little Kelp from Our Friends in a recent webinar. You can find the recording below.
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