The Darling Marine Center was established in 1965 when Ira C. Darling donated his Walpole farm to the University of Maine with the expressed intent of establishing a marine laboratory on the shore of the Damariscotta River Estuary. To help maintain and improve the property, Mr. Darling also created the largest trust in the university’s history, which included endowments for two chaired professorships.

Other significant contributions followed. The waterfront property and cottage of Mr. George Willett now accommodates visiting researchers; the building that housed the first classroom and lecture hall, now part of the library, was a gift from the Kresge Foundation; Betty Noyce supported expansion of our first flowing seawater laboratory; and Professor John Dearborn and his wife Bethel created a trust to support capstone research and other educational opportunities for Darling Marine Center students.

These and other gifts have enabled valuable additions to the Darling Marine Center’s programs in research, education, and engagement.

This year the Darling Marine Center invites you to contribute to the Student Research Fund. Gifts received by Dec. 31, 2017 will support our undergraduate researchers in residence in summer 2018. Your gift will bring more young scientists to the Darling Marine Center to work with our scientists and our business and community partners.

With your gift, we will be able to support student access to the Darling Marine Center better than ever before. No amount is too small and we appreciate whatever you can give. Eighty dollars will enable a summer intern to participate in the SEA Fellows Symposium; $800 will cover research supplies and travel for an intern engaged in collaborative research with an industry partner; $8,000 will ensure full funding of one intern, including a competitive stipend and housing.

Thank you for considering us as a recipient of your gift. We greatly appreciate it.

If you are ready to make a donation, you can do so with a check or by using the University of Maine Foundation’s website:  Please make checks payable to the University of Maine Foundation, designate “Darling Marine Center” on the memo line, and mail to:

Elizabeth M. Erickson
Director of Philanthropy
University of Maine Foundation
Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469

If you would like to discuss giving options with our gift officer, please call Liz Erickson at 207-581-1145.