May 26th, 2015
CREA & The Topsham Public Library present:
Wildlife in Spring (Live Animals)!
Tuesday, May 26, 6:30-8 p.m. at Topsham Public Library
Early spring is a busy time for wildlife. The Center for Wildlife from Cape Neddick will be on hand to present an interactive family program featuring seasonal adaptations and several of their live non-releasable wild animal ambassadors. Using hands-on displays, educators will share great tips for spotting spring wildlife in your own backyard.
Bring your whole family to this live animal interactive program! FREE and open to the public.
May 3rd, 2015
CREA can use help with a variety of organizational, program, and Ecology Center/Preserve projects this year. Whether you can help out one time or on a regular basis, we'd love to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your expertise and interests. If you're interested, contact Matt Dubel at (207) 331-3202 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Thanks!
April 28th, 2015
Our Disappearing Rainbow Smelt
Tuesday, April 28
Topsham Public Library
The rainbow smelt is a small fish that lives in estuaries and offshore waters and spawns in freshwater streams each spring. Smelt were so plentiful a hundred years ago that farmers caught them by the barrelful and had enough to eat, use as bait, and even spread on their fields as fertilizer. In many places now it would be difficult to fill a single barrel with smelt. During the last twenty years, rainbow smelt numbers have dropped dramatically and they are now listed as a federal Species of Concern. Claire Enterline, our Maine smelt expert with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, will be on hand to discuss current research and initiatives.
This program is FREE and open to the public.
April 17th, 2015
CREA's April Vacation Camp runs from Monday, April 20 through Thursday, April 23. Spaces still remain and campers can register for individual days. To register or learn more about camp, click here, fill out the April Camp Registration Form 2015, and send to email@example.com. Payment can be made in person at camp. For more information, contact us at (207) 331-3202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 31st, 2015
Vernal Pools: Balancing Growth and Conservation
Tuesday, March 31
Topsham Public Library
Dr. Aram Calhoun, Director of Ecology & Environmental Sciences at UMO, will be on hand to discuss current conservation projects, and how vernal pools are central to healthy ecosystems. Dr. Calhoun's team, in partnership with the towns on Topsham and Orono, is seeking practical and flexible solutions to strike a balance between economic development and vernal pool conservation.
FREE and open to the public. For more information, email email@example.com
January 29th, 2015
Interested in volunteering with CREA? Whether you can help out one time or on a regular basis, we'd love to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your expertise and interests. The list below describes a wide variety of volunteer needs. If you see something that interests you, contact Matt Dubel at (207) 331-3202 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Thanks!
- Join a Committee (this is where much of our planning is done; committees include: Program, Development, Finance, Communications, Policy, Facility)
- Help us move out of our current office (late April)
- Help plan our 15th anniversary event (May)
- Find donations for our online auction
- Coordinate volunteers
- Distribute CREA materials to public places/local businesses, help with mailings
- Send out press releases and events for program calendars
- Write article for newsletter or website
- Write grant proposals
- Advise the Board on legal matters (an attorney, but not necessarily a member of the Maine Bar)
- Advise the Board on financial matters (CPA or finance background)
- Help with maintenance or cleaning projects at Ecology Center
- Help to monitor/maintain solar and wind energy systems
- Host Open Hours at the Ecology Center
- Inventory/organize equipment
- Assist with ecological monitoring (water quality, biodiversity surveys, population studies)
- Help organize/compile data from monitoring and research
- Assist with programs for families, schools, or adults
- Publicize programs
- Take pictures at programs
- Lead golf cart or trail tours
- Lead a program in an area of expertise
- Help conduct surveys of program participants, collect evaluation data
- Create interpretive materials
- Mentor a student research project
August 6th, 2014
These programs are family friendly, FREE, and open to the public. They are held at the Topsham Public Library the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. For more information, email email@example.com.
Inspired By Nature
How are people drawing on the wisdom of nature to solve human problems? Join Matt Dubel, Executive Director of CREA, as he shares the stories of eco-innovators who are using nature as a model for everything from growing food to designing products to making decisions.
Gray Fox: “Tree Fox”
An almost mythical creature, the Gray Fox has a brownish-red chest and sides, and gray back. They are quite different from Red Fox in their stout, more powerful build, unique coloration, and their ability to climb trees! Come hear more about the oh-so-interesting and territorial Gray Fox from professional Wildlife Biologist Sean Moriarty.
Chewonki Presents: Predators! (LIVE ANIMALS)
Although often misunderstood, predators can ultimately hold the key to the overall health of our ecosystems. The Chewonki Foundation will be on hand to illustrate this concept of intricate balance with a live owl, bat, and turtle ambassador.
Bring the whole family to this live-animal, interactive program!