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#WeAreNMEA - Experience a Coast Encounter Of The Maine Tide with Carol Steingart

Posted By Jennifer Magnusson, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Carol SteingartCarol Steingart


Coast Encounters, LLC
Wells, ME

Carol Steingart is a marine science educator who has been conducting intertidal programs for over 20 years. Carol, also known as “Coastal Carol,” fell in love with the marine world when she first went to the Shoals Marine Laboratory as an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire in 1977. Having grown up on the flat, sandy beaches of Long Island, NY, she was immediately captivated by the rocky shoreline of Maine and the critters quietly hiding under the rocks. After working in the freshwater streams of New Hampshire in the 70s, and in the music recording engineering field in the 80s, she returned to her passion in the tide pools of Maine when she was asked to bring in some sea creatures to her daughter’s second grade class. Her presentation on tide pool critters was so good, the teachers asked her back year after year. Today, Carol offers unique intertidal excursions on the Maine coast to small groups and brings the tide pools to schools and other locations.

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Carol’s favorite marine creature is the horseshoe crab. Her passion for horseshoe crabs comes alive each spring during the brief spawning season when she offers a special program featuring these “prehistoric helmets of the sea.”

Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. She is a 16-year Shoals Marine Lab faculty member and a lifetime member of the National Marine Educators Association. Carol is also a past-president and lifetime member of the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association. She holds a Maine state license to collect intertidal organisms for educational purposes. Coast Encounters is the only business of its kind in the state of Maine.

Intertidal BuffetWhen the rocky shore becomes inaccessible in winter, you can find Carol indoors leading cooking classes on the versatility of sea vegetables, which are nutrient packed and surprisingly delicious! Carol incorporates local algal species in her diet on a regular basis.

Whether she is leading excursions to the rocky shore or carting intertidal critters in her traveling touch tank to classrooms, libraries, assisted living facilities, or outdoor festivals, kids and grown-ups of all ages love Carol’s enthusiastic approach to hands-on learning.

Pointing out marine lifeInstilling a sense of wonderSeniors love marine life

Coast Encounters Mission Statement: “Hands-on learning with live ocean creatures fosters a lasting and heartfelt connection, which then becomes the springboard for advocacy.”

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