Bootcamp 2018

NFA 117: Issue and Opportunities in Marine Science – Class Field Trip Schedule
August 28–31, 2018
Course Instructor: Dr. William Ellis

Tuesday, August 28: Plan to arrive around 11am and move your belongings into your dorm room. Dorm rooms will be open until noon. Have lunch with your parents, say goodbye, and meet at the School of Marine Sciences in Aubert Hall room 345 at 12:45 p.m. Afternoon activities include “Discover Scuba” and talks by School of Marine Sciences faculty. After a pizza dinner we’ll board a bus to the Darling Marine Center (DMC) in Walpole, ME.

Wednesday–Thursday, August 29–30: These two days will be spent at the DMC and will include a half-day of sea kayaking, a visit to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor, as well as field trips, a research cruise and presentations led by School of Marine Sciences faculty and graduate students highlighting SMS courses and research opportunities for undergraduates at UMaine.

Friday, August 31: After breakfast we’ll take the bus back to Orono. We will arrive by 12 noon for Maine Hello.

picture of discover scubaCost – The NFA 117 field trip costs $350. Please include a check, made payable to the University of Maine, with your completed forms, see below.

What to do next

  1. Complete this online Information/Room & Board/Emergency Contact form.
  2. Print and complete these forms:
    Liabilty form Seaspray Kayaking
    Discover Scuba Forms. This one PDF includes three forms: Medical History, Medical Statement/Physician Approval, and PADI Liability Release.
    UMaine Media Release Form
  3. Return the forms and your $350 payment to Jodie by July 20, 2018 to:

Jodie Feero
School of Marine Sciences
University of Maine
5706 Aubert Hall, Room 355
Orono, Maine  04469-5706

What to Bring – Activities will happen rain or shine. Cross your fingers for good weather, but come prepared for anything! Here are a few things we recommend:

•  Sunscreen and a hat
•  Raincoat (can double as a wind breaker) and fleece jacket
•  The mudflats are MUDDY. We recommend rubber boots, but OLD sneakers or neoprene dive booties are OK, too.
•  Bathing suit, beach towel and a t-shirt to wear in the pool for Discover Scuba.
•  Flashlight, frisbee

Bedding is supplied in the DMC dorm.

More Questions?
Contact Jodie by phone 207.581.4385 or email